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Old 03-08-2015, 01:14 AM   #151
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Had a friend who worked for Ford Leasing keep an eye out for a '94 Ford Explorer for me. I specified no power windows etc. fearing that such might need repair.
After four months he came up with an Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer that was clean, low miles, faithfully serviced. It had power everything. Price was right.

Nothing broke.
Drove it for several years and then passed it along to my daughter. Two weeks later it blew a head gasket. Never did have to replace a computer or electric motor.
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Old 03-08-2015, 03:18 AM   #152
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I feel some of that, too. One minor reason for the manual transmission in my current car is that the much greater complexity of the automatic seems like a risk of an expensive rebuild (which I won't be able to do) somewhere down the line. On the other hand, I would rather have the fuel injection systems that run my current engines with no maintenance work and no attention than the not-so-simple carburetors that I dealt with on previous vehicles.

We used to drive a Triumph Spitfire and my wife and I could both adjust the ignition points. The simplicity was nice, but now the electronic ignition systems just work for the whole life of the car with no attention - and since distributors are no longer used, they're actually mechanically simpler than the Spitfire's system. Of course, the new ones have a pile of unrepairable electronic complexity.

A challenge for me is deciding what technology is worth understanding, and what should just be used without worrying about how it works... because it just works.
I hear you . I think in a pinch a match book was just about the correct gauge for your points .
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:22 PM   #153
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If you use anti-seize on the spark plug threads use it sparingly, just a dab. Anti-seize can change the thermal characteristics of the spark plug (heat range).
"use only what the manufacturer recommends". This is very good advise even though Iridium spark plugs are expensive.
The general rule regarding the use of anti-seize on spark plugs is:
if the threaded shank of the spark plugs is plated (usually shinny silver looking) do not use anti seize. The plating is designed to break free when the plug is removed. If the plug is not plated (usually black in colour) anti seize may be used, but sparingly as recommended above. Burnt anti-seize forms a very abrasive compound that can damage cylinder walls and valve stems and or guides. When using anti-seize be careful not to over torque the plug.

1.Anti-seize NGK spark plugs feature what is known as
Trivalent plating. This silver or chrome colored finish
on the threads is designed to provide corrosion resistance against moisture and chemicals. This coating also acts as a release agent during spark plug removal. NGK spark plugs are installed at the factory dry, without the use of anti-seize. NGK tech support has received a number of tech calls from installers whom have over-tightened spark plugs because of the use of anti-seize. Anti- seize compound can act as a lubricant altering torque values up to 20 percent, increasing the risk of spark plug thread breakage. (Copied from the NGK web page)


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Old 03-08-2015, 02:22 PM   #154
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I think in a pinch a match book was just about the correct gauge for your points .
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Old 03-12-2015, 05:27 PM   #155
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GREAT NEWS. The dealer had 3 identical trucks coming from the factory. Two were coming from Dearborn and one from KC. The one from KC is still being held there, but last week the ones from Dearborn began to move. Based on the historical delivery times the dealer has had coming from the Dearborn factory, we didn't think one of them would be here in time for our trip. They were projected to be here between March 18th and March 21st.

The dealer called me just a while ago to let me know that one of them arrived. I pick it up tomorrow, just in time for our Sunday departure. THRILLED. No rental truck.
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Excellent news.
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Old 03-12-2015, 05:37 PM   #157
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Wow ... it is thrilling when things come together that way . Have a wonderful trip .
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:41 PM   #158
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You must be living right!

Remember that sleeplessness as a kid on Christmas Eve...? I imagine you're about that excited at this point.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:23 PM   #159
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Congrats! So happy for you and your wife! Have a great time on your escape vacation!
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Great news!
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