Okay, so I am looking at purchasing a 1999 Mercury Cougar. The body has 138,000. Two Cougar guru's that live by me have swapped in a 2001+ Taurus/Sable 3L engine with under 37,000 miles on it. At the time of the engine swap, they also replaced the clutch with a used clutch from another Cougar. This particular car has been dynoed at 170 whp (30+ hp over stock.)
Anyways, I test drove it last weekend and the clutch feels odd. The sweet spot is *almost* non-existent. It is either in or out. I got used to it after a minute, but it just felt weird. The guy who is selling it said that the clutch has at least 30k+ to go. Anybody know what is going on here?
I definately trust Dan and Chris who has helped me out in the past many times, so that is not the issue. They both know what they are doing. Dan has a 2003 Mustang Cobra putting down 600 rwhp (all work done by him, except for PnP.) Chris owns a 1999 Cougar with a 3L swap and has just finished fabricating a supercharger kit for the Cougar/Contour, which is no small feat. (http://www.newcougar.org/forums/show...=100426&page=5 scroll down for pics.) They have started a business where they prep 3L's for Cougar/Contours for sale and install if you wish http://www.3lduratec.com/main.html.
The reason I am not posting this on the Cougar forum is that they are trying to sell the car and I don't want to in any hinder the sale of the car.