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by john keefe
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Project, Photo & Video Phorum
Topic: Ford Performance email mag: "RYAN LABOMBARD’S ECO-BOOSTED ’87 MERKUR RESTOMOD’S THE BOMB"
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Re: Ford Performance email mag: "RYAN LABOMBARD’S ECO-BOOSTED ’87 MERKUR RESTOMOD’S THE BOMB"

Really surprised to see it too. Nicely done. Now, if we could just get a Cossie look-a-like on those pages, we might have even more interest. A few years ago, someone in a Mustang asked me at a stoplight if it was a "new" Ford they were coming out with... and he was serious. Guess it was the Ford ba...
by john keefe
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

I guess superglueing the needle would be the easiest solution. For my 5.0XR, I installed a few Autometer gauges for accuracy. Centered the tach here, and installed LED bulbs for the turn signal blinker as it ends up getting kinda' blocked on the right side, not to mention the stock bulb is too weak ...
by john keefe
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

Thanks Andy, The problem is that I did purchase 2 new Motorcraft sensors, and they're both reading the same. They happen to be green ring ones from Europe, as I found nothing in the U.S. correct for this 2.9L. The U.S. listed sensors all seem to be the smaller, 5.0L or Bronco types. As far as I coul...
by john keefe
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

Yeah, I'd not expect Ford would spec a different sensor when the (then) system worked well. Pennies per car adds up to a lot of $$$ cost in a production run. My second suspect is the gauge, but it was reading OK prior to the sensor stalk cracking off. Would be a heckuva coincidence if both had gone ...
by john keefe
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

OK, thermometer reading is at 178deg., with coolant gauge needle at the edge of the "normal" box, just before it crosses over into the red. Since this is a dedicated circuit from the sender, and the gauge was working fine before, I conclude the Euro sensor is not calibrated to gauge. So... again, wo...
by john keefe
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

Ha! I thought those lazer thermometers were all in the $250+ Snap-On tool range. I know an HVAC contractor who spent more than that on his to evaluate windows, doors, etc.. Didn't even think about the "home use/cooking" $20 models, so I'll pick one up later today. Thanks for the advice.
by john keefe
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

Bob, I'd love to have one, but on a limited budget. Brokencase, perhaps I should have written, "... on the high side, above NORMAL." The gauge had always registered between R & M in the letters "NORMAL" before the sensor disintegrated. Now its above the N, just touching or under the lower of the two...
by john keefe
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: Motor mounts + Timing Belt + valve cover compatibility
Replies: 19
Views: 1021

Re: Motor mounts + Timing Belt + valve cover compatibility

When you realign the DS, just tape on a lazer pencil firmly on the DS, and make a paper gauge to reference and stick it one the tail shaft, or refer to the guibo. Alignment is when you get the same distance of the spot beam on the paper (or other) from center all the way around.
by john keefe
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

Why do you want to step down the voltage? The action seems to be "normal," just high. If its just a matter a little higher reading because the Euro sensor is calibrated slightly differently for an ECU (for whatever reason), then stepping down the voltage to the gauge itself 25% or so would bring it...
by john keefe
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

Finally had time to swap out the clutch fan. Good call on the $15.00 eBay wrench. Weird... the old one spun off easily, in fact it was a few threads loose. The nut on the new clutch was a tick over 36mm, but a little grinding on the wrench solved that. Had to redo the install after discovering the s...
by john keefe
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

36mm, so why the heck do my 36mm's not fit the "OEM" replacement nut? I'll have to do some more investigation when I get back. Just seems improbable that somebody would install a 37mm nut on the clutch by mistake... I can't off hand think of any application for which I needed a 37mm wrench, which is...
by john keefe
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

if all else fails, I'll just get a 36mm, and grind it down a bit to fit.
by john keefe
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

Does this fan clutch require a 37mm wrench??? I mic'd 36.5mm on the replacement fan clutch out of the box, and 36mm doesn't work in socket, or box wrench. 37mm is a shade smaller than 1.5". No such size wrench out there on eBay.
by john keefe
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: XR4Ti
Topic: 5.0L XR Not Passing Smog... Solved
Replies: 18
Views: 1511

Re: 5.0L XR Not Passing Smog... Solved

PIP is a good call, but I noticed very little difference on a timing light with SPOUT-IN. Timing shifted up/down the same 2deg. delta base timing, and neither jumped up more than the other under throttle blip.
by john keefe
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Scorpio
Topic: Coolant Temperature Sender
Replies: 72
Views: 16594

Re: Coolant Temperature Sender

Yeah, going to test resistance deltas on the other new one against a known good one. I'm a little suspect... doesn't matter if I'm at idle, in traffic, going 70mph, or with the A/C on or off, it still reads the same. At the high end of the "normal" scale. On the other hand, this is the third time I'...