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Thread: Blu's 1995 Contour SE 3L build thread

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    Default Blu's 1995 Contour SE 3L build thread

    *11-5-08
    Car = 212,231 Miles
    Motor = 19,151 Miles
    Trans/clutch/torsen = 1,124 Miles*


    *7-13-09
    Car = 217,010 Miles
    Motor = 23,930 Miles
    Trans/clutch/torsen = 4,779 Miles*


    *9-10-10
    Car = 224,225 Miles
    Motor = 31,145 Miles
    Trans/clutch/torsen = 11,994 Miles*


    *10-21-11
    Car = 231,568 Miles
    Motor = 38,488 Miles
    Trans/clutch/torsen = 19,337 Miles*


    *6-18-12
    Car = 235,418 Miles
    Motor = 42,338 Miles
    Trans/clutch/torsen = 23,187 Miles*


    *11-14-12 Clutch went out.
    Car = 238,623 Miles
    Motor = 45,543 Miles
    Trans/clutch/torsen = 26,392 Miles*


    *12-13-12
    Car = 238,623 Miles
    Motor = 45,543 Miles
    Trans w/torsen = 26,392 Miles
    Clutchnet w/ LUK TOB/PP = 0 Miles*


    *5-20-13
    Car = 240,023 Miles
    Motor = 46,943 Miles
    Trans w/torsen = 27,792 Miles
    Clutchnet w/ LUK TOB/PP = 1,400 Miles*



    *8-29-14 Trans went out.
    Car = 244,295 Miles
    Motor = 51,215 Miles
    Stock Trans = 51,138Miles
    FORD SVT OEM clutch kit = 1,382 Miles*










    Time for me to take the plunge and attempt to put a 3L in my '95 SE. This will have start to finish pics that to some, will not look like much, but to others might inspire them to do the same. I hope this works. I believe it will be one of few '95 contour with a 3L that is currently on the road and driving.

    Upgrade List

    Motor
    -2005 Taurus 3L DOHC (18,027 miles)
    -bugzuki plates
    -ported heads
    -powder coat and paint just about every thing I can
    -keep original secondaries
    -2.5 pan/gasket and pickup tube
    -SVT UIM
    -MSDS headers & Y pipe
    -DMD
    -2.5 valve and timing covers
    -new AC compressor and drier
    -3L water pump
    -new serp. and water pump belt
    -finally connect my oil pressure sending unit
    -'01 cougar mount
    -new starter
    -new alternator


    Pre98 Rod-shift TRANS
    -LSD torsen diff
    -zetec final drive
    -new seals
    -new TOB
    -SVT clutch & PP
    -SVT resurfaced flywheel


    BRAKES/SUSPENSION
    -new ebrake cables
    -SVT 11.75" front rotors on rear w/ stainless lines and warmonger brackets and hardware
    -Baer 13" front brake kit, zinc coated rotors w/ stainless lines
    -new sway bar end links and bushings
    -new 4 bolt control arms with ball joints


    TOTAL BUILD COSTS=

    -almost new napa starter ($60)
    -almost new motorcraft alternator ($90)
    -New ford ac compressor(ebay $50) and almost new drier(free, parts car)
    -New svt clutch, pp, and TOB ($220)
    -resurfaced svt flywheel ($40)
    -2005 18k mile 3L delivered ($360 bay auto parts)
    -bugzukie plates ($35)
    -Livin built pre98 trans delivered (bartered: cash $235 labor+shipped, used 13" wilwood kit, and powder coating)
    -new gaskets ($100ish)
    -newly rebuilt 13" baer front kit with rotors ($500)
    -New NPG rear kit with new rotors (bartered for powder coating)
    -almost new e-brake cables (free, parts car)
    -New MSDS headers (bartered for a mirko that I got for free)
    -used MSDS Y pipe coated ($70 shipped)
    -'01 cougar mount ($23)
    -New DMD ($20)
    -New stainless brake lines ($80)
    -New PRT front roll resistor ($40)
    -New PRT rear roll resistor (had that already)
    -New moog sway bar end links ($28)
    -New 4 bolt control arms with ball joints ($130)

    Total= $2,081
    And I figured about $300 worth of powder coating. So, about $2,381..... It is good to know such nice people here on CEG!

    I still have to subtract parts I have/am selling off the 3L that I won't be using. AND the recycling scrap price of the old motor and heads.
    +$82 for scrap return



    I will add more upgrades as they are purchased.


    This build started because the pressure relief valve has failed in the oil pump. Most said you must pull the motor to change the pump. I have decided that since the motor will be pulled, why not upgrade?
    After going through 6 oil filter blow-outs, it is time!

    The day before all this started to happen, I posted pics of my newly powder coated SVT UIM, TB, pud heat shield, and valve covers. The original motor and trans just hit 212,000 miles.





    The next morning was a different story........

    Pics of oil blow-outs in my garage and driveway








    I just took off the 6th filter and found that the housing has completely seperated from the threaded cap:



    I have never done anything mechanical to the motor of this car and I am very motor "dumb" for lack of a better word. I have been around a long time, but that does not mean that I know what I am doing. All I can do is ask questions and read about what others have done in the past. If I incorrectly name a part or mis detail a process, please speak up! - I am learning as I go.
    *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
    25 Contour / Mystiques and counting......
    I'M POWDER COATING AGAIN! PM ME FOR REQUESTS.

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    2005 taurus 3L
    18,027 miles
    $350 Delivered


    I hope I got the right one





    *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
    25 Contour / Mystiques and counting......
    I'M POWDER COATING AGAIN! PM ME FOR REQUESTS.

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    Here are some basic tear down progress pictures. I thought some would like to see them. I am just gradually picking away at this project because I have the time and the room to do it. My motivation and goal is getting it to SZ '09 and running like a champ.









    *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
    25 Contour / Mystiques and counting......
    I'M POWDER COATING AGAIN! PM ME FOR REQUESTS.

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    Motor pulled, what a headache


    Inside the bad oil pump:

    *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
    25 Contour / Mystiques and counting......
    I'M POWDER COATING AGAIN! PM ME FOR REQUESTS.

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    saving spot
    *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
    25 Contour / Mystiques and counting......
    I'M POWDER COATING AGAIN! PM ME FOR REQUESTS.

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    I am going to save this spot too, sorry
    *CLICK HERE ---> 1995 SE 3L WITH MATCHING TRAILER <--- CLICK HERE*
    25 Contour / Mystiques and counting......
    I'M POWDER COATING AGAIN! PM ME FOR REQUESTS.

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    I'm saving this one

    Correct Motor FTW and a great price delivered with that mileage.



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    Im not savin anything, looks good man, keep up the work, I love this car.

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    Keep it up and ask plenty of questions. Most parts of this swap are not that difficult and you should have no trouble learning what you need to know. I would wager to say that you will be done way before your goal.
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    Looking good

    Just one thing, you might have some trouble with the legs of the engine crane due to the placement off the front jack stands...

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