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  1. #1
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    Hi all

    I am a new Marauder owner joining up here. Long time Mustang and Powerstroke owner and Ford Tech. I was involved in a head on car crash back in Oct that messed up the right side of my body pretty bad and totaled my MINT 1995 Ford Aspire. So now that I can walk again and go back to work I needed a nice, large, safe daily driver. My buddy had bought this Marauder about 7 years ago in Alabama and brought it to NC. He used it for a daily driver until one day out of the blue it started making death noises from the engine. I looked at it for him and determined that cylinder #4 was not happy. He parked it and purchaed a G8 GT. That was almost 4 years, 2 wives and a kid ago. So now that I needed a daily driver and knew he still had the car I hounded him about it until we reached common ground. Finally picked the car up last weekend and brought her home for surgery. Replaced the seized fuel pump and got it to fire off. Death noise is still just as bad as before, so I pulled the engine and oil pan to find parts of #4 piston in the pan. So at this point I'm freshening up a Mark VIII short block, cleaning and rebuilding the Marauder heads and installing Cobra cams with adjustable timing gears. I also have a PI Stallion torque converter and a set of 4.10s from a previous project that are planning to make their way into the Marauder.

    Here are a few pics of my Panther project. Sitting has taken its toll the exterior and that will be addressed once it runs and drives again.

    I'm sure I'll be on here looking for parts and advise.

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    welcome, looks like a good save of a marauder, you'll need a tune for the 4.10 gears unless your dealer will let you flash it. but it still won't fix the crappy factory trans shifting. A tune takes care of that.
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    Welcome to the site, you have people in this community that know the MM in, out and in between. Cheers

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    Tell me more about the mint 1995 Aspire. Was it that mint color that Ford used around the mid 90’s? What was it like to drive the last Aspire on the road in the U.S.?

    Welcome and best of luck on the new to you Marauder.


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    Great to see one being saved! Cool project!

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    Great first post!

    Welcome and good luck with it
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    Welcome! Keep us updated on your project.

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    Haha, the Aspire was red just in mint condition. I actually passed one almost every morning up until my wreck. Here are a few pics. Guy crossed and hit me head on. Broke my foot, ankle, knee, knee cap, femur and right wrist. Few surgeries and a lot of physical therapy later and I'm 60%. The Drs doubt I'll ever be 100% but I'm a fighter.


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    Welcome to the site. Hope you get near 100% soon.
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    Welcome to the site!

    I'm in the Triangle area.
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    Welcome to the MODNESS! Sorry to hear about your accident but glad you are saving a Marauder and nursing it back to health at the same time you are recuperating.
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    Thanks everyone. I've had a lot of people at work want the car and even a coworker going to buy one this week since I bought mine.

    I'm planning to daily mine keeping miles off my truck, saving fuel cost and having a badass daily. Being its already high mile, it doesn't hurt my feelings to rack up more.

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    Good luck with the car and your recovery!

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    Glad you're getting stronger and saving another Marauder but how'd the skirt get knocked off that piston??
    No Marauder

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    I don't see any indications of issues that would have caused it, but I have seen other 4.6/5.4/6.8 with similar miles have the same issue. I would guess RPM and fatigue would contribute.

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