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svt87
05-22-2006, 12:05 PM
My 1987 LTD Crown Victoria LX was purchased from Alton-Blakely Ford in Somerset, KY with no remarkable options except for the 3.27:1 rear end (I presume this was for driving in the mountains). I have no idea who the original owner was, or what it went through, but ten years later it belonged to an older gentleman in Florida who used it as his winter car. When this man passed away my grandfather bought the car from his widow, and drove it for a short time period. The car was originally painted Dark Shadow Metallic Blue, but the previous owner had kept a car cover on it during the summer that he didn't tighten down well. As a result of wind blowing on the car cover it sanded away most of the paint, exposing that beautiful pink primer that Ford used on the 80's panthers. Shortly after my grandfather had gotten the car, in 1987, he found a good deal on a 1990 Crown Vic LX, so he bought that and sold the '87 to my dad for $800. Not bad for a car that only had 69,000 miles on it.

My dad drove the car for a year, while I learned how to drive on it, and in 1998 I turned 16 and took my driver's test in the car. I knocked over a couple cones while parallel parking but the man administering the test said "oh it's no big deal, you'll never have to park a car this huge anyway". Little did he know that this car would become mine. I bought a Pioneer tape deck, three pairs of speakers (door, dash, rear), and two Pioneer 12" subs powered by a Rockford Fosgate amp. I drove the car like this all throughout high school and generally had a lot of good times with it. Eventually I upgraded the stereo with a much better Pioneer CD playing head unit, Cerwin Vega door and rear speakers, and Alpine dash speakers. I removed all of the factory speaker wiring and ran all new 12 ga. speaker wire.

When I got the car it came with a pair of fog lights, which got smashed off on a snow bank the second winter I had it. I went and bought a new pair, which got smashed off on another snow bank the following winter. That's when I decided not to get any more foglights (or at least not mount them under the bumper). The stereo and fog lamps proved to be too much for the original 65 amp alternator to handle, and that burned out on a long road trip almost leaving me stranded. To date I have had 6 alternators in that car, although my most recent which is the 135 amp 3AG seems to have fixed all of my issues.

Shortly after graduating high school I used some money I had to have a pop-up sunroof installed, as well as a dual exhaust system with Flow mufflers. I drove the car like this until the summer of 2002 when it started to burn massive amounts of oil. I considered getting rid of the car entirely, and using the $2500 that I had to buy another beater. I couldn't bear to part with the sunroof though, so I decided to keep the car and rebuild the engine myself. Prior to this I had never so much as changed the oil in a car, but one day I pulled it into the back yard and just started taking things apart. By the end of the summer I had built an HO motor with 10.1:1 forged pistons, E303 cam, 1.6 Roller Rockers, mildly ported E7 heads, shorty headers, and no emissions equipment whatsoever. I worked for Ford at the time and a friend of mine in the SVT program managed to get a prototype '03 Cobra exhaust system which I modified to fit onto my car, and I ran the tailpipes out the side in front of the rear wheels.

The following spring I had a custom AOD built with a wide ratio gear kit, A-servo, solid input shaft, custom Art Carr torque converter, B&M Transpak, and some other minor modifications. After that I got the Bullitt wheels and some Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires for it, which made it drive much better. The paint was in very poor condition by that time, so I had it repainted. The guy who painted it for me used epoxy primer to seal against rust, and gave it several coats of the beautiful Sonic Blue color that was so popular on the Cobra at the time. I also added a hood tach from a '69 Pontiac GTO at that time.

The car was not running very well, even though I had done a MAF conversion, so I took it in to have it chipped and dyno tuned. With the new chip it runs much better, and I now know that the car makes approx 250hp and 300ftlbs at the crank.

Last winter I started having problems with my front suspension, so I replaced all of it, along with the braking system. I now have have the 98+ big brakes (12.4" rotors with dual piston calipers). I have all polurethane bushings (even the control arms) and am using police upper control arms. I got some Moog springs and some KYB shocks, and I must say that the front end is much tighter now and the car stops on a dime.

Here are some pics from last fall, shortly before I did the suspension and brake job:

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/9615/montage6ue.png

Grand Marquis GT
05-22-2006, 12:09 PM
Wow that thing is nice looking...

You need a little cosmetic stuff for that front end, like gunmetal inserts on the grille, and of course, snag a set of clear lenses if you can findem!!!

Freshmeat
05-22-2006, 12:15 PM
Beautifully-done.
Where are you located?

svt87
05-22-2006, 12:21 PM
Beautifully-done.
Where are you located?

Heh, guess I never did fill out my profile on here. Anyway, I live in Detroit, and thanks for the compliment.

nitroracer
05-22-2006, 02:31 PM
I remember seeing your car back on CVN a few times. I thought the hood tach was awesome, you even had a video of it up. Nice work.

boXman
05-22-2006, 02:33 PM
I remember your car before paint, heh. It looks great dude.

Blaze86Vic
05-22-2006, 07:26 PM
Awesome car!

gadget73
05-22-2006, 10:30 PM
Nice. Whats that hood tach from? I know I've seen one on some vintage muscle car but can't place it right now. Some Pontiac product comes to mind, but I can't swear on that.

88MercWagon
05-22-2006, 11:59 PM
Nice. Whats that hood tach from? I know I've seen one on some vintage muscle car but can't place it right now. Some Pontiac product comes to mind, but I can't swear on that.
69-71 GTO's had them

Lincolnmania
05-23-2006, 04:02 AM
lookin good mang

svt87
05-23-2006, 09:21 AM
Nice. Whats that hood tach from? I know I've seen one on some vintage muscle car but can't place it right now. Some Pontiac product comes to mind, but I can't swear on that.

It's a reproduction part for the 1969 Pontiac GTO. I wanted a Ford hood tach, which was available on the Super CobraJet Mustang, but nobody makes reproductions and the only original I could find was weatherbeaten as hell and was selling for $400+

88MercWagon
05-23-2006, 11:06 PM
I'm lovin that car man. Nice work.

85crownHPP
05-24-2006, 02:41 AM
Ah yes, I love that blue. we need engine pics!!!

Archangel
05-24-2006, 03:42 AM
Beautifully-done.
Where are you located?We go to the same school, well, at least used to, until he decided it's time for him to graduate, lol :) And yes, the car is awesome, looks even better in person than on the pics :wootrock:

SVT87, as I said at LeAnn's get-together last Friday, a pair of TRW CC819 springs will take care of the rear sag, although seing how high your front end is I'd suggest cutting off like half a coil from the front springs too. Also about those flow restrictors for the heater core, I was looking at my coolant temp. sensor housing, and seems like we have to either make some custom ones, or have Ray weld us some kind of a reducer in the hose-fitting end of the darn thing... Second one will probably be easier, I might try it next week or so, depending on time availability.

svt87
05-24-2006, 12:33 PM
Ah yes, I love that blue. we need engine pics!!!

Trust me, you'd rather not see it. Let's just say that I spend all my money on engine internals, and nothing on dress-up.

svt87
05-24-2006, 12:37 PM
SVT87, as I said at LeAnn's get-together last Friday, a pair of TRW CC819 springs will take care of the rear sag, although seing how high your front end is I'd suggest cutting off like half a coil from the front springs too. Also about those flow restrictors for the heater core, I was looking at my coolant temp. sensor housing, and seems like we have to either make some custom ones, or have Ray weld us some kind of a reducer in the hose-fitting end of the darn thing... Second one will probably be easier, I might try it next week or so, depending on time availability.

I think I'm going to see if Moog sells a set of rear springs that will match my fronts as far as stiffness and ride height. If cutting a coil on my current front springs didn't involve removing them then I'd do it, but the fact is that they were a horrible biyotch to install, and going through all that hassle just to fix my ride height is not worth it. Besides. with the car riding so high I no longer scrape my sidepipes going up steep driveways, and I don't need jacks or ramps to change my oil :D

Regarding the restrictor, I already have one. It's a rare old Ford part made for 1982 Econolines or something. It's smaller than the hose diameter, but I just clamped the heater inlet hose really tightly around it and haven't had any problems. If you want the part number or to check it out sometime let me know. I take night classes at LTU on Tues and Thurs

Archangel
05-24-2006, 12:52 PM
Meh, your sidepipes are easy to take care of, when you put the new springs in the rear you'll never have problem with that. I however have 4"-diameter glasspacks running along the tranny, that makes the exhaust like 2-3" lower than stock, and my tired old springs don't help it from scraping one bit.

I work at the Taubman building Monday and Tuesday till 7:30, stop by some day when you have time, I wanna see that Econoline restrictor.