I picked up a 98 Ford Explorer that's been parked for years do to the owner getting a crazy high quote for a leaking rear axle bearing.
Bought for $250
Will need axle saver bearing at best or axle and bearing at worst (I hope)
Trying to be in it for under $500 dollars to use in a $500 car event.
So I have no keys and replacement quote for computer clipped keys is over $200.
From what I can find without the proper chipped key signaling the computer the engine will turn over and fire the plugs but will not send a signal to the injectors.
Clearly the smart thing would be to pay for a proper key but for the sake of doing something crazy, thinking like someone deep in the bowels of the Soviet Union or some third world country, and the sure joy of getting around the computer...
What if I remove the butterfly blade from the throttle body leaving the shaft and TPS in place, reduce fuel pressure and mount a carb to the front of the throttle body (Cuting hole in the hood is fine) with the carb linkage synced to the throttle body so closed is closed and WOT is WOT for both?
Not asking if this is a good idea because it's clearly not, just asking if it could work and be reasonably drivable for crazy shit points.