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#4105274 - 04/15/21 06:50 PM New Vic Owner
GiNX Offline
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Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
I just bought my first crown victoria today. It's a 2007 from West VA, it was a police car (that's not me signing papers on the hood, its the guy I bought it from). It's got 220,000k miles on the engine. It definitely looks like crap but it runs and drives very nice, its been sitting for a year, I showed up with a brand new battery, we put air in the tires, and I drove it home. It drives much nicer than I ever would have though for a car with that mileage and has been sitting for a year.


[img]https://imgur.com/a/OTpwUAA[/img]

[img]https://imgur.com/a/woweBqz[/img]

[img]https://imgur.com/a/zzZh1kk[/img]


Edited by GiNX (04/15/21 06:57 PM)

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#4105276 - 04/15/21 06:57 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
So anyway I have no idea how to get these pictures to post, but there are links clearly visible. Oh well :P

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#4105298 - 04/16/21 07:20 AM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 2539
Loc: Cleveland, OH
There's a lot to be said for a rough-looking car that drives well. You don't have to worry about door dings, washing it, or theft. Personally, I'd be out there trying to polish the primer, but I can understand the attraction. Welcome to CVN.
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#4105316 - 04/16/21 10:54 AM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
bluejay_32 Offline
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Registered: 08/28/16
Posts: 9812
Loc: wny
welcome


To get them to post, try this:
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Originally Posted By Rob Gordon
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#4105370 - 04/16/21 06:04 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Originally Posted By Old_Guy_Stu
There's a lot to be said for a rough-looking car that drives well. You don't have to worry about door dings, washing it, or theft. Personally, I'd be out there trying to polish the primer, but I can understand the attraction. Welcome to CVN.


I really like the car so I am definitely going to get it painted. I'm not going to go crazy with a 10k paint job but definitely gonna bring this old girl back to life before having some fun with it. It's a 4th car for me so I can take my time with it.

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#4105372 - 04/16/21 06:05 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: bluejay_32]
GiNX Offline
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Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Originally Posted By bluejay_32
welcome


To get them to post, try this:


Imgur isn't giving me that option on my posts, it gives me the option to embed a picture though.. Where did you find the links for that? When I click "Share" it just pops up with the direct link.

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#4105382 - 04/16/21 07:55 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
bluejay_32 Offline
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Registered: 08/28/16
Posts: 9812
Loc: wny
In the menu under your username, if you click images, I get just my photos, then if I click on a photo it gives me that. I don't ever make posts, I just store photos there.
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CVN POTM - February 2019 joy



Originally Posted By Rob Gordon
NOW GET YOUR PATCHOULI STINK - OUTTA MY STORE! MOVE IT, LARD-ASS!

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#4106686 - 04/28/21 08:06 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
xrosroad Offline
Stranger

Registered: 04/26/21
Posts: 9
Loc: Tampa, FL
Hey, congrats on your purchase. The exterior definitely needs some refurbishing. I think it'll look fantastic if you were able to fix it. Good to know that you're satisfied by its driving though.

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#4106690 - 04/28/21 08:25 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
Dmblanch Offline
Member

Registered: 11/13/19
Posts: 441
Loc: Utah
That won't be too hard to spiffy up. A whole front fascia is only like $135 and you can paint it when you paint the rest.

There's something seductive about the easy driving comfort of a panther.
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#4111834 - 06/06/21 10:33 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Hey all, a small update on the crown vic, I have replaced both front and rear bumpers, I ordered a new grille, head lights, tail lights, spoiler (marauder style on eBay), and a shark fin for the roof (to cover the old police antenna base still mounted in there).

Here are a few pictures of how it sits right now, tomorrow I will be towing it to get painted.

https://imgur.com/gallery/w3lGB87

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#4111894 - 06/07/21 10:02 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
Big_Pimpin Offline
Rookie

Registered: 11/12/20
Posts: 64
Loc: NC
Nice work
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#4114030 - 07/02/21 09:25 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Hey all, another update. It took them an eternity to paint the car, and still missed a few spots I wasn't happy with, but overall it does look really good. here are a few shots, I will be getting it on Tuesday and finishing the re-assembly, the bumpers are loosely attached, they aren't fully bolted in place yet so that's why they look weird in the pics.

https://imgur.com/gallery/vv1JGfz

next will be installing the lowering kit, then I am going to change the seats (I hate the stock ones, plus mine is worn the hell out).

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#4114102 - 07/03/21 04:47 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
Dmblanch Offline
Member

Registered: 11/13/19
Posts: 441
Loc: Utah
I continue to follow this thread with interest and I’m very happy with the results you produced so far. it’s going to look very good on the outside. I just put down a 2006 panther that needed essentially all of the same exterior work that you are doing. I would’ve had to buy $300 worth of front and rear facias and then strip and repaint all the exterior surfaces. It had just enough spots requiring bodywork to scare me away from doing it that, combined too high mileage to be an attractive resale. It’s good to see someone making the opposite decision.
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1) 2002 White P71 - 89K miles. 2) 2003 B&W P71 - 74K. 3) & 6) & 11) 2005 White P71 - 54K, 74k, 115K. 4) 2011 Black P7B - 79K. 5) 2008 White P71 - 95k. 7) 2004 Silver P71 - 104K. 8) 2004 Toreador Red LX Sport - 111K. 9) & 10) 2010 White P7B SAP - 104K & 106K. 12) 2006 White P71 - scrapped. 13) 2007 Tungsten LX Sport - 125k. 14) 2006 White MGM LS Premium - 93k.

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#4114452 - 07/07/21 01:03 AM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: Dmblanch]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
I am full of bad decisions, lol nah man I like the car, it drives great, no rust, no leaks, it seemed worthy of redemption.. And here are some shots of the lights back in it..

https://imgur.com/a/NcT7KD0


I am trying to source out the grille emblem and trunk emblem. I have discovered the one for the LX style grille is much smaller than the emblem that goes into the P71 honey comb grille and it seems they are discontinued from Ford.

I still gotta button up the bumpers, I just picked the car up today tomorrow I will run by the hardware store and get new christmas tree fasteners for it, the only thing that doesn't work is the A/C, not sure why yet but I will know tomorrow as well and have it fixed, then I can have some fun with it, wheels, seats, exhaust, whatever else I feel like doing with it.

Oh and I also have a painted Marauder style wing for it to install still, just need a little bit of a window that it isn't so brutally hot and humid out, I can't deal with that crap anymore lol.

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#4114502 - 07/07/21 02:24 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
Dmblanch Offline
Member

Registered: 11/13/19
Posts: 441
Loc: Utah
Regarding the emblems, they are indeed, hard to find. The front more so than the rear. For the rear you can get just about any ford emblem of around the right size, cut the pins off and 3M mount tape the oval to the back. But the front has to be the right size. Junkyards might be your best bet.

The LED rear lights look really good with that color scheme. I presume you've still got the hyperflash. After mounting lEDs to my sport in the rear, I bought the resistor kit and was stunned to find out that those resistors produce and ENORMOUS amount of heat. I mean so hot you'll burn your fingers touching them hot, so hot they'll melt plastic hot, so hot they'll curdle paint hot.

Why has no one else ever mentioned this when talking about LED taillights and the hyperflash?

So after considering what I wanted: fast blinky lights or four toaster ovens wedged behind my plastic tail light housing, I chose the fast blinky lights.
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1) 2002 White P71 - 89K miles. 2) 2003 B&W P71 - 74K. 3) & 6) & 11) 2005 White P71 - 54K, 74k, 115K. 4) 2011 Black P7B - 79K. 5) 2008 White P71 - 95k. 7) 2004 Silver P71 - 104K. 8) 2004 Toreador Red LX Sport - 111K. 9) & 10) 2010 White P7B SAP - 104K & 106K. 12) 2006 White P71 - scrapped. 13) 2007 Tungsten LX Sport - 125k. 14) 2006 White MGM LS Premium - 93k.

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#4114532 - 07/07/21 06:55 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: Dmblanch]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Mine hyperflash, I haven't attempted at all to do anything about it yet, but I did just get them installed. The lights came with some kind of big ass flasher box or something, not sure what they are for. I haven't tried to plug them in yet, but I also have all LED bulbs in the front too, so, idk, I might just deal with it since I don't drive the car daily anyway.

Anyway, I did get the wing installed today, here are a couple of pictures of it. Next Monday I am dropping it off at the tint shop to get the windows done.

https://imgur.com/gallery/Sik6ehO






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#4114534 - 07/07/21 07:01 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Hey look at that I finally figured out how to get BBCode to work lol

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#4114536 - 07/07/21 07:02 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: Dmblanch]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Originally Posted By Dmblanch
Regarding the emblems, they are indeed, hard to find. The front more so than the rear. For the rear you can get just about any ford emblem of around the right size, cut the pins off and 3M mount tape the oval to the back. But the front has to be the right size. Junkyards might be your best bet.

The LED rear lights look really good with that color scheme. I presume you've still got the hyperflash. After mounting lEDs to my sport in the rear, I bought the resistor kit and was stunned to find out that those resistors produce and ENORMOUS amount of heat. I mean so hot you'll burn your fingers touching them hot, so hot they'll melt plastic hot, so hot they'll curdle paint hot.

Why has no one else ever mentioned this when talking about LED taillights and the hyperflash?

So after considering what I wanted: fast blinky lights or four toaster ovens wedged behind my plastic tail light housing, I chose the fast blinky lights.


I appreciate the info on the emblems by the way, I am going to keep checking my local yards and eBay. I do have the front one from the original grille, maybe I can use that on the rear. I do want to find some overlays for it first, I want to get ones that are gloss black outline / Ford writing, and then the blue part to be in matte black.

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#4114542 - 07/07/21 08:56 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
Dmblanch Offline
Member

Registered: 11/13/19
Posts: 441
Loc: Utah
For my money, this is the true POTM, not BlueJay's indecipherable joke. (I can't figure out if he's spoofing the moribund nature of CVNet or if that's what all the honcho's are doing.) I do hate looking at that single fuzzy launch screen picture though, and it's only the 7th of the month.

Either way, it's posts like this from new guys sharing the passion, that keep me coming back. Not photos of other guys driveways or nostalgic talk of banned members from five years ago or inside jokes that no one gets.

That looks to me like a very good paint job, BTW. Who did it, what color is it, what paint was it?


Edited by Dmblanch (07/07/21 09:01 PM)
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1) 2002 White P71 - 89K miles. 2) 2003 B&W P71 - 74K. 3) & 6) & 11) 2005 White P71 - 54K, 74k, 115K. 4) 2011 Black P7B - 79K. 5) 2008 White P71 - 95k. 7) 2004 Silver P71 - 104K. 8) 2004 Toreador Red LX Sport - 111K. 9) & 10) 2010 White P7B SAP - 104K & 106K. 12) 2006 White P71 - scrapped. 13) 2007 Tungsten LX Sport - 125k. 14) 2006 White MGM LS Premium - 93k.

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#4114564 - 07/07/21 11:13 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: Dmblanch]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Originally Posted By Dmblanch
For my money, this is the true POTM, not BlueJay's indecipherable joke. (I can't figure out if he's spoofing the moribund nature of CVNet or if that's what all the honcho's are doing.) I do hate looking at that single fuzzy launch screen picture though, and it's only the 7th of the month.

Either way, it's posts like this from new guys sharing the passion, that keep me coming back. Not photos of other guys driveways or nostalgic talk of banned members from five years ago or inside jokes that no one gets.

That looks to me like a very good paint job, BTW. Who did it, what color is it, what paint was it?


Actually the cheapest quote I got around town was $8,000 and I wasn't about to spend that kind of cash on the car. So I went to Maaco and asked how much for a nice 2 stage (base coat/clear coat) paint job, with the jambs painted, and getting the holes filled in the rear doors (under the body side moldings I removed.) The total for everything they did was $2770 exact. The paint job is not perfect, but for a 2007 with 220k+ miles, it looks damn good, and I think it will look even better once I have it wet sanded and buffed by a professional. Also the color was just called "Gunmetal Pearl". I picked it out of their color book. I had a real struggle between that one and another one called "Pewter Metallic", but I am glad I went with this one as it has more of a blue hue and less of a brown hue (kind of like the newer Fords). I am pretty sure it was DuPont paint if you want to look up the color code.

Edit: Also, I appreciate the kind words. My style isn't for everyone but I think I can make a car look pretty good.


Edited by GiNX (07/07/21 11:20 PM)

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#4115380 - 07/16/21 04:48 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
So I found a fellow 'vic owner who swapped his LX grille for the billet style grille and is sending me his original front emblem. Score!

Also, I just picked it up from the tint shop and it looks great. It's 5% all the way around.







The tint strip on the front window feels like its half the windshield when you are driving it, I love it.



That's all for now, I have an entire A/C system to rebuild, my compressor is no good so I bought the whole kit, condenser, receiver/dryer, orifice tube, compressor and all seals.

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#4115464 - 07/17/21 10:47 AM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
Dmblanch Offline
Member

Registered: 11/13/19
Posts: 441
Loc: Utah
My last windshield tint ended up looking the same way. From the inside it looks like half the windshield is tinted, from the outside it’s right about at the legal mark.
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1) 2002 White P71 - 89K miles. 2) 2003 B&W P71 - 74K. 3) & 6) & 11) 2005 White P71 - 54K, 74k, 115K. 4) 2011 Black P7B - 79K. 5) 2008 White P71 - 95k. 7) 2004 Silver P71 - 104K. 8) 2004 Toreador Red LX Sport - 111K. 9) & 10) 2010 White P7B SAP - 104K & 106K. 12) 2006 White P71 - scrapped. 13) 2007 Tungsten LX Sport - 125k. 14) 2006 White MGM LS Premium - 93k.

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#4115478 - 07/17/21 02:57 PM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: Dmblanch]
GiNX Offline
n00b

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 18
Loc: VA, USA
Originally Posted By Dmblanch
My last windshield tint ended up looking the same way. From the inside it looks like half the windshield is tinted, from the outside it’s right about at the legal mark.


Mine is definitely way below the legal mark, but I don't really care that much, it looks good and I love it. I drove it last night in the dark; it wasn't hard to see out of at all. Its nice how much it cuts down the glare in your mirrors at night too.

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#4118208 - 08/15/21 08:53 AM Re: New Vic Owner [Re: GiNX]
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Registered: 06/19/05
Posts: 5427
Loc: Miami Beach&Brooklyn N.Y.
Welcome from Miami Beach! I am sure you will have it looking good in the near future.
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