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Old 03-02-2007, 19:32   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, now that I fixed the engine I can focus on fixing the smaller problems. I am going to use this car as a daily driver, normally to and from the university, and my job, and the weekend outing. I need it to be confortable and usable.
So, I need to fix a few things:
-Roof headliner(Its ripped and sagging)
-Front and rear passenger side CLUNKs
-Mysterious water leakage in the drivers and front passenger carpets
-Throttle body gets stuck in closed position
-Change the passenger side turn sygnal lamp(its broken)
-eliminate a nasty odor that seems to come from somewhere in the a/c unit(maybe it has something to do with the water in the carpets?)

I also would like to:
-Change the spark plug wires
-Upgrade the radio
-Get seat covers, steering wheel cover, and new floor mats
-Get a tachometer(It's good to know the engine rpm)
-Install police interceptor 17in wheels

I will post up pics. for your enjoyment. I am open for any suggestions you may have. If you have a part that I need just PM me and we could come to an agreement$$$
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:08   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Grand Improvements

There is some stuff at the links below that might help you with the front-end clunk and some sound-system upgrades. Also, if your car is a 2000 model year or older (or an early 2001) be sure and check to see if you have the all-plastic manifold. If you do, plan on setting aside $200 to fix that...

Upper ball joints...
Autoclinix.com - Ford Crown Victoria / Mercury Grand Marquis Upper Ball Joint Replacement Instructions

Tie rods...
Autoclinix.com - Ford Crown Victoria / Mercury Grand Marquis Tie Rod Replacement Instructions

Front speakers...
Autoclinix.com - Ford Crown Victoria / Mercury Grand Marquis Front Speaker Installation Instructions

Rear speakers...
Autoclinix.com - Ford Crown Victoria / Mercury Grand Marquis Rear Speaker Installation Instructions

Intake manifold replacement...
Autoclinix.com: Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Intake Manifold Repair
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Old 03-06-2007, 18:53   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Grand Improvements

UPDATE:

-Fixed sticky throttle body(dirt was the culprit)
-changed the spark plug wires(Autolite 8mm)
-spark plugs(NGK)
-shocks(Monroe sensatrack)
-wipers(Bosch)
-and a steering wheel cover(pepboys brand)


-The ignition update really helped restore the performance of the engine, it runs smoothly now and accelerates great.
-The shocks eliminated 90% of the suspension noise and helped ALOT in the ride quality, now I feel like I am driving a car and not a boat.
-The wipers... Well, it has to rain before I can tell you if they work properly. I always use Bosch wiper blades, because they get the job done.

Soon pics, soon
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Old 03-13-2007, 18:11   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Grand Improvements

search for the thread "water in floor board". Through a lot of effort I finally found the source of where the water was coming in and also what the nasty smell was (mildewy carpet insulation from the water sitting there for a long time.)
Read my post on 6-6-2006 by "97cv"
It's a job, but can be done! Good luck. Any questions you can email me.
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Old 03-17-2007, 17:55   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply 97cv

here's another "update"

-Changed the radiator(the old one was clogged, and because of the pressure buildup it blew a 3" hole on the plastic tub"
-I also changed the thermostat(it was clogged too)
-Found out what the stench was(rotting leaves in the a/c system)
-The plastic cover on my head and sygnal lights literally fell off.(now I have euro clear altezzas lol)
-I replaced the old broken intake with a home made pvc unit(works great, cost me 24 bucks)
-I disconnected the heater core from the coolant system(if anyone wants it just contact me and I will send it to you)

Upcomming stuff:

-Remove the catalytic converters(they are really really clogged)
-Maybe change the muffler(depends entirely on how the car sounds without the cats)
-bribe my cousin to give me his alpine radio
-pictures!!!
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