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    if you find a place to install struts, let me know. I'm curious how that comes out.

    screw bad ball joints though. I've seen multiple neglected panthers with blown lowers on the side of the road. Looks funny, but I imagine it sucks ass if you're driving the car when it happens.

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    Struts. Shocks. Whatever.

    MFS is in. Problem solved.
    Reverse lights are intermittent. Gonna adjust the lever arm.
    Going to fix the right parking brake either tonight or tomorrow.
    Then we're looking good.


    -ryan s.

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    Parking brake is fixed. Officially. The lever arm where the cable is connected was seized. All good.
    Started adding my LED trunk light while I was waiting on the PB Blaster to do it's thing.
    Next is to flip the car around and adjust that MLPS, and probably get it legalized over the weekend.


    -ryan s.
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    03 Mercury Marauder- 58,171 miles
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    Tank is legal!
    I adjusted the MLPS and the reverse lights work.
    So, I was taking it for a test drive Friday evening, and about 30 miles in, the speedometer and all the gauges suddenly stop working.
    Crap.
    I noticed that when I would use the shifter, something didn't feel right. Got home, pulled in back into the garage to have a look. I found that the wires coming from the OD button were chafed through. But they're very small wires (24ga, maybe), and I wasn't quite sure that it was actually grounding out.
    There's only one way to find out.
    I put another 15A fuse in, started the car, and then pressed that wire to the steering column.
    I didn't know that many sparks could come from a wire that small.
    Suffice to say, that was the problem, and after some soldering, everything works again.
    It did develop an exhaust manifold leak on the driver's side. Boo.

    Inspection story:
    So it passed, yes, however, the check engine light came on. The service guy said, "Oh by the way, your check engine light came on"
    "But didn't it pass inspection?"
    "Yes. It still did. The light came on just after we ran it and unplugged it. So it still passed"
    "FnA Cotton!"

    So, I have that going for me now. Which is pretty rad.


    -ryan s.
    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 161k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58,171 miles
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    Yay!

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    Know why the light came on this time?
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    Fuel system too lean Bank #2.

    Yup.
    I forgot how fast it feels, traveling low to the ground and hearing all the road noise! zoom zoom!

    -ryan s.
    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 161k
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    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
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    Right rear went flat yesterday.
    I walked out to the Tank to go to class. I saw the right rear was a little low. I thought" F it, I can make it to campus and back before I have to put air in it".
    Wrong.
    I drove to the shopette on base. It's about a half mile. I get back out to the car, back out of the parking spot and hear/feel the "whoomp-whoomp-whoomp" of the tire totally flat.
    F.
    Dammit. I'm gonna be late for class.
    I get the jack out; doesn't work.
    I get the lug wrench out; 21mm. All my wheels are 21mm except for the RIGHT REAR TIRE.
    B.
    I'm the only one working in my shop that day.

    I had to walk the half mile back to my shop, load up the jack, and tools. Drive off the flightline, over to my car. Change the tire and put the stupid donut on. Put the tools back in the truck. Drive back to the shop. Put everything away. Walk the half mile back to the Tank.
    Yeah.
    I put 90 miles on a donut that was made in the 33rd week of 1996.

    Suffice to say, the HPPs are back on it now.

    -ryan s.
    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 161k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58,171 miles
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    where does one get metric lug nuts? All of my OE Ford ones are 13/16. Non-OE are 3/4, stupid GM size crap. Its 1/2-20 lug studs.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    Well that sure sounds like a Monday. Hopefully it goes up from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    where does one get metric lug nuts? All of my OE Ford ones are 13/16. Non-OE are 3/4, stupid GM size crap. Its 1/2-20 lug studs.
    13/16" and 21mm are one of those coincidence sizes where they are very close to being the same thing. Just like 3/4 and 19mm are so very close to being the same. Or 8mm and 5/16".

    1/2-20 thread with a 3/4" hex is far more common than 1/2-20 with a 13/16" hex. GM and Chrysler both used the 3/4" hex, Ford seems to be the only one who uses the 13/16". I ran into that when trying to find replacement lugs for my HPPs, I wanted a 13/16" hex so that the factory lug wrench would fit, but there are so few sets made in that size.
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    which is why my breaker bar with a 3/4 socket has been riding around in the trunk of the Mark VII for years now. The Towncar didn't come with a factory lug wrench, I have one of those 4 way universal things to fit the 3/4 hex. The Continental had 4 odd size lugs replacing the locks. That would have sucked if I'd needed to change a tire, 4 that the lug wrench fits, one that it doesn't. That wrong size one is what the computer lists as correct, but with the correct one as an alternate.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    I put a newer MAF on since it's been chugging fuel. Problem and code seemed to have gone away.
    First full tank went 320 miles at 17.67 mpg. That's terrible considering it went between 24-25 mpg the first two tanks last year.
    Second tank, I was a bit more careful with my driving and yielded 366 miles at 20.04 mpg. A bit better, but it should have been much higher.
    Unfortunately, I changed the MAF halfway through the tank of gas, so it should be better, but next tank will have the definitive answer.
    Also, I enjoy paying $44 to fill up my car.


    -ryan s.
    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 161k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58,171 miles
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
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    Alignment is terrible on this car. I thought it was alright since it was still driving straight.
    WRONG
    I just smoked a set of winter tires in 1400 miles. That's why my mileage is shit. This car is toed in and plowing down the road.
    New upper and lower ball joints arrive Tuesday. I'll have them done by Thursday so I can be aligned. Then the HPPs go on. And get better than 17.67 mpg.
    Guys at Goodyear said they were getting shitty, and that if they did an alignment, it would be close, but not the best. So, they're 21 years old. Might as well do it, there's no hurt from changing them.
    F.


    -ryan s.
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    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    Upper and lower ball joints are done as well as swapped springs. Car is lowered a bit more now. I'll have to wait until Thursday for the alignment.
    Then it should be good to go.


    -ryan s.
    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 161k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58,171 miles
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    Also, the right upper ball joint was actually shit. It was super stiff and hard to move. Now it's much easier to turn the steering wheel. There's less 'dead spots' in the overall steering, so that's nice.
    Car has settled, and I really like how low it is. Not too much, but noticeable. I just need to bring the rear down a touch to match it. I still want to install my 3-gauge A-pillar thingy, with Tach, Vacuum, and voltage.
    Soon.


    -ryan s.
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    03 Mercury Marauder- 58,171 miles
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    UBJ all rusty inside?

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    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

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    I still have it. I'll check it out. The boot was busted and it looked like total trash.


    -ryan s.
    08 Lincoln Navigator L - 161k
    03 Mercury Marauder- 58,171 miles
    97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 174k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
    73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
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    yea prob rusty and dry inside. Once the boot fails it goes to shit pretty quick.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

    Quote Originally Posted by phayzer5 View Post
    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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