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    Old user, new Panther!

    Hey all, after 3 years or so, I'm back to these forums with a new Panther platform car. I just picked up a 2004 Crown Victoria P71 last week, and I'm looking to really get into it and learn as much as I can. My last car in this area was a 1988 Mercury Grand Marquis GS. Now that I've got one a bit newer, and quite a bit nicer, I'm looking to do some tasteful upgrades, and don't really know where to start. So, about me, I'm 23 and live in Minne-snow-ta, and have a fair education on automobiles. My last car was a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta GLX, fun car to drive, but nothing that can be a daily driver in the winter here. So I dumped it and bought this new beauty last Friday for $2900.



    Currently at 129,500 miles and climbing, as I can't get sick of driving this machine. Dual spotlights, 16" steel cop wheels, some new Uniroyal Touring tires, and a bare interior.
    I'm hopefully going to put a new stereo head unit in today, and work on upgrading the speakers in the next few weeks, possibly switch out some interior and exterior lights to LED or SMD bulbs so I'll never have to change them again. Then, come spring time, I'll be jumping into some performance modifications. No heated garage here, too cold for much motor work besides any little repairs I'll need.
    So, just stopping in to re-introduce myself. Hello.

    #2
    That's one beautiful car! And welcome back!

    1989 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series | 249k miles, current project car
    2018 BMW 430i xDrive M-Sport | 50k miles
    2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport | 97k miles

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      #3
      Thanks. I plan on keeping the steel wheels for winter and getting some aluminum ones for summer use. Probably won't go much bigger than 17" to keep tire costs down.

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        #4
        Try and score a set of LX Sport "fanblade" wheels, it would look great.

        Good luck with it.
        2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum (Ice White / Blond)
        2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription (Crystal White / Blond)
        Past Panthers
        1989 Grand Marquis LS (Cabernet/Grey), 1989 Lincoln Town Car SS (White/Blue), 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis Ultimate (White/Black)

        Originally posted by Lincolnmania
        if its got tits or tires it's bound to give you trouble

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          #5
          nice car. if I was ever to get an ex-cop car, that color would be one of my choices.

          1981 Mercury Marquis Brougham 2-Door 302/ 5-speed -special blend (GMGT)
          1987 Lincoln Mark VII 5-speed (Errand runner)
          1989 Mercury Grand Marquis (Base Runner)
          2007 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited (Hustlyn)
          2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (Down with O.P.P)

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            #6
            Well, to be technical, it was undercover or a detective/federal car. I haven't done enough digging to find out. But that's factory Ford paint on it, Arizona Beige Metallic. There is a bit of rust here and there, fenders, rear wheel wells, and bottoms of the doors. That's all going to be fixed like new as soon as it's warmer.

            Can someone post a picture of these fanblades? I think I know what they look like, but I'm not sure.
            I might go aftermarket to save some cash, OEM wheels are always spendy.

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              #7
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              2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum (Ice White / Blond)
              2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription (Crystal White / Blond)
              Past Panthers
              1989 Grand Marquis LS (Cabernet/Grey), 1989 Lincoln Town Car SS (White/Blue), 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis Ultimate (White/Black)

              Originally posted by Lincolnmania
              if its got tits or tires it's bound to give you trouble

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                #8
                Ah. Are those the Marauder wheels?

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                  #9
                  No, Marauder is different.
                  2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum (Ice White / Blond)
                  2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription (Crystal White / Blond)
                  Past Panthers
                  1989 Grand Marquis LS (Cabernet/Grey), 1989 Lincoln Town Car SS (White/Blue), 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis Ultimate (White/Black)

                  Originally posted by Lincolnmania
                  if its got tits or tires it's bound to give you trouble

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                    #10
                    Those are nice. If they are available on the LX Sport model I should probably be able to find a second hand set for cheap from a junk yard.

                    I'm kinda fuming right now. Bought a bypass pipe to mount my MAF to and it doesn't fit. Time to return it and bitch.

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                      #11
                      nice vic!
                      welcome back mang!

                      1986 lincoln towncar signature series. 5.0 HO with thumper performance ported e7 heads, 1.7 roller rockers, warm air intake, 65mm throttle body, 1/2" intake spacer, ported intakes, 3.73 rear with trac lock, 98-02 front brake conversion, 92-97 rear disc conversion, 1" rear swaybar, 1 3/16" front swaybar, 16" wheels and tires, loud ass stereo system, badass cb, best time to date 15.94 at 87 mph. lots of mods in the works 221.8 rwhp 278 rwt
                      2006 Lincoln Town Car Signature. Stock for now
                      1989 Ford F-250 4x4 much much more to come, sefi converted so far.
                      1986 Toyota pickup with LSC wheels and 225/60/16 tires.
                      2008 Hyundai Elantra future Revcon toad
                      1987 TriBurner and 1986 Alaska stokers keeping me warm. (and some pesky oil heat)

                      please be patient, rebuilding an empire!

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                        #12
                        Wb
                        89 townie, mild exhuast up grades, soon to have loud ass stereo....

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                          #13
                          Glad to have you back! Can you also post pics of your previous Panther?
                          '79 Continental Town Car
                          '90 Crown Victoria LTD
                          '94 Crown Victoria

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                            #14
                            Welcome back to the Party!!

                            -ryan s.
                            08 Lincoln Navigator L - 233k
                            03 Mercury Marauder- 63k
                            97 Ford Crown Victoria HPP "Tank of Justice III" (TOJ3) - 194k -->578.9 miles on ONE tank of gas<--
                            94 BMW 325i Convertible - 135k
                            73 VW Super Beetle "Bunky" <----- Wifey's
                            12 Mini Cooper S - 90k <---- Wifey's
                            Originally posted by pantera77
                            Well my buddy tells him he knows exactly who loves buying shitboxes.

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                              #15
                              Here's my old Marquis.

                              And a few more pictures with my buddy and his 2000 P71.




                              So, any ideas for initial modifications? I'm on a bit of a budget for a few months but I can't leave it stock.

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