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Kodachrome Wolf

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About Kodachrome Wolf

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    Land Yacht Hoarder
  • Birthday 02/16/95

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    1997 Grand Marquis LS & 1987 Colony Park LS
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    281ci Modular V8 & 302ci Windsor V8

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    Evans, GA
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  1. I'm going to go ahead and try to get time off of work.
  2. With a red interior, there's about four exterior color combinations that would flow nicely. Black, white, red, and silver. Black, white, and silver could all use a dark red pinstripe in OE fashion. If silver was used, I would consider a dark tone silver. However, silver might be a bit too much in the gray department, though, given the bumpers being black and gray. If done properly, it still would be fine.
  3. Separate low and high beam lamps always seem to work better, or at least in my experience. How different was the pattern of those HID Town Car assemblies over the regular halogen ones? I know the HID ones weren't projector style. I will say the original design of my '97's lights weren't that great. They worked, but weren't the best thing. There was a time where the lighting output on the '87 was better. Obviously now using a modern retrofit helps a ton. I figure E-code lights on the low beams for the '87 will rectify the weak beam issues. Newer headlights from surrounding cars really wash its lights out.
  4. Finally got the '97 home from the shop, and that'll be the first and last time I use this particular shop. I think I'll stick to going to my preferred places that I've used before. Long story short, it was thought the old compressor didn't blow its internals into the line so just the compressor was replaced. Spoiler: The old compressor blew its internals into the lines and clogged the works. Only took a total of three extra go-arounds to figure that out when it's 30 PSI on the low side and 350 PSI on the high side. My complaint every time was the system is short cycling but holding pressure. It was bouncing off the high pressure switch most of the time if the system was on. I also have to go back to the shop tomorrow to get my fucking battery hold down. I heard rattling on my way home from the passenger front. Pop the hood in the driveway and battery is just chilling there. Shop still has it and they forgot to install it back. Also got to get the A/C hi/lo port caps they forgot to install back. I went to this shop because I heard they had a pretty good reputation in the area. I don't like it when jobs are half-assed, though. Beyond my battery hold down missing, I also found the fan shroud wasn't installed back properly. I had to re-align it and actually tighten a bolt that was left halfway out. Then I had to wipe off all the PAG oil from the header panel filler piece and spray the accumulated oil from the bottom of the belly pan. Then I washed the car because of all of the grimy hand prints on the hood and fender. /rant At least the car is cleaned, vacuumed, and the A/C blows ice cold again, and reliably at that. It has a new compressor, accumulator, orifice tube, lines, and condenser. The evaporative core was flushed clean. Hopefully the replacement equipment will do another 20 years or 185K before failing. I also swung by to look at the '87 some more while the intake is off. There's a suspect heater hose that needs to be replaced before things go back together. It looks like it has been oozing. I gave it a poke and it just started spurting antifreeze everywhere. I'm glad I pulled stuff apart when I did, otherwise I bet I'd have a hose letting go while on the road.
  5. Were there no good speakers in the stock size so you didn't have to hack up the parcel shelf? Also, does the parcel shelf panel fit in place anymore? JBL audio swap was the best thing I've done for myself.
  6. Dropped the '97 off at the shop the other day. Shop called me back today and have finally determined something must be clogging up the system. They're measuring 30 PSI on the low side and 350 PSI on the high side. I okayed it for them to flush the system out. Hopefully this will be the end of this debacle.
  7. No idea if anyone has a car that they could use a 5x114.3 with zero offset rim on, but here we go: I currently have no use for a my old aluminum wheels from the '97. They've been off the car for years in a corner in my garage using space. All of them are in reasonable shape for their age. The tires on them are bald and old. I will try to get those dismounted soon. They are available for the low price of $40 for the set. Only downside is local pickup. If you're in Georgia or South Carolina, I can try and meet you about halfway. PM me if you're interested.
  8. The cheap subwoofer I had grenaded tonight. I guess now I have a good excuse to replace it with a better one.
  9. That sucks to hear. Are you planning on doing the work yourself or having a shop replace the components? As far as things going on with my vehicles, I still have the F-150 hanging around since I haven't had the time to take it back, so it got loaded up with more yard waste. At the landfill, the right rear tire was noticeably low. Went to the gas station to use the air pump and you could hear an obvious leak. I aired it up, drove quickly to the nearest Discount Tire and got the tire patched. That truck wears 275/60R17 tires, and a matching tire would have been about $205 out the door if the existing one was not repairable. As far as the object goes that caused the issue, somehow I picked up a drill bit.
  10. Verdict on the '97 is in, evap core! They checked the system with UV dye, found no leaks. Used a sniffer for refrigerant, got it coming out of the vents in the car. Super excited to toss more money at that, but gotta have A/C, but not until next week, since I don't want to touch savings. I'm a cheap bastard sometimes.
  11. Wagon has a bit of a miss at idle and at low speed it feels like there's a chugging sensation (or a studder, what have you...) on light throttle applications. It smooths out above 25 MPH, so I'll need to look at the cap since it may have gotten coolant in it, then check the wires and plugs. I figure it's likely ignition related since everything else has been fine. I think it started after we got back to hotel Saturday after dinner. I don't think it enjoyed the speed despite managing to keep pace with the Fusions. I truly hope it's something basic. For 1,200 miles and the most serious issue being a ruptured heater hose, I'm impressed. It didn't even use any oil! However, it's just not suited for the modern interstate with people jumping up and down with speed. I like cruising in any vehicle, but once I hit North Carolina, it's stupid trying to manage anything. I literally hit South Carolina, and everyone took off doing 80 MPH, which left me to be able to cruise appropriately (72 MPH). NC and up just go so damn slow and there's a lot more trucks. It'll still go on trips, but probably more that take two lane roads at 60 MPH. The '97 went back to the shop today so they can look at the A/C some more.
  12. Put in a temporary heater hose for the wagon on the show field . The heater hose that ran under the intake apparently got a pinhole leak at the 90 degree bend (right at the front above the water pump area), which shot coolant into the radiator fan and sprayed it across the engine bay. I came up with this ugly fix until I can get the proper moulded hose: The zip ties are holding it inline without kinking the hose I got. I didn't want the hose just flopping about in the engine bay, nor did I want it resting up against the hood, so for now, it's braced against the low pressure A/C line and the A/C compressor bracket. Usually I also don't carry coolant, but since I haven't taken the wagon on a really long trip, I did, and that definitely helped here. I filled up the overflow tank outside of Columbia, SC, which took maybe 1/3 of a gallon, if that. Refilling the radiator and some of the overflow tank took the rest of that gallon. I'm going to pickup more coolant tomorrow to top off with. I don't know when the hose went, but it did make a bit of a mess. Luckily it didn't run me dry.
  13. Shop used a new compressor from Murray. They tried a re-manufactured unit first (I know this since they get parts from my store), but it was bad out of the box. Unfortunately they don't accept parts across the counter, otherwise I'd supply the stuff. When I get back from PA, I'll take the car in on Monday to get it checked out.
  14. Marquis needs to go back to the shop. The compressor is short cycling and not cooling. It'll run fine on startup, but about five minutes later and it's no good. ...sigh. Bloody car.
  15. Got the Marquis back from the shop today. New A/C compressor and a properly charged system means things are back the way they were. Icy-cold A/C just in time for the heat to really start ramping up.