Welcome to the Crown Vics ETC blog!

On April 6, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX HPP with 23,490 miles. I decided to start a little website for it featuring a running log of my experiences with the car. Vic 1.0 was retired in 2015 due to rust and electrical issues. Vic 2.0 is a 2006 P71 that belonged to my boyfriend. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Warren MA PD Far From Home...

Warren MA Interceptor Utility about 47 miles from home, in Acton MA in a snow squall...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 Snow Tire Swap

Today was the day, SNOW TIRE DAY.  Off came the Goodyear RS-As, on went the speed rated Goodyear Ultra Grips.  That only leaves Todd's Interceptor to do.  Vic has hit the 181,000 mile mark (didn't get a photo this time!).

Well, THAT explains the slow leak......................
10/14/17 - Boxboro MA

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Start me up...

On the morning of the 7th, I went to move Vic out of the driveway and park it in front of the house.  It sounded odd when it started up.  So after I shut it off, something told me to try and start it again.

Long and short of it, the starter died after 11+ years.  On the side of the road.

One flatbed ride later, Taxi Guy gave it a new starter and an oil change, which was WAY overdue.
The Ride of Shame...

SHOCKING!

On Sept 2nd, we FINALLY installed two new rear shocks.  Vic 2.0 has been driving like an old Cadillac... a PERFORMANCE one, but still, NOT like a P71.

I was surprised to see there are no longer lots of quality replacement shocks to choose from anymore. I decided to go with MOTORCRAFT #ASH12277 from RockAuto.com.  If you go with these, keep in mind you need to also order MOTORCRAFT #6W7Z18A161AA, the top bushing/nut, unless you are OK with using your old ones.

One of the original shocks was "eh", the other was doing absolutely NOTHING.  That is the one that had a little stain under it in the driveway.  All the oil must have leaked out long ago.  Vic rides a lot better now.  I'd do the fronts as well if I had the extra cash to spend.  But I don't, thanks to the next update...

11+ years old with 179,205 miles on it...



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Having the blues...

My first car was a maroon 1986 Pontiac Parisienne, a double (possibly triple) hand-me-down.  And it had the classic 80's cracked GM paint on the hood.  My father had bought some maroon colored wax for it.  It actually helped that hood quite a bit, but you had to keep up with it or the white primer would start showing up between the cracks again.

Now, silver is arguably THE best color for any car if you don't want scratches and other defects to display like a flashing neon sign.  Vic 1.0 was great that way... though other things like road tar would show up here and there.

This stuff never showed up on SILVER paint!
Vic 2.0 is dark blue.  And Todd drove it a LOT on the highway, and even off-road.  So by the time I ended up with it, the front bumper looked like someone had sandblasted it.  The hood also had some of the same wear.  So I decided to get some blue car wax... thing is, it seems no one makes any for the US market anymore!

Yup... BLUE wax!
Ebay to the rescue.  The only affordable blue wax there was a Turtle Wax product, and all the sellers seemed to be from Israel!  So I took a chance, and soon I was the proud owner of a bottle of blue wax.

I haven't done a full scale wash/clay/polish/wax with it yet, but I did do some spot testing, and used it on the front bumper, where most of the pitting is.   As the wax dries to a haze, it is indeed a blue hue.  The finished effect is subtle, but it does indeed seem to knock down the white pin-prick effect on the bumper.

Blue haze...

Before and after... not perfect, but better than with standard white/yellow wax