Long Term SHO Owner

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  1. Greg2013SHO

    Greg2013SHO New Member

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    Hi Folks,

    I got my first SHO in 1989, the year before the transmission was offered as automatic. Took some work to drive it but I felt the road real well. The front wheel drive tended to skid easily on wet and ice but I found that it handled well in a skid. I've tooled my way out of many a crisis.

    Have a 2013 now. Much easier. Nice that it has the paddles for manual but I haven't had a reason to use them. When I bought the 2013 the dealer offered me $1000 for the 1989. I told him no way. Have had lots of problems maintaining it (story for later) but it's a treasure.

    Members of this forum have helped me recently with the 2013. As they say, dealers don't know SHO's as well as owners. So I ask and give advice where I can.

    Thanks for being there.

    Greg
     
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    Welcome, post some pics of both cars
     
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    Toolman Boost it! Staff Member Club Mod

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    Welcome! Second the pics request. Also, automatic SHO didn’t exist until 93.
     
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    As requested here are the snaps of my two SHOs. I’m away from the 1989 and all I can find on this laptop is a rear view in a car port. It was standard-for-the-era in appearance. Looked like every other modern sedan on the road. What made it different was the performance! I’m including both sides of the 2013. It also looks standard to me but people admire it.
     

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    Welcome in.

    Your 89 SHO appears to be some type of GM product. Monte Carlo perhaps?
     
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    Good point Irish! That may not be my car. The snap comes from the town’s registry of properties. It’s the family home and was taken a long time ago. The basic appearance matched my SHO so I’ve always assumed it was mine. But now that you mention it, there are lots of differences. I’ll have to take a picture of what’s in my garage when I get home. Good eye!!
     
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    Here’s the story of my 89 SHO. I bought it new from the Ponca City OK Ford dealer in Oct 1989. It had been sitting in an OKC dealership with no takers. I needed a car (my first new car) and my auto friends raved about the SHO. I read up and decided it fit my needs and desires. When it was delivered I saw that there had been many test drives before I got it. I should have expected that! It was a powerful and trendy vehicle.

    Two months after the purchase I drove to my widowed Mom’s home in the Florida Keys, Christmas lead-in. Stopped in Tupelo MS and toured Elvis’ birthplace. Two days before Christmas so it was only me in the two-room shotgun. The lady gave me all the time I needed for questions and my own memories of The King. I was feeling pretty good when I left.

    I-10 was closed for icy bridges so I took US 90 from Madison, east. Wasn’t tired so I kept driving. Round about midnight I hit some black ice near Live Oak and spun across the median. A simple donut since there was no curb and the median was coastal flat. Ended up straddling both westbound lanes. I got out to look at the car and saw my right rear tire was horizontal on the ground. No way I was driving out of this mess. Flagged a car and got a tow truck to take me off the road. Turns out he had a daughter in Homestead; he and his wife wanted to see her for the holiday. So that overnight on half the state of back roads that weren’t closed he towed me the 500 miles to my Mom. They had a half-hour reunion Christmas Eve morning to exchange presents and goodies before we hit the Keys.

    From then it was months of repair attempts. The wheel casting had broken and twisted the axel. The Homestead Ford dealership was sloppy and couldn’t work on it for a while so I flew back to Ponca City. Flew back a month later, driving the car back home but the suspension was bad. Wore down that tire. Needed more repairs.

    There was also the question of cause. I sent the busted casting to a research lab for analysis. They found clearly a pre-existing fracture. I sued Ford. Took me four years and many more repairs before I was made whole. Arbitration made the corporation pay for everything, tow included. All repairs. After settling with my lawyer I had $500 left. And the satisfaction of being right. We learned that they had many such defective castings. The pencil-pushers decided it was cheaper fighting a few lawsuits than scrapping all those parts. I found nothing in Ralph Nader’s files until after the suit was settled. That seemed strange,

    As you all know maintaining SHOs is tricky. And getting trickier as the years pass for the older models. Mike Stimson from SHO Source found me a motor mount that my shady tree guy installed. In 2018 he put me onto a retrofit of the clutch, his parts going to a transmission shop. Kinda funky gear box with about half the throw of the original but it’s tight and durable. Mike has been a regular resource for my 89. Good guy.

    I was offered $1000 for it when I bought the 2013. I said nope. Too much personal history! And Mike keeps talking up the Zen of being a hands-on owner of such a classic. How could I do anything different?
     
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    Great story and history. Not many original owners around. Mike and Ryan at Shosource are great folks, I've gotten a lot of parts and work done there.
     
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    Thanks to Mike Stimson’s advice I got the 89 SHO back on the road. It had been sitting in the garage for too long - the battery went dead. When I got around to swapping it out I developed heart issues. Then I broke an ankle, the clutch one. So it was 2.5 years before I was on it again. I figured it was deep-dead but Mike said these vehicles are durable. Just get a new battery and give ‘er a try. After a hiccup it roared to life. The idle was too high - Mike said that was from pumping the gas too much and messing up the programming. Remove a battery cable and give 10 mins before reconnecting, no gas pedal. The idle will reset itself. I gave it a month … while I took that long new SHO drive. I’ve returned and followed what he said. Started right up and with a low idle, about 1300 RPM. Today I topped off the tires and had the oil changed. Sent it thru the wash. Attached are the snaps. Looks pretty good for 32 years old, eh?!! The old gas stunk bad on first start but is getting better after a few runs. I’ll refill it with fresh premium when the tank gets low. It lives!
     

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    Looks to be in great condition, how many miles are on it
     
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    347,000 miles, documented for the entire work history
     
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    The car looks amazing at that mileage. Your miles are getting up near owner sdpatt, I think he is over 400K by now
     

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