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    How are the wheel wells "finished" without the trim? Would the car look better or worse without it? It sure looks great with the fresh paint, and the only vehicle that ever looks right with the rocker trim is a box CV/GMQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMerc96 View Post
    How are the wheel wells "finished" without the trim? Would the car look better or worse without it? It sure looks great with the fresh paint, and the only vehicle that ever looks right with the rocker trim is a box CV/GMQ.
    Trim simply hugs the wheels wheels. If the prep before paint was done correctly it would look fine without them. They like to rub into the original paint so if one just scotch brited over the area there would be witness marks left from its past install.
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    I would have left them off, but the lower trim "flowed" better on the car when connected by the wheel well chrome.

    Picked up SEM color today for the steering wheel. Can't find my left over vinyl from the top install. I have quite a bit, but the hell if I know where it is.
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    Poured in some fresh fuel, wiped it down, and ran it for quite a while. Not insured, so no going for a drive. Weather was perfect, too. Now it gets to sit and wait for Spring.

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    Installed LED's on the front and rear. Also installed an electronic flasher. Pic is LEDs on passenger side, standard bulbs on driver's side.

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    Nice!

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    What leds did you use?
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    Got them from Super bright leds.

    4 194-CWHP5: Cool White $4.95
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    4 3156-CW18-T: Cool White $5.95
    4 194-RHP5: Red $4.95
    2 921-R19-T: Red $14.95
    2 3157-R27-T-CK: Red $14.95
    2 WFLS-A30X3-WHT: Amber $17.95
    1 CF12ANL-01: 2 Pin Black American Flasher $9.95
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    I didn't see the pics of the car back in December. She's looking good Monty, damn fine job.
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    Starting on getting the car ready for the road. Insurance company wants me to get the car appraised. Hoping to do that next week while I'm off of work.

    Tonight I pulled the caliper pins. All four were bone dry. Go figure. Engine idles rough with occasional pops at the intake and out the exhaust. Smooths out as RPM increases. Just adding things to check for to my To Do List, which is already a page long.
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    New spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, and rotor = Smooth running 302. I guess sitting for all those years and running that old gas through the engine didn't help things. Distributor cap was toast. Spark plugs were in rough shape, too. Car is road ready.
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    Wow, that's the first time I've heard of basic tune up stuff making a difference. Cool. I have yet to get lucky like that.
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    3 years?! It's been 3 years since I worked on this thing?! Maybe drove it 200 miles in that time. Put the car on the lift and did an inspection. Brakes, wheel bearings, steering, and such seem good. Fuel gauge has been non-functional for quite some time. Dropped the fuel tank, today. Tank was full of rust and has always had a nasty dent on the drivers' side. Fuel pump assembly was rusted and the screen was full of debris. Dead fuel gauge was from a cracked and sunken float. Ordered the following: fuel tank, fuel pump assembly, fuel filter, filler neck seal, and float. Came to $300 with shipping.

    Tank removal wasn't too bad. Pumped out four gallons of old fuel, only to find that there were six gallons still in the tank. Didn't feel like it, though. I think the worst part was all the dirt that was built up on top of the tank. Couldn't do a damn thing without getting a face full of dirt. Hoping all the parts show up by next weekend.
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    It's going on two years since I changed the oil on the Lincoln. Haven't even put 1,000 miles on that oil change and it's still tan. Drove it the other day though!
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    New tank is in. Doesn't fit like the original tank, and it put up an ugly fight to get the straps on. New fuel pump assembly didn't mount very well, either. Hoping that seal doesn't leak when I fill fuel. Gas gauge seems to work with 5 gallons in the tank. Car runs and doesn't stink god awful from old fuel anymore. Old fuel filter was full of rust and debris. Will try to get pics up later.
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    Flushed brake fluid. 150K miles on this car, and the old fluid came out black with some debris. Put 303 on the tires, again. They are old, but have always been kept inside. Finally got around to installing the interior lights. Went with original style bulbs instead of LEDs. LEDs just didn't look right in this car. Spent an hour digging for parts. All my extra parts for this car are scattered around here. Still more work to do on this thing before it's back on the road.
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    I don't know what it's like on the '89s; but on my Mom's '86 CV; I had to buy threaded rod and cut studs for the gas tank; because I couldn't mount the new tank on the original break-off studs.

    Keep chipping away and you'll be cruising the boulevard before you know it

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    This is the one you did a great job painting silver, right? Been so long I forget now.
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    Yes, this is the one I painted silver. Looks like I opened a can of worms due to my neglecting the car for so many years. Found even more parts for this thing: ES poly suspension bushings (front and rear), nicer trip-minder, nicer speedometer, wiper stalk, etc. Hell, I think I even have a rear sway bar somewhere. Looked tonight and found that the stock bushings are wasted. Debating if I should do body mounts, too.

    I'd like to get this car as close to "done" as possible before moving on to another project. Would be nice to just get in and go with this thing.
    Last edited by monterey1962; 04-20-2021 at 10:27 PM.
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    2004 Crown Victoria LX Sport
    2011 Mustang GT

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    A few pics of the fuel sending unit before and after cleaning.

    I ordered new fuel tank strap studs. I'm not happy with the way the tank is mounted, and will need to remove the straps to see what's going on.
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    Last edited by monterey1962; 04-21-2021 at 12:05 AM.
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