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    "Vicky"-1987 Ford LTD Crown Victoria

    This is my second attempt to make a readers ride thread, the first one was insanely unorganized with a lot of randomness.

    Okay, this was formerly known as "The Assault Vehicle", but when the girl you are trying to hook up with suggests a different name that sounds better, you just go with it (It sounds better as a female anyway). It was my grandfathers car; he purchased it new in 1987 and someone in my immediate family has put almost all of the 95k miles on it. Everything is manual (windows seats, locks) and is the BARE Minimum of what it had options for (although there is a passenger Mirror). Currently Its not exactly the most popular car at school, but when it gets done I intend on winning best car for senior year. Here are the pics of it when I started:







    I was 15 when the car was signed over to me, and as soon as I got it, I started to plan my course of action. I redid the entire stereo system, which Consists of a JVC headunit paired with Pioneer speakers in the doors and rear shelf. I got speaker grilles out of a ranger, and just cut the perforated holes that are in the door panels.





    The next point of action was really a headache. I got a universal cold air intake along with Ford Racing Valve Covers. The Intake went in fine, but the valve covers were annoying. We get the gaskets glued on, dismantle the top end of the engine, bolt them in, stick the upper plenum on to find that they don't fit. My dad had to come out and fix it, because I was pissed off that I had just paid $180 for valve covers that wouldn't fit. We ended up cutting the throttle cable bracket to fit the drivers side, and put the orignal valve cover on the passenger side (oil fill was in wrong location) and just putting on the oil cap. Im planning on a box upper manifold so I can put the other ie on. And I also lost the hood insulation.









    I then found the rear PI sway bar for 50 bucks, and sanded and primed and painted it. But still wasnt happy with the handling. So I upgrade the front swaybar bushings to urethane and now the thing handles like a BMW!





    My latest Project invloved the finding of the 79 LTD script tailights. I found them for 10 bucks at the Goodguys Blue Suede Cruise in Norwalk, OH for 10 bucks. They were in sad shape so I did my best to fix them up. That write up is here:
    http://www.grandmarq.net/vb/showthread.php?t=31069
    But here they are in their completed state:





    Night Pics:



    Last edited by hemihotrod402; 09-22-2009 at 04:01 PM.
    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
    New Project: Vicky II - 1981 Ford LTD: 61,XXX miles, virtually rust free, plans still being drafted.
    DD - Victor - 2000 Crown Victoria LX: Headunit, Speakers, and Amp Only.

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    I made a to-do list before prom this year, which involves the following:
    79 Landau Grille Blacked Out
    Headlight Bezels Blacked Out
    Dual exhaust with glasspacks
    140 MPH Speedometer
    Wheels/Tires

    For wheels, I am going with Coys C-5 Polished Aluminum; 17x8 with 4.5" backspacing.



    I have almost all of the money needed set aside for these upgrades, its just finding the parts. Wheels and Tires will wait til spring, because its getting to close to winter.
    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
    New Project: Vicky II - 1981 Ford LTD: 61,XXX miles, virtually rust free, plans still being drafted.
    DD - Victor - 2000 Crown Victoria LX: Headunit, Speakers, and Amp Only.

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    Looking forward to seeing further progress on this "Vicky"
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    Those wheels are gonna look really nice!


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    Cool

    your car is going to look really nice when your done with it, you seem really determined.


    Oh, and is that a yellow Maverick i see , looks wicked, whats the story on that.
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    uh oh... another car named Vicky.... at least my first one was named Vickie... John's white 86 is Vicky though... either way... welcome to the site
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    Great... another Vicky. She looks really good. Did you upgrade the front sway bar to police as well? That will definitely help with handling. I believe that the wagon bar is a little bigger but hollow and will work about the same as the police bar. You need a 140 speedometer in her. I forgot how empty the cluster is without all those numbers jammed in there Keep her alive mang. I believe that all of the later year boxes came with a passenger side mirror.
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    "Vicky" 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX ..................................."Blue" 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis LS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowman85merc View Post
    Oh, and is that a yellow Maverick i see , looks wicked, whats the story on that.
    Not a Maverick....That's an AMX.
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    Looking real good so far, keep it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fordktpjoe View Post
    Not a Maverick....That's an AMX.
    DING DING DING!!!! We have a winner. Its a 1977 hornet AMX. That would be my dads new play toy. He ordered one brand new in 1977 by just looking at a picture. Street raced the thing around toledo, and had to sell it due to money problems. He found this one two years ago in Elkhart, Indiana for two grand. The only catch was the interior had a mouse nest in it and reeked of mouse piss. Also whatever could be chewed up, was chewed up. It has a 360, custom suspension, Lakewood traction bars, and a 4 barrel. Ive driven it, and it rides alot better than the crown does.
    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
    New Project: Vicky II - 1981 Ford LTD: 61,XXX miles, virtually rust free, plans still being drafted.
    DD - Victor - 2000 Crown Victoria LX: Headunit, Speakers, and Amp Only.

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    looks great mang nice progress so far. yeah putting on custom valve covers on does not work out some times lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 86VickyLX View Post
    Great... another Vicky.
    sorry! i guess its just kind of a generic name for these things. I have found a 86 country squire at the u-pull in oak harbor, im going to see if it still has the front bar, Im also hoping to find the speedo out of a cop car
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    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
    New Project: Vicky II - 1981 Ford LTD: 61,XXX miles, virtually rust free, plans still being drafted.
    DD - Victor - 2000 Crown Victoria LX: Headunit, Speakers, and Amp Only.

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    also grab the fender braces that tie together the core support to the fenders...check if it has the under body frame braces as well.
    oh and only a speedo up to year 89 will work for you because after that they turned electric.
    ~David~

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    Just wondering why you couldn't take back the valve covers, did you buy from an individual? I'd like to custom paint my valve cover on my car, pretty sure there isn't any aftermarket for a 1.0L 3cyl Metro lol.

    Also those bumpers look perfect, as far as I can tell not a scratch on them and they could be shined up to a mirror finish, very nice.
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    im going to hit the bumpers with chrome polish, there is some minor pitting starting but otherwise they are flawless. The place where I got the valve covers is about 2 hours away (jegs) and I knew that I was going to upgrade the engine in the future, and I would find a way for them to fit. They look to badass to take back.
    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
    New Project: Vicky II - 1981 Ford LTD: 61,XXX miles, virtually rust free, plans still being drafted.
    DD - Victor - 2000 Crown Victoria LX: Headunit, Speakers, and Amp Only.

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    Ok, so for this winter, Im leaving the hubcaps and that on, but for next winter, I thought of something else. After I get the new wheels, Ill probably sand plast and paint the current ones gloss black (not before making sure that I get some tire smoking use in with these before they croak) and put the explorer center caps in. Not sure how it would look, but it sounds cool. I also compiled a list of everything I want accomplished on this thing (I was bored in study hall), Ill post it up when I get the ambition lol
    Last edited by hemihotrod402; 09-28-2009 at 08:48 PM.
    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
    New Project: Vicky II - 1981 Ford LTD: 61,XXX miles, virtually rust free, plans still being drafted.
    DD - Victor - 2000 Crown Victoria LX: Headunit, Speakers, and Amp Only.

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    Ok Finally got the List. This is my long term goal for the car, and the sad thing is, by the time I get done with it, Ill probably want to restore it. Im swapping out the engine and trans just because everything is numbers matching and I do NOT want to blow it up.

    MAJOR PRIORITIES!!!
    79 Landau Grille Blacked Out (Wednesday maybe?)
    Headlight Bezels Blacked Out
    140 MPH Speedometer
    Blue LEDs for Speedometer
    Rebuilt Exhaust System
    Coys C-5 Polished Aluminum Wheels 17
    255/45-17 Tires

    Engine
    87-93 Mustang HO Engine
    Engine bored to 306
    306 ci Pistons
    Aluminum Cylinder Heads
    Comp Cams Box Upper Manifold
    Vortech 87-93 Turbo Kit
    Ford Racing Cam
    1.7 Rocker Arms
    Aluminum Radiator
    Electric Fan
    3G Alternator
    MSD Distributor
    Ford Racing Plug Wires

    Drivetrain
    87-93 Mustang AOD Transmission
    Full Rebuild Including Clutch , Torque Coverter, etc.
    3.27 Rear Gears
    Aluminum Driveshaft

    Suspension
    95-02 Front Brakes (Control Arms, Spindles etc.)
    95-02 Rear Brakes
    All necessary Equipment to do Brake Swap
    Wilwood Universal Brake Calipers x4
    Cross-Drilled Brake Rotors x4
    PI or Wagon Front Sway Bar
    Wagon Frame Braces
    2 Drop Springs With 25% better Spring rate (after wheels)

    Interior
    Replacement Carpet
    Jegs Racing Seats (Re-upholstered to match interior)
    Embroidered Floor Mats
    Glowshift Water Temperature Guage
    Glowshift Voltometer
    Glowshift Tachometer
    Glowshift Oil Pressure Gauge
    Rebuild Dorr Panels
    Billet Specialties Steering Wheel
    Replacment Cruise Control Buttons
    Replacement Dash Pad
    Shifter, windsheild Wiper, turn signal replacements
    Sony Head Unit
    Infinity Kappa 3.5 speakers
    Infinty Kappa 6.5 Speakers
    Infinity Kappa 6x9 Speakers

    Exterior
    Clear Turn Signal Lenses
    Replacement Vinyl Top
    All rust redone
    Repaint
    Aluminum Rear Window Trim

    Exhaust
    Ceramic Coated Headers
    Custom Bent 2.5 Exhaust (no cats)
    Flowmaster Super 44s

    Im not going to Price evrything, just because I would have a heart attack, but it is well north of 15 grand

    Heres the tally so far
    Steering Wheel Cover: $15
    79 tailights; $10
    Ford Racing Valve Covers: $181
    JVC Head Unit: $64
    Pinoneer 6x9 rear speakers: $56
    Insignia Door Speakers: $8
    Urethane Swaybar bushings and Links: $30
    PI Rear Swaybar: $60
    APC Universal Intake: $50

    Total $474
    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
    New Project: Vicky II - 1981 Ford LTD: 61,XXX miles, virtually rust free, plans still being drafted.
    DD - Victor - 2000 Crown Victoria LX: Headunit, Speakers, and Amp Only.

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    Sounds good. Takes time..but one by one you will surely cross of that list and have a wicked ride.
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    well after next year, sadly this will prolly be pushed to the back burner, cause I got college to pay for lol. But I truly hope to get it done.
    Andrew, 21 year old mechanical engineering student.

    Parts Car (Wrecked ) - Vicky - 1987 LTD Crown Victoria: 17x8 Gunmetal Gray Coys C-5 wheels, 235/55-17 Falken Ziex ZE-502 tires. 79 LTD Grille, Taillights, and Turn Signals, Blue LED Dash Lights, PI Rear Sway Bar, 140 MPH Speedometer, Dual Exhaust w/ Mustang Headers.
    New Project: Vicky II - 1981 Ford LTD: 61,XXX miles, virtually rust free, plans still being drafted.
    DD - Victor - 2000 Crown Victoria LX: Headunit, Speakers, and Amp Only.

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    College sucks, it just takes money that should be put towards other stuff But on the other hand, then you can make more money after you graduate, and buy even better stuff!
    "Vicky" 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria LX ..................................."Blue" 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis LS

    Vicky
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