I just read through all the new member info. It all looks like standard issue auto enthusiast forum instructions, so I think I'll fit right in.
I just picked up a 99 CSVT (black/MNB) for my brother yesterday. He's not familiar with message forums, so I'll likely be posting stuff a lot for him. The car is currently not running, and the previous owner says it has been sitting "for at least a year". The current tags have an expiration of May 05. My math suggests that it's been sitting for about 3.5 years. The owner (a deisel mechanic) decided to rebuild the engine after it spun a rod bearing. He removed, disassembled, rebuilt (with new bearing, gaskets, etc), and installed the engine into the car. He never could get the car to start. No clue why.
My current plan is to pull the engine/trans, and get the engine on a stand. I'll do some basic diagnostic work (comp check, leak down), and the begin disassembly. Since I didn't build the engine, I want to completely take it apart and put it back together checking all the clearances and tolerances. If I find any catastrophic failure to the engine, we're going to look at dropping in a 3.0L. It seems there is a lot of good info on this site to support that.
Some random info:
I live about 20 minutes from Deal's Gap (Tail of the Dragon). I'm there about once a week spring through fall. If anyone's ever planning a trip through, let me know.
I've never had a Contour of any kind, but I've got a 03 SVT Focus that I've had since new. It's been a great car, and if the SVT bits on it are any indication, I can't wait to get the SVTC running.
I autocross my Focus in the East TN Region (STS). Current mods are AEM CAI, Borla catback, and 15x7 Centerline Storms with Toyo R1R rubber.
My daily driver is a 94 Explorer Sport RWD. It's setup pre-runner style with a small lift, 31's, and a built up 4.0L (heads, cam, fresh bottom end, headers, exhaust, ..., the list goes on).
I'm into motorcycles. I've got a 03 GSXR 600. No, it's not chromed out and it doesn't have an extended swing arm. It's got a lot of scratches, and no chicken strips. I ride for the corners.
I'm on a handful of other forums with the same username. Focaljet.com, Gixxer.com, ExplorerForum.com, ETRSCCA.org, and a few others that I am less active on.