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Posted by: fiber optic Mar 17 2009, 01:46 PM

I mentioned this in the other thread that was originally about baby seats. The car was in West Virginia at my grandfather's house. He died back in November and they are cleaning out his house and trying to get rid of some stuff. Nobody else wanted it and the price was right so it is now in my driveway.










I took the hubcaps off because it was easier to reach the valve stems to air up the tires without them. I don't dislike the look so I captained the USS barcalounger all the way back home with the caps in the trunk. Unfortunately I think my wife hates them so I'm gonna get some new wheels. I will be looking for some suggestions/photoshop work for any new wheels. The bolt pattern and offset is identical to the 2005-2009 Mustangs so I was leaning toward a set of the plain-jane 17" five-spoke.

Other things to do will be an upgraded stereo, I thought it may have had only a tape player but thankfully I was wrong. Just a single disk CD player AM/FM radio. Still trying to decide what I want to do as far as audio.
New paint
Dual exhaust, I may just slap on the police interceptor setup or maybe some magnaflows, again still undecided.
Passenger side exterior mirror is shattered so that's probably the first thing I'll do but it's the least exciting so I mention it last.


Other noteworthy things, it's only got 26000 miles and on the 600 mile journey I averaged 29.6 MPG.

Posted by: clarkma5 Mar 17 2009, 02:26 PM

Nice, but I agree with your wife that those steelies gotta go. Sometimes I like steelies but not in this case.

Posted by: MustangAficionado Mar 17 2009, 02:35 PM

You should slap my old heads and cams on there.
I have no idea how you're getting that kind of mileage, though.

Posted by: fiber optic Mar 17 2009, 02:36 PM

I'm not gonna fight it, I'm going to use the opportunity to upgrade to 17". The steelies are only 16".

Here's the ones I'm leaning towards:


QUOTE(MustangAficionado @ Mar 17 2009, 05:35 PM) *
You should slap my old heads and cams on there.
I have no idea how you're getting that kind of mileage, though.


I checked the door tag: 2.73 ring and pinion. head.gif

Posted by: MustangAficionado Mar 17 2009, 03:50 PM

Yup, that's too bad. 96-98 mustangs had 2.73's and auto's had 3.08's. They only carried the 2.73's past 1999 with lincolns and merc's like yours.

Posted by: Phix Mar 17 2009, 03:54 PM

omg, fiber. You bought a landbarge.

Posted by: moe Mar 17 2009, 03:56 PM

the grand marquis/crown vic is probably one of the best selling cars in saudi, and many people i know got them as hand-me-downs from their parents. i believe ford offered an upgrade package of some sort, i'd grab the subtle trunk lid spoiler from that. the wheels you have picked out are pretty decent, but more than anything, you need to tighten up the handling on that boat. go for some beefed-up anti-roll bars, and just concentrate on the suspension for now. i've seen some crazy things done to them, and the end results have been absolutely astonishing. proper handling, and v8 power turns them into proper modern day muscle. congrats btw.

Posted by: Mitlov Mar 17 2009, 04:24 PM

QUOTE(Phix @ Mar 17 2009, 04:54 PM) *
omg, fiber. You bought a landbarge.


More like he got it for free.

QUOTE
on the 600 mile journey I averaged 29.6 MPG.


Hot damn. I only get about 26 mpg in my Jetta with 2/3s highway driving, but I'm not always the easiest on the gas pedal.

Posted by: fiber optic Mar 17 2009, 05:26 PM

QUOTE(moe @ Mar 17 2009, 06:56 PM) *
the grand marquis/crown vic is probably one of the best selling cars in saudi, and many people i know got them as hand-me-downs from their parents. i believe ford offered an upgrade package of some sort, i'd grab the subtle trunk lid spoiler from that. the wheels you have picked out are pretty decent, but more than anything, you need to tighten up the handling on that boat. go for some beefed-up anti-roll bars, and just concentrate on the suspension for now. i've seen some crazy things done to them, and the end results have been absolutely astonishing. proper handling, and v8 power turns them into proper modern day muscle. congrats btw.


Yep, there's quite a few guys on the panther forums from saudi.

A quick ebay search just turned up the spoiler, it looks nice but it's $200-$300 and probably 99.99% a cosmetic upgrade. I suspect the upgrade package might be similar to the one offered here which was called LX Sport for the Crown Vics. Fancy alloy wheels, floor mounted shifter, body colored grille, etc.

It looks like I can get front and rear sway bars for $400 total. It's not high on my list of priorities to get the yacht faster through corners but for $400 I'll most likely end up doing it eventually. I don't have any delusions to super great handling. At the end of the day it's still a fat 4000 pounder with a moment of inertia like an oil tanker.

Posted by: Aircooled Mar 17 2009, 06:12 PM

Paint it black and don't dump anymore money into it. Maybe lower it a little bit. Make it into a ghetto cruiser

Posted by: Bjorn Mar 17 2009, 11:00 PM

^Paint it flat black!

Posted by: 4wheelfreak Mar 18 2009, 04:21 PM

Bolt on that Eagle (that's over your garage door in the pics) as a hood ornament!!!!!
Now that's what a REAL American would do.

Posted by: fiber optic Mar 18 2009, 04:41 PM

QUOTE(4wheelfreak @ Mar 18 2009, 07:21 PM) *
Bolt on that Eagle (that's over your garage door in the pics) as a hood ornament!!!!!
Now that's what a REAL American would do.



That's not my garage. rishi.gif

Posted by: fiber optic Mar 26 2009, 05:17 PM








Posted by: clarkma5 Mar 26 2009, 05:22 PM

Wheel choice #4 works. Ultraleggaras? No way!

Posted by: Phix Mar 26 2009, 05:24 PM

None of those, fiber. Here's the real ticket...


Posted by: fiber optic Mar 26 2009, 05:25 PM

QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Mar 26 2009, 08:22 PM) *
Ultraleggaras? No way!


Ha, they were on sale so I threw them on there. They're too spindly for such a bulky car.

Posted by: fiber optic Mar 26 2009, 05:43 PM

QUOTE(Phix @ Mar 26 2009, 08:24 PM) *
None of those, fiber. Here's the real ticket...

http://www.crankshafted.com/upload/files/14/fibercar.jpg



Why do you hate my road-going sofa? sad.gif

Posted by: clarkma5 Mar 26 2009, 05:43 PM

Great photoshop work btw, phix. That looks like that car is REEALLY getting crushed.

Posted by: Phix Mar 26 2009, 06:16 PM

ms paint all the way

Posted by: Benny Mar 26 2009, 06:23 PM

QUOTE(fiber optic @ Mar 26 2009, 05:43 PM) *
Why do you hate my road-going sofa? sad.gif

he doesn't understand how appealing luxobarges are to da wimmenz

Posted by: Halflifehavock13 Mar 26 2009, 06:55 PM

My uncle's grand marquis is currently at 226k miles and still ticking. Those things last forver.

Posted by: McKhaos Mar 26 2009, 10:50 PM

Paint it black and always wear a suit, tie and sunglasses driving it.
NOBODY will dare to cut you off.

Posted by: UserDrew Mar 26 2009, 10:55 PM

Wheel option 4 suits the car. If I had a choice I'd go for those.

I used to run into one of these on a commute frequently. It was black, lowered a tad bit, had dual chrome exhauts, tinted windows all around and looks as if it were piano black. I gave it space whenever I saw it.

Posted by: dukenukem Mar 27 2009, 06:44 AM



These fill up the wheel well so much nicer.

Posted by: moe Mar 27 2009, 11:54 AM

This thread is begging for Umberto.

#4 looks good btw, Fiber.

Posted by: Phix Mar 27 2009, 12:04 PM

Umberto died when Paulie left. sad.gif

Mexican heart attack.

Posted by: fiber optic Mar 27 2009, 01:11 PM

The #4 that everybody likes are the 18" wheels for a Mustang GT commonly called "Sawblades". I like that set a lot but I'm not crazy about running 18" tires. I might do a 'big and little" setup with the tires like a Marauder.

Posted by: hexagone Mar 27 2009, 01:57 PM

How about corvette sawblades? They can be had for super cheap. DS_Naughty2.gif

Not sure if it's the same bolt pattern for both cars (5x4.75)

Hah, yes this is a volkswagen.


Posted by: fiber optic Mar 27 2009, 05:02 PM

QUOTE(hexagone @ Mar 27 2009, 04:57 PM) *
How about corvette sawblades? They can be had for super cheap. DS_Naughty2.gif

Not sure if it's the same bolt pattern for both cars (5x4.75)

Hah, yes this is a volkswagen.

http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/57/41/25140020001_large.jpg


It's not the same. The Grand Marq uses a 5 on 4.5" pattern. Offset is 50mm.

Posted by: Ozi Mar 27 2009, 05:24 PM

Wheel choice 4 works perfect. 1 is also good. Get tints for the car, long radio antennas and maybe red and blue lights in the rear window smile.gif . Drive on the far left lane of the freeway smile.gif But congrats man, car looks comfy. And Hex, JTI's look so bad IMO, I dont even know why people have conversions GOLF<->JETTA vice versa. Total waste.

Posted by: moe Mar 28 2009, 04:55 AM

I like the Bora front-end on the Golf. I think it looks good. Those 'Vette wheels just don't work though.

Fiber, why don't you just rock the wheels from the Crown Vic LX Sport package? They were designed for the car, and they look really good on it too.


Posted by: fiber optic Mar 28 2009, 05:12 AM

QUOTE(moe @ Mar 28 2009, 07:55 AM) *
Fiber, why don't you just rock the wheels from the Crown Vic LX Sport package? They were designed for the car, and they look really good on it too.

http://www.smafonline.com/members/Bonedriver/images/02%20CVLXS/Sigpic.JPG


They're tough to find. Guys with the LX Sports like their wheels so it's rare they show up on ebay. I found a place that sells OEM replacement wheels but they're almost $200 per.

Posted by: mogulmonster Apr 2 2009, 09:09 AM

Nice buy. Honestly, I had an old Crown Vic and it was a great road-tripper.

These look decent on there - http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/WheelCloseUpServlet?target=runWheelSearch&initialPartNumber=I0417756545BDCI&wheelMake=Elbrus&wheelModel=I04&wheelFinish=Black+Machined+w%2FIce+Coating&showRear=no&autoMake=Mercury&autoModel=Grand+Marquis&autoYear=2004&autoModClar=&filterSize=All&filterFinish=All&filterSpecial=false&filterBrand=All&filterNew=All&sort=Brand

Posted by: fiber optic Apr 2 2009, 09:29 AM

QUOTE(mogulmonster @ Apr 2 2009, 12:09 PM) *
Nice buy. Honestly, I had an old Crown Vic and it was a great road-tripper.

These look decent on there - http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/WheelCloseUpServlet?target=runWheelSearch&initialPartNumber=I0417756545BDCI&wheelMake=Elbrus&wheelModel=I04&wheelFinish=Black+Machined+w%2FIce+Coating&showRear=no&autoMake=Mercury&autoModel=Grand+Marquis&autoYear=2004&autoModClar=&filterSize=All&filterFinish=All&filterSpecial=false&filterBrand=All&filterNew=All&sort=Brand


Dude, where have you been?


I thought about those Elbrus wheels but:
Manufactured in China

If the 18" ones from the Mustang are still on sale when I'm ready to buy I'll get those. Otherwise they are on ebay often enough that I shouldn't have a problem.

Posted by: mogulmonster Apr 2 2009, 09:35 AM

QUOTE(fiber optic @ Apr 2 2009, 12:29 PM) *
Dude, where have you been?



Honestly...I got really involved in running another website and lost interest here. Saw a bookmark and thought, "hey, that place was cool." thumbs_up.gif I think I'll add it back to my daily stops.

Posted by: fiber optic Apr 2 2009, 10:19 AM

QUOTE(mogulmonster @ Apr 2 2009, 12:35 PM) *
Honestly...I got really involved in running another website and lost interest here. Saw a bookmark and thought, "hey, that place was cool." thumbs_up.gif I think I'll add it back to my daily stops.


Welcome back old timer. Do you still visit the 1911 forum or anand tech?

Posted by: mogulmonster Apr 2 2009, 10:26 AM

Yeah, I still visit 1911 Forum and shoot 1-2 days a week. Anandtech I'm not on too often, unless I'm looking to pick up some used hardware.

Posted by: Benny Apr 2 2009, 10:28 AM

mitlov leaves and EVERYONE COMES BACK !!!

Posted by: Phix Apr 2 2009, 11:46 AM

QUOTE(Benny @ Apr 2 2009, 02:28 PM) *
mitlov leaves and EVERYONE COMES BACK !!!

This is so hiliarious. Seriously. This is the best ever.

Posted by: fiber optic May 2 2009, 01:47 PM

Today was muffler day for me:


X-pipe crossover


2.5" Magnaflows, it's a dual system but it's hard to photograph both of them simultaneously.

I had them run the tailpipes in the stock location so it's very stealthy. The sound is slightly more aggressive than stock while accelerating but while cruising at a constant speed it's not very noticeable. I'd say slightly quieter than my truck, at least inside the cabin.

thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: moe May 2 2009, 01:56 PM

Nice. Have you made a decision on the wheels? Any suspension bits yet?

Posted by: fiber optic May 2 2009, 02:15 PM

QUOTE(moe @ May 2 2009, 04:56 PM) *
Nice. Have you made a decision on the wheels? Any suspension bits yet?


The wheels is still up in the air. These are the front runners:



The paint color I decided on is Regal Blue Pearl which is a Subaru color. I'm going to discuss that with my painter next week to see what kind of schedule he has.

Posted by: Benny May 2 2009, 02:37 PM

mmm sounds like everything is coming together nicely. it seems pretty tough to find some decent suspension for the mariner.

Posted by: fiber optic May 2 2009, 02:45 PM

QUOTE(Benny @ May 2 2009, 05:37 PM) *
mmm sounds like everything is coming together nicely. it seems pretty tough to find some decent suspension for the mariner.


There are beefier swaybars and better shocks. Addco for the swaybars and Bilstein shocks were the names I heard, but I'm not familiar with them. I probably won't get too deep into the suspension anyway. The ability to float down the road is part of the appeal, particularly after becoming so accustomed to my truck.

Posted by: fiber optic May 4 2009, 03:40 PM


Posted by: moe May 4 2009, 03:51 PM

^ Haha, that is one badass sounding Merc. thumbs_up.gif

Posted by: clarkma5 May 4 2009, 04:04 PM

Sounds subtle but good.

Posted by: MustangAficionado May 4 2009, 04:49 PM

QUOTE(clarkma5 @ May 4 2009, 05:04 PM) *
Sounds subtle but good.

Magnaflow's are about as subtle and smoothe as it gets.

It's hard to believe the same company makes mine:

BORKED

Posted by: fiber optic May 4 2009, 05:52 PM

QUOTE(clarkma5 @ May 4 2009, 07:04 PM) *
Sounds subtle but good.


It's exactly what I was after. I have watched too many videos on youtube trying to get a feel for what it would sound like. And the muffler shop did a VERY impressive job on it, I don't think I could be more pleased with how it turned out.

But while I was under there admiring their work I noticed my differential is leaking. sad.gif

Posted by: dukenukem May 4 2009, 06:10 PM

You need a electronic cutout for a open header setup too. whistle.gif

Posted by: MustangAficionado May 4 2009, 06:42 PM

QUOTE(fiber optic @ May 4 2009, 06:52 PM) *
But while I was under there admiring their work I noticed my differential is leaking. :sad:

what part? The pumpkin or tube?

Posted by: fiber optic May 5 2009, 03:15 AM

QUOTE(MustangAficionado @ May 4 2009, 09:42 PM) *
what part? The pumpkin or tube?


It looks like it's coming from the rear cover.


Posted by: Benny May 5 2009, 06:19 AM

looks like the gasket/seal at the dust

Posted by: fiber optic May 5 2009, 09:09 AM

QUOTE(Benny @ May 5 2009, 09:19 AM) *
looks like the gasket/seal at the dust


The seal is probably just a $5 part but I'll also need to put new fluid in which will be more $$ than the dang faulty part.

Posted by: Benny May 5 2009, 01:11 PM

still cheaper than anything on the LS400

Posted by: fiber optic May 5 2009, 02:51 PM

QUOTE(Benny @ May 5 2009, 04:11 PM) *
still cheaper than anything on the LS400


Well it was in-fact a $5 part but since I had to drop the gear oil I spent about $30 for some fresh.

Here's a little story of how it went:


The stuff I got at Autozone. No idea if that oil is any good though. It's Mobil 1 so I figured it was at least OK, it can't be worse than the decreasing amount of unknown oil that was in it.


Jacked with stand so I don't get crushed by the boat.


Stupid fill plug. It's only 3/8" so my little ratchet doesn't provide much torque to remove it. At least it didn't need some fancy tool I don't have. I ended up pulling my jack and using it as a hydraulic assist to turn it. It worked really well. It's VERY important to remove the drain plug before dropping the oil. Mostly so you still have access to your car in case you need to go get reinforcements or liquid courage.



Ugly 2.73 gears in my rockin' open diff. The oil looked good, no metal particles in it so hopefully I caught the leak in time to ward off any real damage.

No pics of the cleanup because everything was very dirty and I didn't want to handle the camera.


Here she sits all nice and clean and with a warm meal in her belly. It's not puking oil out but I'll probably be paranoid about it for a month. Driving it up to TN this weekend for paint so I'll probably be freaked the whole way there.

Posted by: MustangAficionado May 5 2009, 02:58 PM

Mobil 1 is good, but to my knowledge doesnt have a friction modifier in it. Which is supposed to be added.

As for the gasket, when i put 3.73's in i used gasket seal on the clean surface and that's it. That's what most people do i've come across.

Ford tech: "Instead of using a gasket on the diff cover, use RTV gasket maker. Its easier and works much better. Be sure to clean the area with brake cleaner or carb cleaner to get a good seal."

Edit: Friction modifier is for LSD, an open diff shouldn't need it actually.

Posted by: fiber optic May 5 2009, 03:04 PM

QUOTE(MustangAficionado @ May 5 2009, 05:58 PM) *
Mobil 1 is good, but to my knowledge doesnt have a friction modifier in it. Which is supposed to be added.

As for the gasket, when i put 3.73's in i used gasket seal on the clean surface and that's it. That's what most people do i've come across.

Ford tech: "Instead of using a gasket on the diff cover, use RTV gasket maker. Its easier and works much better. Be sure to clean the area with brake cleaner or carb cleaner to get a good seal."


I didn't use the modifier because I thought it was only for limited slip diffs. :/

There wasn't a gasket on it, just grey colored silicone. I put a thin layer of curil on both sides of the gasket to hold it in place while I got the bolts started. Cleaned the surface with both brake and carb cleaner because i ran out of brake cleaner.

Curse you and your ninja edit!

Posted by: MustangAficionado May 5 2009, 03:05 PM

QUOTE(fiber optic @ May 5 2009, 04:04 PM) *
Curse you and your ninja edit!

Ha, i added that before your post, i swear

Posted by: fiber optic May 18 2009, 03:28 AM


Only the underside of the hood and trunk have been painted thus far. The weather has been kinda sketchy.






Original color still on the door and mirror cap visible on the right side. My father-in-law's new truck on the left. '56 Chevrolet I think. LT1 motor planned.

Posted by: Benny May 18 2009, 07:55 AM

beware of mr. blurrycam

Posted by: fiber optic May 18 2009, 09:04 AM

QUOTE(Benny @ May 18 2009, 10:55 AM) *
beware of mr. blurrycam



I suspect they are probably cell-phone pics.

Posted by: Benny May 18 2009, 09:12 AM

yeah it just looks black too me. but anything is better than old balls beige

Posted by: fiber optic May 28 2009, 07:59 AM

Trying to cut some weight from the big ol' boat. keke.gif





Posted by: Altostratus May 28 2009, 08:40 AM

i used to dream of raining on these back when i was a wee' nimbostratus

Posted by: moe May 28 2009, 11:40 AM

QUOTE(Altostratus @ May 28 2009, 07:40 PM) *
i used to dream of raining on these back when i was a wee' nimbostratus


What the fuck?

Posted by: duality May 28 2009, 11:47 AM

well the first car he rained on was the 993, so i totally get the cloud.

QUOTE
Altostratus is a cloud belonging to a class characterized by a generally uniform gray sheet or layer, lighter in color than nimbostratus and darker than cirrostratus.

Posted by: Razor May 28 2009, 11:52 AM

It's phix, benny, or mitlov being ridiculous. Duh.

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 2 2009, 09:23 AM

I won the auction for the wheels. There weren't any other bidders so I won at the opening price. I'm glad I didn't go for the buy it now.

A couple of the crappy pics from the auction




Stock wheels and tires off of a Mustang. 17" wheels, tires are 235/55 Pirelli PZero Nero

Posted by: clarkma5 Jun 2 2009, 11:08 AM

Veddy nice. When's the paintwork done?

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 2 2009, 01:00 PM

QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Jun 2 2009, 02:08 PM) *
Veddy nice. When's the paintwork done?


The 13th is the last date I heard. We're going up to TN this weekend for a birthday party and to get the swaybar mount on my truck welded back on. I'll get some better pics. I'll also be going up to Nashville the following weekend to watch the boy work.

Supposedly all of the non-exterior surfaces are painted now but I don't have any new pics.

Posted by: infinity Jun 2 2009, 01:07 PM

I'm interested to see what those wheels look like on a Grand Marquis. Pretty sure I've never seen that combo before...

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 2 2009, 02:21 PM

QUOTE(infinity @ Jun 2 2009, 04:07 PM) *
I'm interested to see what those wheels look like on a Grand Marquis. Pretty sure I've never seen that combo before...


You're in luck, the http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1774799#Post1774799 has these very same wheels.

Posted by: DB9 Jun 2 2009, 05:49 PM

hahah theres a crownvic forum?

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 2 2009, 06:27 PM

QUOTE(DB9 @ Jun 2 2009, 08:49 PM) *
hahah theres a crownvic forum?


Of course there's a forum. There's a forum for everything.

Posted by: Razor Jun 2 2009, 06:29 PM

QUOTE(fiber optic @ Jun 2 2009, 10:27 PM) *
Of course there's a forum. There's a forum for everything.


There's an Aztek forum. Enough said.

Posted by: Altostratus Jun 2 2009, 08:36 PM

but this is how you know the crown vic forum is full of cops

http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=50063#Post50063

Posted by: clarkma5 Jun 2 2009, 08:38 PM

What about for off highway use? Or places with little to no emissions controls?

Posted by: Altostratus Jun 2 2009, 08:42 PM

They seem to not approve/know that Wisconsin exists

Posted by: clarkma5 Jun 2 2009, 08:51 PM

Nobody knows Wisconsin exists.

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 3 2009, 03:24 AM

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.

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 7 2009, 10:11 AM


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.

Posted by: Razor Jun 7 2009, 02:38 PM

lol you should have put "Man Sugar" on there.

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 16 2009, 05:46 AM

New pics coming this afternoon. DS_Naughty2.gif

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 16 2009, 12:22 PM




Posted by: moe Jun 16 2009, 12:30 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

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 16 2009, 12:44 PM

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.

Posted by: infinity Jun 16 2009, 12:46 PM

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.

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 16 2009, 12:52 PM

QUOTE(infinity @ Jun 16 2009, 03:46 PM) *
Do people slow down when you are driving around them?


Yes, even when it was brown they did that.

Posted by: clarkma5 Jun 16 2009, 01:02 PM

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.

Posted by: hexagone Jun 16 2009, 01:04 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.

Posted by: moe Jun 16 2009, 01:39 PM

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.

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 16 2009, 02:24 PM

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.

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 30 2009, 10:22 AM

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

Posted by: DB9 Jun 30 2009, 12:34 PM

Looks great! Seems like you have a thing for blue, eh?

Posted by: fiber optic Jun 30 2009, 02:50 PM

QUOTE(DB9 @ Jun 30 2009, 03:34 PM) *
Looks great! Seems like you have a thing for blue, eh?


It's in my veins.

Posted by: fiber optic Sep 30 2009, 07:17 PM

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. http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Products/CarAudioVideo/In-Dash/GPS-Navigation-Systems/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.

Posted by: Altostratus Oct 4 2009, 05:26 PM

i bet grandpappy is mega jealous of your super vic


EDIT:

oh shit hes dead isn't he?

Posted by: fiber optic Oct 5 2009, 03:17 AM

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.

Posted by: fiber optic May 9 2011, 01:15 PM





I think the garbage can was blown up the driveway and into the boat. Smashed out the tail light and put a dent in the quarter panel. Also chipped and scratched the paint in the bumper.

I already ordered a replacement tail light and threw in a new grill which will also get painted when the old Regal Blue Pearl comes out.

Posted by: fiber optic Aug 9 2013, 09:30 AM

It's finally fixed...finally.







It's probably the only time I'll have a car in this specific spray booth, where my wife's brother works.

Posted by: clarkma5 Aug 9 2013, 08:37 PM

Very nice! Feels so good to finally fix those little "optional" repairs.

Posted by: fiber optic Aug 10 2013, 03:45 AM

Yep, adding a Kicker Hideaway next. Also going to get the front grill color matched but ran out of paint so that will occur later. It looks great on the Marauders.

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