Newbie with questions about 89 Crown Vic and 91 Mercury Marquis
Just wanted to introduce myself and ask a couple of questions.
First of all, I just acquired 2 cars, I paid $300 for them delivered (well, one's delivered and the other will be delivered tomorrow). We bought these while we were looking for a car for my stepson as he is now 16 and "needs" a car. I think we got REALLY lucky.
As far as I can tell, there is nothing too mechanically wrong with the 89 (the one that got here today), however, it does need a new starter solenoid as the only way to start it right now is to put the key in the ignition and then short the solenoid. I've already picked one up, but I think that when the person delivering the car to me hooked up the battery in the car before starting it, he reverse wired the battery for about a second and then pulled the cable as soon as it sparked. I am going to need to get a battery for the car, as the battery he was putting in it was to be able to pull the car into my driveway, and he then took it. When I put the battery and the solenoid in, I am thinking about bringing it somewhere to have them test the electrical system, thing is, I don't know what to have them test for. I am guessing that I should have them check the alternator to make sure that it's charging the battery fine. Is there anything else that I should have them test that might have fried when the battery got hooked up backwards?
Also, the car was sitting for a while and this guy bought the two of them from an old guy and the speedo shows only 82,000 miles on it. Now, I know that there are only five digits on the odometer on this car, but is there anyway to tell if the odo has flipped? Is there anything in particular that I will need to look at on this car to make sure that it isn't bad? any "known" problems?
As for the 91 Grand Marquis, it doesn't start, kinda. It starts if you spray it with a ton of starter fluid or if you pour a bit of gasoline into the carb, but it stalls immediately after that. I am guessing that this is a fuel delivery problem. I know that there should be a fuel cut-off switch in the car, any one have any idea where it might be? Also, if it's not the switch, can anyone tell me how hard it is to change the fuel pump in this car?
It's been a long time since I worked on my own cars (about 20 years) but I still retain a majority of my tools and I remember a bit. I figure I'd ask here because here there is a group of owners that are very familiar with this car and should be able to guide me in the pitfalls of such an endeavor.
One final question. I live in Florida (Tampa Bay area) and both of these cars have immaculate bodies. There isn't a ding anywhere on either of these, but the paint is shot on one and pretty bad on the other. What does it cost to have someone do a quick spray on these cars? I'm even willing to do most of the prep work if needed.
Thanks in advance to all the help.