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Thunderchicken work

1988 Thunderbird
Labor: $84/hour

Hours -> Work performed
2.0 Remove Mechanical Fan, Install dual 15" electric setup
1.0 R&R spark plugs, set gap to 0.032"
4.0 R&R Timing belt, set timing, set ignition timing
2.5 R&R Front rotors
- replace bearings
- replace seals
- replace brake pads
- bleed calipers
2.0 R&R rear rotors
- replace pads
- adjust parking brake cable
- bleed calipers
3.0 R&R Front struts
1.5 R&R rear shocks
2.0 perform 4 weel alignment
1.0 wetsand/polish/resurface front headlights
0.5 drain oil, R&R filter
4.0 R&R a/c receiver/dryer
- replace suction hose
- replace liquid hose
- evacuate system
- recharge system with R134a
3.0 R&R fuel pump
- empty & drop fuel tank
0.0 road test vehicle
26.5 hours total labor

$2226 labor
$372 parts
-$2226 shop discount
Total: $372


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 12th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
Say, that's a mighty fine deal. Of course, that seems to have stemmed from them screwing up in the first place (if a previous post is any indication), so I'd say it's more of a FAIR deal.

So, what kind of Thunderbird is it? If I'm not mistaken, '88 was the last year before the 'new' bodystyle. 2.3 Turbo, 3.8 V6, or the 5.0 V8?

I -almost- bought a Thunderbird once, but even in my youthful stupidity I saw that particular one as being an abused junker which would be nothing but trouble. Oh well. :)
Aug. 12th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hehe, leave it to me to leave a cryptic post.

All that quote stuff is just something I wrote up for what I'd charge at prior shops I've worked at. I used to do this for a living.

I wouldn't bring this car back to that dealer even if it was free work. When I did get it back last weekend, the fuel and temp gauges didn't work still. I decided I wouldn't bother trying to get them to fix it. One quick glance and I found the crappiest wire splice I've seen, and the wires for the gauges were hanging out of the crimped connection. I think I'll fix that myself and do it proper with heatshrink and whatnot. Whatever tech worked on my car was low man on the totem pole, and he was a hack at best. I'm not going to give them an opportunity to break the car any worse.

It's a turbocoupe, 5-speed manual. It was the last year for it, and in this trim it was it's fastest. It has ABS, electronic suspension (the shocks for which mysteriously failed while at the dealer), an intercooler, and electronic climate control. It's a pretty neat car, though you can tell from all the work I'm doing, it's pretty rough. It has 80k miles on it, very low for this age. There are no oil leaks, the trans is dry, and the syncros shift like new. I got the car for $1200, it needed a heater core and it was someones project their wife made them sell. I've since stuffed a heater core in it and have been slowly replacing what has worn out over the years. The prior owner took good care of it, I'm finding anti-sieze on lots of fasteners. The engine runs strong, and the turbo is in good shape. It makes a great beater to get me to and from work when I don't wanna put miles on the audi. Since it's the same chassis as my '90 Mustang track car, it's very easy for me to work on and I have a lot of spare parts laying around that fit it. I have two spare clutches, even.

Hopefully after this weekend, it'll go, stop, and cool pretty well.

- Keman
Aug. 13th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Take photos and send them to Ford with a complaint about the dealer. Tell them that if this is the type of work that they'll do, as an ASE Master mechanic, you're going to tell your friends to avoid having anything to do with dealers.

See what kind of response you get. :)
Aug. 17th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. I <3 mid-80's Thunderbirds. Mostly cause one was my first car. :)
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