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SCsmo said:
this might not be well known, there were 5 short wheel base tbirds produced, from what i heard the reason was because ford was toying with the idea of using a modified mn12 platform for the fox mustang replacement. they also did 1 mark viii using two wrecked ones.
Hmmm just what the MN12 needed, less leg room LOL :D

My seat is nearly all the way back as it is and I'm not real tall. I pity anyone that tries to sit behind my driver seat. :rolleyes:
 

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Southpaw said:
Hmmm just what the MN12 needed, less leg room LOL :D

My seat is nearly all the way back as it is and I'm not real tall. I pity anyone that tries to sit behind my driver seat. :rolleyes:
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xr7 dave has one swb
look at this thread also swb 2
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a lot of people already know this but for the fools that dont know better *like me* heres something

If you have keyless entry and enter your password then the number *5* your trunk will open. i believe thats on all ford cars tho..

-Mike
 

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I'd really like to know what happened with the last cougar. Be it 3.8 or 4.6
OK I got really bored and can't get this last MN12 Cougar thing off my mind so I did a little more detective work. :D

These are the 16 highest VIN numbers (all consecutive #'s) listed in the cracking intake manifold class action settlement listing of 6,631 qualifying VIN's (Presumably it's all 1997 4.6L Cougars with build dates after 6/24/1997)

http://www.fordmanifoldsettlement.com/vins_cougar.html

CARFAX free records check results for these verified 4.6L VIN's are:

1MELM62W5VH636300 9 records found in our database
1MELM62W7VH636301 9 records found in our database
1MELM62W9VH636302 8 records found in our database
1MELM62W0VH636303 Important records found in the CARFAX Report for this vehicle!
1MELM62W2VH636304 10 records found in our database
1MELM62W4VH636305 29 records found in our database
1MELM62W6VH636306 4 records found in our database
1MELM62W8VH636307 8 records found in our database
1MELM62WXVH636308 6 records found in our database
1MELM62W1VH636309 6 records found in our database
1MELM62W8VH636310 5 records found in our database
1MELM62WXVH636311 5 records found in our database
1MELM62W1VH636312 5 records found in our database
1MELM62W3VH636313 11 records found in our database
1MELM62W5VH636314 20 records found in our database
1MELM62W7VH636315 8 records found in our database

So if one assumes Consecutive Unit Number (CUN) 36315 is the last 4.6L VIN the next VIN would have to be a 3.8L. The engine code would be 4 and the check digit would be 0. thus the VIN would be 1MELM6240VH636316.

CARFAX Results:
1MELM6240VH636316 0 records found in our database

I then checked to make sure 36316 wasn't a 4.6L that's simply is not in the VIN settlement list for whatever reason, it's check digit would be 9.

1MELM62W9VH636316 0 records found in our database

So it seems that the final VIN produced just might be 4.6L 1MELM62W7VH636315! :cool:

the only problem is that VIN's/CUN's are assigned when orders are received and the actual cars are routinely produced out of sequence for various reasons so we still don't know which damned one is actually the final MN12 Cougar to roll off the line! :confused:

And yes I already googled the highest VIN and it only shows up on the class action settlement page and shortly it'll probably be indexed here too... ;)

From what I've read Mercury CUN's start at 600001 for each model year so if the above is correct that would put total 1997 production at 36,315 units.

While searching for actual production numbers for 1997 Cougars I found that the NHTSA has theft rate statistics for Cougars online and their data follows.

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/theft/theft.cfm (Search under ford)

MN12 Cougars
1989, 92817
1990, 76580
1991, 60669
1992, 47032
1993, 79780
1994, 71032
1995, 60279
1996, 38919
1997, 35273

The 35,273 units they show for 1997 production fall 1,042 units short of the highest verified VIN/CUN of 36315? :2huh: :zdunno:

www.coolcats.net puts 1997 numbers at
XR7- 30,267 (approx.)
30th Anniversary - 5,000 (approx.)
GRAND TOTAL - 35,267
but I've found their production numbers for other years to be questionable so I take what they say with a grain of salt. It's 1,048 units short of the highest VIN/CUN but it's only 6 units short of NTHSA numbers anyway. :rolleyes:
 

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porkchop2oo2 said:
a lot of people already know this but for the fools that dont know better *like me* heres something

If you have keyless entry and enter your password then the number *5* your trunk will open. i believe thats on all ford cars tho..

-Mike
and if you hit 3 after entering your code it umlocks all the doors and if you press the last two buttons 7-8 and 9-0 buttons at the same time it locks all the doors. this is the same on EVERY Ford with a keyless pad, this includes SUV's and trucks (pickups do not have the 5 button trunk release)
 

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stinger1987 said:
and if you hit 3 after entering your code it umlocks all the doors and if you press the last two buttons 7-8 and 9-0 buttons at the same time it locks all the doors. this is the same on EVERY Ford with a keyless pad, this includes SUV's and trucks (pickups do not have the 5 button trunk release)

Uhm, I have keyless entry but i don't have any kind of password or anything. I don't think. :confused:
 

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Cool Dude said:
Uhm, I have keyless entry but i don't have any kind of password or anything. I don't think. :confused:
Um... this goes for the ones with the keypads on the doors, not the keyfob kind.


See? I told you he was blonde. ;)
 

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Eh, I'd rather have my car started with the AC/Heat going and press a button to unlock the doors or pop the trunk before I even get to the car than I would a piece of plastic that the numbers get worn off of after a few years. ;)
 

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ShadowDragon said:
Eh, I'd rather have my car started with the AC/Heat going and press a button to unlock the doors or pop the trunk before I even get to the car than I would a piece of plastic that the numbers get worn off of after a few years. ;)
hey i got one of those, i dunno how i lived without it, lol.
 

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I was just looking at this picture....IIRC, the SVE Bird was supposed to be a 96 model, then a 97, then a 98. So the prototypes where probably built sometimes in 94 or 95.

Clearly it's built out of a 94-95 bird. You've got a 94-95 rear bumper, 94-95 door handles, 96-97 side cladding, and a custom hood to fit the 94-95 headlights. The front bumper is obviously a 96-97 front bumper, only the bottom is different to accomodate the foglights they'd used on the birds since the first supercoupes. They probably where going to use that bumper on the 96+ bird before they realized that the supercoupe would be no more (I.E. the foglights where only available on the SC in 94-95) No SC, no avail. foglights, no need for a front bumper with foglight holes.

I used to think that bumper was made specifically for the prototype SVE, but I'm thinking now that it was a b umper designed for the 96 that never made production due to ford deciding against foglights (bad idea, IMO)
 
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