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Hello!

I recently purchased a 1996 Thunderbird 4.6!
When I drove it, I fell in love! I was in the market for something to get to and from work as a daily driver and needed something cheap. I test drove a few cars including a 2010 Nissan Sentra with 115K miles and decided against it. I drove the Thunderbird and I knew it was the one! I talked the seller down to $1600 from $2200. It has some fading on the roof and hood but that's all that's wrong with it. The odometer says 198K but the gear is broken so it probably has well over 200K. No lights on the dash! I purchased it from the 2nd owner. AC and heat work, original radio works, and it has a Ford 10 disc CD changer in the trunk.

For how many miles it has, the engine runs great with no leaks and transmission shifts incredibly smooth! I recently put a set of tires as they were dry rotted (I think it had been sitting a while), and rear pads and rotors. Parking brake needs to be adjusted as it's a requirement to pass safety inspection in my state. I searched on here and pulled the clip to take up the slack which helped but the car still rolls forward a bit when set. It did make the parking brake pedal very hard to push down though. Still diagnosing that so any tips are appreciated!

I'm excited to start making this car my own!
 

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You need a slight bit of pedal motion to be able to set it properly; it needs to stop about halfway down. Then it should stop you.
 

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I regret not buying an Alpine Green car 12 years ago. Yours looks great! The parking break can be adjusted.
You know, I've been tempted to repaint the car a different color because it looked "dated" to me but after hearing you guys' comments about the color, I'm leaning towards keeping it and just repainting the hood and roof. I just wanted something more flashy but I also like sticking to original. Which is why I probably will never replace the radio. So, thank you. It's making me appreciate the color more.
 

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You know, I've been tempted to repaint the car a different color because it looked "dated" to me but after hearing you guys' comments about the color, I'm leaning towards keeping it and just repainting the hood and roof. I just wanted something more flashy but I also like sticking to original. Which is why I probably will never replace the radio. So, thank you. It's making me appreciate the color more.
Alpine Green is special in my opinion. Please don't change the color. I think it's one of the best offerings from the era. My buddy Chris_Murder used to have one. We jokingly called it Jungle Blue. because it neither looks Alpine, nor green. If an Alpine Green 4.6 car showed up for sale in Las Vegas where I live I'd do back flips to aquire it.
 

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Update, took it to another shop and they passed me for inspection so she's legal! Also just did an oil change on her. The filter was hard to get to but not enough to make me angry. Turning the wheel all the way to the left helped out tremendously. I was able to finagle my adjustable oil filter wrench and a very long extension in there from the bottom with the extension poking out of an opening near the driver's side wheel well to spin it off. Same with getting the new filter in; fished the new filter in position from the bottom and finished the job near the wheel. Filled with 10W30 and 3/4 bottle of marvel's mystery oil. Test drove her and she drives so much better and runs so smooth!
 

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Keep in mind Ford Recommends 5w20 for the 4.6. It was 5w30 when the car was built. But they changed the recommendation a few years later.
Glad you passed inspection! :) Now get to driving!
 
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The change to 5W-20 was for gas mileage. I saw no difference on the Crown Vic when I changed from 5W-20 to 5W-30, but the engine sounded a little smoother.

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When you're doing the filter; lying on your back, reach up and grab it with your right hand, and loosen it. If you install it by hand it will come off by hand. :) dump all the oil out of the filter, there is a pour lip on the k-member just because of this. Carefully flip it upside down, and sneak it past the sway bar, and steering pump reservoir hose. (or is that hose to the coolant reservoir? I'll have to look. Moving the clamp on that hose helps too; it's rotated the wrong way.)
Check the filter adapter to make sure the gasket came off with the filter. lube the new filter's gasket with oil, and put it back on. Fish the drain plug out of the drain pan with a magnet tool and install. wipe off the k-member with an oil rag. Add 5 quarts of oil, and start it. Make sure there isn't oil pouring out somewhere under the car. :) Don't forget to add the .3 to the engine. (5.3 quarts is what it needs.
 
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