Why is it Fox Body?

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Potomus Pete, I was getting the PUA unemployment, but that ran out just before Christmas. I just got an E-Mail this morning, Congress is enacting a continuence that should be available in the next week or so.
 
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Mustang5L5

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We must have it made. We are all home on Friday talking Foxbody.

I work from home 90% of the time, and my hours are spread out throughout the day. I was on calls from 7PM to midnight last night, so i don't feel bad about sneaking in the garage for an hour or so on a friday or using my lunch break to work on the car
 
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Speak for yourself, I'm taking a break from replacing a rodent-chewed engine harness on one BMW 7-series while I run a software update on another in the bay next to it.
Yep, I’m here at the shop, trying to get 11-12 vehicles back to their owners today.
 
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Potomus Pete

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Good you guys, get back to work. Now I will sit here feeling guilty about coming home. Sucks being self employed.
 
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Yep, I’m here at the shop, trying to get 11-12 vehicles back to their owners today.
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Today would be optimistic on this one. :rlaugh:
 
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MustangIIMatt

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Holy hell i'm never buying a BMW. That looks...complicated.
Complicated? It's just a DOHC twin-turbo REVERSE-FLOW V8 with two separate cooling systems, two computers to run the engine, and extra crap like Valvetronic that serves no purpose other than to generate revenue for dealership service departments... I mean... Um... Provide more precise control of engine air intake than apparently an IAC or ETB can.

It's not that complica... Yeah, it's complicated, hilariously and stupidly complicated. Unnecessarily complicated in ways that give me actual headaches.
 
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MustangIIMatt

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What model is it?
The engine is known as the "N63" and is as much a technological marvel as it is a nightmare to work on. This particular car is a 2017 BMW 750. It can be found as an option in every car from the 5-series up and every SUV from the X5 up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_N63

First one to swap one in a Fox will have my admiration, respect, pity, and my doubt of their sanity.
 
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HemiRick

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I dont charge enough to work on BMW's, so I refuse to do so. Plus they are unnecessarily complicated. Over engineered, over priced, German junk IMHO
 
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I work on Kubota tractors, compact track loaders, skod steers, turf equipment, excavators, etc. Splitting a 100hp tractor apart to replace transmission gears or shuttle clutches is quite a job. The last one I did took 40 hours. If you have to replace gears, PTO clutch, or other parts it adds to that.

Not to mention all the DEF and emission equipment failures. I don't think anyone has a full understanding of DEF in the different environments these machines are exposed to.

I'll work on equipment for a living over automotive any day. I'll never go back to the auto industry.
 

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I work on Kubota tractors, compact track loaders, skod steers, turf equipment, excavators, etc. Splitting a 100hp tractor apart to replace transmission gears or shuttle clutches is quite a job. The last one I did took 40 hours. If you have to replace gears, PTO clutch, or other parts it adds to that.

Not to mention all the DEF and emission equipment failures. I don't think anyone has a full understanding of DEF in the different environments these machines are exposed to.

I'll work on equipment for a living over automotive any day. I'll never go back to the auto industry.
If Holt Cat or the Kubota dealership down here ever ends up hiring again, I've given some thought to jumping to that side of the business.

Cars are just getting too stupid and annoying to work on. Removing bumpers to get to stupid systems that shouldn't even exist and having to deal with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay issues weren't in the job description when I started 17 years ago are getting to me. I feel like Dr. McCoy from Star Trek "Dammit Jim, I'm a mechanic, not an Apple Store Genius!".
 
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It at least used to be common knowledge all the other Fox chassis cars Ford/Lincoln/Merc made.
Why the misnomer? My best guess is a foxy body sounds better than a foxy chassis. That might not be right as I have heard some gear-heads use the right term, but about biological entities, but it makes sense.
 
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Speak for yourself, I'm taking a break from replacing a rodent-chewed engine harness on one BMW 7-series while I run a software update on another in the bay next to it

From someone who has a 650, THAT sounds like an intense job AND an Expensive one......
 

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Mustang5L5

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$100 labor to change a head light bulb convinced me about not working on newer cars.

I’ve had a burned out parking light bulb on my car for 4 years because the front bumper needs to come off to replace it.

It’s a tight squeeze in from under the hood and my 3-year old can’t quite figure out how to replace it for me yet.
 
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MustangIIMatt

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From someone who has a 650, THAT sounds like an intense job AND an Expensive one......
Very intense, subframe is supposed to come off to access part of the harness, as is the passenger side intake manifold. I actually took the wheel and the fender liners out instead to save time. I still need to pull the intercooler on that side Monday morning to unplug the VANOS on that bank, then I get to start reassembly. I also have an X3 with the B46 4-banger in it that needs the engine harness replaced for the same reason waiting on this 7-series to leave. Rodents LOVE BMW wiring.