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MCSteven's '99 Long Roof Blue Bull

I've been a Ford guy for as long as I've known. When I was born, my Dad had a 64 Ford Galaxie. I remember standing on the trunk of it, him holding me. He then had a 68 full size wagon and my Mom had, if I remember correctly, a 1962 Mercury Meteor. I was still really young but I remember it being towed away years later. In November 71, my parents both got new Fords - my Dad a Custom 500 wagon and Mom got a Pinto. Those were the last of their Fords (my Dad's last car, actually).



I inherited the Custom 500 when my Dad passed. It was a beast physically, not so much with the horsepower. I had a bunch of other cars (non Fords) but acquired an 87 Mustang LX 5.0. While I had that, I scooped up two more Mustangs, a 78 King Cobra and then a 68 Fastback with a 390 ci. Moving had me selling all of those. After a couple of cars I tried out a 99 Taurus. I'd driving them as rentals, and it was a great deal with really low miles and an even lower price. Next was a 96 Explorer 4x4, then a 2001 Sable wagon, and finally - currently - a 99 Taurus Wagon: DOHC Duratec, EATC, CD changer; a very clean car that for, now at 21 years old, has just 114,000 miles. A bumper scrape here and there, 1 or 2 scratches, but nothing that's not easily fixed.



Nov or Dec 2018:

Found an ad for a free forward facing camera. Pay for it, use their app to record the drives, and they refund you in a week. The camera and app are Nexar. Works well, got my money back.



Early Dec 2018:

Trans fluid, pan gasket, and filter change - Motorcraft fluid and filter, FelPro gasket.

Oil and filter change - full synthetic and Wix filter.

I also found a great deal on a set of Ford OEM wheels; 16" from a newer Taurus. $60 and he delivered them.



Early Jan 2019:

Client that has a custom install shop said happy holidays and tinted the windows in the rear doors back to the liftgate.



End Jan 2019:

New strut/spring assemblies

New shocks

New brake pads and resurfaced rotors x4

New sway bar connectors

New front ball joints



Coming for Feb:

Wheel swap or new wheels, tires, alignment, antenna replacement (broken mast), fix stuck CD



More coming and will of course add photos.



Hopeful mod and fix list:

Custom center console

Amp and speakers

LED perimeter lighting

LED floor lamps

LED or HID headlights

Oil pressure, trans temp, volt meters

Fog / driving lights

Brighter bulbs and flasher/"phaser" in 3rd brake light

Rear camera

Fix scratches

Resurface and repaint roof rails

Rear spoiler/air dam

Sunroof

Front seat heaters

Rear seat heaters

Rain guards



Ultimate desired mod:

Once I'm moved I do plan to acquire a small, uber MPG car, I'd like to do the 4.6L Intech swap from a 99-2002 Continental.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-04-2019, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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MCSteven's '99 Long Roof Blue Bull

Been super busy with personal stuff. A few more repairs, a few updates.

End of February I took a chance and sanded the headlight housings and front turn signal housings. Buddy shot them with UV clear coat. They came out fantastic. Before and after:

March and first half of April was all travel. I had found another set of wheels but they were sitting in storage as well as the previous find. It was time to get those and some new tires put on the car along with an alignment. The wheels are 17 x 8, and I bought some inexpensive tires that are 225/45-17s. It needs to get cleaned up but I liked this shot:

Went the next day for an alignment and was told that I needed inner tire rods. Ordered them, got them installed, and back to the alignment shop. It was suggested I add a cam kit for the rear wheels. Ordered, installed (all Moog parts for steering and the cam kit), end it feels and drives great. Some more custom work that I will do and by end of summer it will be time to swap coolant and another oil change.

With the European wheels and type of car, it has been dubbed, Ble Longroof.


Sent from some little thing I hear voices from.
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