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Crown Victoria Project Update - Building a Panther, Part 2

Fixing stuff that broke

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Last month we promised to document the cheap paintjob I gave my ’03 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor shortly after buying it. Lies! We’ve got a major paint-themed issue coming soon, so you’ll have to read about it there. In this installment, read about things breaking and things getting fixed.

Even though these cars are incredibly reliable, with more than 130,000 miles of police duty, stuff gets worn out, and I began experiencing some annoying symptoms of things not being quite right almost immediately. The throttle was sticky when the engine warmed up, there was a strange driveline thunk on takeoff, the horn didn’t work, and it sounded like a coffee can of pennies under the floor mat under hard corners. Minor stuff mostly, well except for the thunk. That turned out to be a more expensive problem.

Then I Broke a Plug

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1 comments
CrVicguy
CrVicguy

How about my 2003 Crown Vic: What would be involved in replacing the rear brakes with drum brakes? Are parts still interchangeable after 02'?

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