Alan, I know what you mean about one misplaced part ruining the whole soup...
The first engine I rebuilt (Dirt bike, ~1977), I had one washer left over. I didn't yet know the importance of NOT having pieces left over, and , luckily didn't break anything when it stuck in 6th, in the middle of BF, with no downshift.
As soon as I can get a later core, I'm going to get with you on a kit; I believe I can assemble it correctly.
The stuff I usually deal with is much smaller, and just as complex... working with wrenches instead of tweezers and magnifiers is a blast, comparatively. (I do electronics work; everything from 0402 resistors to multi-horsepower positioner systems. At least I can see these parts.
If I take one apart, I can get it back together. I have the helm manuals, as backup.
I realize there are several different cores that will work, and I've read all the articles, as well as most of the advice you have given out; and as I understand it, the mustang 99-02, or non-police crown vic or marauder tranny 99-? is the core I want. are these pretty much the same, or is there a core that will save me a bunch of time and effort?
I'm going to get one from a boneyard, and I can't see just putting one in without modding it, just for longevity; but is this (not rebuilding it) a viable option for a low milage core from the newer cars? (for a daily driver with no mods)
The one I have in my red car is at 190k miles, leaks from the rear seal, and only acts up if I haven't added fluid lately; If these are the bad ones... I thought (for about 10 seconds) about repairing the rear seal, and probably the bushing, but I can't see dropping something with 190k and not replacing the whole thing...
Maybe I'll be able to get in on the next GP, and all this will be moot...
Thanks for the help!
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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