Hello,everyone. First post. Nice to see a forum dedicated solely to T-Birds and all the expertise that comes with it.
That being said, I own a '97 T-Bird (California car) which just eclipsed 83,000 miles original miles. It had 79000 when I bought it several months ago. No modifications have been made on it with the exception of buying aftermarket floor mats for it(ha-ha).
I bought this car from a man in his late seventies a few months ago who kept it garaged and clean,and whose idea of maintenance was to change the oil every 3000 miles -- one can eat off the engine I tell ya. Since purchasing it, I've, changed the oil(twice), battery, had the brakes done, serviced the transmission oil and filter, replaced fuel filter, replaced coolant, replaced spark plugs(the Autolite plugs that came out of it looked as good as the new ones), cleaned the throttle body assembly, and replaced the main computer(?). I wanted to start fresh knowing what had been serviced on it,thus all the aforementioned service.
From what I've been reading on this model, and I've done a lot, the only thing I'd like to do on it is replace the serpentine belt,though the one on it looks new,see about a tranny cooler(How much is this?)of some type, AND replace the mufflers. Nothing major iow. It sounds great right now, and runs even better, but after seeing videos like the one by a guy named "Melon" in here,I'd love for this bird to sound like that. That all being said,what exactly is "drone"?
I read a lot of threads and their postings in here last night and this term kept coming up. Is there a thread in here with a glossary of such terms? I googled "exhaust terms and definitions" last night and got nothing to help me. I gathered it was something one didn't desire and that appeared at higher RPMs at highway speeds.True? If it is an undesired trait of an aftermarket muffler,is there one particular brand that diminishes it, and also,what is the diameter of of stock pipes in case I do order my mufflers on line? There are several sizes.
Thank you very much, and great site. I've only just begun my reading in here.