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    So I was sitting in a man's thinking room (aka bathroom), and had the idea that with the following things:
    -89 Colony Park motor torn down due to leaking timing cover
    -87 Colony Park with super wasted axle seal and needs a passenger window channel update with the vent window. as well as various window motor/door lock fixes.
    -03 town car with a soaking wet floor from the bad cowling seal
    -66 running like crap now, bad fuel filter maybe or carb needs adjustment

    I have nothing to easily get to work and back. At the moment, and I wanted another toy

    So I browsed Craigslist looking for a full size 90 or newer panther. Lots of turds out there in crappy shape that people are asking big money for - interiors that a cat when batshit crazy inside of, poorly cared for and they want $1500. Nope. Then I saw a 90 Town Car...$1400, 93K miles and MILE LONG background of history typed up. Nice. Read through it all, looked good to me...

    So went up yesterday to look at the car in Charlotte NC, an hour and a half away.

    I ask the guy to not drive it before I get there for a few hours, so engine is cold.

    I check all the vital fluids under the hood, all are low. Nice...
    Has factory TV grommet EEEEEEK
    I drove the car for 15 min, seemed great.
    Got back, threw a wrapped casing of 100s on the trunk lid in the amount of $1000 and he accepted the offer - no BS, no negotiation.

    It had a tranny rebuild at 75k.
    It had a front brake job recently and it had 4 brand new cooper whitewwalls.

    Car Details...
    1990 Town Car Signature. Black on Black leather. 3.27 open rear end. Factory Moonroof. Ugly "alloy like" wheels. Not sure what all option packages it has otherwise. ORIGINAL RADIATOR HOSES ALL PRESENT!!!! And Radiator and Water pump!

    Car needs...
    Valve cover gaskets
    Power steering pump/sensor work (wet mess around the pump).
    TV cable adjustment
    All hoses replaced due to age.
    Trans and Brake Fluid service.
    Windows all need servicing.
    Interior trim all needs cleaning, new clips/pins, etc.

    It has a tight front end., and no visible rear end leaks. No ABS on this car nor passenger air bag. Has a DSO 73 from Denver, but was sold at auction in Nebraska before prior owner's Mom bought it in 94. They got car w/30k. They drove the car another 30K only in summers in FLORIDA W/PA reg (it was towed behind an RV). It was garaged at winter. Mint frame, no rot anywhere No body rot. And no keypad Click image for larger version. 

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    I think I'm going to keep this car - it's a nice one! Enough blabber. PICS
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    2003 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 3x - (42K, 79K-totaled, 222k)

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    -Nick M.
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    1966 Ford Country Squire - 6.4L 390 2bbl/C6 - ~85K miles
    1989 Mercury Colony Park LS - 302 V8- 188K miles.
    1990 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series - 302 V8- 102K miles.
    2003 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 3x - (42K, 79K-totaled, 222k)

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    nice. check the TV cable for plastic grommet... replace with metal clip if needed. 3G swap for anti-fire safety. Drive. Looks like a good driver. and a great score. Hope it's as solid as it looks.

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    Nice find!
    If I ever were to get an Aero I would want a Town Car, preferably a nice '90 like this one. Enjoy the awesome new ride!
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    I forgot to mention - I will get it painted.

    And already put a brass tv grommet on when I got home. I bought a multipack from ebay awhile back.

    Ive never done 3G swap on any of my cars. Course all the harnesses are in great shape...do i really need to do a 3G swap?

    After my experience with 5.0s - I have a hard time saying no to one
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    1966 Ford Country Squire - 6.4L 390 2bbl/C6 - ~85K miles
    1989 Mercury Colony Park LS - 302 V8- 188K miles.
    1990 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series - 302 V8- 102K miles.
    2003 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 3x - (42K, 79K-totaled, 222k)

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    OOooo... Nice score. Black on black townie is sexy. Does it have ABS & air ride? Has digi dash so that's a plus. 1990 is the only aero panther TC I'd want, me not like that 4.6 stuff so much. Fix that passenger door light! LoL. Want to trade Ashley for her 89?

    Actually, I'd trade my 88 for a 90 TC or HO equipped Mk. VII if I could. As another plus I really like how they cleaned up the engine bay, hardly any junk on the fender wells.

    Yes, you do want the 3G swap. I did it to my car and I'm not even that mechanically inclined. Was pretty straight forward and now that it's done, Ashley wants to do her 89 No more slow blinkers at lights, you can run all of your accessories without further slow downs ect ect.
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    That's a real nice TC!

    I have always been impartial to the 1990-1994 body style.

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    Whether or not it still has air springs or has been converted to coils is anyone's guess, If your lucky it still has air springs.
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    Nice car, looks like a solid find.
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    He wrote that there is no abs on the vehicle.
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    Its a base model, or "executive" as they up-sold it later.

    Air springs would be standard, antilock brakes would have been optional in '90. Oddly enough you rarely find that black interior on anything but the base models. No idea why, I kinda dig it. Usually looks like a dead alligator by this point though. Good leather, especially black leather, is damn hard to find this many years on.

    Nice score though. Known history is certainly a force to contend with. I'd much rather have miles on a clean car with maintenance records than a mess with low miles and no clue what I'm getting. I bought one of those already, and it was extremely expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Its a base model, or "executive" as they up-sold it later.

    Air springs would be standard, antilock brakes would have been optional in '90. Oddly enough you rarely find that black interior on anything but the base models. No idea why, I kinda dig it. Usually looks like a dead alligator by this point though. Good leather, especially black leather, is damn hard to find this many years on.

    Nice score though. Known history is certainly a force to contend with. I'd much rather have miles on a clean car with maintenance records than a mess with low miles and no clue what I'm getting. I bought one of those already, and it was extremely expensive.
    Probably because base models were sold for limos and car services. I don't think I've ever seen a 90-94 Signature with black interior.
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    This is a mid-range. Signature. 3.27 rear. This is not a base model.

    It had air springs - they puked on the owner a year ago, so he put coils in. Luckily he didn't hack it, so 2 air springs are in route with o-rings for the solenoid

    Yea No ABS, No Passenger airbag, No Keypad. Wish it had them, oh well.
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    1989 Mercury Colony Park LS - 302 V8- 188K miles.
    1990 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series - 302 V8- 102K miles.
    2003 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 3x - (42K, 79K-totaled, 222k)

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    Beautiful car.
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    Thats a Sig? Seats look like base model seats.

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    Yes, that's what I thought by the seats. Just like the boxes, the Sig seats are pillow tops. Nevertheless, still has many options and a very sharp car.
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    Nice buy! How much $ are you planning to spend for the paint job?
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    Oh wow.

    So I got my buddy to do a carfax for me. Got some interesting history...

    This car has a different front driver door. The grommet in the B pillar is missing.

    This car is a theft recovery from Michigan in 1991. It was made actually late April 1990.

    This car was a FoMoCo corporate car. It was with Ford for awhile, until it was stolen - August 1991. It was recovered November 1991.

    April 1993 it started hopping around Ohio to different dealers until August 1994 when the prior owner's Grandma bought it in Youngstown OH, and took it home to New Castle PA.

    Then she and Granddad towed it behind their camper to use in FL during the summer, otherwise, it stayed parked in the garage during snow/ice time back in PA.

    Son brought it down April 2011 to Charlotte NC to drive full time. After a lot of money, I bought it.

    You all are right about this car...it's not matching what you'd expect from a signature.

    It looks like its missing the keyless module in the trunk. It's missing the standard keypad (yet there's a sticker 5 digit code in the car). It appears to have "Base" 90 seats (no Executive offered for 90). Signature seats look a bit classier and have a rear grab handle on the seat.

    The driver door has been replaced - maybe from the theft recovery cause that vin only showed 6 mo of history for a black base model town car in Nebraska with 20K mi built May 1990 , and ODO reading from DMV at december was 20K miles. I Think the theft recovery involved a replacement door for some reason.

    The C pillar windows say Signature series. The VIN on the dash and all other body panels ties to a signature (M82) - so I have a signature with what look like "base" seats. Wonder if theft recovery meant replacement of that as well as the missing leather wrapped wheel - a vinyl one now...odd. Signature/Cartier also two toned which mine has too.

    Re: paint - i will repaint the bad portions black. My friend is a body man, so I'll help sand and reshoot the car
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    1966 Ford Country Squire - 6.4L 390 2bbl/C6 - ~85K miles
    1989 Mercury Colony Park LS - 302 V8- 188K miles.
    1990 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series - 302 V8- 102K miles.
    2003 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 3x - (42K, 79K-totaled, 222k)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    ...Nice score though. Known history is certainly a force to contend with. I'd much rather have miles on a clean car with maintenance records than a mess with low miles and no clue what I'm getting. I bought one of those already, and it was extremely expensive.
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    Oh wow.

    So I got my buddy to do a carfax for me. Got some interesting history...

    This car has a different front driver door. The grommet in the B pillar is missing.

    This car is a theft recovery from Michigan in 1991. It was made actually late April 1990.

    This car was a FoMoCo corporate car. It was with Ford for awhile, until it was stolen - August 1991. It was recovered November 1991.

    April 1993 it started hopping around Ohio to different dealers until August 1994 when the prior owner's Grandma bought it in Youngstown OH, and took it home to New Castle PA.

    Then she and Granddad towed it behind their camper to use in FL during the summer, otherwise, it stayed parked in the garage during snow/ice time back in PA.

    Son brought it down April 2011 to Charlotte NC to drive full time. After a lot of money, I bought it.

    You all are right about this car...it's not matching what you'd expect from a signature.

    It looks like its missing the keyless module in the trunk. It's missing the standard keypad (yet there's a sticker 5 digit code in the car). It appears to have "Base" 90 seats (no Executive offered for 90). Signature seats look a bit classier and have a rear grab handle on the seat.

    The driver door has been replaced - maybe from the theft recovery cause that vin only showed 6 mo of history for a black base model town car in Nebraska with 20K mi built May 1990 , and ODO reading from DMV at december was 20K miles. I Think the theft recovery involved a replacement door for some reason.

    The C pillar windows say Signature series. The VIN on the dash and all other body panels ties to a signature (M82) - so I have a signature with what look like "base" seats. Wonder if theft recovery meant replacement of that as well as the missing leather wrapped wheel - a vinyl one now...odd. Signature/Cartier also two toned which mine has too.

    Re: paint - i will repaint the bad portions black. My friend is a body man, so I'll help sand and reshoot the car
    I noticed it didn't have the pillow seats but saw the signature script in the window. My quess was someone swapped the seats out but they were probably stolen when the car was. I wonder who did the body work, you think they'd put a keypad door in the car to match it. I never cared for the two tone though, would look sweet all black.
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    Your statement saying it was a corporate car says it all. Some big wig had them make a custom job for him, I'm sure it happens all the time.
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