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From: Wright James <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 14:17:36 -0500
Subject: Cam Failure
For those that had engine failure: Answer all the questions the best you can.
1. VIN#s 1FALP54N7TA259276
2. Date of malfunction - UNKNOWN
3. Where did the malfunction take place (highway, city streets, driveway, parking lot, etc.) - UNKNOWN
4. Odometer reading at time of malfunction - 57,014
5. How fast were you traveling? - UNKNOWN
6. Were you accelerating or staying at a constant speed? - UNKNOWN
7. Estimated date of purchase, new or used? - 09/10/2005
8. Estimated Odometer reading at time of purchase - 59,014
9. Full Name, address, and a good phone# to reach you at during the day and night. - JASON TIPTON, (del)
10. Brief description of the time of events leading towards the malfunction. (what did you hear and see before, during, and after the malfunction) - UNKNOWN, PURCHASED AS IS.
11. Customer service phone # you called and the name of the person you talked to. (if you can remember) - NONE.
12. Did you feel satisfied with the answers customer service provided? Explain. - N/A.
13. Which dealership did you take your vehicle in for service? (name, address, phone#) N/A.
14. What was the cause of failure determined by the dealer? N/A.
15. What was the cause of failure determined by you? INTAKE CAM SPROCKET SPUN ON FRONT BANK.
16. How much was your statement? (I hope you kept your receipt) - BEST ESTIMATE FROM SEVERAL FORD "STEALERSHIPS" IS BETWEEN $2300 AND $3500.
17. What can FOMOCO do to make you a satisfied Ford owner? HELP PAY FOR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF BAD CAMSHAFTS.
I just thought I would start a dialog about my rebuild. I bought a 96 with 59,000 off of Ebay expecting the worst. I drove from Indianapolis to Connecticut tow weekends ago to get the car. A stop at the first pep boys I saw and a new battery and I was ready to see if she would start after sitting for about a year. To my surprise, she fired after 1 crank!! However, she did not stay running. It was almost like it was missing a cylinder or 2 or 3. I had the tech run the diagnostics and he could find nothing. Loaded up and headed home. Last weekend I pulled the front valve cover and you guessed it, spun the intake cam sprocket. With a little patience and the rest of the weekend, I was able to get the head and all four cams out without taking the motor loose! I have sent the cams to NE SHO for welding and should have them back Friday. I took the head and it's 4 bent valves to a really good machine shop here in Indy and should also have it back Friday. I've spent about $400 on parts for my rebuild so far and expect to spend about $200 for the head rebuild. With the $900 I paid for the car and the $600 to rebuild the engine, I am looking at about $1500 total for this sleeper!!
I'll let you know how things work out this weekend!