Thanks for the good advice. I'm actually very mechanically inclined
and have worked on several cars and engines over the years. Although,
most of my experience has been with GM makes and models, so when it
comes to these older Fords, I'm in the dark on a few things.
I plugged up the vaccum line that supplied the E-brake release switch.
Didn't really help with the idle problem. I also took the EGR valve
off and cleaned alot of the carbon out of it. That seemed to help, as
the car has MUCH more power and pep than before. I think it is still
sticking though, because sometimes when I go to start it, it acts like
it doesn't want to run unless you give it gas, and runs erratically.
The problem with the idle turned out to be the high idle solenoid,
which is apparently stuck in the high idle position. I can manually
flip the little cam down and the car will idle down, but as soon as I
give it any gas, the cam flips right back into high idle position. I
will have to test the power lead and make sure it's live. If so, I'm
guessing I'll just have to replace the whole high idle unit?
I will run a diagnostic test on it today as soon as I do a google and
find out what I need to do. So far It hasn't set any check engine
lights, but possibly there's some underlying codes stored.
These old cars sure are great, but man there's alot of old 80's
technology do-dads and gadgets to go wrong under the hood! :-)