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Old 10-14-2003, 10:07 AM
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More along the lines of the SHO

OK my imagination seems to really go off in odd directions, but I was thinking about "having my cake and eating it too."

There are a couple distinctions I'd like to get straight, then throw out an idea to see how feasible it will be.

If anyone can, please explain to me the differences between the Police design Taurus with 3.8 FI and the regular design. Particularly, is the engine different, and how do the suspensions compare? Now same context, the difference between the SHO and Police Taurus?

I'd like to build a "sleeper" out of a Taurus station wagon which you can get a dime a dozen. I would double this "wagon" as a parts/supply hauler, and a delivery vehicle for outside work. But I'd also like to have some "fun" hiding under the hood. I've been doing a little reading about the Taurus variants, and the Police Interceptor intrigues me also.

Feasible? Nuts? Have I crossed the border into delusional?

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Old 10-14-2003, 12:00 PM
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I think the only difference between the Police SHO's and the regular versions was a different grille on the Gen1's and aluminum bushings replacing the rubber ones on the front subframe on all models.

The 3.8L is a better city police engine because of the low end torque, my SHO doesn't really get moving until you hit 5000 and the secondary throttle blades open and then you have to watch where you have it pointed (torque steer at rpm is substancial). Doesn't surprise me the cops wanted a bigger engine instead of a high rpm screamer, theres no replacement for displacement.

I say build it and they will come, good luck with the wiring harnes though, I don't think there is a single component on the SHO that isn't interfaced with the computer...including the trans, HVAC, ABS, cruise control...etc...
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Old 10-15-2003, 11:17 AM
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I think that they did make some SHO wagons, might even try to find one. Most of the early SHO's were manual transmission cars if my memory (Think I have CRS - old man illness) serves me correctly. Would make a great parts chaser.
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