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1999 ford windstar runs ok at first then freaks out...

I recently drove my friends van to move things and he warned me that it intermittently shuts off.

I had the vehicle about four hours and it drove fine at first. After about a half hour; the problem began. I simply restarted the engine and this worked....for about an only happened twice.

Then it rained hard; and the problem increased in frequency to every time i reached a stoplight or idled. It also became increasingly difficult to restart; taking 3 or 4 attempts each time.

I MUST MENTION THAT I HAD FILLED THE TANK TO JUST UNDER HALF FULL DURING THE RAIN since it was on empty and the gas light went on. So I was thinking; O2 sensors or fuel pump/pump shut off switch short etc....I took it to Autozone and they could not pull codes because the fuse was blown that powers the lighter etc. While trying to leave Autozone; the engine died 6 times and the cd player stopped working, as well as the radio and windows. I used the right turn signal and it stayed on until i got home; no matter what i did to the signal stick. The van also started beeping at me and i lost torque/power around 50 mph on the way home; like it was maxed out or something. rpms were barely over 2k. the side doors stopped working also....ECM? along with O2? Not sure.
I also noticed an odor that smelled like oil burning...I wanna help my buddy fix this so we can start on a stripped sprint car and motorcycle next. I know this is probably more than most people write; but I have never had this many issues while driving a vehicle before. Any help out there?

I'm going to try and replace the fuse for the diagnostic plug and lighter tomorrow to see if I can pull codes. I suspect multiple problems.

Thank you in advance for any help.

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Coil may be getting warm and causing ingition problems. Charging system may not be working properly. Alt and or battery issues. Brain box may be starting to go. Ignition relays for the continous power to run position may be weak and all else fails answer a short.

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