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    Quote Originally Posted by BoulevardRide View Post
    i've seen what look like better deals on 96 ltc's and sometimes mgm's close to boston but could never get the sellers to send me clear pics of underneath to justify such a long trip on an unknown...
    No shit. There was a 1997 TC for sale with only 60k for 6k near Boston. Called and talked to the dealer he said there is no rust. So stop on by, car looks alright as I'm pulling in. Check it over looks clean from all outward appearances then I get on the ground and look underneath and thing looks like it was parked over a salt pile. Totally crusty and look at the rear dog legs and there is rust starting to bubble. Told the guy about it and he wouldn't budge on the price and still insisted there wasn't any rust, what a waste of time. Some poor bastard overpaid for that car.
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    It's not much better here, except they will move on the price if you catch them... couple years back i looked at an 06 that was evil underneath, the guy walked up as i was driving away with his calculator trying to knock it down enough so i'd buy. nice shiny repainted mgm with mustang rims in western Maine, drove 2 hours to get there with the mrs all ready to drive it back, looked great until you went underneath and it looked like it went for a swim in the north atlantic, wall to wall brown crust, with my finger i could deflect the gas tank over 1/4"... 6 months later it was for sale by whoever bought it, i emailed about the rust and got the standard "never gave me any problem."

    The guy i bought this 96 from knocked 500 off the top and removed the window tint, so i can't complain, as dealer cars go...

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    Thanks to our liberal (hopefully one term) politicians, Maine is going the same way as Ca. The converter law which recently changed is forcing people to either get rid of their cars or pay dearly for "official" replacement cats. Those replacements have to have documentation done and turned in. Failure to do so is a serious fine. One shop I know got caught and fined on the first offense. Since we do not have smog checks up here, I would go with the pipes. On the intake, Send it back for a replacement or money back. I would stay away from Dorman. When I need to replace mine, I am getting one from Ford racing. Regarding the radio, Do you use the cassette ? I know I have double din without a cassette, and I have a single din with the adapter kit which came with my car when I bought it. May have a couple of others but would have to check the connections.
    If you want new check out Sonic or Crutchfield. Both have clearance /sale sections. Crutchfield includes adapters at no charge.
    Front end parts, Check out Rock Auto. I get great deals there. Just buy the best quality you can.

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    Well I got the Merc back from the shop with the trailer hitch and a plug-in trailer wiring kit installed.

    Should I be running a converter that pulls straight from the battery to save drain on the lighting module? I remember doing that for my 95 vic.

    With the receiver hitch and a lifted ball mount it works a lot better with my trailer than my 88ltc, which has the lower plate hitch that bolts to the rear bumper. no more heaving the trailer onto the ball, as the higher mount now clears the trailer jack. So a check in the keep-the-96-column for now...

    Last night I glued the broken tab back on the new intake with some West System G Flex I had laying around. has good reviews for polyester resin bonding online and i know it is very strong, having used it on boats. tomorrow i will put some torque on it to see if it holds. although the tab is for the coil-onplug which my 96 doesn't have so may not even need to use that tab anyway. the fuel rail actually bolts to the brass inserts up higher on the intake. right now it's below zero with the wind chill and the car is out by the road in a snow bank so i'm not going out to pop the hood and see. i got a refund from the company so right now it's not costing me anything to play with the new intake and it seems to have better reviews than dorman besides.

    Yesterday i got a refund from ebay on the Walker converter i ordered, did not realize for $100 it was not legal for Carb so he would not ship to Maine. here i thought i was doing the right thing. paid 5 bucks more and ordered from amazon, have a ups number showing movement so think it will arrive after all. technically it is legal here on pre-01, so i'm not breaking any laws on this 96. my mechanic likes the walker brand so should be happy to install, bend pipe if needed. he looked at the intake, said it looks good, will try installing next week. he has done a bunch of these for the local cop cars.

    making pretty good progress whipping this 96 into shape and hasn't broke the bank yet...

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    This week the new converter arrived. Then my garage door opener crapped out. Took it apart, the plastic gear stripped out, box says 1984 on it, had a good run. I have a spare gear kit from our last house except it fits the newer Sears style with the metal shaft/worm gear, our current house has an older Challenger unit with the molded gear/sprocket combo. So i got to order a new gear and learn a new system. I actually prefer the older style, easier to do and seems more rugged. Plus it has a mechanical emergency stop/lift, no need for a beam and wiring that can fail.

    While the garage was cleared out for repair i got a pic of the new hitch.
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    The 96 has been the shop for 3 days now on the intake install. I am hoping he got hung up fixing a plow truck or something and that this doesn't turn into an expensive job. He has done the job a lot in the past and said it is around 2 hours, not sure what is up. have had good luck on repairs with this car so far, hope the luck holds. will see

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    Welcome! I had a '93 GM for a winter car in the past. Sold it because the frame was too rusty.
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    You may regret selling it. Think it over.

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    This frame is good, body is good, there is a fair amount of rust on some underneath incidentals, mostly threads and fasteners, will have it undercoated in a couple weeks once i'm done getting it worked on. brake lines this week, rear cat replacement next, hoping to be done with it by then.

    Last night i got it back from the shop after a week for the intake, still had the factory original. Charged me the book rate, 5 hours, but his hourly rate is low and did a bunch of other stuff. new oil filter adapter gasket, cleaned the t.b., flushed out the heater core. he said it came out brown even tho i had it flushed a few weeks ago. so it's all good.

    pic of spiffy new plastic/metal intake
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    i saw online where a guy did this job then sprung a leak where the aluminum crossover bolts to the plastic intake. sure enough, the bolts on my new piece were barely past finger tight. so i loctited them in place with around 20 inch-lbs of mechanic's feel before taking it in for installation.

    new temp sensor installed as well, now it fires right up on a cold morning, and idles down like a new car.

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    Your car is progressing well. When you replace brake lines are you going with the coated lines ? In my opinion, that is the only way to go. More expensive but worth it. Warm winter we are having this year. End of January and some days have been warm ,almost 50 degrees. All the snow has melted off the driveway now.

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    Hi Tom, for brake lines I let them put on whatever they recommend. The guy who did the rear crossover last week, told me last year when he did my Lincoln that they use copper or nickel or something, can't remember. At this point the mechanics are starting to get tired of me and my new, old car so have to shop it around. Fortunately there are a few shops here, that treat me good for a while, till they get tired of it and i have to take it to the next guy.

    This week I'm taking it to a different shop for the cat, when he had it in the air last month showed me a front line that needs done so I'm hoping he can do that while it's up for the exhaust, since i am only replacing 1 cat with another cat and not both cats with straight pipes that he originally talked me into until i had a change of heart. He also uses the copper/nickel brake lines i think he said. Everyone is so busy around here, this appointment took 3 weeks to get.

    Yes for Maine it certainly is a mild winter, unfortunately my body just isn't feeling it, spine is seized up bad. Hoping to whip this car into shape and head south so i can get some relief on my old bones.

    Here is the night i got it back from the last brake line job, dragged my trailer out of the field so i could do some more work to it with the driveway clear. Got 2 inside boards screwed down before my back gave out, have been laid up on heat and ice since, even tho it is almost 40 degrees out as you say, i need a week of 80s/90s to thaw out lol Click image for larger version. 

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    This MGM seems to fit the trailer better than my box Town Car. Haven't actually hauled it down the road tho, waiting until i get the exhaust fixed before putting a load on it.
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    Cruisin up and down the road...

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