View Full Version : "Project Mercury" 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Gone (7/27/09)


Robbie Hanson
11-14-2007, 05:35 PM
July 27th, 2009: Car is gone to the great junkyard in the sky.

Let's see...info on the thing.

1991 Grand Marquis GS
Bought in July of '05 with 95,000 or so miles.
Currently have 120,000 on it.
5.0L pushrod V8, 302 cubic inches, 150hp
2.73 rear axle ratio
4-speed automatic overdrive
Independent front suspension, dual A-arm
Live axle rear
6-seater
85 mph speedo(:()
Steel wheels, fake wire covers
Front disc brakes, back drums

We've replaced about half the car since buying it :P

Parts:
Wiring harness(old one caught fire)
A/C conversion
FOUR alternators
Door lock motor
A/C control panel
Belts
Hoses
Tires
Brakes
Odometer/trip meter gears(you don't want to know)
As of January '08: Hose gasket, $.22 from the Lawn and Garden department at Lowe's. "You might be a redneck if..."
Headlights
Second door motor
Turn signal actuator
Parking brake assembly
Rear drum brake springs
A lot more, I'll add it when I remember it 8)

Approximate horsepower when new: 150hp
Approximate horsepower at crank: 1hp
Approximate horsepower with A/C on: 0.1hp

And on to the pictures!

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f225/simracerworld/IMG_1056.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f225/simracerworld/IMG_1057.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f225/simracerworld/car1.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f225/simracerworld/car2.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f225/simracerworld/car3.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f225/simracerworld/car4.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f225/simracerworld/car5.jpg

No, none of these are a real "photoshoot"...it's just that clean anyway.

Rally Master
11-14-2007, 07:06 PM
It's sad that you wax your boat :P

Robbie Hanson
11-15-2007, 11:33 AM
Well, actually, I got rear-ended a week ago...car's fine due to big steel bumpers, not even a scratch, but the Cavalier that hit me...is not. Though I believe you already know about that :P

Robbie Hanson
12-02-2007, 11:29 AM
Going in Wednesday to replace the driver's door lock actuator AGAIN...luckily it's under warranty :D

And plus, I'm planning on some pictures soon...need to wash the thing again and clean out the interior, plus perhaps an engine wash...we'll see if I get around to it.

Killua
12-02-2007, 11:41 AM
Nice car! :)

Does it has a speed limiter? If so, try to get rid of it, hehe.

Robbie Hanson
12-02-2007, 12:56 PM
No speed limiter, but the speedo stops at 85mph(135km/h). I figure it'd go 200kph/120mph, but I have no way of telling that. It could use more power though...and perhaps stiffer suspension 8)

Kracka
01-06-2008, 06:50 PM
may as well start buying parts for a mustang.

Robbie Hanson
01-08-2008, 09:06 AM
Are you saying I should buy Mustang parts for this, or build a Mustang? :P

I'm probably going to keep this stock for a while. Just replaced a hose gasket after it dumped half my coolant out in 10 minutes...didn't have any overheating though, and it runs fine. Hopefully going to take it on a loooong trip later this year, we'll see how it does there.

Kracka
01-08-2008, 01:10 PM
buy mustang parts i mean.

heads, cam...stuff like that.

Robbie Hanson
08-16-2008, 08:21 AM
New headlights!

All of $7 apiece....tossed the original plastic fogged up ones with new glass-lens chrome-reflector bright ones.

LET THERE BE LIGHT! :P

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f225/simracerworld/IMG_0266.jpg?t=1218892809

Having some engine troubles at the moment, but it's not affecting it enough to bother spending a lot of money on the thing. And no, we don't tow a trailer with it....

DodgeBoy
08-16-2008, 08:39 AM
Nice ride. I had a 89' GMQ for my winter beater. Had to scrap it cause it got too rusty. You should get some Mustang rims for it. Oh and if you swap some HO 5.0 parts onto that motor, it will get a bit peppier.

Sage
08-16-2008, 04:59 PM
7 bucks a peace is a bargin, and they look great.

nice looking interior as well, i bet its really comfortable :)

Civic_Undercover
08-17-2008, 12:02 PM
So true, you don't see good headlights for such low prices usually, good find! I'm sure your visibility is a lot better, since there's no fog to obstruct the light. :) Also what kracka said was a good idea, I'm sure with 5.0 HO conversion, performance exhaust, basically free mods this tank would go fast, and get even better gas mileage. This is why I love these older sedans. They are tanks, they are cheap to buy and upgrade, and of course VERY comfortable inside!

Robbie Hanson
08-17-2008, 02:52 PM
@DB: Nah, I'm considering an intake but I don't really want to tear the engine down right now. I do need a new radiator at some point(VERY slow leak), so I'm probably just going to save up for that before I do major engine work.

@Sage: Oh yeah, it's comfy....I could drive it coast to coast without getting tired. Though when you drive it right, it does go pretty quickly around corners...

@Civic: Yeah, we shall see--suspension and frame stiffening is first priority. It's a bit...."flexible" at the moment :P And it's not exactly cheap...look at the repairs on this and realize that it's cost nearly as much as a new Chevy Aveo! :o

DodgeBoy
08-17-2008, 04:37 PM
Get yourself some Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings, change your swaybar end links, get some 2002 Crown Vic police or Bilstein HD shocks and you will be happy with the handling and stiffness. Also, I am assuming you don't have a rear sway bar. Get a 1" from a box body cop car. It really tightens the *** up.

This is what mine looked like. I was running 1998-2002 16" police steelies. Also, my headlights were from Chevy Caprice.
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/159905/fullsize/im003698.jpg

And this is what my driveway looked like a couple of years ago. lol
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/304407/fullsize/im006505.jpg

Robbie Hanson
07-27-2009, 08:26 PM
Update (July 27th 2009):

Project Mercury has been sacrified to the Obamessiah.

Sage
07-28-2009, 02:47 AM
Update (July 27th 2009):

Project Mercury has been sacrified to the Obamessiah.

What for?

It looks like the Mercury crowd is finally dying out :(

Robbie Hanson
07-28-2009, 04:47 PM
Radiator leaks, vinyl top holding water underneath and completely rusting out the roof/trunk/everything in between, engine issues, rear brakes out; a lot of problems.

Took Obama's $4500 and Dad got a new Toyota Corolla S. I now have his '02 Alero. Pics of that will follow sometime.