New here, story about 3.8 motors (long)
Hello all. I bought my 1986 5.0 mustang over 6 years ago. While going through my second round of college, I had to deliver Pizza in it to cut the bills. The car never quit on me, Ran perfect up to 160k miles, where the t-5 stick tranny finally went out. I was desperate, in a pinch and needed to go to work that day to support my bills. In a crunch, I went to a dealer with 0 $$ and crap for credit. They got me situated into a 1994 tbird 3.8L. Man that car was beautiful, and ran great!! Green with green interior. The good news is that I was able to keep the 5.0, and soon replaced the tranny/clutch with upgraded versions.
I bought the tbird with 88k miles on it. Thinking that it was low mileage. Within a year and a half I racked up about 45k miles on the bird from pizza delivery and college. One morning my thermostat went out, and the next week, my engine blew the head gasket. I was devestated. I owed 6grand on the car, and the engine was useless!! If there is a GOD on this planet, he is responsible for the 5.0 mustang. That little car won't quit. The 5.0 stang again became my daily driver, (now with 174kmiles on the clock) Being extremely broke, and not wanting to sink money into this pit, My father and I underwent the task of doing the gasket replacement ourselves. According to Ford, my 1994 Tbird was not on the recall list---go figure, and it had over 100k anyway. The car broke in February 2002. Over the next 9 MONTHS the car sat, each month faithfully making payments on it, and each day praising my god sent old 5.0 mustang(I am not religious just making a point.)
I did take us the 9 months to do that head gasket do to time restraints, and getting fusterated and quitting for a month at a time. It was not easy. then FORD had some F*CKING MICKEY MOUSE setup in response to what should have been regular heater hose coming from the water pump. A steel hose coming from the water pump. WTF?!! The thing would not go in no matter what, and wound up going through 2 of them at $50 a piece, each time, beating it into oblivian to where it would leak. (my father is an ase certified, very good mechanic on the side) But the two of us were just F*cking stumped with this stupid tube. Finally I got wise and Bought a water pump from a 93 tbird that had the real design where it actually uses heater hose. Luckily it bolted right on. I had to yank my upper intake again to route the hoses.
Oh yeah, in the process, the egr became cross threaded in the intake, causing a huge vaccuum leak, grounding us for another month till we had more time to redrill the intake threads.
9 months later, yesterday I just began driving this car that was intended to be my transportation car. I still owe 5200k on it, and now is faded to hell from not being able to wash it for 9 months. (in storage parking lot)
Although I really love the way the car rides and feels, it makes me nervous.
I also did not mention the previous problems: Bad alternator, faulty braking system, Had to Rebuild the AOD trans, and both motor mounts went out.
This car was not abused by the previous owners, as it was mint, when I picked it up.
I should have gone with my original saying...never buy a non-v8 ford.
Oh well. Now I have a real job and have graduated from college, but the car is not worth more than 1200$ and I owe 5400$ on it, I can't get a new car for 3 more years, and I just don't think it will last that long based on it's history. Thank god for the 5.0 mustang.