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    Single stage paint right thar. She's original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand1 View Post
    After a basic wash, claying. Definitely picking stuff up.
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    You feel the difference in smoothness before and after no?
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    But, that's just coming from me, this site's biggest pessimist. Best of luck

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    The vast majority of my car, yes. Took me long enough! There is a little roughness from new to old paint still, but most of the over spray is gone. Hit it with some rubbing compound (again these barges take forever!). Thinking the Polish and wax will make it less noticeable.
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    1978 Grand Marquis 460 2door "Blue Bomber"

    1987 LTD Crown Vic 351w aka the "MI Mountie"

    1989 Colony Park ....Marge still lives!

    1979 Marquis creamy goodness

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    God bless you if you are doing any compounding by hand on these large panels. I have rotary and dual orbit polishers and still dislike doing it. lol
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    I did my Townie by hand last year. Sucked. Sucked. Sucked. Wonder why I haven't done it this year yet...
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    Could it be....that making it look even better, would make it harder to sell(for you)?



    1978 Grand Marquis 460 2door "Blue Bomber"

    1987 LTD Crown Vic 351w aka the "MI Mountie"

    1989 Colony Park ....Marge still lives!

    1979 Marquis creamy goodness

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    Most likely. Driving it does that too. She's turn key and go. Now that I drive a truck as a DD, stepping into and driving that is like going from sleeping on concrete to staying at a suite in a fine 1st class hotel. Then again, if someone offers me absurd cash for the thing........
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    Headlights flickering on and off replace headlamp switch.....foot activated dimmer switch while I am there as well, now come to think of it, want to get my headlamp covers to move. Need two motors.... where you at Kishy Click image for larger version. 

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    1978 Grand Marquis 460 2door "Blue Bomber"

    1987 LTD Crown Vic 351w aka the "MI Mountie"

    1989 Colony Park ....Marge still lives!

    1979 Marquis creamy goodness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand1 View Post
    Headlights flickering on and off replace headlamp switch.....foot activated dimmer switch while I am there as well, now come to think of it, want to get my headlamp covers to move. Need two motors.... where you at Kishy Click image for larger version. 

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    Ah yes, that topic.

    I believe Ryan's picked up a 79 Continental which may (likely does) use the same vacuum motors.

    You should also verify with one of those hand vacuum pumps that your reservoir (the big tank in the driver fender) holds vacuum. If it does, good. If it does not, investigate why, and if not repairable then replace it. It needs to be really big to successfully work in the headlight system so you can't just grab one of those small plastic ones out of a GM something-or-other.

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    Got up to 60F....threw on one coat of Turtle Wax.
    It looks very good if you are 10ft away. I will take it...for a 40 year old $800.00 car.

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    1978 Grand Marquis 460 2door "Blue Bomber"

    1987 LTD Crown Vic 351w aka the "MI Mountie"

    1989 Colony Park ....Marge still lives!

    1979 Marquis creamy goodness

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    Want to double your money? I'll give you $1,600 for it right now
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    Tempting as there is a crown Vic I have been ruminating about. Think I would feel that regret years down the line, though. Like when/if you sell your cherry TC.
    After the $1600 I put in it over the last two years...That's still cheap horsepower....your offer would definitely be a bro/member price. I think it may be worth very close to what I have in it.



    1978 Grand Marquis 460 2door "Blue Bomber"

    1987 LTD Crown Vic 351w aka the "MI Mountie"

    1989 Colony Park ....Marge still lives!

    1979 Marquis creamy goodness

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    Yeah I hear ya. I don't think I could sell that car any time soon. Nothing else I'd want to replace it with.
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    Well the differential went (while en route to getting headers fabricated...just a little pissed)in the Bomber and seeking the sage wisdom of Derek, I concur to put in a Mark V rear end.....I will be researching and will gladly take any additional advice.



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    1987 LTD Crown Vic 351w aka the "MI Mountie"

    1989 Colony Park ....Marge still lives!

    1979 Marquis creamy goodness

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    Oh gawd, don't call me a sage haha. That's too much credit and responsibility. I'm only something like 90% sure a Mark V rear will swap in there with minimal fuss. Couldn't find anything about it on the interwebs so I'm not sure where the hell I read about it those years ago. Something to look into and hopefully the actual sages on here could help more.
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    Did you get rid of your barge after the rear end ate itself? (Saw the tow away pic on the '79 thread). If so, I think that only leaves two other barge owners besides myself left on this site (me, mainemantom and 82withtheneons.. probably butchered those user names )

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    Nope that was the picture of it on its way to the shop. He didn't get rid of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slack View Post
    Did you get rid of your barge after the rear end ate itself? (Saw the tow away pic on the '79 thread). If so, I think [B]that only leaves two other barge owners besides myself left on this site (me, mainemantom and 82withtheneons.. probably butchered those user names )


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    Quote Originally Posted by slack View Post
    Did you get rid of your barge after the rear end ate itself? (Saw the tow away pic on the '79 thread). If so, I think that only leaves two other barge owners besides myself left on this site (me, mainemantom and 82withtheneons.. probably butchered those user names )
    I sold my barge (1975 Ford Ltd ) early this year. Don't miss it. I still come across a nos part or two in the spare parts.

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