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 was a 2006 P71 in Blue Pearl that belonged to my boyfriend. It was a Ford demo and never saw actual police use. It was damaged in September of 2018 with well over 186,000 miles. It was replaced by Vic 3.0 in October 2018 with a 2008 P71 in Silver Birch with 120,971 miles. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

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...