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    Default I call it the Monolith. I have plans for it.

    This is my 89 Grand Marquis GS. I got it for 800 dollars about three years ago. It ran excellently and was in great condition, so I was more than happy to have it. Everything works, nothing is broken and it fits me in every way. Shortly thereafter someone asked me if I had a name for it. I decided to call it the first thing that came to mind: the Monolith.



    Since then, I've spent about 2500 fixing things that were starting to wear out. First off was the tires. They were completely bald to the point of being visibly smaller.



    I bought four used tires, two of them for 20, two for 25. Only two of them match.

    After that, I have since replaced the power steering pump with one off a Continental, the alternator, the battery, the fan clutch, the tensioner, the rear air shocks and airline, the wiper blades with much larger ones, the missing dash knobs with aluminum bolt-ons, the entirety of the brakes and a tune-up, the gas tank padding, and the fuel pump. The tune-up made it run better; the fuel pump made it run fantastic, even though it's really noisy. It's the loudest noise the car makes. I've also added some black self-adhesive rifle wrap to the stripped door handle and gear lever knob, and Gorilla-Glued some cuts in the upholstery and whatever parts of the dash were rattling or loose.

    Then I bought these for about 45 each.



    I got them sandblasted for 25 each, painted them myself, and added some chrome lugnuts after the fact.



    Now that I have it running exactly as it should, if not better, I figure I can start improving it.

    First off, I want to add fog lights. I don't want to drill holes in the bumper or anything, so after doing a bunch of research I figure I should probably mount them on a push bar. I got this idea because of a thread I saw right here where someone had one custom-made. Same year and everything.



    They also offered to make one for the OP of that thread. If this person is still around, I'd love to talk to them.

    The other thing is routing a switch into the console. I'm not sure where to put it, since there aren't many convenient places. I was thinking right next to the headlight knob but I would have to cut through the metal plate around it to do that. This'll take some thought.



    Next is the tires and wheels. I've decided on General Grabber AT2 tires, and I'll probably get 1-inch wheel spacers to make up for the empty space that the wheel covers have left in their absence. Some steel mud flaps would be nice as well.



    After that, the exhaust system. I want a dual-exhaust setup to improve power and mileage. I know I don't want headers. I have eyes on Lincoln Logs that I also heard about here, and I'll be getting those soon before they're gone. What I'm not sure about is the mufflers. I don't want it to be much louder than it is. I like how virtually silent it is right now. I won't mind it being loud enough to mask the fuel pump, but I want to keep it as quiet as absolutely possible. If anyone has any suggestions I'd be grateful.



    Up next would be the half-top. I want to re-upholster it with ballistic nylon. Don't want to replace anything, just put it right over the top, cut slots for the badges and lights. Ballistic nylon will not be damaged by rocks like this is. It'll also look really nice and make the car a real individual worthy of a name. Not sure how I'll attach it or what I'll use, but I think some silver embroidery would look neat whether it's needed or not.



    Last of the main projects would be a tow hitch. As I'm sure you know, the 89 Grand Marquis had an option for a tow package, which is one of the reasons for the standard rear air suspension. I want to add one, so I have the capability if I ever need it.

    Everything else I need to do is just small knick-knacks and visual touch-ups.

    I want to keep this car for as long as I concievably can. To that end, I want to improve it for the long-term and make it as practical as possible. If anyone knows of anything else I might be able to do, I'd be thankful.

    This is all going to take a considerably long time to achieve, since my budget is very small. But I'll make it happen.
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    Sounds like you have some good plans for the car! As far as the mufflers, if you want it quiet you can install a factory dual exhaust system with factory style mufflers that will give you what you are looking for with no noise increase. Also welcome to the site!

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    What is going on with the station wagon ?

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    That is the push bar I saw on here which I wish to acquire a reproduction of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    What is going on with the station wagon ?
    Just an example of the push bar/brush guard he's looking for to mount fog lights on.

    Quote Originally Posted by ootdega View Post
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    First off, I want to add fog lights. I don't want to drill holes in the bumper or anything, so after doing a bunch of research I figure I should probably mount them on a push bar. I got this idea because of a thread I saw right here where someone had one custom-made. Same year and everything.

    Attachment 40047

    They also offered to make one for the OP of that thread. If this person is still around, I'd love to talk to them.

    The other thing is routing a switch into the console. I'm not sure where to put it, since there aren't many convenient places. I was thinking right next to the headlight knob but I would have to cut through the metal plate around it to do that. This'll take some thought.
    ...
    edit: I see he already explained, I pasted the pic into the relevant section of the quote.
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    Thank you my friend, I salute you.

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    I'll always have a soft spot for an '89 in this paint configuration... especially with turbines. Probably because it's the car I first rode home from the hospital in.
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    Thats dmccaig's wagon, and photobombing is 86vickylx.

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    There you go, thanks 87gtVIC.

    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Thats dmccaig's wagon, and photobombing is 86vickylx.
    I'll ask them about it, then. Thanks. The thread was from like three years ago, but it's worth a shot.

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    Well after all of that nonsense with all the double posts and attachment problems. Nice car, I like the gauges (No idea if those are stock merc gauges)
    Looks like you've got a good solid car. I was thinking about a pushbar for a box, I hope you go through with that plan
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    Me too. Pretty much depends on whether or not the person who made the one in that photo can help me out. Yes, those are the stock gauges for the 89. The 90 changed the speedo to a horizontal one.

    And I hope this can get cleaned up because it's ridiculous.

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    I'm sure my brother Nick "CheeseSteakJim" could possibly fab one up for you. He's modifying (To my belief) for Brown Muscle.

    Oh and forgot to say, those 1" spacers will do wonders.
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    That is how you're supposed to jack it.

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    The one on dmccaig's wagon was made by lincolnmania and Ivan. I believe it started life as a part from a truck, but it was modified to fit the Grand Marquis properly. That wagon is actually a pretty crazy piece of machinery if you find the threads on it. It might be listed under either Boulevard Cruiser or Shooting Brake. As far as I know, it is one of two boxes with ABS. The other is owned by John the photobomber. Its got big brakes, rear discs, dual exhaust, electric fans, a rear wiper, auto-dim rearview and side view mirrors, and probably a dozen other things I'm forgetting now. I've driven it a couple times myself, its pretty freakin cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    My brother Nick "CheeseSteakJim" on the forum can most likely fab you up a pushbar much of the same, I believe he's modifying one for Brown Muscle too.

    Oh and the 1" spacers will do wonders, that tucked in wheel look annoys me aswell
    If you could find out about that I'd really appreciate it. I'll give whatever info you need to the best of my ability.

    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    The one on dmccaig's wagon was made by lincolnmania and Ivan. I believe it started life as a part from a truck, but it was modified to fit the Grand Marquis properly. That wagon is actually a pretty crazy piece of machinery if you find the threads on it. It might be listed under either Boulevard Cruiser or Shooting Brake. As far as I know, it is one of two boxes with ABS. The other is owned by John the photobomber. Its got big brakes, rear discs, dual exhaust, electric fans, a rear wiper, auto-dim rearview and side view mirrors, and probably a dozen other things I'm forgetting now. I've driven it a couple times myself, its pretty freakin cool.
    Well shit, now I'm jealous.

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    I haven't been fortunate enough to drive John's insane '86, but I can testify from the passenger's seat that even with "shitty" Cornell 1000 tires, it's a real Beast from the East. And, a 5.0 EFI @ 6,500 RPM is just...

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    Yeah Nick is going to fab up some pushbar brackets for my pushbar, I imagine he wouldn't mind fabricating a pushbar but you'd have to ask him. John's Vicky is quite impressive, and a lot of fun to drive.

    Ootdega, do you have any junkyards near you?
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    Nice. Pretty impressive.

    I don't think I want to go for speed, but I'll probably do anything that'll increase power without negatively affecting mileage or reliability.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Muscle View Post
    Yeah Nick is going to fab up some pushbar brackets for my pushbar, I imagine he wouldn't mind fabricating a pushbar but you'd have to ask him. John's Vicky is quite impressive, and a lot of fun to drive.

    Ootdega, do you have any junkyards near you?
    Feel free to call me stupid, but how would I go about asking him?

    I have one junkyard that I know of, that's where I'm getting one of the manifolds tomorrow. There are probably more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ootdega View Post
    Well shit, now I'm jealous.
    Until you find out how many tens of thousands that have been spent on that car to complete all those mods and he's just finally getting around to possibly upgrading the engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    Until you find out how many tens of thousands that have been spent on that car to complete all those mods and he's just finally getting around to possibly upgrading the engine.
    Good point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    Until you find out how many tens of thousands that have been spent on that car to complete all those mods and he's just finally getting around to possibly upgrading the engine.
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