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    The '89 is unmolested at this point, it is my nostalgic ride, the stock head unit just looks proper in the dash. Good enough for the amount of ass time the seat gets...

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    Can't beat the look, I'll give you that. WHy i went with my Sony deck. If you look at the CD player closely, you'll see it's made by Sony. I wouldn't bother putting another stereo system in a car, especially if it already was JBL equipped.

    We need pics of this '89 of yours. Digi dash?
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    Yep, digi dash Cartier w/rare cloth interior and sunroof...

    http://www.grandmarq.net/vb/album.php?albumid=429


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    That one sure is nice. Townies look great at dusk with the lights on. Coach lamps are sweet. That album lacks interior pics though, gotta see that dash and factory integrated CD player. I only ever saw one in person and that was a junkyard, I made sure to help myself to the JBL goodies.
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    Yeah....that car is gorgeous.
    The level of class that was prevalent in these cars has since morphed into ambiguity...
    I appreciate the respect you're giving to such a great machine.
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    Added a few interior pics I had handy. Funny, was at a stoplight the other day and looked down the odo was at exactly 88k. Had to take that pic. 89k would be more appropriate I guess. The dash on these at night lights up like a Christmas tree with all the green and the buttons for the digi computer. Always loved that.

    Sorry to hijack the original thread, great memories there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch47 View Post
    I've been debating swapping the head unit out in my '86.
    Anybody ever bypass the football amp entirely.?
    I'd like to power my speakers differently...
    I bought a bypass harness plug and play I think it was either a Metra or Scosche for the 89 TC.
    I did that when I replaced the head unit a few years ago. Everything went well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch47 View Post
    Yeah....that car is gorgeous.
    The level of class that was prevalent in these cars has since morphed into ambiguity...
    I appreciate the respect you're giving to such a great machine.
    Indeed. I love the lines and the warmth of the interiors. It's all plastic, corporate and cold nowadays. They feel like sophisticated go-karts.

    Quote Originally Posted by cbala View Post
    Added a few interior pics I had handy. Funny, was at a stoplight the other day and looked down the odo was at exactly 88k. Had to take that pic. 89k would be more appropriate I guess. The dash on these at night lights up like a Christmas tree with all the green and the buttons for the digi computer. Always loved that.

    Sorry to hijack the original thread, great memories there...

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    Love the new pics! Damn fine car there, never seen one so nice. Even nicer than mine. I'd keep that one all stock too. Seems to have every option!! Does it have the auto dimming mirror? Those were kind of trick, Ashley's Townie had that. Love the digital dash. Before I bought my '88 I swore if I got a Town Car, it would have to have that option. Family friend had one with it growing up and I loved it. But the one I acquired came up through a good friend and the price was too good to pass up on it for what it was and so I've got an analog dash Townie. Funny because I saw lots of Town Cars back in the day growing up, NEVER saw one without the digi dash until I started raiding junk yards as a teen. Cue up the scene from The Big Lebowski where the one blonde guy gives the dude a whirly and then holds up his bowling ball and goes, "What the fuck is this??" My reaction exactly when I first saw one. But sitting in that Townie at age 18 with it's ugly and dirty white interior, I knew I'd have one and I'd rock it some day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    I bought a bypass harness plug and play I think it was either a Metra or Scosche for the 89 TC.
    I did that when I replaced the head unit a few years ago. Everything went well.
    I've got one of those lying around and yep, it connects the input harness to the output harness as a direct bypass. Don't know if they've got one for the ole foot ball.
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    Thanks for the nice words, yep has the auto-dimming mirror. I actually took the original out and have it on the side and put the next gen in there from a 90+. The originals were gen1 and partly mechanical, with a belt drive in there that get dodgy over time and rarely works right. The later one is all electronic and works perfect and still looks period. Plug and play and works works fine with the highbeam auto dim eye. Always have the original in the parts inventory

    Only options it was not ordered with were the aluminum wire wheels, thank goodness as what gets me going are the turbines and it has the open rear/no dual exhaust so no tow package. There is a replacement exhaust on there that was done from the looks of it over 10yrs ago, so when it goes it will get the duals.

    Saw pics of your car, verrrrrrrrrrrrry nice example you have there and its nice to see it kept in that condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    I bought a bypass harness plug and play I think it was either a Metra or Scosche for the 89 TC.
    I did that when I replaced the head unit a few years ago. Everything went well.
    I kinda figured somebody made one. Scosche made a ton of plugs..
    I'll be looking for one now.
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    Doesn't exist for the football amp. The wiring to that is different than the square amps. 3 wires in, 4 out. Modern radios need 4 wires for 2 speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbala View Post
    Thanks for the nice words, yep has the auto-dimming mirror. I actually took the original out and have it on the side and put the next gen in there from a 90+. The originals were gen1 and partly mechanical, with a belt drive in there that get dodgy over time and rarely works right. The later one is all electronic and works perfect and still looks period. Plug and play and works works fine with the highbeam auto dim eye. Always have the original in the parts inventory

    Only options it was not ordered with were the aluminum wire wheels, thank goodness as what gets me going are the turbines and it has the open rear/no dual exhaust so no tow package. There is a replacement exhaust on there that was done from the looks of it over 10yrs ago, so when it goes it will get the duals.

    Saw pics of your car, verrrrrrrrrrrrry nice example you have there and its nice to see it kept in that condition.

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    You're welcome. I've got two or three of the first gen auto dimming mirrors too. At least one works perfectly but I didn't know it was an electro-mechanical deal. I'll have to keep an eye out for a 2nd gen or two. Although my car doesn't have that option.

    The wire wheels wouldn't look right on that car, I think they look best on ragtop equipped Lincolns. The lacy spokes would look a bit more prestigious than the turbines, not to mention the Fords and Mercurys could also be had with turbines so there's a bit of exclusivity with lacy spokes.

    Thank you! I gave my car duals along with a trac-lok. The exhaust was done at some point yet looked crappy with the tip it had and what not. I added trac-lok because.. I planned on making it a daily driver. Luckily I came to my senses and it's been a garage queen. It has seen snow, but no salt. We love cruising around in it, that's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Doesn't exist for the football amp. The wiring to that is different than the square amps. 3 wires in, 4 out. Modern radios need 4 wires for 2 speakers.
    Well.....shit.
    Suggestions.?
    I'd like to upgrade my head unit..and this is not gonna work.
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    do you want just a radio or an amp with it? if its just the radio, use the stock wires to feed the rear speakers.
    run new wires from the radio to the dash speakers, but leave the existing wires connected as well
    unplug the amp in the trunk

    thats it. the stock wiring will connect the dash to the door speakers.


    If you want to run an amp in the trunk, connect the front amp output to the wires going from the stock amp to the front speakers
    connect new wires from the amp rear output to the rear speakers.
    unplug the old amp

    you're on your own for getting power and signal wires to the amp in the trunk but thats not all that hard honestly. Mostly just pulling the door sill trim up to run the wiring under the carpet and then fishing it up under the rear seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    ...you're on your own for getting power and signal wires to the amp in the trunk but thats not all that hard honestly. Mostly just pulling the door sill trim up to run the wiring under the carpet and then fishing it up under the rear seat.
    I think a good option here is to harvest a signal harness from a late '87 to 89 box Townie. Those have all the wires needed for that, even a feeble power supply wire. Although I wouldn't trust that to run a modern amp. But the cool thing about that harness is they make adaptors that make it work with aftermarket stuff and they've got their own sheath to keep all the wires safe & together.
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    even if you used one of those it would be the same bother of routing, plus need for adapters at each end. 2 pairs of RCA cables would be less inconvenient. Needs the power cable anyway. Also saves the trouble of finding a 30 year old car in the junkyard to harvest a proprietary cable from.

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    I personally would go with a whole new sterio system instead of trying to get an old one to work, I did that in my CV and I am happy with what I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    even if you used one of those it would be the same bother of routing, plus need for adapters at each end. 2 pairs of RCA cables would be less inconvenient. Needs the power cable anyway. Also saves the trouble of finding a 30 year old car in the junkyard to harvest a proprietary cable from.
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    I do that sometimes, but only if there is some deeper goal of avoiding work or the need to buy some component. The JBL install in the Conti uses the specific stuff it does purely because it let me not find the late style cable. The downside is that it required construction of a completely proprietary adapter that no sane human would ever need, so basically its one of many Tigger parts on that car.

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    A lot of times for me, it's because "this is what I've got on hand and I don't want to go to stores or wait on shipping" type deal.
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