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#4115686 - 07/20/21 12:04 AM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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I meant no disrespect. I just thought you were the movie-car guy and maybe there was something extra special about it. IMHO if you've already been offered $7500, take it!
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#4115690 - 07/20/21 12:24 AM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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Sorry if I overreacted. I would really like a Marauder but they're all over ten grand when they RARELY come up out here. With no Marauder options, we play with Sports out here.

And yes, I do the movie car rentals. I have a 2005 white P71 that I've got to camera ready by Aug 1st for a shoot because I sold my 2008 that was supposed to be in it! (Don't tell the producer.) Although I'm doing less now than I was before. I sold off my half-share in a 1987 Ford F800 Armored Car/Swat attack truck because I didn't like the projection of the remainder of 2021 movie rentals compared to how much I had invested. I could have taken the same money and rolled it over in Vic's and Explorers 3 times in the same period for much more money.

The Red one I bought for $2500 in February, it had the strange roof rot I talked about in another thread. I've spent a lot of time and a little money gussying it up and now it's registered and should be my daily driver after I sold off my 2008. I thought $5300 was high for that car, but it sold in 6 days for asking price to the second person I let see it. So clearly I didn't overprice it.

With the red one I decided to go even higher since it's much more car. It's been posted all of 10 hours, so we'll see what kind of action it brings. Right now there is a real shortage of Vics in our fairly big market. When I posted there were just four other Vics for sale: A 1955, a 1990 box, and two beat to crap early 2000's Panthers with close to 200k miles.

In truth, no one knows what "prices" are for these cars anymore. Rulebook is out the window. Even I am flying blind, as evidenced by the fact that I just bought another Sport for $4K. What was I thinking, I've got to sell it for $7 just to make it worth my time?!

But it's a Sport in a rare year and rare color owned by a city at auction! I couldn't help myself, it's only the second Sport I've ever seen at government auction and the other one was a seizure.


Edited by Dmblanch (07/20/21 12:37 AM)
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#4115734 - 07/20/21 07:38 AM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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That gray sport is a good looking car. My '04 is midnight gray as well, see my signature for my list of tasteful mods. I like the updated cluster with tach, makes it look more "sporty". Drive it, enjoy it, congratulations.
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#4115774 - 07/20/21 03:19 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
Dmblanch Offline
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I don't know if I'll keep it or not, depends on what I see when I pick it up. I do have one of those Lincoln/Mercury trunk organizers, this one had a custom made clear hinged lid covered in carpet. It's in my red one right now, but I may move it over.

One thing I'll definitely do is change the radio away from the 6 CD player that you see in the photos. My 04 has the cd changer still in the trunk... never gonna get used. I have a 10.1" Android touchscreen with GPS, back-up camera, USB ports etc. and I couldn't do without one of the more modern units these days, so I'll definitely upgrade this one too. Haven't ever done the speakers before though. I should.

I'm glad the 07 has the updated steering wheel, cluster, and interior, but I wonder if it is susceptible to OD fading like the 07 p71's are.
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#4115858 - 07/21/21 11:03 AM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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Cool. 07 was the last year for non fleet Crown Vics and Sport. Too bad someone butchered it for the antenna.

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#4115890 - 07/21/21 03:04 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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I spoke to the Service Manager prior to pick-up. It was a special purchase from their Ford dealer for the police chief.

Since it was the chief's car, he got a little nicer than everyone else, hence the Sport. It had a police radio installed for the chief, perhaps that's the reason that mast was put in on the quarter panel although I forgot to ask. I see no other external holes for police antennas drilled in the hood or the roof.

It's possible it has the standard radio glass antenna AND the after market quarter panel, put in thatlocation so that it didn't scream police car.

Service manager said the auto climate control is acting up, par for the course on those models. Other than that, it's fine.
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#4115902 - 07/21/21 04:27 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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Seems to be the most reasonable reason, and if the cheif wanted it to stay stock looking, the fender antenna wouldn't stand out. Might not even be hooked up to anything.


Edited by GM_Guy (07/21/21 04:30 PM)
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#4116086 - 07/23/21 11:08 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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Wouldn't you know it, I found ANOTHER CA 2007 with the fender mast in the same place. This one an SAP owned by the CA Department of Justice.



It looks like it's high and up front, like on my grey Sport. Must be a police radio mast mount, don't you think?

Make that two more. Here's a 2007 LX owned by the same folks, same color, same fender mount.

So that's three 2007's owned by two different California agencies, all operated by law enforcement, all with a fender mounted radio antenna (which appears long, not a pigtail) all in the exact same place. It seems unlikely that this was a coincidental jury-rigged install.



Edited by Dmblanch (07/23/21 11:17 PM)
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#4116358 - 07/26/21 06:13 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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I found a fourth, a 2008 P74 also owned by the CA Dept. of Justice, also with the mount in the same place. Gotta be for Police radios.
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#4116442 - 07/27/21 04:30 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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I'd say it is confirmed. If you are ever on-site and can lay eyes on it, both for a manufacturers name and a look inside the trunk at how it is mounted it'll tell the story.
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#4117304 - 08/05/21 05:12 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
Dmblanch Offline
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I picked up the 2007 sport and in fact the antenna on the fender goes to a coaxial wire that terminates in a unused plug in the trunk. unquestionably it was for the police radio and now is not in use. The AM/FM radio still works through the rear window glass antenna. The car also has halogen strobe lights in the corner turn signals but no strobe controller is present in the trunk.


Edited by Dmblanch (08/05/21 07:52 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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#4117314 - 08/05/21 06:26 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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Makes for a good stealth mount.

Any manufacturer names on the antenna base? Or numbers? I was scouring radio catalogs looking for a fender mount antenna and came up with nothing. Or course, with the car being out of production 10 years, no surprise nothing specific came up.
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#4117326 - 08/05/21 09:10 PM Re: External Radio Mast on 2007 Sport? [Re: Dmblanch]
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No visible marking but it's a pretty good, flush mount over a curve and it looks like the same thing on all the other CA police Vics I cited above. Must have been made to fit that curve.



Edited by Dmblanch (08/06/21 01:23 AM)
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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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