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  Ok, here's your laugh for the day (week? month? year?)
Posted by: MarinaRacer - Today 12:59 PM
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A little history first. My user name isn't cryptic--I own and race a 1975 Austin Marina (yes, the car Top Gear dropped pianos on) in the 24 Hours of LeMons endurance racing series for "$500" cars. That is, they are not supposed to cost any more than $500 once the safety equipment, wheels and tires are removed. If you haven't heard of LeMons before and want a good laugh, check out their website.

We've actually had pretty good luck with the Marina, having won the Index of Effluency (highest award in LeMons) once and our class twice, the last time overcoming a 20 lap penalty assessment due to our past success. So...we want to do something different! After watching many P71's have very reliable runs in this type of racing over the years, we decided to combine the best (worst?) of both worlds and are going to shorten a P71 platform and mount the Marina body on it.

Done laughing yet? Okay, to continue...

2009 P71 has been purchased and we are slowly making it run again (ex-sheriff's car that looks like it was cannibalized after being lightly sideswiped in late 2014) and we want to get it running/driving to evaluate condition further before starting the swap.

Very happy that my first question (PCM-related) got answered right away and I look forward to interacting with you folks further. The other three teams we race with are all Mustangs, we're mostly all Ford guys through and through (my DD is a 2013 Boss 302) and several of us have engineering and mechanics backgrounds, so it's not *quite* as ridiculous as it sounds.

Anyway, glad to meet you all and I look forward to talking further. BTW, we are in and around the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. I've attached a picture of the Marina to aid your laughing. This is going to be one very short, very wide race car!

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  2007 cvpi scal
Posted by: seasonsroar - 09-25-2016 06:25 PM
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    brand new here and i will post alot of pics of the vic soon. Got the cvpi bug from car craft and waited about 6 years to get one. Sold my xj custom and did a trade with my sa 9mm and ammo...In 2014 i bought a repainted black and white from santa berbra ca that was all cleaned looked so undercover. I de-copped the viv and made an MM look alike--kinda. I love this ride, so bad ass.

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  New guy from Kansas
Posted by: kansa737 - 09-25-2016 03:35 PM
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Hi guys, new guy here from Kansas. I just bought a 01 Cvpi on auction, and I look forward to talking to y'all

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  Picking Up My '05 Grand Marquis in Two Days
Posted by: msmith65 - 09-24-2016 10:22 AM
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Howdy! I'm a full-time chauffeur for a coat-and-tie transport company. After seeing our last full-size Caddy retire this summer -- and spending too many cramped hours at the wheel of its replacement -- I decided to buy a full-size, rear-drive, V8 sedan for personal use.

Yesterday, I drove out to a small Utah town and left a deposit with a private owner. She's selling her parents' 2005 Grand Marquis, 73,000 miles.

Apparently, Grandpa misjudged a corner recently, and creased the right-rear wheel well lip. Barely noticeable, but enough for his daughter to pull his driver's license and put the big sedan up for sale.

It's light brown with a beige interior. Clean from every aspect, and when I took it out on the road for a test it ran like a rabbit.

All it needs for daily driving is wiper blades and floor mats. I'll be waxing it up first thing and searching for replacement center caps all around -- she says neighborhood kids made off with them for some reason.

I've loved cars like this since I grew up riding in them. I'm 51 and remember $.20 gasoline and engine compartments so big you could sit down to change the water pump. Never liked the way front-drive cars torque-steer, or handle with all the weight up front. (Once, driving a Sentra with a manual transmission, I sensed hydroplaning and backed off the gas. The back end promptly passed the front end, and only the grace of God kept me from a serious wreck.)

So, I'm excited about this nearly new acquisition, and learning from you guys how to make it my own.

First thing will be the seats. These benches ... wow.

EDIT: Just looking around here today, I came across a warning about transmission service. What do I need to know?

Also, this car has no service records. I will inspect brakes, change oil, and replace filters asap. Any other advice?

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  New here from Greensboro nc
Posted by: Mustang88gt - 09-22-2016 12:10 PM
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Hey everybody. I'm new here and I just bought a 1996 Mercury grand marquis from my parents. The car has 63,000 original miles it's a 4.6 and I plan on using it as a commuter car. I have some mustang 17x9's I want to put on it. I'm also looking at lowering the car a bit. I'm open to suggestions too. Thanks all!

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  New guy from stl
Posted by: CleanTC - 09-22-2016 10:41 AM
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Hello I just joined up, I have been a cadillac guy my whole life but about a year ago I bought my 07 towncar designer and absolutely love it. I have always had respect for panthers seeing that they are the most evolved body on frame car you can get and for a long while we're the only v8 rear wheel drive car you could get. Anyway I will be active on here as I am going to be building my car up over the winter, I'm sure I will have a lot of questions along the way.

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