I remembered that I had not sent you an update on my wife's SHO. The car
started making the ticking around 89,000 miles in June. The car had been making
the noise for about two weeks when wife told me of it. My father, my mechanic,
further probed the engine and made the failure call after talking with Bob @ FPS
at a track day. Had the car hauled down to FPS to have it looked welded.
According to Bob, it was the worst they had seen next to a complete engine
failure. 3 of the 4 sprockets had separated and the 4th was only a crank or two
away for failure as well. All is well now. The $450 for the welds was the best
money I have spent besides the cheesy aftermarket extended warranty I bought
that covered the second transmission failure the car had back in March.
1998 Taurus SHO