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    Smile My 86 Merc

    Hey . Im new here and figured id post a few photos of my car /future plans

    Its an 86 with 168000km. And by far the cleanest car of this era i have owned. My plans are to keep it looking almost completely stock with the minor exception of LED headlights for better clarity at night. I would also like to do all the HO parts needed to gain the extra bit of power/ exhaust note


    I also have air ride ready to go in. I know some people on here will give me flack ...Dont care . Im not making a lowrider with Dayton's and fancy paint , i just want less body roll and the option of getting low in the parking lot.











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    Looks really clean. And appears to have been treated with some kind of rust prevention judging by a couple plugs I see in the door jamb.

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    Thanks ,
    It had 9 years worth of Rust Check Stickers in the back window and I'm the second owner . Funny enough, it was originally bought at a dealer in Belleville , and made in St Thomas Ontario . So has stayed within a 300 km radius its entire life .

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    Clean car! What's wrong with air ride? It's your car, modify it how you want. The rear air ride that came on the '90+ town cars and '92+ Crown Vics and Grand Marquis were phenomenal for smoothing out road imperfections, and generally lasted for 10-12 years and 80-120k miles with no trouble. At this point these cars are classics, and no one (that I know of) gives guys chopping up 50's & 60's Ford trucks and bagging them any shite. You're making it dependable and doing it right/safely, good on ya.
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    Nice box. Interesting option combo, power everything, cruise, tilt, A/C yet analog clock.
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    Welcome to the forum. I like the color a lot. I dont see that one too often. Have fun with it!
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    I don't mind air ride, consider I own two Lincolns with factory four wheel air suspension. Air is way less silly than hydraulics if you ask me. It actually rides and handles well. I will say that I find it silly when people go downgrading brakes to run a 13" wheel that doesn't actually fit under the car.

    A question I do have, what do you do with the shocks up front?

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    To be honest ... i haven't figured it out yet .
    I know what I'm doing with the back end, but hadn't even thought about the strut running thru the spring up front until you mentioned it .

    Relocate ? I know some truck guys completely delete them . But i want equivilant or better ride quality ,so ill have to do more Googling.

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    I have seen stuff where the shock gets mounted externally, I guess that could work as long as its not positioned where the wheels would hit. I guess they don't make air springs with a hollow through the middle to pass the shock through?

    Back end is easy, shocks sit outboard. I was actually looking to put 90s factory air springs in the rear of my car, but the frame is not the same up top so the 90s parts don't fit without modding the upper spring perch area. I wasn't inclined to fool with it so the coils remain.

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    Very clean car. Not huge on weird suspension stuff but if it makes you happy then rock on. Either way you get to enjoy a nice ride so screw the haters.

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    Yeah I'm not big on changing factory suspension around but I love air ride on cars that have them, especially Mark VII's.
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    if I ever did air on one, I'd probably control it with a Mark VII brain and just have it auto-level. I'd want the air purely for leveling and ride, not interested in manual control.

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    I've seen hollow air springs for use on panthers to keep the shock in the stock location. They were in excess of $600 each though.

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    I gotta say I am jealous of your door panels. Only certain interior combinations got the wood grain applique on the upper part of the panel with the Mercury wreath. I'd love to find a set in tan some day if they were in good shape.

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    You all have me second guessing this air ride . lol . I gathered all winter for my parts and now that I'm ready to install, i might just sell it all and put money into replacing stock suspension , and tuning up engine /new tires .

    i really don't want to be welding shock relocation stuff on the frame. And hearing what everyone has to say about the car itself .. i like the originality ,and don't want to trash a well maintained ride .

    Thanks for the insight .

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    There are many changes you can make to the stock suspension. The optimum time to do it is before you put money into the existing suspension.
    Big brakes up front (need at least 16" rims), disks at the rear. Air ride in the rear, auto air shocks are the easiest. Sway bars. Even ABS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 302SLoW View Post
    You all have me second guessing this air ride . lol . I gathered all winter for my parts and now that I'm ready to install, i might just sell it all and put money into replacing stock suspension , and tuning up engine /new tires .

    i really don't want to be welding shock relocation stuff on the frame. And hearing what everyone has to say about the car itself .. i like the originality ,and don't want to trash a well maintained ride .

    Thanks for the insight .
    Yeah it's a nice car and they're only original once. I had grand plans for my Town Car too but then the same thing dawned on me. I really like it for what it is.
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    Beautiful '86. Which other old cars have you owned?
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