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, 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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lot Full of New Taxis Flooded After Hurricane Sandy

A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

RETIRED: The Valdez

1995 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
AKA: "The Valdez"
May 1995 - Fall 2012
Total Miles: 241,503

This was once Todd's parent's car.  It is seen here awaiting a trip to the junk yard

Friday, October 19, 2012

UPDATE: Going Nowhere Fast

Yesterday morning I stepped out of the house, ready to run some errands, and I noticed the car didn't look right.  It seemed to be slanting in one direction.  A peek around to the passenger side and there it was, a very flat tire.

After some worrying and fretting, things ended up working out.  I used my life saving little portable air pump and got the tire back up to pressure.  I drove down to my old mechanic's shop, and his son did a real pit stop.  Tire off, fixed, and back on car in less than 20min.  That includes the time we spent taking the spare tire out of the trunk.  I didn't expect him to offer to plug the tire right then and there. 

The tire had a slow leak for months, and now I know why.  It was the beat up 3/4" brad/nail he pulled out.  The big leak was from the 1 1/2" screw.  I could actually hear the air blowing out after I pumped it up in the driveway.  I had driven the car the day before with no issues, so I must have picked it up close to home...

Monday, October 8, 2012

UPDATE: Mirror, mirror, on the car...

After some delays, today we finally got the new mirror on Dad's Grand Marquis. 
Switch panel removed.  Not the best design, as it appears every single one of these ends up with a broken tab (you can see where it was, on the left edge.
Door panel removed
Door guts...
Broken mirror removed
Rear of a heated mirror glass unit
Color cap swapped from broken mirror, added to new mirror, and Dad's ready to go!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

UPDATE: Tree Magnets and Mirrors...

Vic is still chugging along, now at 132,222 miles.  Needs an oil change.  Also, two of my winter Goodyears will have to be replaced with two I got from Todd.  I am not a fan of running two different types of tires, but finances are low, and I got these almost new ones for free. 

Todd's mom's car, though, is like a magnet for trees.  A few weeks ago, yet ANOTHER town tree branch broke in the wind and crashed down on her car.  Same damage it got this summer.  In fact, a news man showed up and filmed Todd stating that the "paint was still wet" on her roof, and made it into TV!

Todd's mom's car... tree magnet
Dad's mirror...
Not long after, someone hit the side view mirror on my father's '10 Grand Marquis and broke it off.  After all these years, this is the very first time this has happened.  I am waiting for a new mirror assembly to arrive.  The place I ordered it from sent me a passenger side one, instead of a driver side.  So there has been a delay in making the repair.