$250 1997 Ford Explorer | First Start After Sitting For 1 Year
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Recently obtained a 1997 Ford Explorer Sport, and this is the first time
it's started in over a year.
We recently moved to a new house, and I noticed this truck sitting near the
house. I talked to the landlord and found out that a previous renter had
left this Explorer there due to an electrical problem. She said scrap
wouldn't even give her $200 for it, so I said I'll buy it for $250. The
plan is for me to fix it, get it in good shape again, and sell it for a
It's a 1997 Ford Explorer Sport. It's the 2-door model, 4.0l OHV pushrod
V6, 5-speed manual transmission, dual range 4WD. It has 342,429 miles on it
(551,086 kilometers), which is a lot.
I took a look at it, and came up with a list of problems on it. I was
unsure if it'd be worth it, if I'd be able to make a profit. But I didn't
want to it to go to the junkyard. I decided I would try and get it to
start. I didn't want to spend a lot of money since I didn't know if it had
a major internal problem.
I ended up paying $160 or so for new battery terminals, a new starter
solenoid, and a new starter motor. Starter motor was a PITA to replace
because of Ford's ridiculous engineering, but I got it done. And it started
right up!! As you can tell, I was happy about it.
With the engine running, I had the chance to test everything. The only
things that don't work are the A/C, power mirrors, headlights, and rear
wiper. But I will go on and try and fix those things.
Next step is to change out the fluids. New oil, new oil filter, new
coolant, and new power steering fluid. Also gonna change out the air
filter, spark plugs, and spark plug wires.
With all that done, I'm gonna make a run to the junkyard to make this thing
driveable (seat doesn't stay upright and steering wheel is loose).
Then gotta get it cleaned up and registered.
I can definitely keep posting videos as this thing progresses!
Maggie's First Drive in Thirty Years
My 1967 Mercury Cougar "Maggie the Merc." being driven for the first time
since she was parked thirty years ago. Once abandoned and left for dead, in
this video she shows that she is not ready to die just yet, but is ready to
be on the road with her young new owner (me) and cruise once again the
asphalt she has not felt in years.
Mercury Motclair 1955 first start in 22 years.
Mercury Montclair 1955 som blivit stående i 22 efter renoveringen och
startas upp för första gången.
Mercury Montclair 1955 that has been in a garage for 22 years after the
renovation and started up for the first time.
1969 Camaro RS/SS First Start up in 28 Years
Work on getting my dads new project car, a 69 Camaro started after sitting for
28 years untouched and uncovered in an Anchorage, Alaska back yard. It was
originally a big block/4speed car but was swapped to a 327 in the early
80's. The engine was covered in leafs, moss and debris and had no air
cleaner, headers or half the spark plugs when we got it. The car has been
parked since 1984, watch to see if we get it going! Don't pay any
attention to the Z28 badges someone added those long ago and it was
originally Daytona Yellow not white. More details coming soon....
You weren't supposed to watch this...
Présentation de la cougar '67 du paternel. Au moment ou la vidéo à été
tournée, elle n'était pas encore à lui donc anciennes plaques etc...
Mercury Cougar 289ci Jamaican Yellow
2x 4-1 Ford Racing Headers
Ford racing Air Cleaner
4 barrels Edelbrock Carb
Full inox Exhaust
What's in the video:
Sequential taillights (looks damn good)
67-68 Cougar Buying Guide: What To Look For
In this video, Don does a detailed inspection on a 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7
to show some of the things you should look for when buying one of these
classic cars. Some of the insight here can potentially save you hundreds,
even thousands, when you go to negotiate with a seller. Also, it will help
those of you trying to sell, to more accurately advertise the strengths and
weaknesses of your car.
We've also done a similar video with a 1970 Cougar convertible, so you may
want to check that out too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fizb2vo68vA
To look up the parts mentioned in this video, visit
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Is It Numbers Matching? - Cougar by the Numbers
In this video we delve into the complex topic of decoding tags, date codes,
and other numbers to check if your classic Ford / Mercury is "numbers
matching," using Don's newly acquired '69 Mercury Cougar XR7 428 Cobra Jet
convertible as an example. While we haven't covered the subject 100% in
this video (to keep it concise) we think this covers most of the major
components and gives you the knowledge you need to figure out what your
numbers mean. As mentioned in the video, we highly recommend Marti Auto
Works, especially his Tagbook, which made this video possible. Visit him
at http://www.martiauto.com , and for everything Cougar, visit us at
Credit for intro music:
"Beach Bum" - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative
Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Street racing in 1979, Dieters 1970 Cougar
Dieter's 1970 Cougar Eliminator (former NHRA Super Stock car) with a
modified Boss 351C motor, (very rare), street racing an all out 1969 Camaro drag car in 1979.
Old school street racing where it all began and the way it was back then.
NO juice in those days, and healthy small blocks were making about 425 HP.
De Tomaso Pantera , first start after 26 years,part 1
We purchased our 1974 Detomaso Pantera in February 2013 out of Geneva New
York. Spent the time since then going over things and replacing items. The
car had been mothballed in 1986 and not even started since then. That's a
period of a little over 26 years. Kudos to the previous owner as I was
constantly amazed at the good state of repair things were in. Nevertheless
all items had to be checked. Marvel mystery oil the cylinders., Turned it
over by hand, all Felt good. Proceeded to turn it over with the starter
with the electric disconnected. Noted that we had good oil pressure. Purged
and refilled the Cooling system. All fluids in the engine and transaxle
were drained and replaced with fresh. New belts and hoses were necessary.
All braided stainless fuel lines were removed and inspected however I was
not able to determine that there were leaks in them. This became apparent
that the first attempt at start up as you will see in the video. Replaced
all brake hoses with braided stainless and upon attempting to bleed them
found that the calipers were now seized. Just received the rebuild kits
today and I'm in the process of rebuilding all the calipers. I am so
looking forward to getting this car on the road. After we replaced all the
fuel hoses it ran like a top which absolutely amazed me. Right out of the
box the Weber 48 I DAs had a perfect idlel at a little over 800 RPM after
26 years. I didn't touch them. I'll keep you posted on the progress. Check
out part two and part three of the same video title
COUGAR TEST DRIVE
badassness. this is my 67 cougar xr7. it has a rebuilt 289 .30 over. pretty
hot mild cam. 500cfm edelbrock carb. aluminum ford racing intake. rebuilt
c4 automatic transmission. turboExhaust made by summit. hedman headers. its
running a little rich in this video my step dad says. this is my first car
and so far all i learned from cars is from building this beast so i have no
clue what running rich sounds like haha. but i know this things kicks
pretty hard. havent got a chance to really open her up yet because i still
need to break in the motor. theres less than 50 miles on the rebuilt motor
and transmission. all the front suspension is done and steering parts are
on their way and will be done. found a crack in the shock tower i will need
to get welded before alignment but thats not too big of a problem. more
videos to come.
1909 Cadillac First Start in 79 Years
This 1909 Cadillac was stripped down into a speed car, raced and then
parked in 1934. I was acquired in the early 1960's for restoration. The
restoration was put on hold for many years and then re-started a few years
ago. After multple checks of the ignition and timing we finally achieved
the first start on July 28, 2012. There is still more to do to tune the
engine and sort it out for driving later this year.
The spray on the first try happened when we left the primer cups open. It
runs better with them closed.
And the owner did make it a bit easier by adding an electric starter to the
For more of the story see the HCCA Gazette, May - June 2009.
To see how things turned out, see the related video, 1909 Cadillac first
drive at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEy0KagVrIw