Add the crack pipe cooling mod.
Look at the rear seals.
O2 sensors are much easier to replace with the exhaust off, lol.
Check for rust/pitting on the head surface, at the rear water holes.
Aluminum rust is grey, and will gouge out with a fingernail.
If it's there, clean it all up with a wire brush, Carefully, and fill any holes with RTV before you put the gasket back on.
I had pitting on Lazarus ~1/8" deep, and it's been well maintained.
Replace the Water pump, if you've never done it, get the closed vane design.
PI intake is a winner!
Check the bearings and the slipring on the alternator; a rebuild kit is ~$30 and takes ~20 minutes to do.
You can see the slipring by removing the regulator from the alternator.
The bearings seem to go at about 200k miles...
How's your steering?
The rack is only easy with the Engine out, lol.
Red '96 Cougar XR-7 240k mi. '02 4R70W, PST DS : '03 PI engine, 04 maf, 24lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, '02 4r70w + Jmod, DirtyD0g TC + cooler + 3/8" lines, 255 walbro fp. Alpine system.
Black '96 Cougar XR-7 (Lazarus) 210k mi PI Intake, '02 4R70W, Jmod, PST DS, GrogTune, Konis, Mark LCA+Poly, racecougar Custom Engine Chain, and JL and racecougar Bracing.
Black '97 Tbird Limited Edition, '02 4R70W, 255 walbro, PST DS, PBR Brakes&SS lines, Toicko Blues & Springs, GrogTune.
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