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Thread: 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis LS

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    Since Thanksgiving is coming up and I'm headed out of town to see family, I took the car in for tires on Saturday since I'd run the Kumhos down below 4/32nd all the way around. While some may argue about the style, I absolutely wanted another whitewall tire again. However, I did not want to compromise on tire width, as I found the 225/70R15 (fleet size) preferable over the 215/70R15 (retail size). Luckily, Nexen offered a all-season touring tire that fit the bill perfectly.

    I also took the time to take the set of turbines Nick grabbed for me and did my best to clean and respray them in Argent Silver. Also, thanks to Tiggie, I got a full set of flying-M center caps to go with them.





    So far, the first 100 miles on the tires have been quiet, no odd vibrations or pulls, and they don't seem excessively squishy the way the Firestones I used to run years ago did. If these perform well, I'll get another set for the wagon next year.

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    I just put Nexen tires on both Towncars. I like them. You bought them just in time before the prices go up about 30 %
    Your car, wheels and tires look great. Great job refurbishing the wheels

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    2 decades of DDing Box Panthers, now in a Whale VicCrownVic's Avatar
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    Looks good!
    The turbines are refinished to look like '91 turbines
    Vic

    ~ 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - new DD
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis LS "The Scab" - plenty of rot, backup/summer cruiser
    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon SLT - wannabe winter DD - many issues, returning sometime in the 2020s
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - Rotting Retired Winter DD
    ~ 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Rotting Retired DD
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    ~ 1988 Country Squire ~ 1987 Ford Crown Vic

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    I vote yes to turbines and whitewalls. I went blackwall and regret it. Glad the Merc caps are serving on a Mercury. They look much better on there than in my garage attic.
    1990 Country Squire - weekend cruiser, next project
    1988 Crown Vic LTD Wagon - waiting in the wings

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    Such a nice Aero.
    Is your car sitting higher than stock? Looks killer
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    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    Such a nice Aero.
    Is your car sitting higher than stock? Looks killer
    The front is a little off after having new control arms fitted, but it was torqued correctly with the weight on them. The rear springs are sagging. I went back through some old photos to double check and the tail is definitely down. I can correct that by 1.) Actually doing the rear air ride swap instead of saying I'll get to it, or 2.) Toss some healthier rear coils under there. One is easy, but the other would be the desired option for hauling any weight.

    And I also noted years ago, mine always has sat higher than others for some reason...

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    -1987 Grand Marquis Colony Park LS (325K Miles) - April 2017 + September 2019 POTM Winner
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    Ok i was gonna say, your Aero seemed to sit a bit higher than mine ever did.
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    Looks so good.
    ~David~

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