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Old 02-15-2006, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
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'94 'Boid and Junkyards

Re: '94 'Boid and Junkyards

I belong to '94 TBird LX V8, 61k mi.

No, I'm not gonna put the 'Boid in the junkyard. Not yet.
I am occasionally tempted ... :-)

True or False:

If ya call a junkyard and ask if they got a part for, say,
a 1981 <whatever>, they'll likely say something like "We
don't keep 'em on the yard that old. They're all crushed
and scrapped".

If ya call a junkyard and ask if they got a part for, say,
a 1994 <whatever>, they'll likely say something like one
of the following:

1.) Yeah, we got one.
2.) No, but we get 'em periodically. Try next week.
3.) No, but whasshisname over yonder might have one.

Suppose, now, that a Po' Soul was financially challenged,
and needed to run his ThunderChicken until the wheels
fall off (the TB -or- the Po' Soul, whichever comes
first).

Question becomes "What parts, on the '94 'Boid with 4.6 L and
4r70w ("SHIFT, DAMN YOU!!!") tranny are likely to require
replacement in the second 60k mi. that the PS hopes to get
outa the vehicle"?

Already the seal between the plastic and aluminum radiator
parts appears to be failing. Dunno if this would be a
good candidate for junkyard purchase: maybe buy a rad.
cheap and install new seals?

What is it likely to take in the way of repairs to keep
a '94 TB LX V8 (that is flawlessly maintained and always
babied) reliable from 61k mi. to 120k mi.? How much of it
should a Po' Soul be thinking of buying this year or next
and before the junkyards start crunching everything older than
1995?

And when is the 4r70w likely to fail if it is given the
easiest usage and the best maintenance possible? I already
figger it'd cost maybe 3 times the value of the car to
rebuild at, say, 100k mi. I've been putting maybe 4k mi.
per year on the car.

Any/all help/advice much appreciated.

Prost,
Puddin'
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Old 02-15-2006, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '94 'Boid and Junkyards

that I think is a trick loaded question. I have seen the 4.6/4r70w combo
still runnin with 650,000 miles on them in a few limos, and I have seen a
few of them also blowed up with 50,000 miles on them. maintenance is a big
issue. motor oil and filter changes every 3,000 miles and trans service
every 35,000 miles does wonders. but 50,000 miles with no fluid changes
normally leads to sludge in the motor, and burned up transmissions


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Old 02-15-2006, 20:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: '94 'Boid and Junkyards

On Wed, 15 Feb 2006 15:28:39 -0500, "tom" <tjctransport@optonline.net>
wrote:

>that I think is a trick loaded question.


You mean the 4r70w Q. Wasn't meant as a trick Q.

>I have seen the 4.6/4r70w combo
>still runnin with 650,000 miles on them in a few limos,


LC Town Car limos? How much might they have spent on repairs?
Do some folks rebuild 4.6's? For that matter, are -any-
motors (to speak of) rebuilt nowadaze?

>and I have seen a
>few of them also blowed up with 50,000 miles on them.


That sounds like abuse. Many limo drivers (maybe most everyone
not driving something they've paid for) are not overly
concerned with repair costs and the like?

>maintenance is a big
>issue. motor oil and filter changes every 3,000 miles and trans service
>every 35,000 miles does wonders.


I'm 100% up-to-snuff.

>but 50,000 miles with no fluid changes
>normally leads to sludge in the motor, and burned up transmissions


With pert near any vehicle, I 'spect.

Still don't think it's a trick Q. Should've mentioned that
the 61k existing mi. are about 80% city miles.

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