I'll try again to do a little writeup on the nine year adventure that has been my ownership of this car.
It's an oh-so-blue cloth seat 88 Lincoln Town Car base model. I bought it in summer 2006 for $2500 from a guy who sold it just so his ex-wife wouldn't get it in the divorce settlement.
At that time it had 127,xxx km (about 79,000 miles), all original parts and paint.
Here's a brief summary of what was done with it every year up to this year: (excluding oil changes and other 'routine maintenance')
2006: Inspection for transfer of ownership. That included tie rod ends and exhaust work. Some smog crap eliminated at that time. 4 matching used tires installed as well. All new brake lines. New upper engine gaskets. Swapped over newer parts from the 88 Crown Vic it replaced including alternator and battery.
2007: Dual exhaust (Cherry Bomb Turbo mufflers) installation. New rotors, pads, calipers, ect. New water pump, radiator, thermostat and housing, all rubber hoses. New power steering lines and stereo head unit. Installed rear springs (1991 Crown Vic RCMP donated), 4 new shocks. 4 new studded snow tires. New voltage regulator connector.
2008: First new heater core. 4 new tires for summer. Full tune up including fuel filter. New tailpipes as one of the pair used in the dual exhaust conversion was used and rusted out. Remote starter installed.
2009: Used transmission from when I broke the tail shaft in the original transmission. New drums, shoes, spring kits, disc pads, wheel cylinders, etc. New paint in October at a cost of almost $3200. New battery.
2010: Heater core #2 went bust. Used clutch fan from a truck 351. All new front end including ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman arm, idler arm, sway bar end links.
2011: Heater cores #3 and #4 installed. #3 lasted less than a week. Changed rad cap and put heater hose flusher fitting in the hose as well. Popped the block heater out of the frost plug hole (lost all coolant), got very, very hot but still made it home and lived to tell the tale. New Flowmaster 50 Series mufflers. Brass TV cable bushing.
2012: NOS driver side mirror as the thermometer in the original one was stuck on 18 degrees celcius. NOS hood lift shocks, MAP sensor, other bits and pieces like that. Noticed trunk floor getting rusty, but no holes at this point. Greased the power window regulators in the front doors.
2013: Another full tune up, eliminated a bunch of unnecessary vacuum lines, replaced a lot of the other ones. Refinished the lacy spoke aluminum rims and installed 4 new RWL tires. New disc pads. K&N air filter. New starter. New front upper control arm bushings.
2014: Installed Lincoln logs. Punched out the cats and re-installed them with the guts gone. Got NOS stainless steel rain guards and put them on. Put a temporary patch on the trunk floor to provide some rigidity.
2015: On the road (sort of). Have to cut out and replace the front half of the trunk floor as it is rusted out bad now with big holes and weak metal near the gas tank strap anchor. Also have to replace the gas tank during this operation as the original one has a hole chafed in it from the straps moving. Purchased remanufactured A/C compressor kit (compressor, orifice tube, drier), going to get new lines and condenser ASAP. The A/C will be operational just in time for the hot weather to be over...lol. Also heater core #4 has bit the dust, new one #5 will be installed soon along with new heater hoses and another restrictor for good measure. Needs two new rear tires as well hehe...
251,xxx km on the odometer as of today.
Time for some picutres: