Took the turbines off so I could refinish them. The rims are a little scruffy. Not gonna refinish the blades because god damn there’s a lot of them. With the 15x8 Ansens and 255/60 T/As it looks like it’s wearing Air Jordans with its tux.
That’s the optional Tripminder, a 1988 infotainment screen. More info than tainment. TIME, obviously, tells the time and date. Push the button again for seconds. TRIP gives you elapsed time and elapsed miles. ECON toggles between instant and average MPG, and FUEL tells you how many gallons used since you reset it.
All the work is done. With new front shocks it’s a lot less floaty but still plenty boaty. Get in it and drive.
Finally took some pics someplace that’s not my driveway.
The AC bootleg is installed and as pretty as it’s ever going to be:
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Did I use this pic already? Can’t remember. Anyway...
Washed and waxed. Good way to get to know your new car. A few chips and one door ding, but looks real good for 31-year-old paint (mostly. Bumper snoods and right rear quarter have been painted).
Turns out, we DO need steenking batches:
Back from the tranny shop. We managed to save the case and the dipstick. The rest of it was FUBAR. So now I’ve got 4 gears and a warranty, and a lot less cash. Fair trade.
I’m doing my part, brought this beast home today:
So most new cars come with some sort of lane-keeping “helper,” how about one that would actually help?
I had some hardware soaking in vinegar to remove rust. Been in there maybe a week. Last time I saw this bolt it was almost rust-free, so I let it go another couple days. Then it got cold. It’s been around 15F for the last couple days. When I pulled my bolt out of the vinegar, I had this:
Tailgate handles 100% off.
Fan-fucking-tastic. Now in addition to having to watch out for stupid drivers braking for no apparent reason, we have to watch out for stupid crossovers doing the same thing.
When you're tooling along in the second lane at 10-over with an Audi glued to your back bumper, approaching a known speed trap.
Finally got to ride my powered bike today, after the last of the parts came in. The engine is a HuaSheng 49cc 4-stroke Honda clone. And what a damn hoot it was, tooling along at 20 mph (break-in period, it's got more) feeling like Marlon Brando, Elvis and Dennis Hopper all rolled into one semi-antique package. I…