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    My truck did that too, like the thermostat stuck shut. I had heat on the 2nd coldest day but no heat on the coldest day. Thing overheated though until the thermostat opened or whatever. Was new 1.5 years ago. WHat gives?
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    Too late. I already scrapped mine.

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    I have to bring the Tank in the garage and give it the post-winter look over.

    I need to get the Tank to inspection by the end of the month. Probably next week. And reregister it.

    The Green Grand Prix (GGP) is coming up in just over 3 weeks. Time to grab some more hardware. I should honestly beat my 24.3 mpg from last time. Easily.

    Yup. That's it.


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    Must be a hoot to bring a huge ugly car to the GGP

    '10 Escape LTD. V6 AWD, K&N, Bullitt wheels.

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    Yes.
    Especially since there's an entire class of Prius, Pruises, Prii... that show up; amongst other hybrids.
    Or listening to them try and do the AutoX, and my boat is out there, rockin' and rollin', tires SCREAMING, engine roaring. Like, they don't even stage the car before launch. WTF.
    Hopefully, I'll have video this time.


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    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 193k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    would be funny to enter my Conti in such a thing. Would be interesting to see what it does for fuel efficiency on an oval track. It would also be hilarious to AutoX. The car actually handles fairly well but the turbo lag and complete lack of torque and acceleration would make it laughable.

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    I have read through most of this thread and love it!... Now that I'm older, I appreciate good mpg more than anything.

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    Eh, I appreciate it only as an indicator to tell me how well my engine is running. Since I've got the car guy hobby within, I drive what puts a grin on my face. Short of daily driving something that gets single digit MPG, by not having a car payment at all I spend less on gas than many people do for just their payments & associated insurance.
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    Since the Megamerc lost OD, and has 4:10s I don't worry about mpg LOL.

    I am compensated by the mile in the 'Scape so that one is of more interest.

    '10 Escape LTD. V6 AWD, K&N, Bullitt wheels.

    87 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Country Squire Station Wagon. 4.10's, Repacked Trac Loc, Boxed LCA's, Explorer Intake, 65mm T-body, 'Stang Cam, 'Stang Air tube, K&N, GT-40X Heads, 1" Spacer, 1 5/8 BBK's, 2.5" Pypes X-pipe w/high flow cats, Single Chamber Thunderbolts, B&M 'vertor, Po-lice Swaybars.

    '91 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park Station Wagon. K-Code, 4.10's, Repacked Trac Loc, MK VII LSC Engine, 'Stang Upper Intake, 'Stang Air Tube, K&N, 65 mm T-Body, 'Stang Headers, 'Stang Cat Pipe,'Stang Torque Convertor, 2 Chamber Thunderbolts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekTheGreat View Post
    Eh, I appreciate it only as an indicator to tell me how well my engine is running. Since I've got the car guy hobby within, I drive what puts a grin on my face. Short of daily driving something that gets single digit MPG, by not having a car payment at all I spend less on gas than many people do for just their payments & associated insurance.
    Yep. Great indicator of how things are running. I don't really care what the number is, I just track my mileage as a measure of how things are doing. I've always done that. My Town Car would routinely average 19mpg in my suburban commute to/from work, when it deviated from that I knew something was up. Townie has also cracked 30mpg a few times. The '98 has never been right using that metric, and its confirmed by it still feeling a bit "off", can't put my finger on it, but it runs fine but isn't right compared to my '96 or '97. It has 3.27 vs. 3.08 for the Townie, so I figured it'd get around 1mpg worse if anything. Nope, it gets a solid 16 mpg on a good week, and I've never seen better than 22 out of it on the freeway. When the ToJ3 is getting double my mileage with the same 3.27s, yeah, my shit ain't right.
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    I'll be taking the rear seats out of it too; just for the "race". And try and drop a little more weight if I can. I don't think I'll get my exhaust re-routed before then. Oh well.
    But hey, I can have fun with an "economy project". I do have two other turds to address anyways. And looking at a promotion at work. It will help getting my POS Marauder up and running, for certain.


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    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 170k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58k
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 193k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
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    fixing the Marauder helps with the promotion, or promotion helps with the Marauder?

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    I figure the latter as my paying off my student loans this year will help immensely with ability to road trip.

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    Promotion helps with getting the Marauder on the road. And stuff.


    -ryan s.
    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 170k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58k
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 193k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    Henry helped me put a new tensioner and belt in. He loves fixing cars, lol.
    Gotta run it through inspection this week and then registration. Then I'll be set.
    Just knocked out 413 miles on a tank. Finally back over 400 miles; overall average is 410.5 miles per tank. Not too shabby. I still need to put 2.73s in this thing.


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    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 170k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58k
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 193k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
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    looking at this thread... TOJ is absolutely beautiful, wish my 97 was that clean!


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    Not bad.

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    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 193k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
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    finally got around to reading through everything, you're making me want to keep my Crown Shit for a little longer once i finally get my brakes sorted out. 400+ miles on one tank of gas sounds like a luxury.


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    400+ is about average for me. My average tank is 410 miles. This current one is looking like 425+.

    There's still much room for improvement.

    I have those silly Mustang wheels that I love. They are the same weight as the HPPs. I might use the Mustang wheels for the summer, and then put winter tires on my steelies, and sell the HPPs. Still unsure, because the Mustag wheels are wider (245 vs 225) and have a larger frontal contact patch for the air, making them less effiecient. But I really like the way they look. and the rotational weight is the same. The HPPs still look good and ride well, but I always haven't been a fan of them. Maybe I'll bring them to ScottFest to sell. Who knows. I know I don't want to use the HPPs as winter tires. That's not right.

    Still has a decent oil leak. Right rear window cable broke. Left Front speaker doesn't work. There's a few things I need to kinda clean up on it.


    -ryan s.
    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 170k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58k
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 193k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVT98t View Post
    400+ is about average for me. My average tank is 410 miles. This current one is looking like 425+.

    There's still much room for improvement.

    I have those silly Mustang wheels that I love. They are the same weight as the HPPs. I might use the Mustang wheels for the summer, and then put winter tires on my steelies, and sell the HPPs. Still unsure, because the Mustag wheels are wider (245 vs 225) and have a larger frontal contact patch for the air, making them less effiecient. But I really like the way they look. and the rotational weight is the same. The HPPs still look good and ride well, but I always haven't been a fan of them. Maybe I'll bring them to ScottFest to sell. Who knows. I know I don't want to use the HPPs as winter tires. That's not right.

    Still has a decent oil leak. Right rear window cable broke. Left Front speaker doesn't work. There's a few things I need to kinda clean up on it.


    -ryan s.

    You could put the 225's on the Mustang wheels...

    How was the GGP?

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    87 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Country Squire Station Wagon. 4.10's, Repacked Trac Loc, Boxed LCA's, Explorer Intake, 65mm T-body, 'Stang Cam, 'Stang Air tube, K&N, GT-40X Heads, 1" Spacer, 1 5/8 BBK's, 2.5" Pypes X-pipe w/high flow cats, Single Chamber Thunderbolts, B&M 'vertor, Po-lice Swaybars.

    '91 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park Station Wagon. K-Code, 4.10's, Repacked Trac Loc, MK VII LSC Engine, 'Stang Upper Intake, 'Stang Air Tube, K&N, 65 mm T-Body, 'Stang Headers, 'Stang Cat Pipe,'Stang Torque Convertor, 2 Chamber Thunderbolts.

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