'lo, everyone. I'm new (obviously).
>insert cricket chirps>
Er, so hi. I've a few questions about my ol thunderchicken...I'm wanting to get the best gas mileage out of it that I possibly can. So the following are things I want to do;
First of all, the engine's piston rings are gone to the point that it's burning too much oil to idle while in gear. This little problem came out of the woodwork so to speak, of course, right after I had someone replace the head gaskets. So I'm planning on saying "screw it", salvaging the newly-shaved heads along with anything else good on/in the engine, and buying a freshly-remanned one from a company on eBay for $1200 (including shipping)(here
). Is it a decent price to (hopefully) have no further worries?
And on the same note, how much would it cost to have it broken in and tuned on a dyno?
I've been thinking about swapping the old AOD for a manual...how difficult and expensive would it be, and would it be better than staying with the AOD and stuffing 4R70W internals/wide-ratio gearset in it? And if the latter, how much can I expect to pay...
(there's an article around here that shows how to do an auto-to-manual swap, but I can't find it :\)
Also, it would be nice to swap out the rear gears for something favoring fuel economy over acceleration...what years can I swap from, and just how low can the 3.8 reasonably handle?
Headers. Oreilly's site has some listed for this engine and body, but no prices and I don't know exactly what pair to get. Hopefully, they aren't too expensive. Additionally, I want to slap dual exhausts on, but I can't seem to find any premade kits. If someone could point me to a site that makes stuff like this for my year of engine, that'd be great...
On the other hand, a decent muffler shop could likely make me a custom set of pipes, eh? But I'm not so sure what to do with the cats; I don't want the CEL to be constantly on due to the missing third cat, but I don't want to by another cat for the second pipe, either. It'd be nice to get rid of the big cat and stay with the small cats. If it weren't for my wanting to do my part and all that rot, I'd take all three of them out...
The mechanical fan has got to go. I can grab an electric fan from most any later model t-bird as long as I find a suitable controller for it, right?
Eh, it's getting late...there's more, but I'm tired. Any pointers would be very much appreciated