Welcome to the Australian Ford Forums forum.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and inserts advertising. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features without post based advertising banners. Registration is simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Please Note: All new registrations go through a manual approval queue to keep spammers out. This is checked twice each day so there will be a delay before your registration is activated.

Go Back   Australian Ford Forums > General Topics > The Pub

The Pub For General Automotive Related Talk

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-06-2021, 09:22 PM   #31
Franco Cozzo
Internet Alan Jones
Donating Member3
 
Franco Cozzo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kentry Victoria
Posts: 39,386
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by FTE217 View Post
Putting urethane on any Ford I've owned more than the areas it does the job ie link pins/pan hards.
Rotton stuff IF you put it everywhere front to back, never again.
Putting in a new stereo was a mod back in the day no
Keeping a crappy cassette deck that loved eating up the tapes, why o why did I keep persisting thinking it wouldn't happen again lol....I think it was a Clarion !
Who recalls getting a pen and rewinding the tape back to then get to the point of hoping you won't snap it where it was caught inside.
My car was recently fitted out with urethane everywhere front to back, I'm awaiting the squeaking noises to start

It does vibrate the insides a lot more on coarse chip roads though.
__________________
The Lebonator lifestyle thread - Melbourne Northern Suburbs Special.

Standard weapon of choice for ethnics wearing backwards baseball caps from low socioeconomic-ville

Come for the car, stay for the stories

BRING BACK DR PEPPER!
Franco Cozzo is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
Old 04-06-2021, 09:37 PM   #32
oldel
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Perth
Posts: 1,204
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

I'm betting 3 months tops, or the 3rd puddle you drive through.

They have their place, personally if doing a whole refresh try them on any rubber bush that's torn to shreds anyway (or that will be easy to remove later for regreasing). Anything not torn up badly - put rubber back in.
oldel is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
3 users like this post:
Old 05-06-2021, 09:23 AM   #33
Rallye Sport
RS The Faster Fords
 
Rallye Sport's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Westralia
Posts: 1,089
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumen8 View Post
Not a mod per se but since escorts have come up, was given a 76 escort 2 door (XL i think?) with a 1.3 , manual, sold it for 1300 bucks in the 90s. Was more or less mint too, really good nick.

Whats one of them worth now?
Starting at about 5k for a rusty but usable shell
__________________
Escort RS2000 Restored factory a/c and alloys.
TD Cortina Unrestored 35 000km 6cyl manual.
Mk1 GT Cortina Project.
FG XR50 Daily.
Rallye Sport is online now   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
This user likes this post:
Old 05-06-2021, 01:19 PM   #34
marty351
Shenanigans..............
Donating Member1
 
marty351's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Footscrazy
Posts: 9,307
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Filling the oil without the sump plug.
marty351 is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
4 users like this post:
Old 05-06-2021, 01:57 PM   #35
Metdevil
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 157
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

I wouldn't say I regret this, but I'm well aware of how ridiculous it looks, I put black vinyl stripes on my FG. I've always liked the look of the twin 'GT' stripes on Ford GTs, and on Gran Turismo 5 I had an '06 Ford GT with black stripes on silver which was my favourite car in the game.
Ever since I bought my FG I'd wanted black stripes on it, so I just went ahead and did it.

Who knows, I could be here next month with something a lot worse than ricer stripes

Quote:
Originally Posted by marty351 View Post
Filling the oil without the sump plug.
Nah, that was a 'cold flush'
Metdevil is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
Old 05-06-2021, 02:14 PM   #36
.:4:.
Kicking back
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Western sydney
Posts: 6,111
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by marty351 View Post
Filling the oil without the sump plug.
Could be worse. When my cousin was an apprentice mechanic, he sent a car out for a test drive. He had put the sump plug back in, oil cap back on, but forgot to put oil in it. So obviously the test driver said there was some top end noise. With oil in it it quietened down. Needless to say, the car came back a few weeks later knocking due to rod bearings.
.:4:. is online now   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
2 users like this post:
Old 05-06-2021, 02:15 PM   #37
shedcoupe
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: in the naughty corner usually
Posts: 479
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Filling a Holley with water.
Had a nice rebuilt and balanced 351W 4V and read that it was possible to decarbon an engine by dribbling water into it when running to make cleansing steam.
No idea why I thought it needed it but decided to give it a go anyway.
Air cleaner off, 2500 rpm, slopped the jug of water into it by mistake.
Stumbled and coughed, steam came out of a few gaskets, never ran quite the same afterwards.
shedcoupe is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
This user likes this post:
Old 05-06-2021, 02:19 PM   #38
shedcoupe
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: in the naughty corner usually
Posts: 479
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by .:4:. View Post
... forgot to put oil in it.
A mate did that too.
Rebuilt an Alfa engine at work when his mind was on holiday (splitting up with wife and hitting the booze hard).
No warning light, just a gauge.
Test run followed by rebuild.
shedcoupe is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
Old 05-06-2021, 02:41 PM   #39
.:4:.
Kicking back
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Western sydney
Posts: 6,111
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by shedcoupe View Post
A mate did that too.
Rebuilt an Alfa engine at work when his mind was on holiday (splitting up with wife and hitting the booze hard).
No warning light, just a gauge.
Test run followed by rebuild.
Difference being, my cousin worked at a holden dealership. The car, it was the complimentary 1st service. The dealer put their hind legs up and said to the customer they didnt run it in properly. The car was a v8 statesman. So my cousin never got questioned, but he knew he ****ed up. My ex wifes sisters boyfriend was (untill this) a diesel mechanic. Hand tightened a sump plug on a truck, but forgot to put a socket on it. Said truck lost the oil plug on the freeway and the motor seized. That made for a very convenient time to resign.
.:4:. is online now   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
This user likes this post:
Old 11-06-2021, 09:51 PM   #40
mondeomatureguy
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Goulburn NSW
Posts: 288
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Worst thing i ever did was to fit a Holley Carb to a Valiant Charger that i once had.

It was all because i wanted more power. It used 3 times more petrol, and i hated the thing couldn't wait to get the original carb back on the car.
mondeomatureguy is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
This user likes this post:
Old 12-06-2021, 04:44 AM   #41
janddbone
B1 - J & D Services
Donating Member1
 
janddbone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Brim, Victoria
Posts: 1,471
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

So far so good!
__________________
Mr. Brett Johnstone.

1999 AU Forte, six seater.
1998 Holden Suburban 2500.
1995 Land Rover Discovery, TDI.
1994 XG XR6 Longreach.
1992 Ford Maverick GQ
1989 Toyota Dyna 200, dual cab.
1982 ZK Fairlane, 302, six seater.
1983 Holden Rodeo.
1975 Datsun 120Y wagon.
1970 MG Midget.
1967 Rover 2000TC.

Soon: Model T.
janddbone is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
Old 12-06-2021, 02:01 PM   #42
Trendseeker
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,110
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

It wasnít really a mod, but when the muffler needed to be replaced on my Datsun 180B SSS, the mechanic asked if I wanted a stainless steel muffler instead of the standard one. He told me that they last forever, never need to replace it again, so I agreed.

It was more cylindrical in shape compared to the standard, flatter muffler and scraped on speed humps, driveways and ruts on gravel roads. The baffle fell apart in it after about 9 months and it rattled noisily all the time. I had the irreplaceable stainless steel muffler replaced with a standard one about 18 months later.
__________________
2017 ZG Escape Trend 2.0L
Trendseeker is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
3 users like this post:
Old 12-06-2021, 02:29 PM   #43
prktkljokr
praek tih kl jo kr
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Atwell W.A.
Posts: 241
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

4 Barrel manifold and 650 double pumper on a mild 202 (just cam and head work) in a HR
prktkljokr is online now   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
3 users like this post:
Old 12-06-2021, 03:37 PM   #44
Pis-ton broke
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Pis-ton broke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,479
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

putting a turbo tail pipe on my xe falcon, they promised a 20% extra power and 15% better fuel economy, they lied to me, bastards.
but seriously, fitting all urethane bushes into my ba xr6, it made the ride way to harsh.
__________________
2003 BA XR6 ute
2002 landcruiser gxl 100 series turbo diesel.

"People can have the Model T in any color - so long as it's black." Henry Ford.
Pis-ton broke is online now   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
This user likes this post:
Old 12-06-2021, 07:40 PM   #45
lucas2
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
lucas2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,018
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

First regret - putting my car on E85 as a daily driver. The power and torque increase was ridiculous. The fuel economy in stop start was a killer.

Second regret - Going back to 98 for better fuel economy. E85 is some addictive magic juice.
__________________
BF MKII XR6 CONQUER (SOLD)

FG XR6T SILHOUETTE - 351rwkw
lucas2 is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
6 users like this post:
Old 13-06-2021, 02:52 PM   #46
ozpacman
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Trinity Beach FNQ
Posts: 671
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Many years ago I had the motor out of my '76 Corvette in order to basically re-engineer the RHD steering conversion. It was a basic L-48 350 which are a low compression and pretty much asthmatic sort of a lump, so a decision was made to 'freshen her up'.

Anyway I sourced a set of fuellie heads and a new set of higher compression pistons, as well as an Edelbrock Performer intake and a four barrel Holley to top it off. I also bought a nice mild Crane cam and a new set of lifters. Nothing radical at all, just wanted a nice tractable engine. Anyway, a mate talked me into using a cam he had. I was a bit wary as I always reckoned his cars were 'over-cammed'. He assured me this one was really mild and that's why he didn't want it.

So we fitted this lump stick and put everything back together, including a change of torque converter to help liven things up. Well, what a disappointment. The thing idled like a race car and went well in a straight line at wide open throttle, but was an absolute pig to drive on the street. I learned a very valuable lesson about the 'bigger is better' mentality!
ozpacman is online now   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
2 users like this post:
Old 13-06-2021, 05:10 PM   #47
Sprintey
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Sprintey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Catland
Posts: 2,123
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

I'm weird and just like keeping them original - but there is a little bit of regret swapping out the soft cheese rubber bushes in the Territorys IRS with the harder (nolathane I think?) bushes. The latter last way better, but you lose a bit of the magic ride, it gets a bit harder, you feel the bumps more... but save the coin you would pay next time.
__________________
I6 + AWD
Sprintey is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
Old 13-06-2021, 05:15 PM   #48
Sprintey
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Sprintey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Catland
Posts: 2,123
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by lucas2 View Post
First regret - putting my car on E85 as a daily driver. The power and torque increase was ridiculous. The fuel economy in stop start was a killer.

Second regret - Going back to 98 for better fuel economy. E85 is some addictive magic juice.
lucas2 can you tell me a bit about which chip/conversion you got? I wouldn't mind doing that to our I6s.
__________________
I6 + AWD
Sprintey is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
Old 14-06-2021, 08:39 PM   #49
lucas2
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
lucas2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,018
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sprintey View Post
lucas2 can you tell me a bit about which chip/conversion you got? I wouldn't mind doing that to our I6s.
Sure - the car has the supporting mods to max out the stock turbo charger. Notable mods to run ethanol are the injectors, fuel pump, valve springs and head studs (head studs are not essential at lower power). It was tuned on PCMtec on a single tune. But you can run a flex fuel set up or multi tune too. E85 is usually only worth it on a turbo or supercharged engine as NA donít pick up a whole lot in comparison.
__________________
BF MKII XR6 CONQUER (SOLD)

FG XR6T SILHOUETTE - 351rwkw
lucas2 is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
Old 15-06-2021, 07:17 PM   #50
slowsnake
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Perth Australia
Posts: 596
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Hitting a "roo" at 110k's...lol..yeh I regretted that!




Cheers King Billy
__________________
"Studebaker Hawk, the only man in the world who could write the Lords Prayer on the head of a pin"
FRANK ZAPPA.
slowsnake is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
This user likes this post:
Old 15-06-2021, 07:21 PM   #51
slowsnake
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Perth Australia
Posts: 596
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by prktkljokr View Post
4 Barrel manifold and 650 double pumper on a mild 202 (just cam and head work) in a HR
Geez, what were you thinking??



Cheers King Billy
__________________
"Studebaker Hawk, the only man in the world who could write the Lords Prayer on the head of a pin"
FRANK ZAPPA.
slowsnake is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
2 users like this post:
Old 15-06-2021, 09:24 PM   #52
GasoLane
Moderator
Donating Member2
 
GasoLane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Sunny Downtown Wagga Wagga. NSW.
Posts: 43,362
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by slowsnake View Post
Hitting a "roo" at 110k's...lol..yeh I regretted that!




Cheers King Billy
If you get hit in the right place you can drive the car home.
__________________
Dying at your job is natures way of saying that you're in the wrong line of work.
GasoLane is online now   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
2 users like this post:
Old 16-06-2021, 10:27 AM   #53
slowsnake
FF.Com.Au Hardcore
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Perth Australia
Posts: 596
Default Re: Car mods you've regretted

Quote:
Originally Posted by GasoLane View Post
If you get hit in the right place you can drive the car home.
Yes i did get home, I got it on the hop, come down on front left corner of the bonnet, bonnet still bent, had to get bumper, LF headlight assembly etc, and the damn thing slid across bonnet, up the windscreen, over the roof, and just caught the boot spoiler back right, then it hopped off, lol, and it was a big boomer, just hopped off, usually if badly injured i put a bullet into them, just to stop them suffering, not this big fella, he shot thru like a Bondi tram!....Lucky roo.




Cheers King Billy
__________________
"Studebaker Hawk, the only man in the world who could write the Lords Prayer on the head of a pin"
FRANK ZAPPA.
slowsnake is offline   Reply With Quote Multi-Quote with this Post
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +11. The time now is 07:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Other than what is legally copyrighted by the respective owners, this site is copyright www.fordforums.com.au
Positive SSL