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|Chilton makes a manual for the 96 - 99 Taurus and it includes
the SHO. It actually is pretty good and has a lot of good information.
Only costs about $29. The part number is: 26702. Available at http://www.carparts.com.
|$16.95 list price, apx.
Not SHO specific, simply Taurus information.
||Official Ford Motor Company shop manuals and wiring diagrams.
Published by Helm Publications.
The full manual is a bit (okay, a lot) expensive, and you don't get the
addenda that the dealers do, but they're a good way to check whether your
mechanic knows the SHO. The shop manual is sufficient for a complete
tear down and rebuild of the car but makes a lot of references to special
tools and equipment available only to Ford dealers, and the do-it-yourself
maintenance guide, which doesn't cover all I'd like but is thorough on
those bits it does cover (oil changes, general inspection, etc.)
I've seen a few messages posted by folks buying used GEN III SHO's and
needing owners manuals. One way to get one is to register on the
Ford Owners Connection web site. Once your registered, send them
an e-mail and tell them what type of manual you need and they will e-mail
you the phone number (usually toll free) of the department to call.
I needed one for my car phone so I sent them an e-mail stating so.
They sent me the number to call and told me it would cost 8 dollars.
When I called they said "no charge" and sent it to me for free... I didn't even have to pay
for shipping. They will even call your dealership if you notify them
of problems your having with them. It is a pretty good service Ford
has for their customers.
Ford specific tuning and performance
Probst, Charles. "How to Understand, Service and Modify Ford Fuel Injection
and Electronic Engine Control." Cambridge, MA: Robert Bentley Inc. (Stock
No. GFF9), 1993. $29.95 list price. ISBN 0-8376-0301-3
General books on performance and handling
By Herb Adams.
Los Angeles: HP Books, 1993, $14.95 list price ($19.95 CDN)
Good text on chassis and suspension design by the chassis engineer
of the original Pontiac Trans Am. Mostly race-oriented, but information
is equally applicable to street cars. Includes tools and techniques
for doing your own wheel alignment.
"Performance Handling: How to Make Your Car Handle."
By Don Alexander. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1991.
How-to book on suspension, wheels, and tires, with lots of examples
(including a Shogun).
I find it difficult to recommend any hot -rodding magazines in general.
I believe that the dependence of these magazines on paid advertising for
their existence influences their articles and reviews to the consumer's
detriment; in addition, the SHO's relative rarity means that articles are
few and far between. That being said, Super Ford seems to have the
best coverage of the SHO in addition to being more literate and entertaining
than the norm for hot -rodding magazines, although 95% of it covers V8's
and rear drive. Some recent articles on 302 and 351 modifications have
been quite well written and objective IMO, and they're paying more attention
to the SHO recently. Past articles include:
back issues are available from:
Rod shifter upgrade
SHO spring and shock tuning
K&N Filter Care
Super Ford SHO project: Borla, Eibach, tires, etc.
J&M tuner car featured
I'll SHO U Performance tuner car featured
Wilwood disc brake kit
SHO cylinder head porting
Cams etc. from The SHO Shop
Ford vs. Ford, '90 SHO with LPM and NOS. Ran 14.6
Supercharged 2nd gen SHO
Taylor's Reader Services
P.O. Box 624, Dept. SF
Douglas, GA 31533
Orders (800) 883-4561
Info & Questions (912) 384-4780
Other magazine articles about the SHO include :
Car and Driver
Road & Track
"America's Best Sedan"
SHO is one of the "Ten Best Cars"
SHO vs. Lumina Z34 vs. Dodge Spirit R/T
Another "Ten Best Cars" award
The SHO Wagon
First real review of the SHO
Review of the SHOgun (SHO powered Festiva)
"Six sporting sedans" (SHO didn't fare too well)
(it IS a high tech engine, after all!)
Long term wrap-up of '93 SHO ATX
1996 1/2 SHO Preview
Cover photo of highly polished SHO cutaway beside a LT5
engine plus some (separate) discussion of the car and the engine
Car Test of Fast Track Sedans - SHO, 535i, Audi 200, and
Oct 16 '89
"SHO Business Blues" cover story. Good photos.
Not overly complimentary.
Apr 9 (year?)
'96 SHO cover story
Hot Rod Magazine
Several mentions in "All Star Section" ("Best car for someone
expecting a 3rd child" and a test between a SHO and 535i.
Best of Hot Rod 88' Issue. "SHO of force". Good article
with some great cut-away pics. of the SHO engine.
||"Car: A Drama of the American Workplace" by Mary Walton. A
book dealing with the redesigning efforts that led to the Generation 3
Taurus. Not SHO Specific, but sheds light on Ford's marketing and
design reasons. The book can be purchased through Amazon.com