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rickbtbird
08-07-2006, 03:02 PM
What year was yours when it blew?

Pat
01-24-2007, 12:15 AM
94 20-30k miles

superbirdx
09-12-2007, 08:55 PM
It's weird ,but, I have 2 SC's both are 1990s 1 is auto the other is 5spd 1 was abused the other wasn't.They both blew head gaskets at 116,000 and change.

A1cntrler
09-12-2007, 11:42 PM
My '89 popped the gasket when it was my daily driver. I was 2o years old and a lowly E-I-Owe-You-1 in the military. Couldn't afford to keep putting money into it every other week, so I cut my losses and traded it for a Ranger. That was 8 years ago. I think the car had just about 100k on the odometer. It was a 5 speed.

franky_402
09-14-2007, 12:30 AM
To my knowledge as the previous owner stated one of the sides blew and ford repaired it under warranty. Not exactly sure how many miles but probably not many if it was still under warranty. Anyone know what they came with for warranty???

XxSlowpokexX
09-14-2007, 04:21 PM
Never blew any stinkin SC gaskets...Aint I lucky....I bet I just jinxed maself

Ken Seegers
09-14-2007, 05:04 PM
blew my at 92k in my 92. Believe opened the exhaust up and stock pulley and I still blew head gaskets.

slow_v6_stang
09-14-2007, 10:31 PM
i bought my '89 engine that had a blown head gasket...so i didnt blow it, but it was an '89 that blew in my situation

rickbtbird
09-15-2007, 12:02 PM
i bought my '89 engine that had a blown head gasket...so i didnt blow it, but it was an '89 that blew in my situation

A1cntrler must have sold you his car, see above.

JT93SC
09-17-2007, 03:06 PM
I've taken out 2 headgaskets so far.

93sc - 160,000km - (96,000 miles)

94sc - 240,000km - (140,000 miles)

rickbtbird
09-17-2007, 03:24 PM
I've got two SC's, a 90 and a 95. Both have around 98,500 miles. To my knowledge they have the original head gaskets.

T-bird4vr
09-18-2007, 12:04 AM
never, knock knock knock

chadder1313
09-18-2007, 06:26 PM
I have a 92 and 90. I blew them both with quite a bit of mile on them.

92sclikenew
09-18-2007, 10:10 PM
i have a 92 they poped at around 75k or so bought the car with 64k about a year b4 they poped have owned the car for almost 3 years

Plat0ribs
09-19-2007, 04:36 PM
I plan on replacing the head gaskets in my 63K engine befor I drive it one mile.

So (hopefully) I will never experience this special event.:cool:

THE BIRDMAN
09-20-2007, 10:13 PM
91 with 65k on it all grandma miles.



Jay

garsc
09-22-2007, 03:47 PM
The orignal motor had 149k and the original gaskets just no oil pressure. The replacement {used} 1991 motor had 78k when the head gaskets started leaking water outside the block. Never overheated and no water in the oil it just looses a quart of coolant every few months. Still driveable and dependable I just dont like leaks of any kind.

lilredstang
09-27-2007, 03:58 PM
Just shy of 200,000. I thought that was pretty good. Then I added some goodies and blew them 5,000 later. That was pretty bad. oops:rolleyes:

AX-MAN
04-13-2008, 11:58 PM
87,000 miles under idle after running hot once.

franky_402
04-14-2008, 03:04 AM
im wondering if the lower mileage sc's that blew were original coolant or not flushed as often as supposed to!!

DemonSC
04-21-2008, 10:44 AM
mine didnt exactly blow, i just replaced them before they went and did some other things while the heads were off :D

179,331 miles

kevsha
04-22-2008, 11:30 AM
Just bought an SC a few months ago, had 103k on it. now has 107k and blown HG.... also i blew the HG's in my 96 3.8 LX.. i'm 2 for 2 for 3.8l thunderbirds.....

SCRACING?
10-19-2008, 02:08 PM
I just blew mine at 153000. funny part was when doing the compression test to see wich side blew, they all passed with over 150 psi. I was expecting to see a little drop at least. pulled both sides and it was passenger side cylinder 2 and really close on 3 as well. oh well while iam in there might as well change some more parts

nate

sinhumane
10-19-2008, 07:45 PM
on my 94 auto... 130k miles on the original, gramma-driven headgaskets... still ticking. had a few close calls when it was acting up and overheating, but she's alright now... will update when it happens. lol.

XxSlowpokexX
10-31-2008, 06:56 PM
I never blew one.....Err I jinx myself?

rickbtbird
11-01-2008, 06:36 AM
I never blew one.....Err I jinx myself?

I said that once too and not long after my 90 looked like a insecticide fogger going down i84.

blown95sc
03-10-2009, 07:59 PM
1992.197,000. miles changed them after the shootout last year.

decipha
03-10-2009, 08:39 PM
blew the gaskets on my 90 after running it hot really hard on the interstate

@ only 39k :eek:

still drove fine and didn't loose any power but just wouldn't stay running cool

AlandSara
06-19-2009, 04:23 AM
I have an '89 5spd with 89,600 miles on it. I'm crossing my fingers that it holds up for a while. Any suggestions to make it last? :D

Gerry Rider
06-27-2009, 11:54 AM
'89, right side blew at about 120K.

bowez
06-27-2009, 12:47 PM
I don't blow heads just motors. Both the 96 and 93 SC at about 130k

64th-35th
10-14-2009, 09:11 AM
1990/85,000trying to beat a honda would not go over 95 ka bam , then dreaded white smoke

callahan101
08-22-2011, 09:50 AM
Mine blew at 116k

Rick_Leuce
12-31-2012, 01:41 PM
Is there a way to prevent head gaskets from being blown?

Or at least is there a way to get a little warning so I can do something before they blow?:eek:

-RL

Mike8675309
06-07-2014, 07:16 PM
Is there a way to prevent head gaskets from being blown?

Or at least is there a way to get a little warning so I can do something before they blow?:eek:

-RL

Watch the odometer. Expect them to blow somewhere between 80,000 and 120,000 miles. Nothing says you have to wait for them the blow before you replace them.

GHOSTXR7
06-25-2014, 01:06 PM
Ive had my 90 xr7 since 06 and mine jus blew a lil over 100k yae for me 😂😂😂😂😂

Tim Groth
06-25-2014, 03:49 PM
All years but 92 selected for thats the only year I haven't owned...blew em in all the rest over the years. :D

-Tim

arizona90
06-28-2015, 12:55 PM
Drove from Prescott Valley AZ to Camp Verde AZ, over the mountains, just an hour's ride, with the AC on. Came back with AC off because it was almost pegging the gauge. No smoke, just runs hot. Drove 4 miles today, lots of pressure, foam from the radiator (with cap off, just idling) then pulsing gyser. No coolant in the oil and no visible leaks anywhere from the radiator hoses. Am interested in the best parts to repair the heads. Go Ford or Alternatives? Marty

SuperCoupeDave
06-29-2015, 10:04 AM
Had 2 89s blow at 150k.

decipha
10-05-2015, 11:54 AM
Now that I have a few more supercoupes I suppose I can include them in here as well

black 90 5spd - rebuilt engine split the crank due to improper radius, head gaskets were fine, no tellin when the originals blew
red 90 5spd - about 39k on the rebuilt engine and they let loose on I-10 when I was beating on her, she got hot due to a coolant leak
blue 92 5spd - casualty of testing, I was paid to blow them at about ~70k, let loose on I-55 due to running lean (testing purposes), new rebuild free of charge
titanium 91 auto - blown at about 120k, driven like it was stolen its entire life
orange 93 auto - grandma blew the head gaskets at ~130k driving from south carolina here to new orleans, she wasn't watching the temp, possibly a stuck thermostat to blame
black 94 5spd - crapped the gaskets at ~110k when the potential buyer came to test drive it :eek:
92 titanium auto - crapped the gaskets at 110k for no apparent reason

my other black 90, my red/black 90 and my 95 purple auto all had the stock gaskets before i rebuilt the engines with no problems at 180k, 90k and 120k

all 10 of them now have arp heads studs and all except for my 92 auto have mls gaskets, knock on wood I have yet to blow an MLS gasket

FrankenBird
10-09-2015, 11:21 AM
1990/85,000trying to beat a honda would not go over 95 ka bam , then dreaded white smoke

lol, i was racing a old 5.0 cobra and had needle barried and it aslowy started slowing down so i braked down to like 55 crusied and knowticed a little missfire,so i gunned it up to lik 90ish and it missfired the whole way up then wouldnt go any faster and i looked behind me and i swear to god it made a seafoam job look like a cigarette compared to the cluod i was leaving..lol good thing noone was behind me because they would have been 100% blinded upto 30ft behind me..
i got it home and it never got above the O on th etemp gauge and still fires rite up but i gotta get the new hg's in..just am saving the money to pay for the help.
mine had 168xxx miles, 75mm tbody,42's,73mm c&l, all aluminum rad,3in intake and thats it. never even got to put my powqer pulley on.