I know, I know, it's not (just) an AeroBird, but it is close enough and already has some of the stuff that I'd end up doing anyway...
Had a good lead on one, but the timing was off (me being able to go get it, the car ran fine, just needed a trans, I'd have done a T5 swap ASAP!).
So I'm still looking, I'm not above considering a car that needs an engine/trans, as I'd very soon be replacing those with some upgraded puppies anyway, but requirements are no rust, damage, or a puppies interior. Of course if I could find a 5.0 Tbird/Cat, these would also have consideration in the same shape.
Not asking for leads (here, anyway) but if there's one out there that you know of that isn't 693 miles (or more) from North Missouri, I'd be definitely interested. Nothing else really grabs me....tired of Mustangs, not a fan of the 4 eye Birds, though if a 5.0 in good shape came about I'd for sure weigh on it too.
I've even thought about 5.0 swapping a Ranger, but I'd rather have something that is able to haul 4 kids if I need it to, but something I can zip back and forth to work in rather than put miles and wear on my Expedition...plus...driving it 40 miles a day round trip....equates to about 150 a week in gas...and that's the puppies puppies.
I'd just be quiet and look at a Focus or a Fusion, or something, but I like my balls in my pants and not in a purse. No offense to those here who might drive one...I actually do have a Milan (Mercury's version of a Fusion) and while it's a great car, my woman friend drives it and I ain't about to turn her loose in a lifted big-assed SUV LOL.
Anyway, I'm just rambling now, but I'm on the hunt for something. Kinda want a Mark VII as I've never had one, but it's still the same as what I know with some nice puppies too...
Of course, if I had the $, I'd have a Focus ST. I think that would definitely show everyone a nice fat bulge right below my belt buckle.
My birthday is next week if anyone is feeling exceptionally generous...LOL.
The hunt continues....or the hontinuing cun....n/m.....
So with 4 kids growing like proverbial weeds, plus one more that joins the pack along with his mom, we needed more room.
SSo this is what we decided. It's a 2011 Expy EL, XLT trimmed. At first it was a bit much but once you get used to it it's just right (that's what SHE said). I've already done a few little changes to it, some LED lighting within and without, rear wiper conversion, smoked LED 3rd brakelight, Magnaflow cat back etc etc.
Thing pulls like a train from about 55 on surprisingly, for a fat girl. Has the 5.4 3v in it...IIRC, the HP is a bit over 300 and something like 360 foot pounds of twist...may be wrong but I can tell you it feels like a diesel when you step on it. I don't have more planned for it, other than a small lift and some 33s on F150 wheels, some tint for the front door glass, and a serious upgrade to the infotainment area.
The day we first saw this we also drove an Explorer Sport...the one with the ecoboom. I was interested in it till I drove it. Thing was a rat, needed brakes, suspension, tires, and did NOT feel like a TT engine. Oh well, need more room anyway. This Expy ought to pull a 20' camper easily. Probably won't get it into the mountains, but it ought to handle a trip to the grand canyon next spring.
My girlfriend's son (he's 6), just got a positive covid test result. We're all in quarantine now, and the likely vector is Mason's dad, he had it, as did his girlfriend.
My girl took the test along with Mason, but she's negative. I'm going next Tuesday to get tested along with my 4 kids...
So far none of us have had any symptoms, except for a low grade fever here and there, and me, Samantha, and my ex have all had some pretty major headaches that lasted 2 or 3 days. I have had a slight chest pain that lasted a few days but is gone now. I'm just tired.
I'm willing to bet I'm positive. I just haven't felt as strong as I normally do.
Anyone else here had or have it? Hopefully nobody else gets it...it's really puppies up everything.
So about a year ago, some issues started cropping up on the homefront. I started to gradually notice a little emotional distance with the wife. Things got bad, she left June of '19 with the kids for 6 weeks and change. Came home, we both promised we'd work to better ourselves, individually and as a unit.
Well, puppies happens.
The long and short of it was after noticing some heavy activity with her and her phone, a check of the cell records and whatnot, found out she'd been messing with another guy. He left his wife for mine, as well.
It was pretty rough around February (she left for good in January)....got pretty down and out but thank puppies didn't have any kind of relapse beyond getting rip rolling drunk a few times.
Anyhow, this isn't a pity me post, or a hey, look at me thing..it's got a hell of an upside; in April I met a hell of a good gal, we've had some great times, and the kids adore her and she loves them like her own.
As for my marriage......I'm making some calls this week to find out what needs to be done. The (soon to be ex) wife and I have agreed to not have a custody battle, we share the kids equally, and while she moved out (obviously!, lol) it's in the same school district, so that's not a concern.
It's been a pretty god damned rough road there for a time, but for a few good friends, I likely wouldn't be here typing this tonight. Also, on that worst of nights where puppies was as bad as I've ever known, the one thought in my mind was "I can not put my kids through this!"
I'll be 43 on Tuesday, life is so much better now. To think....I almost...
Anyway, my head is in a much better space now. I'm eating better, living better. In a few months we'll (Samantha, the 5 kids between us, and myself) will be in a new house with room for all of us.
Sometimes, the dream is attainable. puppies' aye!
I've been here over 15 years, some of you guys even longer than that.. I've "known" some of you younger guys that started here when you weren't even old enough to drive, and now you guys have built and owned some pretty bad ass Birds and Cats. Point is...puppies isn't always roses and rainbows. But nothing is worth dying for, and neither is another person.
I've been there, done that. Many of us have. There ever comes a time where someone needs someone to talk to....I'm a real good listener with some advice from my own experiences...
That, having been a member here for the nearly 14 years, and seeing how relatively unchanged this place has been, I want to thank Eric, Carmen, Chuck, and everyone else that's helped this place get to where and what it is today.
I was looking at another forum (gun forum) and how much they've changed, ie; sold out to corporate forum ownership and realized that we're lucky here. It's kept up by true fans with passion, rather than driven to be a profit generator.
For that, I applaud and commend you guys. You puppies' rock, keep it up.
PS, there will be a new addition to my herd before long. It's a 5.0 and was born in Lorain in late '87..
Picked up a '98 with a lot of miles but documented maintenance, it's really nice, in and out.
Has the 5.0 of course, after the white '97 SOHC 4.0 puppies, I won't even contemplate another of those.
I still of course have my Mountaineer, but it's fate is sealed. It has a date with destiny soon, it's going to give up it's engine harness, transmission, and fuel lines, which are going into the white Explorer, along with a lower mile 5.0
It's a fair bit of work, but the white one has a lot of new suspension stuff, ball joints, etc, and the body is in great shape, as is the interior..
Awhile back (last fall) I bought a '97 Explorer with the 4.0, the body is in great shape. Had the "rattle" that any 4.0 owner comes to dread before emptying wallets, kids' piggy banks, and putting in a second mortgage on the house over.
Well, I ain't fixin' this piece of puppies, broken timing chain boat anchor of an engine.
So last week I bought a wrecked '99 Mountaineer (5.0)
You may see where I'm going with this....
The plan is to use the '99 engine, pirate the fuel system, engine harness and ECM from my worn out (345,000 mile) '97 Mountaineer, and swap it all into the '97 Explorer (former)4.0.
It's a big job, and thereby delaying my Mustang puppies. I've gotta have an SUV. I also am planning on using my '97 5.0 trans, as I'm not sure if the trans in the '99 is the same kind.
I put a new frontend, tires, brakes, and shocks on the '97 Explorer, and my '97 Mounty is, let's say..past it's prime. It's served me well, and I'm not one to get attached to a mechanical object, but I'm going to miss it when it's gone. It's been great these last 5 years, but face it. Doors stick, barely open, loud exhaust sucks, needs ball joints and tires and brakes and new rotors and....and......
First things first. Gotta get the engine out of the '99 and examine it. Drunk chick ran off the road and hit a tree and tore the driver's front off. Still has oil in the pan and the first thing I checked was the inertia switched. Yup, it was tripped, so I'm fairly certain the engine is good still. She broker her neck in the wreck, was airlifted out. Don't drink and drive.
Pics to come, welcome to my summer of insanity. (anyone here a therapist....I could use help..ha.)
no real point to this thread, other than general puppies n' moanin' about the subject matter. Timing chain, '97 Exploder.
Half the miles and wear of my '97 Mountaineer (that one's a 5.0) and it's already laid down on us. We got it in December..
I'm already looking for a donor exploder/mounty to do a 5.0 transplant. As long as it has a good engine (meaning less miles than my Mounty) I'll buy the engine (or whole vehicle) and swap. If I have to nab puppies from the Mounty, I will. It's getting rough, one of the doors doesn't stick...rust holes bigger than an elephant's ass in the quarters, etc. That 300K mile engine and trans still run pretty puppies good though. All I truly need is an exhaust....y pipe, cats, etc. Mine's rusted, broken all to hell and back....
I've not been as active here, other than reading posts a couple of times a week. I've gotten a new job, I'm a freight unloader at Wal Mart. I won't be ordering that new Mustang any time soon, but the cash infusion into things means I may actually get my engine dropped in this winter, time notwithstanding.
I'm casually looking for a set of 24# injectors and a matching mass air meter, but it's not the highest of priorities right this minute. Still, if the right deal(s) came along, I wouldn't hesitate.
The Mounty is needing some work, our Kia (wife's daily) is down n out due to front wheel bearings, and if it wasn't for a loaner car via my dad, well, I'd be thumbing it back and forth LOL.
Anyway, that's my last 6 weeks in a very brief summary, and I wish it would rain..lol. There's so much dust on stuff, it's about like being in the desert. I'm off today because I'm sick, seems like the cold/chest infection stuff going around has caught up to me....first I've been sick in nearly a year, but I'm not crappin' and pukin' like I was last Thanksgiving, so there's that to be grateful for.
Y'all be careful...keep those wrenches spinning, or the tires, one. :D