I have a 98 mustang GT. I have owned the car since i was 18 and Im now 28. I am attached to this car.
The odometer stopped at 121k 6 years ago.
I am on my third itake manifold although this one has caused me REAL trouble.
I originally thought the intake gasket was bad, as i had a slow small leak up front on the passenger side. Replaced the gaskets, put it all together and the leak was worse. Took it apart and found it had a broken piece of plastic in front of the aluminum crossover.
This time, instead of shelling out $400+ for the Ford replacement (like I did 8 years prior), I opted for the Dorman intake. ( Read : cheaper)
Well this design has built in gaskets. The directions dont mention anything about RTV sealant so I didnt use it. I torqued to spec in the right pattern. Well it STILL leaked over time.
Being busy at work I had to park it a few days. I then took it apart, used RTV and waited, then retorqued and assembled everything. I went to start her up and CLANG! The engine hydrolocked.
I removed all plugs and wires and turned it over a few times on the battery alone to push out the water. Went to put the plugs back in to test if I blew a rod and of course the last plug (closest to passenger rear) stripped the threads in the head.
Time sert products make a repair kit to drill and tap the heads but its $400. Not good. Its now towed to a buddies mustang shop to see what he can do.
I have a vehicle budget of roughly $2,500. Do I rebuild the engine myself and keep trucking or do I buy a used vehicle for the same money with probably 150k on the clock and who knows what kind of problems?