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Old 08-25-2011, 10:15 PM   #16
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Nice scale Doc.

Next thing you know, you'll be moving up to digital manifolds. Like the Fieldpiece SMAN3.

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Old 08-25-2011, 10:29 PM   #17
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Nice scale Doc.

Next thing you know, you'll be moving up to digital manifolds. Like the Fieldpiece SMAN3.
Thanks Bt. Just don't go too far, I'll be needing your mentor.
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:46 PM   #18
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Spent a few bones myself today. Got a leaker that's not showing up with soap,dye or electronic leak detector so picked up an ultrasonic. Joe blow has no idea how much stinkin' money we spend on tools.
*** Even on my hobby HVAC, the tool cost is getting up there. It's OK, I love tools. Luckily, I had a surprising amount of useful things from decades of flea marketing - like the O/A torch and the refrigerant scale. Never thought I'd actually use the latter to weigh refrigerant .


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Old 08-25-2011, 11:46 PM   #19
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:51 PM   #20
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I bought that mini van today only due to the low miles. I figured I could spend $2k on a tranny or motor rebuild come time and be out of the work loop while waiting or I can buy this just in case and continue to work if and when. The fact that it had the service cages all around the windows did help. $1350, drive off.

1998 Ford Windstar, 54,999 original miles. She purrs!
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:05 AM   #21
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I bought that mini van today only due to the low miles. I figured I could spend $2k on a tranny or motor rebuild come time and be out of the work loop while waiting or I can buy this just in case and continue to work if and when. The fact that it had the service cages all around the windows did help. $1350, drive off.

1998 Ford Windstar, 54,999 original miles. She purrs!
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Be sure to change the coolant - the Windstars were said to be susceptible to head gasket failure. I'm not sure if it's a coolant problem, like the GM "dexcool" nightmare, but it seems like cheap insurance to me.

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Also, I believe those had one or 2 recalls related to axle to body welds. Probably should make sure those have been done before really loading it up.
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:07 PM   #23
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If she lasts one week ill have doubled my money
i bought an 04 GMC 3500 today full size van heavy duty
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:23 PM   #24
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Comforting having extra vehicles laying around. I saw this yesterday after I bought that other mini van so I today I bought it as well. Not sure why I have either of these two, I want a truck. Maybe tomorrow.
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*** Great deal!

Be sure to change the coolant - the Windstars were said to be susceptible to head gasket failure. I'm not sure if it's a coolant problem, like the GM "dexcool" nightmare, but it seems like cheap insurance to me.

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I was under the impression all front wheel drive cars had head gasket problems..? That and cv joints. Uhg.

Not worried, it'll sit for another year and collect dust and when and if I ever use it it'll not be for anything heavy duty, just to putt putt around for service calls.
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Also, I believe those had one or 2 recalls related to axle to body welds. Probably should make sure those have been done before really loading it up.
Never heard that about the Windstar. I hope you're wrong.

She won't ever be used to carry equipment, just a tool bag and a few hvac parts. Should I worry?
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A couple of co-workers have Windstars (family vans, not for work) and no head gasket issues that I have heard of. I think one had a cam position sensor go out and otherwise just a couple trips to the dealer to get gussets welded in to fix the axle recall issues.
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A couple of co-workers have Windstars (family vans, not for work) and no head gasket issues that I have heard of. I think one had a cam position sensor go out and otherwise just a couple trips to the dealer to get gussets welded in to fix the axle recall issues.

Well, I am prepared to put a little bit of money into it but not much so I hope it's nothing major when the time comes.

I only say that I will spend some money is because she is in excellent running condition, started right up, quiet and drove smooth and ran perfectly straight with excellent brakes, although I have only driven her a few miles to the shop where it's stored (with the other emergency vehicles). Now if the first day I really truly use her all day and she blows a head gasket or something outrageous like that than she's going instantly into the land fill.

Everyone (hvac guys and electricians who can see the potential in it as a service vehicle) is saying I got a good deal on it so I hope it works for at least a little while to prove us all right.
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Its not that front wheel drive cars have head gasket problems, it that 95% of passenger cars are front wheel drive.
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A couple of co-workers have Windstars (family vans, not for work) and no head gasket issues that I have heard of. I think one had a cam position sensor go out and otherwise just a couple trips to the dealer to get gussets welded in to fix the axle recall issues.
I think the seller said this was bought new and used by US Mail first as a carrier and then to a roofing company who installed the home made rack on the roof if that tells you anything of how it was used.

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