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Sheesh, took me long enough. The family and work taking up all my time. Wife and kids went to see her family for two weeks, so since it was only 108 today, decided to finally git'r'done

I have the radiator at a radiator shop to get rodded out, it has been running hot and spewing out antifreeze from the degas bottle.

With the family gone, I could move the tools into the dining room, so they aren't 2000 degrees, which they are even in the shade on a cart if I leave them outside. It takes about 8 seconds before something in the sun became too hot to handle. 30 seconds in the shade.

70k miles on the 97 Cougar, 3 minutes after I bought it I ordered the VB gaskets, 1-2 and 2-3 accumulator pistons, both 1-2 springs, and the retainer. B&M 28k cooler and 14 qts of Mercon V.

The 1-2 bore wasn't scored, but it was really worn, I don't have the digital camera (on vacation with the wife) but the piston and the walls showed major wear. I never really had any BAD shifts, but it was pretty lazy.

When everyone says get good internal c-clip pliers, they are not lying. I had 5 pair, all of them sucked, and I couldn't do it with one pair, I had to use one to get a part of it out, then another to finish it off (best pair with big handles and pins for the holes didn't open up wide enough).

Got the bits from a case at the shop my mom runs, I stopped by to get her Grainger account info to buy them there, but she had them all. Did the mild/no gear change setup, A couple of the changes look drastic, so I had to read the excellent info provided on what each one did, so I had no problems doing it at that point.

The 2-3 accumulator kicked my butt. I couldn't for the life of me keep it in place.

Got the VB back in, I hope the 2-3 stayed in place, pick up the radiator on Monday, and put it all back together.

I would say I had maybe 2 to 3 hours of total work time, 3 hours looking for the freakin pliers for the retainer for 1-2 piston.

Oh, as I was putting in the VB, I got pounded on by 1/2 inch of rain in about 30 minutes. So it was hot AND humid.

Gotta finalize the placement of the cooler as best i can without the radiator.

Now, where are those PBR dual piston calipers...
Now where is that PI intake
Now where is that 02 GT maf and filter
Now where is that X-Cal
 

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welcome to the fun club. you'll enjoying your car after this.
 

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Bangster said:
When everyone says get good internal c-clip pliers, they are not lying.
That's for sure. I just did mine last night while the wife is on vacation. 4 different c-clip pliers wouldn't work. Finally about midnight, I just put a set of needle nose pilers to the grinder and made my own c-clip pliers. Went quickly after I got the effin c-clip off.
 

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So, for its maiden voyage (the hose with the transmission cooler wasn't long enough, so I got it mounted but not hooked up until I can get more hose) it freakin rains, a ton.

But I had to take it out and try it. I like instant reverse, no more huge wait for it to engage. roll off the line, let it hit second, then mash the pedal, first hits pretty hard, lots of wiggle and a little tire slip going into second. Nice and quick and uneventful going into third. Manual downshifts to first happen at a higher speed, and locks up the tire, but it did that prior to the mod, but at a way lower speed. I haven't got to test to see if it shifts out of first if you have it manually selected and speed up. It used to, I didn't know if was supposed to do that or not.

Drive it like a sane person, and it really doesn't seem much different that it was prior to the changes. I also put in Mercon V.

I really need that Trac-lok now, all my cars used to be stab the gas no matter what and no drama, now I can get drama with this one, I found a few dry streets, but once it is truely dry I will give it a good workout.
 

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When you guys say "c-clip", are you talking about snap-ring pliers?

Good work with the car. I installed a 24k cooler, Mercon V, and I "modded" the 1-2 accumulator until I can do the j-mod. This is leaving out the lower spring to firm up the shifts.

Make sure you get hose that's designed for tranny fluid/coolers.
 

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Yeah snap ring/retaining ring pliers are what I am talking about.
 

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getting a chip will really Wake those shifts up!, once i finally got my Pa valvbody working with the hypertech chip i had, the tires always barked second, i didnt have to manually shift it anymore, it really woke the tranny up, very snappy shifts i loved it =*( i miss my baby! lol,
 
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