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    I spent yesterday cleaning out the interior of my non panther, and I'm gonna wash/wax it today. Mainly because I haven't swept it out since last summer or washed it in 2 months. I really like the 200 more than I ever thought I would, I dare say I might like it better than any other car I've had. It's certainly been the most trouble free so far, but then again it's twelve years newer than anything else I've owned. It really drives very similar to a panther, rides as well without being quite as mushy imo. It seems to pull/accelerate about the same with half the cylinders and two more gears. And the only things I gave up feature wise were power seats and the auto dimming rear and side view mirrors. Even though heated power seats are listed as standard on a Touring trim level I don't have them. But I have a funky two-tone interior I haven't seen on another 200. It was a dealer owned car for the first three years of it's life so maybe they had it special ordered, I really don't know and I'm not ambitious enough to track it down.

    Someday I still intend to find a nice box TC or '03 and up TC though, I do miss my panthers.
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    1995 Cadillac Eldorado Sport Coupe - Purchased 6/2010 at 110,000 spun a main bearing 5/2011 at 135,000
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    I'll admit I'm not any better about cleaning out my car.
    Although I try not to let it get too out of hand, but can't always say the same for my passengers (wife and kid(s), drives me nuts).

    We'll see what cleaning I can get done before tomorrow.
    Vic

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    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - I'll fix it eventually
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting winter DD
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    Quote Originally Posted by VicCrownVic View Post
    I'll admit I'm not any better about cleaning out my car.
    Although I try not to let it get too out of hand, but can't always say the same for my passengers (wife and kid(s), drives me nuts).

    We'll see what cleaning I can get done before tomorrow.
    I don't leave trash and other odds and ends in my cars, but I'm bad about actually cleaing them out. There's always a nice layer of dust on everything and crumbs, grass, and stones all over the floor.
    2013 Chrysler 200 Touring - Purchased 5/2/16 at 27,729
    2001 Lincoln Town Car Executive Series - Purchased 04/18/15 at 108,653, traded in 5/2/16 at 139,000
    1988 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - Purchased 6/26/11 at 82,610 totalled 4/16/15 at 137,000, Not my fault.
    1995 Cadillac Eldorado Sport Coupe - Purchased 6/2010 at 110,000 spun a main bearing 5/2011 at 135,000
    1995 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Inherited 10/2009 at 105,000 totalled 4/30/10 at 120K, My dumbass fault.
    1990 Toyota Camry DX - Inherited 7/2008 at 78,000 sold 10/2009 at 90,000


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    I plan to wash mine in the morning and clean out the interior a bit. Mostly just have a habit of letting receipts accumulate in the car. Not sure why. And the dash and doors could really use a wipe down. Its my DD, its not always perfectly clean.
    -Steve

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    Greetings from the mitten. I75 south up to exit 85 looks like a nightmare. Nice. I'm up at Greak Lakes crossing at friends house.

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    Auburn Hills area, I'm not for from you.

    I managed to get some interior cleaning done since I got out of work early today. I'll finish the windows and hopefully give the exterior a quick wipe down in the morning.

    I plan on showing up by noon tomorrow.

    For anyone who needs the address again:
    Halmich Park
    3001 E 13 Mile Rd,
    Warren, MI 48092

    I plan on parking at the south side of the park along 13 Mile.

    See you there!
    Vic

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    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - I'll fix it eventually
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    Well, I know I had a good time and hopefully everyone else did as well.

    Here's a link to my album of cellphone pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131643...57685539556890
    Vic

    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis LS "The Scab" - plenty of rot, summer DD
    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - I'll fix it eventually
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting 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
    Well, I know I had a good time and hopefully everyone else did as well.

    Here's a link to my album of cellphone pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131643...57685539556890
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    I got back about 8:30. Had a great time and great food with a great bunch of peeps. A little sore from 6 hours total today in a non panther, but overall no worse for wear. Definately wanting a box Town Car now after riding in Derek's. I've always wanted one but now I want one more. It's just not in the cards right at the moment. If there's ever another Detroit area gathering I imagine I'll be back.
    2013 Chrysler 200 Touring - Purchased 5/2/16 at 27,729
    2001 Lincoln Town Car Executive Series - Purchased 04/18/15 at 108,653, traded in 5/2/16 at 139,000
    1988 Mercury Grand Marquis LS - Purchased 6/26/11 at 82,610 totalled 4/16/15 at 137,000, Not my fault.
    1995 Cadillac Eldorado Sport Coupe - Purchased 6/2010 at 110,000 spun a main bearing 5/2011 at 135,000
    1995 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Inherited 10/2009 at 105,000 totalled 4/30/10 at 120K, My dumbass fault.
    1990 Toyota Camry DX - Inherited 7/2008 at 78,000 sold 10/2009 at 90,000


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    Glad you could make the long trip again.
    I know TecNickal drove farther but, since he's up here visiting friends, you still win for driving the farthest just for the meet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Where's all the Fords? Or are you all the elite crowd?
    lol, I guess I was the only Vic there even if my car is not a Vic.

    I didn't take many pictures, but here are a couple from the album linked in my previous post.

    In the first pic, left to right we have BigMerc96 ('98 MGM), kishy ('84 LTC), DerekTheGreat ('88 LTC), VicCrownVic ('91 MGM), AshleyTheGreat ('9? Mark VII), TecNickal ('90 LTC), and mercurygm88 ('13 Chrysler 200 Touring).


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    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - I'll fix it eventually
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting 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'd call it a day well spent. Good company, good cars, good food. It was great meeting you all.

    Here's what I've got:









    Just kicking myself for not straightening the wheels in the last one. Oh well. There's always next time.

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    See. At a CVN event, I usually have the oldest car there. At a GMN event, I have the newest by like 7 years. Go figure.

    Good time was had by all. Glad Nick gave me a heads up that this was happening otherwise I wouldn't have known.
    -Steve

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    1997 Lincoln Town Car Cartier ~145k miles, Ported Plenum, Gutted Airbox, Mechanical Fan Delete, Contour E-fan Retrofit, Dual exhaust, Cats ran away, KYB Gas-A-Justs, P71 front sway bar, air ride reinstalled, Blinker Mod, Projector headlight retrofit, Caddy 4-note horn retrofit, Wood rim steering wheel retrofit, all natural weight reduction as the parts fall off..
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    It was a great time! Nice meeting the peeps I haven't met before and nice seeing the ones I have. Ashley is pantherless but with an HO under the hood of that '91 Mark VII I don't think she'll be going back to another one unless it's HO swapped or in the immediate future for it haha.

    Nice pics by all! Vic & Kishy did a great job documenting the get together. I thought I took some of us at the park but I guess I was too wrapped up with the Aerospace 303 protectant... Here's the few I took at Vinsetta. Kishy's came out better, mine chopped off important bits of the building & such.
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    Since I'm such a bad person , how many months late?

    Cannot tell you guys how much I enjoyed meeting you all and hanging out. Will plan my time differently next time. I'm definitely going up there again next year, same weekend. Some huge car show over in Plymouth?

    I took a video in the 88 of a small "display of speed" in uh Mexico. It's unlisted. Sorry Kevin kept calling your Lincoln an 84 - when it's an 85.

    https://youtu.be/XD8EoOPJi9o

    I'll be up in the 89 or the 2003 next year. Hopefully the 89! With its new motor, that's the next project.
    -Nick M.
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    Lol, you're not late, just busy like the rest of us.
    Nice video, none if us in Kevin's car even thought about getting video. I guess it should have been me since I was in the front seat.

    But it is an '84: http://www.grandmarq.net/vb/showthre...-1984-Town-Car
    Vic

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    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - I'll fix it eventually
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting 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...that's pretty much the exact same thing we all said in my car. Mine did better than we thought. If I wasn't afraid of trashing the trans I might have beat on it a bit more and kept that gap a little closer.

    Though, it seems like quickest acceleration in these is found around 2/3 throttle. Any further and it winds up too much before shifts and just doesn't pull anymore.

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    1984 TC
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    Iíll get it right one day.

    Such an idiot.

    And yes much over 2/3 throttle is a waste

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    Better late than never indeed!
    Almost forgot about that video haha.

    Yeah, from the looks of the video the CFI did pretty well, certainly better than I expected
    Even though we were racing, I highly, highly doubt anyone on Woodward even noticed hahaha...
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    To us lo po panther people, we’re racing. To the newer plastic sedans, it’s just mild acceleration. I love stoplight racing against those pesky sedans, and the best part is no tickets because no one knows we’re racing but me!
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