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1 from each Big 3? + my daily driver options!

Post by knightfan26917 on Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:44 am

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It does not take much to spark many memories, which is partly why I launched OC,SH:
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/17/daily-dose-savvy-sun-49/
2 days after that meme I created posted, I celebrated the year anniversary of launching my website 01/19/2015!

& now, having sold my 1989 Caprice Classic Brougham 09/01/2015 (& the other family of cars I owned prior to that) I am looking for a new vehicle to go along with my new life chapter (part-time Office Manager, started 12/09/2015) & become the new OC,SH flagship vehicle.  Once my 1979 Caprice Classic sedan is sold (sooner the better due to some memories it sparks), I want to buy 1 of these for year-round daily driving:
1990-1991 Mercury Grand Marquis
1992-1993 Buick Roadmaster
1992-1995 Mercury Grand Marquis
1995 Ford Thunderbird

Anything I should look out for on any of these particular years & models?
(& no, I do not want suggestions of other vehicles to consider!)

This past week, while the radiator was replaced in the 1979 CC, my mechanic loaned me a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis for the day.  It was niiiice, but I would prefer cloth seats to vinyl-leather.

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Instead of making 2 topics, including some highlights.  Having the part-time job has forced me to change some schedules, so I have not had the opportunity to participate here as much as I would like or as much as I used to visit, at least not yet.

What 1 vehicle (vintage or new) from each of the Big 3 (Dodge, Ford, GM) would you choose to represent each company?
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/19/daily-dose-trivia-tue-50/

Iconic nameplate: the Ford Thunderbird!  Did you know these details?
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/22/friday-files-50/

Vintage K-9 Dodge:
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/18/memory-monday-50/

Ad for the 1-year-only 1977 Pontiac Can Am + some did-you-know info:
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/21/throwback-thursday-50/


A neat diorama (more cued for future feature) from Tom, who designed the Christmas Cards I featured this past December:
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/20/wednesday-ratio-50/

Anyone into motorcycles!?  2 vintage ones a friend saw:
http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/23/saturday-smorgasbord-51/


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Post by dynchel on Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:59 am

On the full size fords, watch out for frame rot particularly behind the front wheels on the underside  (facing the drive shaft) fords are kinda prone to rust issues (at least in Ohio) I've had my '03 crown Vic since new.  I've had the shifter cable rust off, power steering pressure line rust through, fuel filter rust out, and the starter cable rot off the starter twice.  The body has a couple rot outs also.  That said I would have a hard time getting rid of it, as I am quite fond of it.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:47 pm

Appreciate the heads up on the rust issues, John ... will take that into consideration, tho, at the moment, I'm leaning towards a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis.  Just not sure which I'd be happier with, if that makes sense.


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Post by Sinister on Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:55 pm

Found on road dead?
Freakin outrageous roadside dissaster?
For old retired dbags?
You have to be joking!
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Post by ant7377 on Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:58 pm

Cort. Get it in a southern state, plenty of clean ones in Florida. Id get the bottom sprayed with Fluid Film or something similar to prevent rust.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:51 pm

ant7377 wrote:Cort. Get it in a southern state, plenty of clean ones in Florida. Id get the bottom sprayed with Fluid Film or something similar to prevent rust.

Ohhhhh, yes ... will definitely get the bottom sprayed! Smile  &, I've started looking in FL, AZ & NM as well. Wink


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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:03 am

Sinister wrote:Found on road dead?
Freakin outrageous roadside dissaster?
For old retired dbags?
You have to be joking!

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Post by dynchel on Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:31 am

F'ed over rebuild dodge.....honestly I love my Ford. I cannot complain one bit about the few things i ve had to fix in the last 13 years. Going to run it into the ground.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Mar 13, 2016 6:47 pm

dynchel wrote:F'ed over rebuild dodge.....honestly I love my Ford.  I cannot complain one bit about the few things i ve had to fix in the last 13 years.

This is generally what I've been hearing, too.  Plus, like the Caprice, the CV-GMs can take just about anything thrown their way.....


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Post by 455GA on Thu Apr 07, 2016 4:23 pm

i loved my 97 Grand marquise and my 96 town car. both where pretty high miles when i got them but drove great for what i needed

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