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  1. The tail and brake lights in modern vehicles are very different from those on older vehicles. Used to be you could hook trailer lights direct to the tail lights on the tow vehicle and *maybe* you'd need to increase the fuse size a bit to account for the extra load These days, you can't do that any longer. Now the lights are powered by the cars computer and they *will not* stand for any extra load to be placed on them. Trailer tail lamps must be powered from a separate DC source, with it's own fuse and the vehicle tail lights just serve as a 'trigger' to turn on the trailer lights - You gotta buy a trailer light wiring kit with the switching circuitry to power the trailer lights Just mentioning this because . . . . maybe someone didn't do things right and that could be why the OP's tail lights are out . . . . ?? Don
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    Swivel Seats?

    There are companies that make aftermarket, bolt in swivels for van seats. I have a diesel Mercedes Sprinter based motor home and I know they sell the swivels for those, both passenger and driver seats . . . . and, they sell them for other makes and models too. Pretty sure they are DOT legal too, which is important. You can find them on eBay for $150 per seat or so Don
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    2010 XLT Slammed

    Why not forget about hydraulic power steering with it's pumps, hoses and belts and just install electric power steering like all the Gen 2 TC's have?? Hydraulic power steering is so . . . . yester-year! I have 5 vehicles in my garage and every one of them has electric power steering - Heck, even my little Kubota diesel garden tractor has electric power steering!! 😋 Don
  4. That would depend entirely on the physical dimensions of the sofa/recliner you're looking at - They vary all over the place, depending on the style and who made the one you're looking at - Kinda like asking "Will my boat on my friends trailer fit under the low clearance bridge near my house??" 😋 Don
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    Cylinder #2 Misfire

    Smart move replacing all the old hoses and gaskets - Big money now, but if you want long term reliability, it's the only way to go and it's pretty obvious you're wanting to drive this van for another 100k or more, so . . . . . smart thinking! Don
  6. With lots of stop and go city driving, I'd be more concerned with the health of the transmission than the 2.5 engine - You know the engine oil has been regularly changed and you also know the transmission hasn't been serviced, because Ford says that's not necessary because . . . . it's a 'lifetime' transmission' . . . . which may be nearing the end of it's lifetime with 70K of stop and go driving. The engines in the 2nd Gen TC's are considered very reliable, but there have been many examples of early transmission failures before reaching 100K. If I was going to buy this one, I'd get an extended warranty as part of the package. But, for what they likely want for it, I'd probably just keep looking. As an example, when we bought our 2014 3 years ago, it had 13,000 miles on it and we paid $13,000 off the sticker price Don
  7. You may very well be on to something there! My experience with rear drum brakes has always been with RWD vehicles which have long axles with heavy duty bearings which run in an oil bath - Rear bearing failures are fairly rare. In this case with a FWD vehicle which doesn't have long rear axles (I assume they're stubby little things with a bearing on either end?) virtually any play in the rear bearings could cause a very slight wobble which might exhibit the symptoms he's experiencing. It would be a very good idea to carefully examine the rear bearings and if they appear less than perfect in any way, change them. If he has a high mileage TC, it might be worth changing them just for GP. That just might solve the problem Don
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    Cylinder #2 Misfire

    Your mechanic should have squirted a little oil in the cylinder and ran the test again. If the compression went way up, then it's probably a broken ring and not a burned valve. If you've been driving on a broken ring for 3,500 miles, that cylinder is probably toast and you'd want another engine. If it's just a burned valve, I don't see any problem with a valve job - If that's possible - or a new/used head if it's not. A good head on an old engine shouldn't cause any problems But . . . . if it was my van . . . . with 267K on the motor I would either buy a good used, low mileage engine (something out of a wreck with less than 100K on it, or . . . . I would junk the van and buy me something newer. With 267K on it, it's going to soon begin nickel and dimeing you to death . . . . and after you spend $1K to $1,500 to get a newer engine put in it, you'd probably keep spending money on it for much longer than you probably should. There comes a time in every old vehicles life when it's time to stop throwing good money at it and move on to something better - If you're not there right now (I think you probably are) you're very close to it and now is not the time to spend a big chunk of change to get it running again Don
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    Can I put off trans rebuild?

    That depends on how much you hate to walk! No way I would have ever tried taking any vehicle in the condition you describe to Mexico . . . . but it sounds like you (barely) got away with it. You can get it fixed now, or . . . . do you feel lucky? By all means, keep a comfy pair of shoes in the van!! Don
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    Greetings from the Wiregrass!

    That hidden compartment looks like a great place to mount an AGM battery to power a Fantastick Fan mounted in the roof. A solar panel to keep it charged up and you'd probably be much more comfortable sleeping when it gets to be a bit warm outside Don
  11. When installing new shoes in drum brakes, it's important to arc the new shoes to fit the drum, otherwise all sorts of nagging problems like you're experiencing can happen. It's also a good idea to turn the drums so they are smooth before you arc the shoes to fit the drums. Both these procedures used to be SOP at any good brake shop back when drum brakes were more common, but now that 95% of vehicles have disc brakes all around, it's not so easy to find a mechanic who knows much about drum brakes, let alone one who has the tools to turn the drums and arc the shoes to fit them. Hope this helps you with your problems Don
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    Fuel leak

    He said it's a 2008, which is old enough for every rubber piece in the fuel system to be suspect I would imagine Don
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    Fuel leak

    Fuel doesn't leak from bolts . . . . but you should find where it is coming from and FOR SURE don't drive it until you've solved the leak
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    5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    Mobile is a city in Alabama . . . . and they never made nor marketed an oil for cars or anything else 😋 Don
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    5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    Don't tell us - Tell the person you sell the TC to what oil you've been running - They'd be much more interested than any of us An infamous person said, "I think we'll be fine - We'll see what happens" Don