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    Talking 1978 Caprice, the new on-going project! (Yes, I'm still alive!)

    I've wanted one of these since I was 16, but ended up with my tan '84 Crown Victoria instead, which landed me on this forum. I just picked this one up in the summer for a shocking $500, and I love it!

    Granted I still miss my black '85 Crown Victoria more than I can say in one post, but I needed a "new" project and this one fit the description just fine!

    On to the pics! It sat under trees for a few months, so it was pretty filthy when I picked it up to say the least.









    Shortly after the purchase, I had to start fixing and modifying the old beater lol.

    Blacked out grille, just like the little trend I started on here many moons ago!



    I had to pick up some new wheels too, those old AR's had to go.



    I also took out the cluster overlay and painted it silver, to match the silver that's left on the outside of the car...



    The engine bay's cleaned up quite a bit as well. This worn out 305 won't be staying under the hood though.



    And of course I had to make it sound nasty too! Same setup I ran on the '85, except with 2.25" instead of 2.5" and no h-pipe for the time being.


    1984 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murphmobile (RIP)

    1985 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murph Deuce (SOLD)
    1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, The Crapiece (current project)

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    Awesome ride!

    Did you have to do anything to it to get it running? $500 is a steal!

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    Nope, she fired right up! I had to adjust the timing and the carb, along with re-route some vacuum lines properly, but otherwise it just needed some fresh gas in it, lol.

    1984 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murphmobile (RIP)

    1985 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murph Deuce (SOLD)
    1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, The Crapiece (current project)

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    Well, holy crap! Welcome back mang! Decent looking caprice.

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    Ooohh nooooooo!!!

    At least it's still big and boxy. You'll be back!!!

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    Trust me, every time I see an old box I about break my neck checking it out lol. The memories of mine will never go away!

    1984 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murphmobile (RIP)

    1985 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murph Deuce (SOLD)
    1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, The Crapiece (current project)

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    Super-cool Caprice!

    Brings back memories...back in the mid-80's I had the Impala version, it was a retired NYC taxi and ran like a Timex watch, it was quite the conversation piece. Wish I'd kept it.

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    Sweet deal! I have a weird obsession for those old B-bodies.


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    Missed:
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    meh.. shoulda bought my Lincoln

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    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
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    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Awesome! I like where this is going... Are you planning on dropping a 350 in it?
    -Phil



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    Flip the air cleaner lid for the "call of the wild" quadra-bog moan

    Buddy of mines mom had one, base car, roll up windows, locks and one color cream..........we used to howl it all over town as teens...........BBBBUUWWWWAAHHHHHHH!!
    Rodney Tolleson, me at the track.....future drag box racer!

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    +1 flip the air cleaner lid. did that with my parisienne (pontiac trim caprise). was a bit of a dog, but it would crawl up hills. that 700R4 was very happy to go.

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
    rides: 88 MGM (SOLD), 93 Vic, 2000 Crown Vic, 2003 Expedition
    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    I think I tried flipping the air cleaner and the bolt wasn't long enough, lol. I'm debating between a cheap 350 build, or finding the lesser used 400 small block. I hope to ditch the old TH200 for either a TH350 or a 4 speed as well.

    Today it's finally getting a MUCH needed tune up and hopefully new shocks all the way around... they're all toast!

    1984 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murphmobile (RIP)

    1985 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murph Deuce (SOLD)
    1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, The Crapiece (current project)

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    454 or nothing

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    1981 Mercury Marquis Brougham 2-Door 302 special blend (GMGT)- Summer fun
    1985 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Colony Park 351W (juice box)- Winter DD/back up
    1987 Lincoln Mark VII 302 (Errand runner) Summer fun
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    700R4 for win!

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
    rides: 88 MGM (SOLD), 93 Vic, 2000 Crown Vic, 2003 Expedition
    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Is that left rear lower control arm bushing shell completely rotted through?

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    I hope by 4 speed, you mean something with an extra pedal
    -Phil



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    +1975 Maverick- Fuel injected 302, Trickflow 170 heads, XE270 cam, explorer intakes, 24# injectors, custom tune. T5 transmission, 3.55 Yukon Trac-Lok rear.
    +1989 Mercury Colony Park "Large Marge" Lopo 302. 3.55L K-Code Tow package, rear discs.

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    Yes Pantera it is, the whole suspension is shot and needs redone, badly! And by 4 speed, I DO mean an extra pedal!

    I did do the tune up today (as in the lady did most of it, she loves doing this kind of thing). Does the old cap look a little off? Haha. The ignition rotor also had old spider eggs on it! I'm now running an MSD cap and rotor, along with a new wireset and some new plugs.


    1984 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murphmobile (RIP)

    1985 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murph Deuce (SOLD)
    1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, The Crapiece (current project)

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    Oh cock! That's not gone well at all.

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Yesterday was another quite successful day on the car, despite rain rolling in when I just started working on the second side of the car, lol. The day consisted of new sway bar links, new rotors, pads and wheel bearings!

    I used Duralast for the sway bar links (opted for the heavy duty for $1 more apiece), rotors and wheel bearings, while I used Timken wheel seals and Duralast Gold Cmax pads as they're the top of the line ceramic pads that my work offers. I picked up new dust caps as well, of course. I bought all of these at a good time too, had a 30% off weekend at my store!

    I went to take the links off, and the bottoms of both snapped clean off. I was able to get them to both come apart piece by piece after that, thanks to days of soaking in PB Blaster, and two pairs of vice grips.



    From the front view of the rotors, you can see on both sides where the vehicle sat for quite some time! Both axle nuts were also so loose that I removed them by hand...





    And this is why I wanted them all replaced! Nasty!



    Oh we fancy now! The calipers will be painted, just a matter of finding that right shade of blue...




    1984 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murphmobile (RIP)

    1985 Ford Crown Vic LTD, The Murph Deuce (SOLD)
    1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, The Crapiece (current project)

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