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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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