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#3906658 - 03/17/18 11:10 AM 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price!
a_d_a_m Offline
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Loc: Cleveland, OH
You may remember the $600 Caprice, the $600 Aerostar, or the $400 G20. Those vehicles set the "CVN Price" at new lows.

Well, I'm down another 2 bills with this one.
Click to reveal...


Edited by a_d_a_m (09/20/18 09:17 PM)
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993584 - 09/20/18 09:12 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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Had to start the car out with some proper stupid tunes.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993588 - 09/20/18 09:22 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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Okay, here are the particulars.

2004 CVLX.
134k.
Moonroof, steering wheel HVAC/stereo, EATC, cloth interior. RUST. It was a NY car for the first three years of its life, then bought in '07 by the CVNer I bought the car from.

The seller is moving to FL next week and needed to offload the car quick. It's worth more than I paid for it. I didn't need or want a car, but he threw that number at me and I couldn't resist.

The car needs brakes - BADLY. Super soft pedal, and the rotors and pads are trash. I suspect a leaky brake line somewhere, too. Steering shaft is pretty seized up and PB Blaster didn't do anything to help it. Luckily, I've got one of those on hand. It might also need a blower motor resistor, because that's finicky. But the A/C is cold and it passed emissions...



This is the bad side of the car.




Yes, the interior is that clean.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993590 - 09/20/18 09:38 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
bluejay_32 Offline
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Originally Posted By a_d_a_m
This is the bad side of the car.




You and I have a different definition of "RUST" if that's the "bad" side of the car. What's it look like underneath?
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Originally Posted By IPreferDIY
Sounds like time-wasting gossip to me.

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#3993594 - 09/20/18 09:43 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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No idea what it looks like underneath. For $200, I didn't feel like crouching down...or checking fluids. laugh

(Plus, I didn't wanna look a gift horse in the mouth.)

I mean, I could sell the A/S tires for half of the purchase price and still get $300 scrap. I'll inspect further whenever I get around to tossing brakes on this turd.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993600 - 09/20/18 09:53 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
bluejay_32 Offline
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Again, words have very different definitions to you and me. A car in that condition, as long as the underneath was solid and it ran right would be worth a lot more than that here.
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Originally Posted By IPreferDIY
Sounds like time-wasting gossip to me.

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#3993602 - 09/20/18 09:58 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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It's worth a lot more here than what I paid for it.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993608 - 09/20/18 10:15 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Does this thread mean the forum is working again?
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#3993610 - 09/20/18 10:16 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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No, it means I wielded my powers and moved an old Classified thread that nobody responded to and changed the subject line.

C'mon. This forum will never be fixed. VerticalScope, y'know?
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993612 - 09/20/18 11:14 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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God damn, $200? I need to start hanging with the folks that sold you that
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#3993614 - 09/21/18 01:01 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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$200?!? Where do you people find these deals? I just looked at a B/W ‘05 P71 shytpile with a seized A/C compressor and a tire. The lot wanted $1500.
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#3993620 - 09/21/18 04:10 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Well you had nothing to loose and at that price it's even better.
The interior looks really nice smile
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#3993622 - 09/21/18 04:58 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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The neighbors were on me like flies on [censored] today, asking if I'd sell it to them. laugh
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993626 - 09/21/18 07:43 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Originally Posted By ClayBelt
God damn, $200? I need to start hanging with the folks that sold you that
Originally Posted By juzza
$200?!? Where do you people find these deals? I just looked at a B/W ‘05 P71 shytpile with a seized A/C compressor and a tire. The lot wanted $1500.

This is what I've been saying - in my own peculiar way.


Originally Posted By a_d_a_m
The neighbors were on me like flies on [censored] today, asking if I'd sell it to them. laugh

I bet they were; I would be too.
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Originally Posted By IPreferDIY
Sounds like time-wasting gossip to me.

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#3993640 - 09/21/18 09:38 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Originally Posted By a_d_a_m
The neighbors were on me like flies on [censored] today, asking if I'd sell it to them. laugh


$600?
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#3993642 - 09/21/18 09:41 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Moby, any interest joining a functioning website at www.crownvic.news?

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#3993644 - 09/21/18 09:48 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: Mperson]
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Originally Posted By Moby_Vic
Originally Posted By a_d_a_m
The neighbors were on me like flies on [censored] today, asking if I'd sell it to them. laugh


$600?
I like it too much.

Originally Posted By Mperson
Moby, any interest joining a functioning website at www.crownvic.news?
I’m enjoying it over there.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993656 - 09/22/18 08:05 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: Mperson]
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Originally Posted By Mperson
Moby, any interest joining a functioning website at www.crownvic.news?


Eventually. I've got my own turmoil going on at the moment.
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#3993686 - 09/22/18 05:17 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Hope all is relatively okay, Moby.




I had a crappy old 1/3 can of Krylon that I was sick of looking at, so I did this.





Was gonna bumper tuck, but this is by far the rustiest Panther I’ve ever seen and tucking would just make it easier for people to see how bad it is.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993734 - 09/23/18 10:37 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Looks like $300 car now.
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#3993750 - 09/24/18 12:56 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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It's a damn sight solider than the Beast, I'll give ya that.
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#3993752 - 09/24/18 01:10 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Unless that car has deteriorated significantly, I doubt it!

While I have your attention, what does the dealer do with recalled steering shafts that are still functional? I like to have one on hand just in case I buy a $600 car. I just used my last one, which was given to me by pantera77 and was in my inventory for damn near 3 years...

But I’d say it was time:



Believe it or not, this isn’t even the worst one I’ve ever seen...but it’s way worse than the one that failed on my old 2004 MGM.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3993756 - 09/24/18 01:21 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Loc: somewhere east of Laramie...
Yes, the Beast has deteriorated quite a bit laugh . The only thing holding the rocker moldings on is static cling, the trunk floor's beginning to look very suspect, there's considerable bubbling below the gas door on the left quarter and around the wheel opening on the left, and there's a pretty good sized hole in the driver's footwell. One more winter's going to be about it for this car I'm afraid. One has to remember that it DID come from the Brine Capital of Ohio, the city of Independence, and they put that evil stuff down any time it gets below 70F laugh . Mechanically it's still pretty much bulletproof.
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#3994640 - 10/24/18 10:07 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I really like putting shiny brand new parts on rusty dusty crappy cars.




Low voltage issue FIXED!
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3994650 - 10/24/18 09:03 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I had mine checked on the 2011 and supposedly the steering was fine and not rusted.
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#3995444 - 11/05/18 09:22 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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P71 price, P71 look.



I actually like how the 235/55/17 snow tires fill the wheel wells better. The 16s probably aren't going back on.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3996258 - 11/14/18 10:06 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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no replacement for displacement
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still need a push bumper to complete the look..oh and why not some spot lights laugh
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#3996260 - 11/14/18 10:08 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Been thinking about just covering the entire car in bumper stickers. It'd cover the rust nicely. laugh
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#3996280 - 11/15/18 01:06 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Originally Posted By a_d_a_m
Been thinking about just covering the entire car in bumper stickers. It'd cover the rust nicely. laugh


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#4029258 - 09/04/19 01:59 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Pretty sure manifold walls are supposed to be thicker than tailpipes.

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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4029352 - 09/04/19 08:42 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Wow wow wow
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#4029378 - 09/05/19 12:23 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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Loc: Cleveland, OH
It was whisper quiet for 60 miles.
Now I’ve got a hole somewhere else. Sounds like maybe near the flange by the rear cats. Need to put in the air tomorrow and see. Maybe I’ll get lucky and just get to buy a cheap ass catback for it.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4029740 - 09/07/19 05:28 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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The flange area failed so I called on my buddy to raid his junk pile. He found an old P71 exhaust so we decided to put it on. The pipes came from a car equipped with fire suppression so it has the little pads wrapped around it by the axle/gas tank. Of course, I didn't take a picture.



He had a couple near empty spray cans around, so I decided to finally do a bumper tuck and make it look a little less crappy.

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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
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#4029846 - 09/08/19 03:44 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Man, that actually makes the trunk pan on my Town Car look structurally sound. Mine made an effort at self preservation by having the factory jack fall onto a 5qt jug of oil, which leaked all into the trunk. I didn't notice it for probably a few days when I saw a wet spot under the rear of the car where I usually park at work. Plus side is that I now know where all the holes are in the trunk floor and they're now encapsulated in oil. Down side is I now know where all the holes in the trunk floor are and I lost a 5qt jug of fresh MaxLife.

I'm kinda curious about the heat shields on your duals. I wonder if Ford didn't just repurpose the heat shields they used to put on the tailpipes of air suspension equipped cars. My '98 doesn't have them, but the '97 does and so did the duals I put on the '96.
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#4029870 - 09/08/19 06:03 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: BigMerc96]
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Originally Posted By BigMerc96
I'm kinda curious about the heat shields on your duals. I wonder if Ford didn't just repurpose the heat shields they used to put on the tailpipes of air suspension equipped cars. My '98 doesn't have them, but the '97 does and so did the duals I put on the '96.
Got a picture of the '97 shields?
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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
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#4029888 - 09/08/19 06:24 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Kinda. This was just a quick snap I took after I pulled the passenger side tailpipe off of it after it broke at the muffler weld. You can see the shield welded to it on the over-axle bend. My guess is it was done because the pipes do come somewhat close to the air springs.

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#4029894 - 09/08/19 06:38 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Definitely not the same.
Mine are padded and just affixed to the pipes with something similar to a band strap or hose clamp or something. If I ever crawl under that side of the car again, I'll snap a picture.
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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
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#4030032 - 09/09/19 07:39 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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#4030184 - 09/11/19 09:55 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Somehow it’s my favorite car.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4030254 - 09/11/19 08:13 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Of course it is.
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Originally Posted By IPreferDIY
Sounds like time-wasting gossip to me.

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#4030328 - 09/12/19 04:01 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: bluejay_32]
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Originally Posted By bluejay_32
Of course it is.
What's that s'posed to mean?
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4030368 - 09/12/19 10:10 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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It's got the most personality.
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Originally Posted By IPreferDIY
Sounds like time-wasting gossip to me.

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#4030382 - 09/12/19 10:39 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: bluejay_32]
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Originally Posted By bluejay_32
It's got the most personality.
You clearly haven't seen the wagon in person lately.
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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4030388 - 09/12/19 10:53 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Not since I gave you my passenger seat for the StickVic.
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Originally Posted By IPreferDIY
Sounds like time-wasting gossip to me.

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#4033304 - 10/05/19 10:48 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: bluejay_32]
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Very cool! I LOVE budget builds! And its nice to have a car that isn't completely boring...but you're not afraid to USE everyday, anywhere.

I'd love to see this thing with a budget 3.27 gear swap and a tune...but that would cost 2-3 times what the car did even utilizing used parts!

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#4033306 - 10/05/19 11:20 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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"Build" is being very generous with this car.
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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4033326 - 10/05/19 03:15 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Haha!! I hear you, but I stand by my statement. I love stuff like this!

My friends & I have had expensive cars and dirt cheap cars, but a lot of the FUN is similar to build either.

Dirt cheap budget builds make you think really hard how to get the maximum for zero-to-minimal dollars.

I'd have already had the buffer on the paint of this car to 1) improve my correction/scratch repair skills with zero concern of damage if I made a mistake 2) experiment if really damaged paint is even repairable (I've been very surprised what Presta Ultra Cutting Creme & wool pad on a rotary can do to completely dead paint)

I'd also be in the junkyard for a P71 intake & complete axle assembly with gears deeper than 2.73. (at my yard the cost would be $100 for both)

Ebay for a dirt cheap unlocked SCT X3 ($75-100) & then Marty tune ($150)

Of course all of this is not counting the value of your labor...
But if you were willing to fight with an exhaust manifold that rotted in half....obviously you ain't afraid of a little hard work!!!


Edited by AndyMarkV (10/05/19 04:41 PM)

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#4038608 - 12/03/19 09:09 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Got some free parts from a pal. Lipstick on a pig - engine cover edition:


Also tried my hand at smoking headlights and was surprised that they came out better than the picture indicates. Unfortunately, upon install, the cheapo housings have such terrible fit and finish that they look crooked AND won't aim properly. They're so bad that I might go back to the hazed over stockers.

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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4038610 - 12/03/19 10:34 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Fixing hazed headlights is pretty easy. Rubbing compound and elbow grease. Toothpaste works if you don't have compound.

Still nicer than the $1100 PI I saw at the Pick-a-Part lot.
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#4038612 - 12/03/19 10:51 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Oh, I've tried every trick in the book with the old housings. Gone so far as to sand them and try to polish them out with rubbing compound. They are atrocious.
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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
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#4038782 - 12/04/19 05:42 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Can you swap the adjustment/mounting hardware over from the old housings? I've seen a few where that got them to fit properly. The smoked lights turned out good. Its relatively easy to do. But why no projector retrofit while you had em out? That's just another 10 minutes of work once they're already open. Can be done for less than half what you paid for the car, so no need to worry about increasing its value too much.
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1997 Town Car Cartier ~145k miles, Ported Plenum, Gutted Airbox, Contour E-fan Retrofit, Dual exhaust with Magnaflows, cats deleted, MSD Ignition, KYB Gas-A-Justs, P71 front bar, air ride reinstated, Projector retrofit, Caddy 4-note horn retrofit, Wood rim steering wheel retrofit, holistic weight reduction as the parts fall off..
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#4038996 - 12/06/19 07:13 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: BigMerc96]
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Originally Posted By BigMerc96
Can you swap the adjustment/mounting hardware over from the old housings? I've seen a few where that got them to fit properly.
That's an idea. I hadn't even considered it.

Originally Posted By BigMerc96
But why no projector retrofit while you had em out? That's just another 10 minutes of work once they're already open. Can be done for less than half what you paid for the car, so no need to worry about increasing its value too much.
That is entirely too much work and money to put into this car. The smoked headlights cost me maybe $15, since I had to buy a new X-acto Knife to replace the one I lost.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4039052 - 12/06/19 11:47 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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x2 on re using the oem headlights hardware.
probably gonna give them a try too for my 04
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#4039072 - 12/07/19 07:01 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I bet the original hardware is too rusty to adjust.

EDIT: Now I've got Johnnie Cochran yelling in my head: "They is too much rust, you can't adjust!" If I have to hear it, so do you.


Edited by Old_Guy_Stu (12/07/19 07:12 AM)
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#4039078 - 12/07/19 07:52 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
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Originally Posted By Old_Guy_Stu
Now I've got Johnnie Cochran yelling in my head: "They is too much rust, you can't adjust!" If I have to hear it, so do you.


Me, putting gloves on before working on a filthy Panther.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
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#4039668 - 12/13/19 01:37 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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D’OH!




Time to buy some fiberglass!
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4039686 - 12/13/19 03:37 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Well that looks like fun.
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1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
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#4039698 - 12/13/19 05:11 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Bah. Lemme know when you can see the full width of both rear tires from inside the trunk.
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#4039740 - 12/14/19 07:57 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I won't let it get that far.
Gonna 'glass it on Sunday if I have the energy after work. If I can make it last through this winter, I'll consider it a major win...and probably send it to pasture afterward.
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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
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#4039748 - 12/14/19 10:04 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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It'll last thru the winter as long as the fuel tank doesn't fall out. Looks like the anchor points are still semi-solid.
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1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
1988 Squire (Chris Craft) 1996-1998 junkyard rescue driven to death 199K

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#4039752 - 12/14/19 10:24 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
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Well, I guess that helps me make a decision. laugh
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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4039980 - 12/16/19 04:25 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Yesterday, I used some Gutter Guard, fiberglass cloth, and resin putty (never used that stuff before - sorta weird) and globbed the trunk back to watertight. It looks atrocious, but is functionally a decent repair.



The 'glass set up real nice as I was aggressive with the hardener. Of course, then I sprayed it with undercoating:



That stuff is still wet, a day later.


Sorry, car, you deserved better than all of this. laugh
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4040062 - 12/16/19 09:42 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Well, that'll keep your stuff dry til the floor falls out laugh
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1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
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#4040066 - 12/16/19 09:45 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I just won't throw any more snowblowers in there!
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4041602 - 12/31/19 02:48 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Originally Posted By a_d_a_m
D’OH!




Time to buy some fiberglass!


I think my sport parts car would be an improvement over your daily driver, despite the fender, the underside and trunk was mint compared to your car lol
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#4041612 - 12/31/19 03:18 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: 04RauderDTR]
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Originally Posted By 04RauderDTR
I think my sport parts car would be an improvement over your daily driver
Well, I never knew it was for sale... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Hence, I ended up with a 67k mile SAP instead.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4043546 - 01/15/20 01:45 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Just out of curiosity, are you gonna hold onto that 04 Adam?
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#4043668 - 01/16/20 03:40 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I have no idea! laugh
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4043706 - 01/16/20 07:05 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Understood. laugh

PM sent.
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#4043716 - 01/16/20 08:02 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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See the middle picture of my current signature for a basic understanding of what the undercarriage looks like. laugh
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4043762 - 01/17/20 10:37 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I was taking in the trash cans and decided to do a quick walkaround of the car in its current condition.



This is somewhat embarrassi--- wait, no it's not, this is a winter beater. It ain't s'posed to be purty.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4047906 - 02/19/20 11:26 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Ope.

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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4047934 - 02/19/20 04:10 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4047942 - 02/19/20 05:05 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Zip tie. Classic!
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#4048036 - 02/20/20 06:39 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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That's an impressive pile of rust for just one hole.
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#4048038 - 02/20/20 07:27 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Think of it as a union of holes.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4048048 - 02/20/20 07:35 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Lace curtains.
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1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
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#4048052 - 02/20/20 07:49 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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That sounds too fancy. Remember, this is a Ford, not a Merc or Lincoln.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4048054 - 02/20/20 07:53 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Weight reduction.

I know the feeling. If the Town Car's rocker covers attached the same way a CV/GMQ's do, I would not have them. There is nothing left of the rockers on that car, just the inner "rail" that is the pinch weld where the panels all come together. I had a habit of knocking my shoes on the rockers when getting into the car if they had snow on them. I had to stop doing that because of the piles of rust I was finding in my parking spots. At least I knew where to park.
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#4048060 - 02/20/20 08:23 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I am legitimately surprised the LTC still even exists. The last time I saw it was I think STAP 2014 (?) and you could see through the trunk THEN.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4048066 - 02/20/20 08:56 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Originally Posted By a_d_a_m
I am legitimately surprised the LTC still even exists. The last time I saw it was I think STAP 2014 (?) and you could see through the trunk THEN.
Me too, actually. When I bought it, I thought I'd be doing good if it lasted 2 years. Its been 8. I haven't driven it regularly in almost 2 years, but there's nothing keeping it out of DD status besides the fact that its an "extra" car at this point and I still haven't decided what to do with it. To put it back on the road right now, it would need 1 tire and a battery. It was going to get a set of snow tires, but then I bought an Audi I didn't need instead.
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#4050128 - 03/04/20 07:58 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Well, last night was fun. I went to pick up a pizza and realized my headlights weren't working. I was really in the mood for pizza, so I did the right thing and just held the brights on the whole way there and back. Oops.

Called the dealer this morning and scheduled the LCM recall appointment. Can't wait to see their reaction when I bring that turd through the bay doors.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4050324 - 03/05/20 01:25 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Today, I took the LX in to Classic Ford (Mentor, OH) for the LCM recall repair. Previously, I'd had the recall performed on my '04 MGM at Ganley Ford (Middleburg Heights, OH) and it was done in under an hour. The service adviser, Olivia, had quoted me about the same time.



I was rather shocked when Olivia came out to the waiting area a short time later and said that in fact, they were anticipating a 3-4 hour total job time once the car was actually out of queue and being worked on.

I sighed and figured I would have someone come pick me up; Olivia then offered to try and find a loaner despite this not normally qualifying. She wanted to 'make it right' that I was quoted a waitable time that she didn't think the dealer would be able to honor. So I agreed, and a short time later, was placed into a 2019 Ecosport.



I decided to see if the vehicle lived up to its name by giving it a healthy hit of the gas pedal getting on the highway. Nope, no 'Sport'. Let's try Eco by resetting the MPGs and cruising at 80mph for a while. Nope, nothin' doin' there either. I was around 27mpg at that cruise speed. I finally got it up into the 30s when I exited onto a secondary highway and cruised at 55mph:



I'd like to know who decided that a fridge-opening tailgate was a better idea than a liftgate.





I got home, made some lunch, and got a call about 30min later saying the car was done. Apparently, the 1hr fix is still do-able. So I went back in the Ecosport and saw my first Coronavirus patient.



Not sure why they left the Vic inside - maybe they didn't want it trashing up the outside of the dealer.



And all is right in the world again.

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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4050332 - 03/05/20 01:36 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Huh. Your '04 and my Town Car have very nearly the same odometer reading. Townie is at 147,6xx right now.
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1997 Town Car Cartier ~145k miles, Ported Plenum, Gutted Airbox, Contour E-fan Retrofit, Dual exhaust with Magnaflows, cats deleted, MSD Ignition, KYB Gas-A-Justs, P71 front bar, air ride reinstated, Projector retrofit, Caddy 4-note horn retrofit, Wood rim steering wheel retrofit, holistic weight reduction as the parts fall off..
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#4050368 - 03/05/20 03:50 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: BigMerc96]
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Originally Posted By BigMerc96
Huh. Your '04 and my Town Car have very nearly the same odometer reading. Townie is at 147,6xx right now.
I doubt the 04 will see 150k.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4050458 - 03/06/20 10:52 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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That tailgate looks MASSIVE! And it's kinda funny it has a strut to help it.
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#4050472 - 03/06/20 11:55 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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It's as wide as the car itself, but that picture makes it look even bigger.
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4051216 - 03/09/20 08:57 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I kinda dig the tailgate. Don't know why.

The rest of the car just looks wrong, however. All the proportions are off.
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#4051268 - 03/10/20 07:43 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I can assure you that the tailgate is asinine in person. No reasonable adult would say "boy, sure am glad this isn't a liftgate, the side open is way better"
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4051276 - 03/10/20 08:01 AM Re: 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price! [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I guess I'm not a reasonable adult. I made my Ranger's tailgate into a Magic Doorgate:



Really helped with loading heavy stuff.
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E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.
1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
1988 Squire (Chris Craft) 1996-1998 junkyard rescue driven to death 199K

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#4051284 - 03/10/20 08:59 AM Re: 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price! [Re: a_d_a_m]
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But it opens both ways, which IS sensible.
(how in the hell did you do that? very cool!)

If it's a case of one or the other, the side open is always the second choice.
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As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
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#4051308 - 03/10/20 09:40 AM Re: 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price! [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Same way Ford did it, but with a single handle. Bear-claw latches at the upper left and lower right. Household door handle turns both ways, working a rocker and cables. Push it down, the bottom cable actuates the lower right latch and it opens like a door. Pull it up, upper cable actuates the upper left latch and it's a tailgate. Upper right latch is the standard slider type, actuated by cables on both sides of the rocker. Then it was just a matter of welding a heavy gate hinge into the left-hand tailgate pivot. Took about a month to figure out how to make it happen, but only a couple days to put together. It was my first welding project, and I surprised myself by not making a pig's ear of it.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 54K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.
1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
1988 Squire (Chris Craft) 1996-1998 junkyard rescue driven to death 199K

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#4051332 - 03/10/20 10:19 AM Re: 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price! [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Damned impressive!
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4059030 - 04/17/20 11:36 PM Re: 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price! [Re: a_d_a_m]
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I removed a few decent parts from the car, as I thought I was done driving it.



Unfortunately, Ma Nature had other ideas, so I did the bare minimum to make it roadworthy enough to drive to work.

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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4059970 - 04/23/20 05:21 AM Re: 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price! [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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Registered: 10/25/05
Posts: 26756
Loc: Cleveland, OH
She gone.

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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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#4061606 - 05/03/20 09:38 PM Re: 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price! [Re: a_d_a_m]
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gone with the wind lol
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new best time 13.079 @ 105 1.8 60'

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#4069058 - 06/29/20 07:30 AM Re: 2004 CVLX - new winter beater, new CVN price! [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Registered: 10/25/05
Posts: 26756
Loc: Cleveland, OH
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Originally Posted By JeffBoudah
As an affluent liberal, I choose $600 panthers because I have impeccable taste. Sure, I could have 4 teslas in my signature... But then I couldn't be a derp state optative infuriating a 20 year old internet forum to spread my lies amongst the 36 active members.
'91 LTD Country Squire (POTM Mar. '19) | '03 Marauder (POTM Nov. '10, Jul. '20) | 2010 P7B
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19), '03 SAP P71

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