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    Default Monty's 1989 CV LX

    1989 CV LX. 150K miles. Stock with the following upgrades: 3G alt, factory dual exhaust with glass-packs, Pioneer stereo system, Rear cargo coil springs, and 140 mph speedometer. I installed a new vinyl top and padding in 2011. Body work started in 2012. Clear coat on the roof, trunk, and hood was shot. Rear 1/4's were full of paint chips that went through the factory primer and were starting to show some signs of rust. I took care of any minor rust spots, sanded, filled, sanded, filled, sanded, primed, sanded, primed, sanded, and then let it set for years because I didn't have time for it. However, the body is now straight.

    Car was an absolute joy to drive before I ripped it apart. Transmission was tight and shifted good. Engine was nice and smooth, but runs like crap, now. I figure it's the 4 year old fuel in the tank.
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    More pictures ...
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    One last pic ...
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    Some nice work there.
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    Superunknown 2.0?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Marquis GT View Post
    Superunknown 2.0?
    You've tempted me with that before. The engine needs new gaskets and seals, so I'll have to wait and see what I find when I open it up. I still have an HO cam and TransGo shift kit on hand.
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    Lookin' real good there buddy. Hope the engine project turns out to be a simple one.

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    Nice work!
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    Excellent work. She was a looker before and will be even sharper once you are done with it.
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    How much did the new vinyl cost you? She looks beautiful 😍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crown_Chronivic View Post
    How much did the new vinyl cost you? She looks beautiful
    $224 for the vinyl.
    $39 for the padding.
    About $130 in adhesive and misc. items.
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    Started on the engine. Pulled the radiator and some other little things.

    Remembered how much I hate removing fan clutches. A/C line connections are mighty messy. Can we still get O-ring sets for this year?
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    Generic AC o-ring set will come with extras. There's enough to outfit our systems no problem.

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    Fan bolts...YES. I hate messing with them.

    Also...Great picture showing the front of the engine. Will be very useful for anyone wondering how some of the brackets go on the front of these 5.0 panther blocks.
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    Fan bolts... the reason I want e-fans.

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    I want to jump ship but hear as much negative about efans as I do positive.
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    If you loosen those fan bolts before removing the belt and use some penetrating oil, they come out without any particular fuss. I don't see what the big deal is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    If you loosen those fan bolts before removing the belt and use some penetrating oil, they come out without any particular fuss. I don't see what the big deal is.
    ^ This!

    I tried removing those bolts with the belt off once only to figure out that it wasn't going to happen, so I put the belt back on and had no problem getting the bolts out.
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    Backs the issue. Bending over for that kills the back and my legs from stretching. How often is one removing this stuff anyways....no pain no game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Backs the issue. Bending over for that kills the back and my legs from stretching.
    That would be my gripe, as well. Haven't decided if I'm going with an electric fan, or sticking with the original setup. Since the car more than likely won't see much road from here on, I'll probably just stick with complaining about fan bolts.
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