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post Jun 2 2009, 08:51 PM
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post Jun 3 2009, 03:24 AM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Jun 2 2009, 11:38 PM) *
What about for off highway use? Or places with little to no emissions controls?


Offhighway use wouldn't be illegal so it's permitted. It's still in violation of federal law for road use even in BFE Alabama with no testing what so ever.
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post Jun 7 2009, 10:11 AM
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Debadged trunk lid. We played scrabble with the letters. Squid, Man Sugar, Grandma, amongst others.


Clearcoat sanding and rinsing off the dust here.


Shot of the door jam. Looks amazing in the sunlight.
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post Jun 7 2009, 02:38 PM
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lol you should have put "Man Sugar" on there.
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post Jun 16 2009, 05:46 AM
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post Jun 16 2009, 12:22 PM
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post Jun 16 2009, 12:30 PM
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Wow. I'm impressed. The color suits the car perfectly, as do the wheels. It looks like a proper luxury car now. What's next? Premium hi-fi? Beefed up sway-bars?

EDIT: Did you leave the door handles black? I would've gone ahead and painted those too, just my .02
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post Jun 16 2009, 12:44 PM
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QUOTE(moe @ Jun 16 2009, 03:30 PM) *
Wow. I'm impressed. The color suits the car perfectly, as do the wheels. It looks like a proper luxury car now. What's next? Premium hi-fi? Beefed up sway-bars?

EDIT: Did you leave the door handles black? I would've gone ahead and painted those too, just my .02


I'm giving some consideration to silver pinstriping, it would be vinyl though and I'm not sure I like that idea.

Keyless entry then sound system upgrade. I'll tint it if I feel motivated.





EDIT: The door handles are still black. They're more durable that way and they are textured which may not translate well into being painted.
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post Jun 16 2009, 12:46 PM
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Do people slow down when you are driving around them?

You should sit at the side of the road with a hairdryer sometime...just for kicks.
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post Jun 16 2009, 12:52 PM
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Do people slow down when you are driving around them?


Yes, even when it was brown they did that.
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post Jun 16 2009, 01:02 PM
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I must admit I didn't think those wheels were a perfect fit nor could I really wrap my head around the color but that looks really good. Don't do the pinstriping please.
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post Jun 16 2009, 01:04 PM
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How much did that paint job run you, or was it hooked up by someone you know? I think I ended up getting an absolute steal on the labor with mine- so I'm curious to see how it compares.
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post Jun 16 2009, 01:39 PM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ Jun 17 2009, 12:44 AM) *
I'm giving some consideration to silver pinstriping, it would be vinyl though and I'm not sure I like that idea.

EDIT: The door handles are still black. They're more durable that way and they are textured which may not translate well into being painted.


Skip the pinstripe please. The car honestly looks gorgeous (never thought I'd say that about a Grand Marquis) in that color.

I believe my dad's 2000 Accord had textured, black door handles. He got them painted, and they looked fine. Not that it mattered, he ended up selling it just a month or two after he had that done.

EDIT: I don't think you're fond of the idea (I remember reading it somewhere), but that car is just begging for some leather upholstery now.
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post Jun 16 2009, 02:24 PM
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QUOTE(hexagone @ Jun 16 2009, 04:04 PM) *
How much did that paint job run you, or was it hooked up by someone you know? I think I ended up getting an absolute steal on the labor with mine- so I'm curious to see how it compares.


I only paid for the materials, my brother-in-law prepped and painted it for free. I'm still in about $1000 for paint and supplies though. He said he would charge 3 large if he were doing it as a job though, for what it's worth.



QUOTE(moe @ Jun 16 2009, 04:39 PM) *
EDIT: I don't think you're fond of the idea (I remember reading it somewhere), but that car is just begging for some leather upholstery now.


Cloth keeps me in place better on the big ol' bench seat and I prefer it over leather.
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post Jun 30 2009, 10:22 AM
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I installed a keyless entry system over the weekend. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Most of the difficulty came from the wires being difficult to reach. Hot weather and frequent breaks means I had about 9 hours in it from start to finish.

Now my interior lights have theater dimming. DS_Naughty2.gif
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post Jun 30 2009, 12:34 PM
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Looks great! Seems like you have a thing for blue, eh?
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post Jun 30 2009, 02:50 PM
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QUOTE(DB9 @ Jun 30 2009, 03:34 PM) *
Looks great! Seems like you have a thing for blue, eh?


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post Sep 30 2009, 07:17 PM
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Well I did add the keyless entry. It's an el-cheapo CodeAlarm brand. It works perfectly once you get the right connections made. I had the wrong wire for the trunk release so it wasn't working but I got that sorted out.

I also added an in-dash touchscreen GPS, MP3 player, all-in-one music center. Pioneer Avic X710BT is the one I installed. Touchscreen is nice and easy to see, it has voice recognition for ipod control and some other functions, plus a lot of other fancy features.

Currently I'm putting tint on it. Solar Gard HP True Grey 38, it's an older one I don't think they still make it. It's a 38% transmittance film.


The rear window is tinted, the front is still clear.
With the way the baby's schedule works I can only tint about one window per day. I've done both of the rear doors and quarter windows. I'll probably do the fronts next. I left my heatgun at work so the soonest I can do the back window is next Monday.
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post Oct 4 2009, 05:26 PM
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i bet grandpappy is mega jealous of your super vic


EDIT:

oh shit hes dead isn't he?
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post Oct 5 2009, 03:17 AM
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QUOTE(Altostratus @ Oct 4 2009, 08:26 PM) *
i bet grandpappy is mega jealous of your super vic


EDIT:

oh shit hes dead isn't he?


Yeah that's how I got such a great deal on the car.
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