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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2011, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Going to take a look at a 95

Hey everybody... I'm seeking help from you thunderbird guru's .. I'm not new to thunderbirds (previoulsy had a 97) but I'm new to the year I'm going to potentially acquire tomorrow. My last Tbird well... sort of had overheating problems (cracked intake manifold etc..) and I never could solve the problem even after replacing the intake, so I got rid of it and bought a 2011 Ranger. Thing is .. I kinda miss it lol .. So in hope of getting the best possible tbird Id like to know what should I be looking at ? Do 95's have any problems in particular like 96/97 had with that crappy plastic manifold? Thanks !
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Nope, 94/5's have a crappy aluminum manifold

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First thing that comes to mind is the heads. The valve guide seals design isn't as good as the later heads and tend to start leaking oil into the combustion chambers at lower mileages. Check for puffs of white smoke during acceleration after idling periods or other common signs of oil consumption.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2011, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help ..I bought it today .. I see no smoke at all and the thing goes .. way more than the 97 I had. I does kinda overheat it goes from right in the middle to like 3/4 then comes back and so on just like my last bird. Is this a normal thing on these cars? Or should I be looking at something?
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 07:14 AM
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Looks clean. The spoiler would look great if it fit the car. It looks to narrow to me. Overall it looks good in the pics. How do the fluids look? Has maintenence been kept up with? If you are worried about temps put a thermostat in it then flush it. Thermostat is cheap and easy to do.


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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 05:45 PM
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well in my car i have never seen the needle reach the M on the cluster but that may be because of the temperature in the place you live

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 06:31 PM
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My '95 temp gauge always showed normal, between O and R, until I did the Explorer swap. So there is something wrong since you're far north of this Texas heat.

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