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    FYI: a 6 inch 3/8 extension works as a good stabilizer when poked through the bolt holes in the cross bar to tighten the end nuts while off the car.

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    I could just use my impact. Haha.
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    Getting things ready for the HO swap as well. All in good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giraffe View Post
    I could just use my impact. Haha.
    Yeah... Mine still spun in place using an impact. Had to stabilize the bar for the impact to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    Yeah... Mine still spun in place using an impact. Had to stabilize the bar for the impact to work.
    That's pretty much what I meant. I could probabaly get away with clamping them in my vise.
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    That would work too. When I did that, I didn't have my vice on a real stable mount.

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    So I put the car up for sale this week.

    Then I realized that I'm probably not going to get what I'm asking for it since no one will want to buy a car without A/C in North Texas with summer just around the corner.

    So I deleted the ads I had placed.

    I'll be hanging onto the car, but I'm going to shift priorities to the '66 Mustang. I have my assignment. I'll be moving to Little Rock AFB in Arkansas by March next year. With this in mind, my goal is to get all the rusted or damaged sheet metal on the '66 replaced before then. I won't be able to do that if I'm splitting funds between the '66 and the Mercury. The Mercury's time will come, but it will have to wait a little while. Unfortunately, this also means I'll be postponing the big brake swap unless someone wants to give me some tires for free.

    On that note, I'm going to go ahead and sell the steelies, trim rings, and center caps I have and see about getting my hands on some HPPs or just getting some 17" Torq Thrusts when the time comes. We'll see.

    On the plus side, I got some nice new pictures when I cleaned it up to get it ready to sell.











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    Looks pretty good. I dig that blue velour interior. Air box & snorkel set up looks nice too.
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    How much were u going to sell it for

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    I was asking $3000. Overkill, I know. Maybe I was trying not to sell it from the beginning.
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    First bit of maintenance other than oil changes I've done on the Merc in nearly a year. In preparation for the move next month, I installed all new ball joints, front brakes, and wheel bearings.

    I was able to get my hands on some wholesaler closeout Moog upper and lower ball joints, but one was missing a dust boot. I ordered a single upper of the cheapest variety they had so I use its dust boot. Alas, the dust boot from the cheapo was too small to use on the Moog upper, so I was forced to install the cheapo. I ordered a new Moog to keep in reserve.

    It was dark when I finished due to running into some snags.

    1. the upper ball joints that I thought were bolted on were riveted. They had zerk fittings, so I'm assuming the upper control arms were replaced at some point. In any case, I ground off the tops of the rivets with a cutoff wheel. The air hammer took care of the rest.

    2. The rotors came with races pre-installed. I ended up removing them, but one gave me a real tough time. There was barely anything sticking out to get some purchase with a punch. It took a while, but I was finally able to get that race removed.

    I used a Dorman kit that had all new spindle nuts, washers, and cotter pins. Oddly enough, BOTH nuts weren't square when they were made. They both wobbled on the spindle as a threaded them on, so I ended up reusing the nuts that were on there. I got everything together and took her for a spin as well as a bed in procedure. First time I've done that on one of my cars. It wasn't too difficult on the empty highway heading out of town.

    Interestingly, that noise from the passenger side coil spring rubbing on the spring cup in the frame is gone. The brakes are very smooth after the bed in procedure. There was a lot of pulsation before, I'm more than happy with the results.



    The cheapo upper came with grade 8.8 metric bolts and washers, so I went to Ace and got some grade 10.9 flanged nuts and bolts instead.


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    Nice. Things being right make it more enjoyable to drive.

    Too late now, but I found on both of mine that if you grind the top rivet heads off, those uppers are still a bit of a pain. (No air hammer here, I couldn't get them to budge.) Grind the lower heads off and those uppers can be picked up by hand no problem. Although a small grinder and small diameter wheel work better to get into that tight spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VicCrownVic View Post
    Nice. Things being right make it more enjoyable to drive.

    Too late now, but I found on both of mine that if you grind the top rivet heads off, those uppers are still a bit of a pain. (No air hammer here, I couldn't get them to budge.) Grind the lower heads off and those uppers can be picked up by hand no problem. Although a small grinder and small diameter wheel work better to get into that tight spot.
    Makes sense. I ground the tops off because I couldn't really see how to get in there with the grinder to take care of the bottoms. It worked out, though.

    It was way better than the last time I dealt with riveted ball joints with just a drill, a hammer and chisel, and a punch.
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    The road trip to the new house in Arkansas is looming and the radio in the Mercury was again dead. After going through about four aftermarket radios on this car, I decided to bite the bullet and spring for a refurbished one. This one was advertised as being for a 1995-1997 Mystique. It works perfectly and I couldn’t be happier. Now I’ll have some tunes for the five hour drive!

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    Nice. Looks proper
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    Sounds great, too. The junkyard radios were always a bit iffy.
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    That’s looks like a winner.

    The sound quality of the stock radio is my 90 is deplorable. I’m not an audiophile.

    The Contour/Mystique also had a CD option. I picked one up at a swap meet. I may try that in my 90 since yours looks right at home. Not that people use CD’s any more.
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    I’m using this with a tape adapter to connect my phone. I’m not an audiophile either, but I like having my tunes. I mostly do classic rock, so the ‘80s era sound system suits it perfectly.
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    The stock stuff kinda has that Bose feel to it- they sound fine up until you compare them with something that sounds better, which is dam near anything else. I wasn't happy with the mid to upper midrange or treble presentation with my stock "premium" stuff. Biggest positive change was moving to the aftermarket headunit. Biggest con is the shitty appearance of it, although it isn't a disco party like the other ones I saw for sale at the time I bought it.
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