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Eric Cam Failure #1046 & #1057

Date 3/08/09, 4/10/09


I just pulled the trigger. I bought ANOTHER rear engine'd V8 SHO. I told the guy 3 times about the cams and even had his mechanic nagging him when they put in a new tranny about 1500 miles ago. Some people just won't listen. Now it needs a new rear head for some strange reason...

This one's got some long term promise - Rust free with a slight ding (more like a nick) in the drivers' rear quarter. New tranny. Toreador Red with Chromies and decent Eagle RSA's on it.

70,000 miles.

$500.00.

I'll get the VIN in a day or so.

1FALP54N4VA159204
 

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Eric Lehmann
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Updated 4/7/2008

Got a minute to open up the engine on the most recent acquisition tonight. Rear head intake cam is WASTED - PO must have driven it this way for a bit, YES, you 'can' do that on a rear head failure. Anyhow, BOTH rear head cams are bad. I haven't even bothered to pull the front valve cover yet, so I reserve the report on the front head until later, but this is yet another double cam failure car.

I think from now on I'm going to post cam serial numbers along with failure reports, for two reasons - one to add validity to the claim (I seem to be one of the only ones checking all the cams) and two - to give Ford a chance to track what I pick up and maybe learn something useful from the numbers which might indicate a production pattern to them and hopefully help them prevent this from ever happening again in the future.
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Eric Lehmann
97 Ebony 42k Welded - With the Angels Now so that I don't have to be.
Long Live the Garage Queen !
97 Ebony 183k Resurrected, Welded, Experiment in progress
97 Toreador Red 74k Camfailure, Gimme a few minutes...
96 Medium Willow Green Metallic 119k Resurrected, Welded, Eaton M90 inside
96 Rosemist 72k 2006 Best Of SHO, Popular Vote, 2007 Best Gen 3, Welded
96 Charcoal Grey 135k - Resurrected, Welded


http://www.v8sho.com/SHO/EricCamFailure1046.htm

First off - The cam that failed was serial # 6826105
the cam that was also loose was serial # 6904014

That said, with a fresh rear head and a new cam, and a bunch of hours of my life after work, I'm proud to announce yet another V8 SHO 'UN-Bites' the dust today at the Lehmann Ranch. THAT was today's camweld procedure.

Just drove it around a bit, it is clear I need a coil, but the AWL1 CPU is dumb as a box of rocks and won't throw any code more than a JJK2 will. I'm going to try to unplug a coil to trigger a code, but I hold little hope based on past experience. I will probably have to try trial and error to find the right hole.

Other than that, the radio is dead, but everything else seems to work right. AC blows cold. :-)
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Eric Lehmann
97 Ebony 42k Welded - With the Angels Now so that I don't have to be.
Long Live the Garage Queen !
97 Ebony 183k Resurrected, Welded, Experiment in progress
97 Toreador Red 74k Camfailure, Gimme a few minutes...
96 Medium Willow Green Metallic 119k Resurrected, Welded, Eaton M90 inside
96 Rosemist 72k 2006 Best Of SHO, Popular Vote, 2007 Best Gen 3, Welded
96 Charcoal Grey 135k - Resurrected, Welded


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