Here she is with her dress hoisted a la Marylin Monroe. Don't mind the section of PVC plumbing pipe being used to keep the hood up, just the hood struts are pooched. My Ford failed the safety because the hood struts were bad, but in Hawaii, well let's say the ANNUAL "safeties" are pretty lax, as you'll see.
The battery was dead and needed to be boosted when the car was on the lot. Even though I'm sure it was fine and just had been sitting too long, they put a new one in, which was nice of them. Now let's have a look at some of the not so nice bits.
In the photos below you'll spot some interesting eBay add-ons that made their way onto the car for some reason. Firstly, you'll notice the 24K gold plated super negative terminal post with ground straps. Because I guess the stock one that works fine is insufficient, you really need to run some 4AWG cables to a bunch of bolts on the motor and chassis. You know, in case your engine should suddenly need to discharge 65 thousand watts of pent up HORSE POWERRRRRSSSS... Let's just nevermind the fact that we're still using stock (+) cables on everything. Because you know. eBay. Oh and in the second pic towards the bottom you'll see where the one cable was chafing against the (+) terminal on the battery. Safety first.
Next up you'll notice the VIOLENCE RAIZIN VOLT STABILIZER. Because no one wants unstable volts. This thing houses a bunch of capacitors by the looks of things. And there's a big ol' 4AWG cable for the (+) terminal and another for a chassis ground. This device reportedly (according to the forumz), stabilizes your power delivery, make the car idle smoother (what?), keeps your headlights from dimming when you turn stuff on, and frees up about 5-7hp (I shit you not, that's what one of the car mags claims to have backed up on the dyno). Now there's only one problem. Some capacitance could, potentially, smooth out the voltage spikes and dips that happen with varying loads, IF they were hooked up in series between the battery and the car's electrical system. But this gizmo is hooked to the (+) and essentially the (-). Soooo... power can flow through the circuit, and have no effect on anything... and that's about it. Not to mention the thing's hooked up all the time, so if current was actually passing through it to "do" something, it would kill the batt when it was sitting not running. And those caps are tiny little itty bitty things too, like they could actually hold any kind of meaningful charge.
Next on the crock list is the Pro-Coat rust killer doodad. Now as we all know impressed current cathodic protection devices can't actually keep anything from rusting unless whatever you are trying to protect was sitting in an electrolyte, so unless you drive around in an aquarium full of seawater all the time, these are just a crock.
It seems the guys that replaced the battery were smart enough to unhook the violence and pro coat shenanigans. I just pulled them out completely.