Fabulous Fords Forever 2015

The goal of entering my car into this show painted has been achieved. I am proud of the accomplishment and although there are a few things to address, the car at this point is pretty much complete. I will probably start winding down any more progress reports unless there is something crazy like a new Coyote engine falls from the sky and into my engine bay. Here are some pictures from the show.

Special thanks to my best friend T for going with me. He was there when I picked up the car and there when I presented a finished project.

Bumps in the road

After completing the reassembly of the car, I drove it down to my parent’s home and picked up my son from school. I noticed a sound that I was instantly dreading. There was a knocking that happened as the engine ran. At first I thought it might be my catalytic converters but thought that can’t be since they are relatively new. Then I thought, ope!, I think my engine is a goner. Then, I realized it was more of a rattle so I went under and could hear vibrations when I banged on the cats with my fist. Oh God. The cats.

After some investigating I came to the conclusion that indeed my cats may be bad. After calling Magnaflow and asking for warranty information, they told me to contact a dealer and buy a new system and send the old one back and if they find that it was defective they would credit me. This was after I had asked if I could take my car down to them to inspect. They declined. So, the going rate right now is nearly $1000 for a new cat system. I went up to Speedway Muffler in Upland. After talking to one of the guys, he said that it may take a while to get the warranty going with Magnaflow and in the end, 99% of the time, they say it is the consumer’s car’s fault. Now I know that they are in business, so I just figured, I should just fix it and be done with it. So they removed the rear cats and indeed they were shot.

Unfortunately, I don’t know how this happened as I don’t remember hitting any debris or speed bumps that might have damaged the units. One of the units had a broken brick and the other brick had detached from the housing.

The shop replaced them with new Magnaflow cats and at this point, we’ll see how long they last. I feel rather blah about it since I had a feeling that Magnaflow¬†would not replace the set easily and I figured that I’d be screwed.

Exterior Assembly Complete

I picked up my car from Mario’s Auto Works after they cut and buffed the paint. What a difference. The paint is super smooth with a mirror like finish. I am so impressed by the paint job that I almost wish I went with a different color but in the end the color I chose was just what I was looking for. I am so glad that I was able to send my car to these guys. They are true pros at what they do and I am proud to say they are part of my extended family. All that is left to do is to reassemble the interior. I successfully reused the old headliner that came out and although it isn’t perfect, it looks way better than it was and I wasn’t even sure I was going to replace it.

Here are some pics of the car but be warned there are a lot of smudge marks and hand prints from the assembly.

Reassembly continues

Continued with partial reassembly after paint. Here’s what I’ve tackled:

  • New door and hatch weatherstrip
  • New Door handles
  • Reinstalled lights including new LX tailllights
  • Reinstalled my regular wheels
  • Installed insulation on the roof
  • Installed grill
  • Installed mirrors
  • Installed door window belt weatherstrip
  • Dynamatted the front doors, cleaned and reinstalled the door panels
  • Installed Pioneer speakers in the doors.

Images of said work:

Medusa is back from paint!

After a few weeks at Mario’s Auto Works, the car has been picked up. I have to say that the color is exactly what I wanted. For the most part it looks black until the sun or the light hits it.

The color is Ford’s DI Dark Ink Blue Metallic,¬†DI, M7187A. The color is for a Flex of an Edge from 2008 or 2010.

Now it’s time to reassemble the car to the a degree before sending her back to the paint shop to be cut and buffed. Here are some initial pics of the car when I picked it up and some early work on the reassembly.