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    I think Pantera had a saying about driving your project cars...
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    That's ok, my cars are just wannabe projects, LOL!
    Derek, if I'm not busy the 23rd maybe we can do a JY run or something so you can see this car.
    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 sometime in the 2020s, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - Rotting Retired 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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    Sounds good to me! I've been meaning to head back up to US auto to grab the nice bumper off of this 2500 GMC truck we found. Bedliner would be nice too. We pulled the headliner as that was minty but I didn't bring the right gear for the bumper so hoping it's still there. Not like it was mint but would be better than the Dodge bumper that's currently on the truck. Could also make the rounds at the other yards too, hoping their inventories have rotated at least.
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    Had the day off from work today so I got some more work done on The Scab.

    I changed the spark plugs and wires and checked timing then put a couple hundred more miles on. The car is really running well now. My wife was even able to detect the difference the new plugs and wires made.

    I've moved on to more minor stuff like windows and door locks. Both driver side doors are done and I discovered that the front passenger side door is not original to the car. The paint on the exterior of the door matches the rest of the car right down to the peeling clear coat. I think the door must have been replaced early in this car's life.

    So far this car is doing great as a DD and I hadn't even changed spark plugs and wires until today, so next week should be even better.
    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 sometime in the 2020s, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - Rotting Retired 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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    Quote Originally Posted by VicCrownVic View Post

    I've moved on to more minor stuff like windows and door locks. Both driver side doors are done and I discovered that the front passenger side door is not original to the car. The paint on the exterior of the door matches the rest of the car right down to the peeling clear coat. I think the door must have been replaced early in this car's life.
    What clued you in on the door not being original? All evidence provided points to it being so. Was it a different color under the door panel?
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    The door was originally white. The clip that is taped into the harness for the light in that door was not attached to the door because there was already a clip in the door.

    I think I'm going to find that the rear passenger door is also not original to the car. One of the rear hinges has a very small spot there the paint flaked and I can see white.

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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 sometime in the 2020s, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - Rotting Retired 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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    meh... close enough.

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    Yep, the rear door was also originally white. Not that it really matters, I just found it interesting.

    All windows and locks are working as well as I want them to. Front electric locks don't work, but I ditched the electric door locks on my blue '91 and my '89, so after about 6 years of not having electric locks up front I'm used to it and have no plans to fix them.
    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 sometime in the 2020s, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - Rotting Retired 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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    I think regular exercise & lube of that stuff keeps them working good. I tend not to roll up the windows completely unless the engine isn't running as I've stripped a worn gear that way and rather than just use my key to open the door and manually lock it I often lock it by hand and then cycle the locks open and closed with the buttons, so far, so good. Not sure what it is that goes bad with Ferds, I know with 80's GM's there's a module that lives somewhere and when it dies you get locks that only want to go so far. Like with my Bird you gotta press the button like 10 times rapidly to get them to go. Don't feel like pulling trim apart to get the part to work as the open button works well enough. Windows are super slow on that car too.
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    Smile First Wash

    Derek, thanks for the PoTM nom. Is that your way of saying it needs to be washed? lol

    If the car is qualified, cool. If not, I understand. It is a bit beat up and it's just my sub $1K DD.
    I think it looks better in the pictures than it does in person. The passenger side of this car is really not the good side.

    Well I was going to wash before the nom because I was getting sick of not being able to see the white on the tires. I ended up not getting to it the previous weekend, but this past weekend I finally gave the car a bit of a wash. I've put over 3,000 miles on the car so far and I've changed the oil twice but this is the first time I've done any washing of the car.
    I need to give the wheels a good scrub still, especially the front wheels, and I didn't have a chance to wax since the weather didn't want to cooperate.

    I also didn't get to the interior yet, so we'll see if I can get to that next weekend (don't hold your breath, lol).

    Some before pics are in previous posts in this thread.
    Here are a few more before pics:




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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 sometime in the 2020s, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - Rotting Retired 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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    Still not as beat up as my beater. Rustier than my beater though.

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    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
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    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Loooooove how that maroon turns into a dark bronze under certain light conditions. Definitely shows her age and use, but for something that runs and drives as well as she does for less than a grand, it's hard to complain. Will need some major body work down the line, like your other '88-'91 Grand Marqs, but it's something to work towards.

    (Or so I tell myself when looking at the soon-to-be-mine two tone '85 and its horrific rust in some areas!)
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    Man, just get that one fender straightened out and the trim replaced, and this would be a pretty nice looking car! It just needs that little bit of body TLC. I likey.
    Back in the saddle again!

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    Car looks good, color makes it look much better than Icy. What happened to the passenger side trim and area around the turnsignal lense? I don't recall that being there on our last joint venture JY run.

    If you're looking to clean the wheels with minimal effort Mequire's (or however you spell it) makes 3? levels of cleaners. I recommend the one that says it's for PAINTED wheels. Works great at eating brake dust and brightening up white walls again. Just spray it on, let it sit and then flush it away at a coin-op wash or high pressure hose at home.
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    Looks like a different car! I approve!
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    Derek, that was all there, I guess you didn't notice. I guess that explains why you nominated the car, lol.
    Remember, we briefly talked about how old people have a tendency to take the garage door frame with them when they back out.


    The color is definitely interesting. It's Medium Woodrose Metalic. I thought the car was maroon in the CL pics I saw before I looked at the car, but it is more of a brown with maybe a hint of maroon.
    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 sometime in the 2020s, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - Rotting Retired 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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    LoL. I remember now though! I think I was too busy admiring the interior color. That has to be a rare color, especially for the year.
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    Looks good man. Washing the exterior and cleaning the interior lets you connect with the car and really gain an appreciation for it. A nice clean car also shows others that you kinda care about what you have and like to keep it is as nice of shape as its gonna get.
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    The engine was missing late last week/past weekend so I checked it out this over the weekend and found plug wire #8 looked higher than the rest at the dizzy.
    So I pushed on it and heard it click and figured that should solve the problem.
    When I left my parents' place on Monday after my 4 day weekend I noticed that it was still missing. I didn't want to mess with it in the dark on Monday night so Tuesday night I decided to pull spark plug #8 and found this fugly mess:

    (Bosch Platinums aren't necessary for a stock lopo, but after getting over 100k miles on a set in my '89 MGM I decided to try them again.)

    Since these spark plugs have at most 5,000 miles on them, I cleaned it up and it's running much better now.


    I also vacuumed the interior over the weekend and got a few pictures, but I'll have to get more picutes this weekend.








    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 sometime in the 2020s, I finally have an engine
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - Rotting Retired 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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    wow. That plug was NAS-TAY!

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    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
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