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Hey folks,

Been lurking for a while; I think this is my first post. Long time Ford owner. First Ford was a hand-me-down from my Dad: 72 Custom 500 Wagon. 2 BR, no bath. OK, not that big. Next Ford for me was a 75 Torino wagon that I transplanted the drivetrain from the 72 into. Followed over the years by: 87 Mustang LX 5.0 (heavily modified), 78 Mustang King Cobra, 68 Mustang Fastback, 99 Taurus SL sedan (Vulcan motor), 96 Explorer 4x4, 2001 Sable Wagon (Vulcan), and currently a 99 Taurus SE wagon with the Duratec DOHC. It's this car that I'm modding. I have some plans once I acquire another DD to do an engine swap. In the meantime, I want to do some convenience, appearance, and "make it unique" mods. Hoping others might have some suggestions.

1.) I live in an area with well lit roads and I have good night vision, so I put my headlights on auto. I'd like to find a way to have them NOT light until the car is started or moving. I know the 99 wouldn't have a park sense wire. Any suggestions how to accomplish this?

2.) I'd like to add a rear spoiler. I like the looks of wagons with a rear spoiler over the window and or coming off the roof. I'm thinking I'd mount it near the rear of the roof since adding it directly to the glass might have repercussions with vibration and anyway, it would overload the lifts. Something like in the photo attached, but I'm open to thinner ones. Suggestions?

3.) I'll add this to the wanted section under Marketplace, but since we're both here... anyone got a Gen3 Taurus EATC radio faceplate? Lead on one? Know someone with old stock?

I'm looking for a radio faceplate to use an aftermarket head unit, either single DIN or double DIN (double preferred). The faceplate to use with electronic temp (EATC).

Thanks in advance. Hope the new year is treating you well,
mthomp
 

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I combined your posts. Sorry I have nothing to add other than google is your friend and maybe ebay.
 

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Once you step outside the realm of the cookie cutter norm, it's up to you to blaze that new path. Auto headlights use nothing more than a photocell preset to close a switch. With that piece of knowledge, you're left with 2 choices, finding all the pieces parts on a newer car to make it work, or create something of your own.


https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=photocell&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=78271487889555&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_67dzg6ygzg_e


A spoiler? Well, there's dozens of YouTube videos showing how to make custom body parts out of carbon fiber and fiber glass. My suggestion would be to mock something up in cardboard, slap some resin on the cardboard to stiffen it, then use that as a pattern to create the real thing.
 

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I'm guessing you didn't read all of my question. I'm not looking to add auto headlights. I have them. I'm looking to be able to leave them on auto, but not come on until the car is either running or taken out of park. Currently they come on as soon as the key is turned to run (if not enough light gets to the photocell). I want to delay that until the car is running.

I have neither the skills, patience, nor the desire to acquire the skills to create my own spoiler. I've seen the stuff on YT and most of it looks like crap. If I was doing that I'd either create a mold first of the top of the hatch, then create it from wood so I can ensure that everything is correctly sized, uniform and symmetrical, finally laying down fiberglass under ABS, or I'd 3D print it. . Once done, everyone would want one and I'd have to become an LLC and get a tax permit, find a materials supplier, and start building these and then I wouldn't have any time to be on the forums ;-).
 

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"I'm guessing you didn't read all of my question. I'm not looking to add auto headlights. I have them. I'm looking to be able to leave them on auto, but not come on until the car is either running or taken out of park. Currently they come on as soon as the key is turned to run (if not enough light gets to the photocell). I want to delay that until the car is running"


You're right, I missed that part, you can add a time delay relay and have the relay energized with the fuel pump. Set it for 5 seconds and if you don't start running immediately, the headlights remain off. As far as the other mods, what you ask doesn't exist.
 

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"I'm guessing you didn't read all of my question. I'm not looking to add auto headlights. I have them. I'm looking to be able to leave them on auto, but not come on until the car is either running or taken out of park. Currently they come on as soon as the key is turned to run (if not enough light gets to the photocell). I want to delay that until the car is running"


You're right, I missed that part, you can add a time delay relay and have the relay energized with the fuel pump. Set it for 5 seconds and if you don't start running immediately, the headlights remain off. As far as the other mods, what you ask doesn't exist.
I saw this yesterday and today one of the customers let me know he found a time delay relay on Amazon (yeah, most likely cheap stuff) but he suggests we can try that. So I've ordered it. I'll probably tie it in right after the light sensor. While the lamps can come on while the vehicle is off if someone just turns the key to run, I'll set it for a 10 or 15 second delay. The car should be running and no spikes or drops in voltage. I'm pretty sure that they lamps aren't igniting because of starting with low voltage. The relay is only $10 so it won't kill me if it's something else. I was thinking about getting it from the fuel pump relay, oil pressure sensor or the alternator, but this will keep it all in the cabin and I don't have to mess with any other system.

Thank you all. I am always appreciative of your knowledge and ideas.
 
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