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  1. #16
    Head ticks may be common, but they certainly aren't normal. And that doesn't sound like a tick, it sounds like a knock. But what do I know. Either way I stick by everyone's sentiments here - buy it and drive it until something happens.

    Oh, and here's my 306,000 mile Marauder at idle. Timing kit was done recently but as far as I know, it's still all original in the nether regions.

    306,000 mile Marauder at idle - YouTube
    2003 Marauder 300A | Stock with 306,000 miles and counting

  2. #17
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    I think I will do just that, maybe some fresh fluids and good gas will help too.
    WOW 306k?!? That's awesome. Thanks for taking that video!

    Not for nothing but just the responses on this forum make me feel better about jumping on this. I'll report back once the sale goes thru next week. Gonna slap some tires on it and see if I can't get a couple of weeks of driving before we get any snow here.
    I'll try to post progress pics of the polishing this thing is going to get!

    Thanks all.

  3. #18
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    Sounds like either a loose spark plug or a rod knock to me. Sounds too low pitched to be cam or injector related to my ears (I am listening to it on a 5.1 speaker system if that matters). Hard to diagnose over the internet. I WOULD buy it.
    2004 SB #2150 of 3214 Moonroof, Heated Seats and 6 CD Changer. Non OEM Mufflers and 32,XXX miles and counting.

  4. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastbob View Post
    Sounds like either a loose spark plug or a rod knock to me. Sounds too low pitched to be cam or injector related to my ears (I am listening to it on a 5.1 speaker system if that matters). Hard to diagnose over the internet. I WOULD buy it.
    X2 voting for rod knock...just listened to the video. Too low pitched and metallic to be much else...

  5. #20
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    Reminds me of my old black 03 when I bought it which spun a rod bearing

    (Video)

    https://offroadkarter.smugmug.com/Ca...os/i-6ZLDWCt/A

    For "a couple grand" for a under 100k mile car it is 100% worth buying no matter if it needs an engine or not. Just keep an eye out for an aviator engine, swap over the necessary components then part out / scrap the stock engine. Thats what I ended up doing and my old car is still on the road today with another member on this site.


    2016 Ford Mustang GT PP - Lund nGauge, BMR vertical links

    2004 Mercury Marauder - Eaton M112, Billetflow 3.4, Accufab SBTB + Plenum, T-56 Magnum, 4.10s, Stainless Works LTs, 2.5" Exhaust, Borla Stingers, Ridetech Coilovers + Adj rear shocks, FX-R projectors, Wilwood 13" BNSL6 + FNSL4 BBKs, S55 Gauge Cluster
    440rwhp & 406rwtq Tuned by Adam @ Revolution Automotive
    2063/3214

    (Sold) 2003 Mercury Marauder - Stainless Works LT's, Stainless Works 2.5" Catback, JLT Intake, Mo's Xcal4 Tune
    5377/7839

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