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    2 decades of DDing Box Panthers, now in a Whale VicCrownVic's Avatar
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    Normally I would have this car back on DD duty since we've had enough rain to wash the salt off the roads and hopefully we're done with salt for the season.
    With the '98 taking over DD duty, The Scab is now backup. I've got some work that needs to be done, but I'm not going to do the work in my driveway and with all the COVID-19 stuff going on I guess I'm stuck waiting to do the work it needs.

    I started this one up about a week or two ago when I moved it to power wash my driveway. It started right up like it always does. The engine in the car sure is warn though. Plenty of clattering on startup for the first few seconds. As temperamental as The Ice Car is, that engine doesn't clatter, so perhaps that engine will eventually find its way into The Scab in the next couple of years. We'll see.
    Vic

    ~ 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - new DD
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis LS "The Scab" - plenty of rot, summer DD
    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - returning summer 2020, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting winter DD
    ~ 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Rotting Retired DD
    Gone but not forgotten:
    ~ 1988 Country Squire ~ 1987 Ford Crown Vic

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    2 decades of DDing Box Panthers, now in a Whale VicCrownVic's Avatar
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    Power washed all 3 cars today. This one started right up like it always does. Got all the dirt, pollen, and bird crap off then put it back.
    Vic

    ~ 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - new DD
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis LS "The Scab" - plenty of rot, summer DD
    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - returning summer 2020, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting winter DD
    ~ 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Rotting Retired DD
    Gone but not forgotten:
    ~ 1988 Country Squire ~ 1987 Ford Crown Vic

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    2 decades of DDing Box Panthers, now in a Whale VicCrownVic's Avatar
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    Drove this one the other day when I had to go pick up some meds at the pharmacy. Holy crap, this thing needs some brake work. Need to check the fluid level and check for leaks if it's low. If that looks fine I'll bleed it and go from there. The pedal feels stupid soft. Driving the '98 may have made it more obvious, but I don't remember the feel of this brake pedal sucking so bad when I parked it.
    Vic

    ~ 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - new DD
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis LS "The Scab" - plenty of rot, summer DD
    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - returning summer 2020, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting winter DD
    ~ 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Rotting Retired DD
    Gone but not forgotten:
    ~ 1988 Country Squire ~ 1987 Ford Crown Vic

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    That's what my CV was like after I upgraded the brakes on the Ranger; a little bit moreso when I got the '05 MGM. Yet, my Mom had no problem locking up the brakes during a panic stop shortly before taking that car off the road. I still replaced the master cylinder and brake booster when the lopo came out anyways. Hopefully that makes a difference.

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    Took this car on its first real drive since December when I parked it. About 100 miles today, a bit more than the 4ish mile trips to the store and back that it's been on over the last few months.

    Brakes actually felt ok and more like I remember, but probably because I drove it long enough to get used to them. Definitely not as nice as the brakes on the '98.

    Long trip with Derek following. Took a load of dirt that he wanted to get rid of up to my parents' place. I didn't want to drive the new car on dirt roads more than I need to so took The Scab. Overall the car did well.
    Vic

    ~ 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - new DD
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis LS "The Scab" - plenty of rot, summer DD
    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - returning summer 2020, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting winter DD
    ~ 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Rotting Retired DD
    Gone but not forgotten:
    ~ 1988 Country Squire ~ 1987 Ford Crown Vic

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    No smoke and it didn't stink! Thumbs up from me. That should be the junkyard trip vehicle, not that pristine '98. Thanks for helping with all that dirt, it's nice to have my truck back again, and riding level!
    1985 LTD Crown Victoria - SOLD
    1988 Town Car Signature - Current Party Barge

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    2 decades of DDing Box Panthers, now in a Whale VicCrownVic's Avatar
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    Rare picture of "the bad side." I decided to get some mulch today. The old mulch was looking really tired in my flower bed and around my two trees.

    I fit 20 cubic feet of mulch in the trunk no problem. Two spare tires and a few other things in there as well.

    Picture with 20 cubic feet of mulch:


    Picture after unloading all the mulch:


    I didn't get the exact same perspective, but it looks like in the picture with the mulch in the trunk the rear is sitting a little lower. Not bad for stock 30 year old springs and Monroe Max Air shocks in the rear.
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    Vic

    ~ 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - new DD
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis LS "The Scab" - plenty of rot, summer DD
    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - returning summer 2020, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting winter DD
    ~ 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Rotting Retired DD
    Gone but not forgotten:
    ~ 1988 Country Squire ~ 1987 Ford Crown Vic

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    Good load.
    ~David~

    My 1987 Crown Victoria Coupe: The Brown Blob
    My 2004 Mercedes Benz E320:The Benz

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    But, that's just coming from me, this site's biggest pessimist. Best of luck

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