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    Default The 97 CV "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3)

    Well Well Well.....
    Introducing, thee Tank of Justice III!!!!!!
    Bought on Sunday, November 20th, this is the deal. Only $400. Boom.
    It's a 1997 Crown Victoria P73 HPP. Yes, you heard correct. Base model, and HPP shit. Only weighes 3617 lbs. Efficiency, here we come!
    It has 165,970 miles on it, practically rust-free and from Arizona. It has a slight rod knock now. Video to follow, lol.
    Color is silver with stupid tan/beige blah interior. I don't care about the interior. I'm more concerned with the mint underside.
    Now, for the pictures.












    So, mods have already happened.
    The interior lightning was swapped over to LEDs about 5 minutes after Zach left.
    The motor is already out of TOJ2. Now I need to pull the motor from TOJ3 and swap in the grabber green, all aluminum, PI motor from TOJ2.
    Also, it needs other Tank upgrades such as;
    - Horns
    - More LEDs
    - More grabber green things

    It will be rust-proofed to the best of my ability. I'll be coating the insides and outsides of the frame and probably POR15-ing the whole bottom of the car.
    This thing will last.
    Lots of things to come.

    It should be going into the garage tomorrow night. I need sleep tonight; It's been a long week already.
    So there will be many posts soon. HI-O!!!!!!


    -ryan s.

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    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 167k
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" with an engine start button in teh shifter (HIBERNATING) <----- Wifey's
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    Well my buddy tells him he knows exactly who loves buying shitboxes.

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    And to think, I originally bought that to demo...

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    I think Ryan likes modulars with sloppy rods.

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    Most irrelevant thing I can note about it is that the wiper arms are on the wrong sides. Driver's arm is on the passenger side and vice versa.

    Otherwise, it's a rather nice looking HPP! With TOJ2s motor going in, it should be a rather nice and quick machine.

    Air ride just sounds so nice to have, I'd love to swap a air setup into my '97 if I ever found a complete system at the junkyard that wasn't butchered by someone else tearing apart a rear end.

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    That's cleaner than my 93.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    That's cleaner than my 93.
    The body on it is stupid clean, thats why I'm glad it went to someone who will fix it up.

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    Nice, nice, I greatly approve of all of this Also 3600 lbs is quite impressive for something that large in dimensions. I think that's about where an old RCSB truck of mine scaled at, that thing moved quite good and its engine was nothing special, so with your fancy Texid thing you should be quite well off as well in both power and economy.
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    That car looks tits and should be a bunch of fun with a good motor in it. Ya know, except without torque...

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    Very clean looking car. And that's a very nice truck you have there.
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    Yay for stupid tan/beige blah interiors. My favorite!
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    Quote Originally Posted by knucklehead0202 View Post
    That car looks tits and should be a bunch of fun with a good motor in it. Ya know, except without torque...
    You say that, but my 93 with a pi swap has more torque than my lopo box. And I'm not just talking peaks. Off the line, the box can maybe pull a fender for 30 feet, but that's it. It pulls my trailer hella better than the box, especially on the highway at 2K RPM. The main advantage the box has is the wide range gears. That's the only reason it pulls on the swapped 93 that still has straight gears. Both have 3.55 rears too and stock size tires. So they're basically the same off the line and the 93 just pulls on the box like a train after about 3500 rpm.

    Now if you got a good hopped up explorer swap in a box... that'll be a good tight race.

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    P73 HPP cars are very few in number. I recall seeing an ad for only 1 in a lot of years of quite constant browsing the internet for the whole country....and the owner wasn't even aware of what he had. I think that one was somewhere in the 98-00 year range, IIRC.

    I will definitely be avidly following this story!

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    Started tearing into this thing last night. Man, everything just comes apart like it's supposed to (or at least like it does on TV, lol).
    The front bumper cover is off. About to remove the front bumper and start tearing the engine out. That will be the task from now until Sunday; remove the drivetrain.


    -ryan s.

    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 135k
    03 Mercury Marauder- Fuck it, 6-Speed swap
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 167k
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" with an engine start button in teh shifter (HIBERNATING) <----- Wifey's
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    Well my buddy tells him he knows exactly who loves buying shitboxes.

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    weeee... too much fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    No rust to sweep up after tearing that car apart.
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    Been busy this week. I typically get to work in the garage after 8pm; when the boys are in bed.
    I've been trying to make some serious progress too, since I only will be in the garage for 3-ish hours at a time (until the weekend).

    More gratuitous clean engine bay pics:







    Header panel, and wiper cowl all removed, along with the fan shroud and some other stuff.



    Intake manifold is out. and everything up top is disconnected, with the load leveler installed.


    The drive train should be removed some time this weekend.


    -ryan s.

    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 135k
    03 Mercury Marauder- Fuck it, 6-Speed swap
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 167k
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" with an engine start button in teh shifter (HIBERNATING) <----- Wifey's
    Quote Originally Posted by pantera77 View Post
    Well my buddy tells him he knows exactly who loves buying shitboxes.

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    The only unclean thing I can see is the low pressure line on the AC. But unless it's leaky... meh. I'm slightly jealous. Mainly of the true HPP part.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    That's cleaner than my 93.

    Also cleaner than my '94. It needs a wash but it's way too cold out...
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    Pulled the steel drive shaft out and it weighted in at 27 lbs .
    The MMC one that going in weighed 17 lbs.
    So there's a 38% weight reduction in the drive train and 10lbs overall. So with the title saying it weighs 3617 lbs , it's now down to 3607; well, at least until I can confirm it on the scales.
    My goal now it to be under 3500 lbs, which will be easy. Maybe I should aim for 3400lbs......


    -ryan s.


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    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 135k
    03 Mercury Marauder- Fuck it, 6-Speed swap
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 167k
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" with an engine start button in teh shifter (HIBERNATING) <----- Wifey's
    Quote Originally Posted by pantera77 View Post
    Well my buddy tells him he knows exactly who loves buying shitboxes.

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    Going to remove the rear seat?
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    '90 Crown Victoria LTD
    '92 Crown Victoria Touring Sedan *Parts car. Do you need any parts?*
    '94 Crown Victoria
    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    I don't want my Ford products exposed to the winters here.

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