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So the Contour will be attending the Streets of Willow Springs track day hosted by Extreme speed this Saturday the 30th!

 

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I know a guy back in the early 2000's who built one with Cosworth parts from Europe. Wonder what ever happened to that one.

Your's is nice and clean.
 

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I had a Contour SE V6. One of my favorite cars. Only issue was there was very little low-end torque in that little six. It wouldn't even spin the tires in the rain. On the other hand I drove Daytona to Charlotte in less than 5 hours and still managed 24mpg.
 

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I finished the last thing on my list for track prep. I replaced the main belt, tensioner, idler, WP belt, and WP tensioner. Oh boy all those pullies were original 1999 FoMoCo, and they were thoroughly done!
 

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I finished the last thing on my list for track prep. I replaced the main belt, tensioner, idler, WP belt, and WP tensioner. Oh boy all those pullies were original 1999 FoMoCo, and they were thoroughly done!
I know one of the things that commonly went bad was the water pump. The impeller was plastic and it was pressed onto the metal shaft. The issue was that the impeller would turn loose from the shaft and no longer turn. The symptom was that it would start overheating but with no external visual sign of a problem (missing or damaged belt, coolant leaking, etc.). This happened to me after passing someone and giving it a thorough thrashing. I know metal impeller water pumps were available but not sure if they switched production to install them on later cars. Mine was an early 96.
Oh, and btw, the contour was one of car & driver's ten best cars for two short years. I think it was 96-97.
 

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I know one of the things that commonly went bad was the water pump. The impeller was plastic and it was pressed onto the metal shaft. The issue was that the impeller would turn loose from the shaft and no longer turn. The symptom was that it would start overheating but with no external visual sign of a problem (missing or damaged belt, coolant leaking, etc.). This happened to me after passing someone and giving it a thorough thrashing. I know metal impeller water pumps were available but not sure if they switched production to install them on later cars. Mine was an early 96.
Oh, and btw, the contour was one of car & driver's ten best cars for two short years. I think it was 96-97.
Well aware of the WP issue, it was a design issue with the earlier pumps, I have a replacement, but haven't installed it yet. However the 98.5+ received the revised pump. I'll have the heater on high during the track day, if my heater cools off, that is the sign to back off and pit. I just do not have the time to put the new pump on prior to the 30th, BUT I've been watching my heater output, and it's been nice and hot this whole time
 

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Great to see a SVTC on track! I'm excited to see this build, you should totally cross post on CEG! Folks are also active on the FB group "SVT Contour Group". Both are a great source for parts and knowledge. Quite a ways from you but our annual meet Spring Zing will be in Peoria, IL this year. Dates TBD in April/May.

I'm currently stripping down my '98 SilFro (pulling a trans and lightened flywheel with 30k). Next up is a throwout bearing on the '99 blk/tan before it goes for sale. My GF owns a nice TRed as her DD, so we've got a stable full of World Cars. :)
 

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Yep, the OE grade brakes on the Contour felt good in all conditions except on the track. I had to get on it 2-3 car lengths before anyone else in my group, I felt bad that I was
 

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Oof, that's rough! Thankfully, there are still options for running SVTF rotors, big brake + caliper upgrades, braided lines, etc.
 

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Bahahahaha so it begins. Contours are like potato chips, you can't just have one.

Nice looking prairie tan interior! Is she all stock?
 

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all stock, all there. Bought for parts, going to make an attempt to get it running, if it isn't easy to make run it is getting gutted, I do not have the room for this car right now.
 

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Man I have always wanted one of these just for the fun factor. Hope all comes out well


Sent from somewhere in southwest Oklahoma
 

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Hey man nice car! Story time: My buddy had a new SVT Contour when we were in high school, circa 2000, and it was just the best. The tuner craze was in full effect and everyone else had coupes and hatches so his sedan was like the troop carrier for the girls whenever we went racing. It perpetually smelled really nice inside haha.

We had this 75-shot NOS wet kit that everyone had passed around and he couldn’t wait to try it. Talked about his turn for months. Finally we get it installed and he immediately challenges the rich kid with a 2000 Trans Am WS6 that would always embarrass our 4 cylinders. He bets $350 (which was a ton for us broke 11th graders) that he can gap the Firebird in a 40 roll. The rich kid accepted and proceeded to talk **** for a month before we finally cornered him and got him to agree to a time and place.

So it happens on the interstate at 3am and we have like 6 cars following the two of them down the road at 40mph. I was right behind them in my ‘95 Eclipse GSX. The Contour had the NOS on a WOT switch so as soon as the first honk sounded he floored it in neutral and then dumped the clutch in 2nd gear on the third honk.

Dude, it was like those old videos of built Escort Cosworths taking off impossibly fast and dragging the rear bumper. The Contour left the WS6 and all of us in the dust. My guess was that flooring it in neutral (and our high schooler install job of the NOS kit) somehow pooled the fuel and NOS in the intake manifold and hit that little V6 with a 150-200 shot all at once.

He easily wins the race and I floor it to catch up with him but it feels like I’m driving over gravel in the road so I pull back. Once we finally find him pulled off to the side of the road we see a long trail of fluid leading up to the car and assume the engine liberated a rod or something. Turns out the transmission actually cracked the housing and all the fluid came out, probably wrecking everything inside in the process.

Long story short we took off the NOS kit and towed it to the dealership. They gave him a brand new transmission under warranty, no questions asked. They actually seemed really sketched out that a failure like that could even happen on a Contour so they got that thing fixed in a week and shoed us off the lot.

He used the $350 that he won to buy a proper 50-shot dry kit and drove that car through college. We took it on many, many road trips and while the interior completely disintegrated over the years, it handled that 50-shot like a champ probably close to 100 times. Only repair I can remember the car needing was wheel bearings and an alternator. Never even had to replace the clutch. I still wish I would have bought it from him before he traded up to a Mach 1 but being a DSM guy at the time, my car kept a tight grasp on my bank account.
 

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Love it! I've always been a fan of the SVT Contour. I too had a silver '99 for a short amount of time several years back, it was my daily driver. It was in nice shape for having 160k miles at time of purchase. Man I miss that car. I sold it to a guy who rolled it within a month or two and that was that. I will always remember it as being a very satisfying and fun car to drive and I especially loved the sounds it made.
 
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