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#4033306 - 10/05/19 11:20 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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Metroplectic

Registered: 10/25/05
Posts: 26915
Loc: Cleveland, OH
"Build" is being very generous with this 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 and the best car ever), '03 SAP P71

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#4033326 - 10/05/19 03:15 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
AndyMarkV Offline
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Registered: 02/07/18
Posts: 32
Loc: Upstate NY
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]
a_d_a_m Offline
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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 and the best car ever), '03 SAP P71

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#4038610 - 12/03/19 10:34 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
Old_Guy_Stu Online   drunk

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Registered: 04/28/19
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Loc: Cleveland, OH
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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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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#4038612 - 12/03/19 10:51 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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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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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 and the best car ever), '03 SAP P71

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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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2006 Audi A6 ~132k miles, stock.
1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS HPP ~100k miles, slowly acquiring modifications.
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..
1996 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 117,485mi. R.I.P. 7/14/12 frown

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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 and the best car ever), '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]
Old_Guy_Stu Online   drunk

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 1646
Loc: Cleveland, OH
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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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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#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
formerly: '02 MGM, '04 MGM, '04 MGM v2.0, '04 MM, '07 P71 (POTM Feb. '18), '04 CVLX (POTM Jun. '19 and the best car ever), '03 SAP P71

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#4039668 - 12/13/19 01:37 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
a_d_a_m Offline
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Registered: 10/25/05
Posts: 26915
Loc: Cleveland, OH
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 and the best car ever), '03 SAP P71

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#4039686 - 12/13/19 03:37 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
Old_Guy_Stu Online   drunk

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 1646
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Well that looks like fun.
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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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#4039698 - 12/13/19 05:11 PM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
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Posts: 19868
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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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2006 Audi A6 ~132k miles, stock.
1998 Mercury Grand Marquis LS HPP ~100k miles, slowly acquiring modifications.
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..
1996 Mercury Grand Marquis GS 117,485mi. R.I.P. 7/14/12 frown

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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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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 and the best car ever), '03 SAP P71

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#4039748 - 12/14/19 10:04 AM Re: 2004 CVLX [Re: a_d_a_m]
Old_Guy_Stu Online   drunk

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 1646
Loc: Cleveland, OH
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 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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