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#2572671 - 08/04/12 05:27 PM martz0r's P71 then and now:
martz0r Offline
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This is my 2006 P71 I got June of this year. After my last Vic was totaled, I went 7 months without a Crown Vic... Drove a Mark VIII for a couple months, sold to a friend and bought the '73 Mercedes 450SEL. My heart truly lays within a Panther, though. I saw this online and whipped out the credit card because I couldn't resist the low price. Found it on GovDeals and won the bid for $2,100. Flew to Union County, NC to drive it back. It was a prior K9 car so I went through the interior inch by inch, pulling panel by panel to remove all the hidden dog hair and dirt. I took lacquer thinner to all the left over residue from their decals, and sprayed over the flaking paint (which continues to own me). It's got 113,000 on it as of now and 5800 idle hours and still runs like a raped ape. The smile on my face as I drove it off the county's parking lot was like a kid at Disney World.

I got rid of the steelies in favor of some GT Premium wheels. I was able to salvage the 235/55s off my Bullitt wheels that were bent to sh*t from my last car's accident.

Before: (from the govdeals.com listing)









Today, I painted the rear fascia, swapped grilles to chrome and painted the grille surround along with the mirror caps. I am pleased with how it came out, even though the rear doesn't match perfectly, it is cleaner than the black IMO. I removed the old tint (only had it on the rear windows) and got 15% all the way around.





I had to swap the Ford emblem from one of my honeycomb grilles over to this one. I did a quick measure and drilled new holes to fasten it since it is larger than the chrome grille logo. Got it right on the first try (that never happens).







I also bought OEM replacement headlights on eBay (used). I bought from two separate people and was lucky enough that they are both in the same crystal clear condition:



I also covered the two left over antenna bases with Aquafina bottle caps which fit almost perfectly. Looks better than having ugly black bases sticking out.



Built this center console when I was bored one day. My previous custom center console broke in my accident. I had all the supplies to make it...The stainless marine cup holders, Grand Cherokee console bucket/ arm rest, wood and carpet:



That's all for now... I may remove the spot light soon, not sure yet. Kinda goes with the chrome on the grille. When I do, I got a guy who will patch the notch in the door for cheap. I'm not too concerned with performance mods right now as I am making sure all the maintenance gets done first. I drive 80 miles total a day for work so I want to make sure I have a reliable car. I did the blinker mod and the Sheriff's office that owned it before did a complimentary bumper tuck.

And last but not least, the Panther that started it all:



Thanks for looking!

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#2572713 - 08/04/12 06:40 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
Derek19CrownVic Offline
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Registered: 05/24/09
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cool dude. i love a panther with a story. honeycombe emblem on slatted grille is legit..!

both my Lincs will have come a long way once i get them to be the way i want them to be.
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#2572719 - 08/04/12 06:56 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
martz0r Offline
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Loc: Punta Gorda, FL
Thanks... Your Lincs have already come a long way. Even though I prefer the 95+ front ends, there's no doubt you did a good job with yours! I still liked your blue SAP the best. Okay, maybe the 06(?) Town Car.

You're in Nawlins right?
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#2572734 - 08/04/12 07:26 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
Derek19CrownVic Offline
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haha, thanks. aye, to tell you the truth i still miss the 05 SAP sometimes. it was a good car, i hope whoever got it is taking care of it.

and yessir, naturally nawlins, creole seasoning runs thru my blood grin

btw, i wouldnt remove your spotlight, if it was black maybe yeah but the chrome one is pretty cool, and goes with the rest of the car. keep us updated on the Vic man.
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#2572752 - 08/04/12 08:20 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
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Registered: 03/18/07
Posts: 12307
Loc: Rhode Island
I loved your 2003! Now you've done some great, tasteful mods to your 2006. Good work!
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#2572755 - 08/04/12 08:30 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: CNGInterceptor]
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Derek... Do they still have drive-thru Hurricane places there? The two times I have been was with my parents PRIOR to being of legal drinking age. I want to go back again real soon, it might be my next road trip.

Originally Posted By: CNGInterceptor
I loved your 2003! Now you've done some great, tasteful mods to your 2006. Good work!


Thanks man, I still think it's ironic because I love YOUR car lol... I have peeped your build thread quite a few times and I can't wait to see the finished product. Next time I drive to NH to visit my family and friends, I'm going to see that beast... Just don't do what I did to mine when you get all that power under the hood, lmao.
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#2572786 - 08/04/12 09:37 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
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Keep the chrome spotlight!
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#2572819 - 08/04/12 10:50 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
CNGInterceptor Offline

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Loc: Rhode Island
Originally Posted By: martz0r
Thanks man, I still think it's ironic because I love YOUR car lol... I have peeped your build thread quite a few times and I can't wait to see the finished product. Next time I drive to NH to visit my family and friends, I'm going to see that beast... Just don't do what I did to mine when you get all that power under the hood, lmao.


Thanks for the kind words! I'm hoping to have it running soon, and if you do in fact come up towards New England, you're more than welcome to stop by!
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#2572823 - 08/04/12 10:58 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
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Originally Posted By: martz0r
Derek... Do they still have drive-thru Hurricane places there? The two times I have been was with my parents PRIOR to being of legal drinking age. I want to go back again real soon, it might be my next road trip.


We still have some drive thru daquiri shops. grin

If you come to NO, shoot me a pm. we could get some pics of the panthers together.
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#2572834 - 08/04/12 11:30 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
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I like it!
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#2572836 - 08/04/12 11:38 PM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
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Loc: Morgantown, WV
It looks great! Congrats on possibly being the first person on this site to replace a honeycomb grille with a chrome one.
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#2572970 - 08/05/12 04:33 AM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: Mercury93]
martz0r Offline
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Originally Posted By: Derek19CrownVic
If you come to NO, shoot me a pm. we could get some pics of the panthers together.


Definitely.

Originally Posted By: Ezbok58a
I like it!


Thanks!

Originally Posted By: Mercury93
It looks great! Congrats on possibly being the first person on this site to replace a honeycomb grille with a chrome one.


Thanks! I was spoiled with chrome on my last two cars, so I wanted to move in a different direction than my old P71's black & white theme.
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#2572971 - 08/05/12 04:47 AM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
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what year is that chrome grill from? i like it a lot, because the vertical parts inside the slats aren't chrome, makes it flow better!
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#2572979 - 08/05/12 06:28 AM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: martz0r]
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Registered: 11/02/08
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Great to see you got yourself into another Panther, what happened to your Benz though? I really like the all body color "Sport-like" back and I'm also a fan of chrome grilles on Panthers. Not a big fan of the rims but still a lot better then the plain steelies also I'm not sure about the spotlight I would probably remove it as it kinda looks out of place now that the car doesn't like like a cop car anymore but that's just me. Do you have any more mods planned? I see your front bumper cover looks kinda messed up from the front license plate holder are you going to remove the holes? Good luck with the new car, enjoy it as that's what they are for... well aside from providing A to B transportation.
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#2573001 - 08/05/12 09:26 AM Re: martz0r's P71 then and now: [Re: Drac]
martz0r Offline
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Originally Posted By: Drac
what year is that chrome grill from? i like it a lot, because the vertical parts inside the slats aren't chrome, makes it flow better!


Im not entirely sure, good eye though! The ebay seller I bought it from advertised it as OEM but when I got it it was a Taiwanese special. Ill look a little later and let you know the brand, its stamped on the back.

Marvin, I sold the Benz to a collector down here. Fortunately she is in good hands. The car was killing me in fuel! I may do what I did to my last car and fill the holes, but I have my old bumper cover stored away too; this one was tweaked from an accident with an animal.
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