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    Quote Originally Posted by sly View Post
    +1 PITA, but not near as bad as suspension stuff. Just f'n messy.
    Took me all day. Need to get one of those spring clamp pliers. Trying to use channel locks or vise grips is a pain in the royal ass. Had issues with the coolant overflow hose clamp and the OFA one. Also the wiring loom that runs down the side of the OFA is just dumb. I couldn't get the wire back on to the bracket because when you do that it blocks the second bolt that goes into teh block.

    While the radiator and coolant overflow hoses went easy enough the OFA one I couldn't get off, seeing as I was replacing the upper & lower hoses I just cut the hose with my tin snips to start then hack sawed it off then took the hose off with my massive channel locks.


    Partway through when I got the camera.


    Had to JB weld the pressure switch cover. It cracked with the quickness, no surprise considering its been on the car since 11/1996.


    Have seen worse, not much corrosion or pitting.


    Reason for the leak, the rubber rings of OFA gasket failed to remain pliable. The oil ports on the gasket were completely flat flush with the plastic surround.


    Gates hoses fit good.


    No leaks now.
    1997 Grand Marquis LS HPP

    - Richard


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    Very nice.
    I pop the poewr steering pump when I have to do those. I found it makes it suck a little less.

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    Misplaced the gasket then found it. The oil port gaskets are completely flat:

    1997 Grand Marquis LS HPP

    - Richard


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    Nice build car looks good.

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    Been installed for a week now. The lower mileage of the replacement column feels good no squeaks when turning and the shifter feels like new.

    Still gotta sort out the media buttons as the resistance values the HU sees are just to close. Like I set MEM to be mute but I can spam vol+/- or BAND and it will mute. Sometimes it takes repeated pressing to get it to function too. The Horn, EATC controls and speed control work no issue. Also the backlighting only really works at full brightness, anything else the buttons will dim or go to full brightness regardless of setting depending on steering wheel position. Don't have a air bag light in my cluster but the warning tone of the air bag control module only beeps when air bag is disconnected.

    Got a replacement button pod and gonna try that.
    1997 Grand Marquis LS HPP

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    Got a replacement media/eatc button pod and a few other things.


    Also scored a 1998 TC steering wheel in proper denim blue in awesome shape for $20 so I'm gonna use that. Also noticed that the leather is a lot thicker then a aero TC wheel. Also gonna try the 98+ single stage air bag and see what happens. If it fries the air bag control mod internal fuse I have access to quite a few aeros so no big deal there. The resistance value of the 98+ air bag is only about 1 ohm higher then a aero first gen airbag. I don't like the plastic Lincoln logo over the embossed one but its in the proper color.




    The pcb of the replacement button pod looks in better shape then the one I have so I'm hoping that it will solve the illumination and the media buttons having to close of resistance. The button pod I'm using the pins on the pcb look kind of gross:

    1997 Grand Marquis LS HPP

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    New one is on left is much better looking.
    1997 Grand Marquis LS HPP

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    So a whale bag in a aero is no go:



    Button swap not sure but the buttons do respond faster for the stereo but they are still very close in resistance values and still finicky. Have to do more troubleshooting on that end.

    Now I gotta find a place that will mix SEM Colorcoat to denim blue so I can paint the airbag in the proper color. Removing the buttons pods on my 97 steering wheel damaged the paint so the original prairie tan is showing.

    1997 Grand Marquis LS HPP

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    Shame. I'd love to have a proper Mercury emblem on my steering wheel, but the Continental airbag will just keep on at this rate. I truly believe all Whales rolled out as Second Generation air bag vehicles, unless somehow super early build 1998s made in late 1997 rolled out as unicorns sporting a first generation until but I find that doubtful.

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    You know, that blue trim doesn't look so bad contrasted against the gray dash. Don't know if I said this already but I applaud the blue interior conversion. I absolutely hate gray. It's like the most bland yet most popular interior "color" and I wince to call it a color. Give me blue, black, tan or red/burgundy please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodachrome Wolf View Post
    Shame. I'd love to have a proper Mercury emblem on my steering wheel, but the Continental airbag will just keep on at this rate. I truly believe all Whales rolled out as Second Generation air bag vehicles, unless somehow super early build 1998s made in late 1997 rolled out as unicorns sporting a first generation until but I find that doubtful.
    Seeing as my job 1 1998 (2/15/98) sports "second generation airbags" stickers on its windows, I think its safe to say all '98s are 2nd gen. The module is on top of the trans tunnel on a '98+, its physically too big to fit in/on the pillar where it is in my '97.

    I still need to get the '98-'00 Townie clockspring so I can retrofit redundant controls to my '98. I have 2 redundant control steering wheels to choose from in the correct color. The original one from my Townie and the wood rimmed '02 Continental wheel that is in the Townie now. The '02 wheel is actually Medium Parchment, but its really close to the Prairie Tan in my Townie. Actually not 100% sure which color the '98 has, that was the changeover year and the 2 colors are so close I can't tell.
    -Steve

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    1996 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 117,485mi. R.I.P. 7/14/12

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