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Zabz
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Reged: 08/10/06
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Loc: New Jersey
Basics...... new
#1298857 - 08/11/06 11:47 PM

Hi all....
I'm a 17 year old who just recieved a 1995 Contour Lx and i want fix it up...Im not sure what im getting my self into or what im even looking for...I basically have $3500 as a budget and am looking to make it look and sound nice...I would like to give it some more power and give it a cool new look...If any one has any ideas please get back to me....

~Steve~ [Email]szpitcher10@verizon.net

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beyondloadedSE
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Reged: 09/29/00
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Loc: Fort Wayne, IN
Re: Basics...... new
#1298872 (Re: Zabz) 08/12/06 12:14 AM

Which motor do you have? That makes a big difference.

I honestly think the SVT bodykit is the best looking bodykit out there. Youll have to mold the front fascia to your existing fascia which myself and others have done. The SVT side skirts and rear fascia will bolt up with a problem. Id finish it off with some 17" or 18" wheels. As for making it faster, I would do the 'basics' and open up the intake and exhaust. Again, depending on what engine you have, will bias MY opinion on what engine mods I would do.

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Jim Hahn
1996 T-Red Contour SE Reborn 4/6/04
3.0L swap and Arizona Dyno Chip Turbo Kit
364 whp, 410 wtq @ 4,700 rpm


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Tony2005
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Re: Basics...... new
#1298873 (Re: Zabz) 08/12/06 12:15 AM

Welcome Zabz .

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"Always do the cheap and easy ones first."

1996 V6 ATX 96K miles


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posthuman63t
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Reged: 07/27/04
Posts: 1746
Loc: Wisconsin
Re: Basics...... new
#1298874 (Re: Zabz) 08/12/06 12:17 AM

Welcome. Try searching in the forum and you'll get a lot of information. At the top of each forum, there are stickies which should be read, and will help you with the basics. You can also do a search in say (if your car has a 2.5) in duratech performance for "exhaust" or "intakes" or whatever regarding the engine. (same applies to the zetec forum)

Thats hsould keep ya busy for awhile. Remember when doing a search, be sure to mark "all posts" and not just the ones from the previous 7 days.

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2000 Contour SVT
SF - #542 of 2150

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ZeroHour
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Loc: Eastern PA
Re: Basics...... new
#1298915 (Re: posthuman63t) 08/12/06 01:33 AM

Welcome to the Club!

As mentioned we'd need to know your engine! Then we can send you in the right direction. Also atx or mtx would help too.

Oh just a heads up, search and read the FAQ! There alot to learn thats already been discussed many times. Of course its always good to ask questions!

Since you have a 1995, you could do as mentioned above and put a SVT kit on. Or you could do a complete 98+ Front End swap. It will make your car look newer and you can get the front SVT bumper without alot of the work.

Basic entry engine upgrades would be new/better plugs and wires. An intake. Exahust. Header(s) depending on motor.


Another nice new member hint is to use photobucket.com to post pictures!

Good luck!

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1998 SE Duratec V6 ATX
Ebay intake with K&N Filter
Trubendz Exhaust
Custom Hood

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Zabz
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Reged: 08/10/06
Posts: 7
Loc: New Jersey
Re: Basics......
#1298953 (Re: ZeroHour) 08/12/06 02:50 AM

Thanks for the welcome.

Sorry I forgot to give you the stats.
1995 Contour LX. 63000 mi.
2.5 Duratech
5 spd. trans.
Green paint that is horrible shape. He doesn't wash and wax very often, but gets regular maintainance.
Everything on this car is stock except for the Blaupunkt head unit.

My uncle gave me this car because he bought a new one.

Edited by Zabz (08/12/06 02:56 AM)

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SVT3Rivieres
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Reged: 08/31/05
Posts: 785
Loc: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Re: Basics...... new
#1298959 (Re: Zabz) 08/12/06 02:58 AM

that sound like a good start, and do everything work well on the car ?

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1998.5 Toreador Red/Midnight Blue Contour SVT - #5912/6535 - DOB - 05/11/1998 -
RU-3530/CTA Intake Pipe
MSDS Heaser/Y-Pipe
Magnaflow #10435
9mm Ford racing
SPEC Stage one/Spec Alum. Flywheel
HERE

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m4gician
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Reged: 06/05/06
Posts: 504
Loc: Toronto (Woodbridge)
Re: Basics...... new
#1299033 (Re: Zabz) 08/12/06 05:41 AM

Originally posted by Zabz:
Thanks for the welcome.

Sorry I forgot to give you the stats.
1995 Contour LX. 63000 mi.
2.5 Duratech
5 spd. trans.
Green paint that is horrible shape. He doesn't wash and wax very often, but gets regular maintainance.
Everything on this car is stock except for the Blaupunkt head unit.

My uncle gave me this car because he bought a new one.





WELCOME TO CEG you're going to find this is a great resource for all of this. Some places to start looking would be:
Duratec maintenence: read the 'read first' sticky
Duratec performance: read the 'bolt on basics' sticky
Aesthetics: Read the 'read first, and electronic aesthetics' stick.

Also search for 'cheap mod' in the GENERAL mods forum for a list of CHEAP and easy to DIY mods.

One more thing, a lot of the problems that this car may have or is going to have, are already common and detailed either on the main page or through the trouble shooting forums.

One last point, junk yards are an EXCELLENT source of parts, especially for aesthetics, but also for trouble shooting. Enjoy and welcome once again.

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1998 Mercury Mystique LS

- Looking for SVT EXHAUST, SVT Rear bumper (silver frost) and ANY rocker mouldings (side skirts)

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RouarAdministrator
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Reged: 03/19/01
Posts: 7431
Loc: Somerville, MA
Re: Basics...... new
#1299586 (Re: Zabz) 08/13/06 01:43 PM

Originally posted by Zabz:

Green paint that is horrible shape. He doesn't wash and wax very often, but gets regular maintainance.



Fixing swirls from paint (from a green Mystique at that!)

Sounds like you found a diamond in the rough if it was cared for! That's ridiculously low mileage for a 1995, and a V6/MTX too!

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Matthew
2000 Nissan Maxima SE
Sold: 98.5 Contour SE V6 ATX

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r_u_stuck2
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Re: Basics...... new
#1299856 (Re: Zabz) 08/14/06 12:54 AM

Change the water pump now.

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