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  1. 7 points
    He's the latest former Taurus owner to see the light and defect to the glory of the Panther platform
  2. 7 points
    Starting a new business with an old friend. He currently owns and operates a small auto repair shop in south Austin. His current location is too small to meet demand so he has been wanting to expand. He couldn't think of anyone better to help, and it's something we have discussed for years, so he asked me to take control of the new location. He signed the lease on a 7500 sq ft building last week. We purchased 5 lifts from another shop which is closing. He has already started building out the office and lobby. We will have about 6000 sq ft of work space. This is a major leap for me. I'm leaving a career of almost 20 years in healthcare, where I have developed an excellent reputation, vast experience, and maintain several licenses and certifications. However, I have worked myself into a corner where I can't make more income unless I go into management with a big healthcare system. I have absolutely no desire to deal with the bureaucracy of big hospitals. The American healthcare system is a giant, broken s**t hole right now. I have zero experience managing an auto shop, but my buddy has a lot of faith in me or he wouldn't have asked for my help. He doesn't believe he could take this step at this time without me. His father gave me my first legit job at 17, sweeping bays and changing oil in his shop. This is a major leap for my friend as well. He's funding everything, chips all in. So we both have serious reasons for making this succeed. The new job will match my current salary until we begin making a profit. I will continue to work 1 day a week at the ER to supplement my income. Assuming we succeed, there is no limit to my salary, unlike healthcare. Our goal is a 3rd location in a couple years. We plan on opening our doors for business February 1. I gotta admit, I'm a little scared.
  3. 6 points
    Red push button for many extra horsepowers.
  4. 6 points
    Bought another Taurus yesterday. This 2000 SEL is from a guy named Bullgeek, I heard he's a member of the club.
  5. 6 points
    Time for an update. Took me over a year of on again off again work, but I finally got the 1996 the way I wanted it. The list of things done: 2005 Vulcan with 54,000 miles 1999 AX4N with 54,000 miles Early build 2004 front strut tower bar Still no catalytic converters, as purchased Power antenna Vent visors 2005 black dash Modified 1996 door panels with black trim and woodgrain 16" Centennial wheels Front disc 11.5" - gen 4.5 Rear disc New balljoints New front and rear struts New front control arms New fuel pump and fuel filter New axles, swaybar endlinks New sensors and TRS Adjustable brake and gas pedal Floor shift conversion Front turn signals modified SHO rear painted trunk reflector New rack & pinion New radiator Keypad entry / security system 1997 SHO front swaybar 23mm, original rear swaybar Front frame mount upgrade, bushings 1999 front bumper cover 1999 tailights Factory gen 3 rear spoiler Front chin spoiler modified SHO wiper arm Duratec dual exhaust Factory gen 3 mudflaps Folding mirrors More was done and forgot about.
  6. 6 points
    Sleeper mode installed. Bland look achieved. Legally I can pass traffic in the breakdown lane now.
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    AP News Flash St. Louis - Single adult male was pulled over today and arrested for doing 120MPH in a Mercury Sable. Police suspected the driver was elderly and unsure what they were doing based on the car color. Imagine the surprise when he was pulled over and they saw a young adult in the driver seat. Police assumed it was his grandmother's car.
  9. 6 points
    Maybe try a better camera? That image is really grainy.
  10. 6 points
    I hate both political parties for this reason.... Look guys, you're both pretty...now stop fighting over politics on a car forum.
  11. 5 points
    Well since the weather has been warming up in the south, I've been working like mad on car projects. The 66 is just staying as a storage locker for the 90s new to me seats The 87 is getting intake gaskets and valve cover gaskets. And a new passenger side bearing and axle kit from Dorman. The 89 has a coolant leak coming from where - it's been regasket'd except for the heads and the rear main. Will have to further research. Fixed the faulty aftm. temp gauge with a short to ground happening, giving a false high reading. It also need a rear axle and bearing passenger side. I'm going to put dual exhaust on it. I have the parts, just need to install. Also want to put in the TripMinder, some replacement speakers, etc. 1 dash speaker driver side with no woofers in either doors and no passenger tweeter up high sound terrible. The 90 is undergoing complete regasketing short of a rear main. Heads are off - going to do valve seals, head gaskets, lower upper intake valve covers etc. Oil pan is already done. It needs at least 1 muffler, as its blown on one side. I'm going to gut the seats and carpet from that car and swap in prior signature series seats for it. Also have some nifty black leather armrests and dual visors with homelink for it. A new moonroof trac with glass assy is also awaiting install. Rear brake conversion to disc is in store. I'll also upgrade the rear and front sway bars to P71 90s stuff. Put the rear air suspension back in too. Also putting the JBL audio system into this car too. The 03 - ...umm going to wash it and do a oil change. Maybe swap wheels/tires over for some white wall Michelins I picked up. Otherwise no real plans :-)
  12. 5 points
    Brian - lighten up. It's a light jab. Sheesh.
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  14. 5 points
    Installed 1997 SHO front springs, a gen3 SHO front license plate frame (modified), tinted the taillights, added LED front turnsignals, rear subframe bushings on the front and washed the '04.
  15. 5 points
    Saw this decal on eBay and nearly cried of laughter, then proceeded to order it. Today I put it on... LOL
  16. 5 points
    Found this mixed into my Google image search...unrelated to my search but I thought it was funny.
  17. 5 points
    Well short of two trim pieces that I need to have painted (the left hand side of the ICP Bezel, and the defrost grill), and sprucing up the shifter with a leather wrapped one and a chrome shaft, and after 35 hours of cleaning, removing, stripping, reassembling, and modifying, I finally have the interior I have wanted all along... -2003 Dark Charcoal door panels (they lack the stupid plug in the rear doors behind the handle) -2003-2007 Dark Charcoal/Ebony Black dashboard -Early 2003 center console in Dark Charcoal with rear seat ventilation -Sable Platinum edition shifter surround and radio bezel, and gauge cluster surround -SES Sport Cloth seats (from a 2004) -New "Taurus Sport" floor mats I bought a few years back -Dark Charcoal carpet -Power passenger seat with manual lumbar (robbed from a driver's seat and installed -Dark Charcoal rear seat belt trim surround, Lower B pillar surround and kick sill for rear, as well as front kick sill, and rear dark charcoal parcel shelf cover with 3rd brake light delete from a 00-03. -2003 Dark Charcoal leather wrapped steering wheel (thanks duraSEL) -2004+ seat belts with upgraded buckle/receiver design. Still need to get rear seat belts in black from an 04+. Still irked that blackout sold me seats with cigarette burns in the fabric after saying they had no burn marks, so I had to source another set of 03+ dark charcoal seat bottoms for the front, and have the sport trim stitched into place where the normal black pattern insert would be - that wasn't cheap. So thank you to everyone that helped me in either getting parts, helping me swap out said parts etc: Sean T, TaurusDailyDriver, Brian 05 SEL, duraSEL, double negative and MagicMike. And as a welcoming present to having 03 door panels, the rear driver door insert fell off when I closed the door this morning
  18. 5 points
    *writes that insult down for future use*
  19. 5 points
    I bet the Essex would handle with such grace and power in said areas Shortly after I will be limping home to change her head gaskets
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  22. 5 points
    Flying Spahgetti Monster for 2016!
  23. 5 points
    yes! I'm not the only black guy here!
  24. 5 points
    I think it's time I step in here. First off, JW, you call us immature here, yet you are the one who is making duplicate accounts to bypass your suspension with random, anonymous emails. That's very hypocritical of you. Second, I ask of any member who has an issue with something on our forums or something that they are unhappy with, please, email or PM me. I would like to make things better for you in any way that I can. Third, we are an open forum, meaning you can openly post your opinions. What is not allowed is the behavior in which JW has brought to the forums these past couple of days. This thread has begun to get a little out-of-hand. If the arguments continue to grow or the bashing doesn't stop, this thread will temporarily be closed to give some people time to calm down. While I'd rather not do this, as we value your opinions, some things need to be taken care of before anything too serious starts.
  25. 5 points
    This is ridiculous. All of it.