Somewhat surprised with the positive comments about the Lightning. Used to drive Fords; 85 Bronco 2 5 speed, 86 Mustang GT 5 speed, 89 Mustang GT 5 speed but got "cured" with a '91 Exploder. Great looking SUV, but what a POS! AC was pathetic for the PHX heat 50/50 if AC was any improvement to 4 windows down (more on that later). Transmission went at 65K miles. Dealer said he was surprised it lasted that long. Then I remembered that when I was shopping for early 80s Bronco 2, all of the automatic trucks advertised rebuilt transmissions!. Took it to a specialty shop that made a living rebuilding them. He said the Ford 4 sp autos all cooked themselves too death and Ford never addressed the problem since they failed out of warranty. Good for him but not for anyone that owned one. Rear power window cable broke dropping the window to wide open position. Window mechanism was installed before the inner and outer door halves were welded together so you couldn't replace it without cutting away part of the inner door shell. Ended up screwing a wooden block to the inner door panel to permanently hold the window up. But the one issue that sent me packing was the oil pressure sending unit. I had the Eddie Baur edition with full gauges at the same time I owned the 89 GT. Oil pressure on the GT would read normal cold, but a little lower than I liked after the car warmed up. I temporally plumbed in a mechanical gauge and verified the pressure was fine, but the sensor, a bulky resistance type device was not accurate warm. Looking at the Exploder, I saw a nice solid state looking device with the same pipe threads as the Mustang and the same single post electrical connection. Aha, an easy fix for the old Mustang so I temporarily swapped in the Exploder unit for a quick test before heading to the dealer to buy one. Well low and behold start the engine, and the pressure comes right up to 3/4 on the gauge and never moves! Ford had installed a low oil pressure switch in the Eddie Baur and just wired it up to an analog gauge! No more Fords for me!
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TR6 all the way! Simple, easy to work on. Bullet proof straight 6 with tons of low end torque. Not as rust prone as many contemporaries. Dual Strombergs to sync, Lucas (invented darkness) electrics and a great way to keep your garage floor lubricated. What's not to like? Very fun car actually. They require a little tinkering but if you're not up for that, take up knitting.
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