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1970 Challenger T/A First Start in Years!
Topic Started: Feb 19 2017, 11:39 AM (2,554 Views)
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:cheers: Not smoking, not leaking and purring like a kitten.
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Bought a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis from my friends 96 year old father. He was going to give it to the "We buy any car" guys but they only offered him $240.
The car has 77k and lived in a garage for 21 years. It is in perfect condition with all dealer service records kept up and documented.
I wasn't looking for a car, but this was a chance to have one of the big old boats in terrific condition for a little while.
It's rear wheel drive with the V8 all the bells and whistles of 1996. Should be fun.
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Late 90's Grand Marquis were actually handsome well-made cars, they were exceptionally well-designed cars built for reliable long distance comfort and low operating costs facilitated by easy repairs. The only issue you may have with the car is getting some body parts, and some electrical components like wiring harnesses, turn signal switches, fuses blocks etc, etc. I see styling cues from the Crown Vic, Lincoln Continental and the Mercedes E-class in this series Mercury. It's a wonderful car and at that mileage, the engine should be in very good condition. Make sure the water pump and timing belt's been changed recently, if not have it done soon. Because if that timing belt breaks it's really costly to have all the values replaced.


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Feb 27 2017, 02:47 AM
Late 90's Grand Marquis were actually handsome well-made cars, they were exceptionally well-designed cars built for reliable long distance comfort and low operating costs facilitated by easy repairs. The only issue you may have with the car is getting some body parts, and some electrical components like wiring harnesses, turn signal switches, fuses blocks etc, etc. I see styling cues from the Crown Vic, Lincoln Continental and the Mercedes E-class in this series Mercury. It's a wonderful car and at that mileage, the engine should be in very good condition. Make sure the water pump and timing belt's been changed recently, if not have it done soon. Because if that timing belt breaks it's really costly to have all the values replaced.


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I'm not usually a fan of the big cars. I haven't owned one in fifty years since I had a 66 Ford Galaxy. I normally would have no interest in one, but this one has been cared for by a meticulous man that I've known for about forty years. The car is in perfect condition, the man that owned it is a neat freak.

I'll keep it for awhile just to get a few long drives in it. I want to try out that big car road trip experience.

I was the transportation home for my friend and his father from the "we buy any car" guys. They dinged their offer down and down over every little thing they could drum up, but when they deducted the cost of a detailing ($150) from their offer to Mr F I spoke up and told my friend that I would buy that car before he had to sell it for nothing to these guys.

Anyhow, I'm looking forward to driving the big ole thing around like a proper old man.
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Feb 26 2017, 09:27 PM
Bought a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis from my friends 96 year old father. He was going to give it to the "We buy any car" guys but they only offered him $240.
The car has 77k and lived in a garage for 21 years. It is in perfect condition with all dealer service records kept up and documented.
I wasn't looking for a car, but this was a chance to have one of the big old boats in terrific condition for a little while.
It's rear wheel drive with the V8 all the bells and whistles of 1996. Should be fun.
Bring it out to Texas...Let's trick it out.

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Feb 28 2017, 08:11 AM
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Feb 26 2017, 09:27 PM
Bought a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis from my friends 96 year old father. He was going to give it to the "We buy any car" guys but they only offered him $240.
The car has 77k and lived in a garage for 21 years. It is in perfect condition with all dealer service records kept up and documented.
I wasn't looking for a car, but this was a chance to have one of the big old boats in terrific condition for a little while.
It's rear wheel drive with the V8 all the bells and whistles of 1996. Should be fun.
Bring it out to Texas...Let's trick it out.

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I'm not a fan of the odd sized wheels, big or small.
I do want to take a road trip with it. Maybe Arkansas.
“There is nothing phony about (citizens) not trusting the people they put in positions of leadership,’ Trey Gowdy.”
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Feb 28 2017, 08:11 AM
CautionaryTales
Feb 26 2017, 09:27 PM
Bought a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis from my friends 96 year old father. He was going to give it to the "We buy any car" guys but they only offered him $240.
The car has 77k and lived in a garage for 21 years. It is in perfect condition with all dealer service records kept up and documented.
I wasn't looking for a car, but this was a chance to have one of the big old boats in terrific condition for a little while.
It's rear wheel drive with the V8 all the bells and whistles of 1996. Should be fun.
Bring it out to Texas...Let's trick it out.

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I'm not a fan of the odd sized wheels, big or small.
I do want to take a road trip with it. Maybe Arkansas.
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I may not always be right, but by God I'm NEVER wrong.
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ringotuna
Mar 2 2017, 05:46 PM
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Mar 2 2017, 03:14 PM
ringotuna
Feb 28 2017, 08:11 AM
CautionaryTales
Feb 26 2017, 09:27 PM
Bought a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis from my friends 96 year old father. He was going to give it to the "We buy any car" guys but they only offered him $240.
The car has 77k and lived in a garage for 21 years. It is in perfect condition with all dealer service records kept up and documented.
I wasn't looking for a car, but this was a chance to have one of the big old boats in terrific condition for a little while.
It's rear wheel drive with the V8 all the bells and whistles of 1996. Should be fun.
Bring it out to Texas...Let's trick it out.

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I'm not a fan of the odd sized wheels, big or small.
I do want to take a road trip with it. Maybe Arkansas.
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Looks like a tough mudder
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