Very good progress so far
I have been very pleased with the progress made fixing things on my 95 SS. This will end up being my youngest sons first car, and whether or not he keeps it or gets something else later on is another story. The more I wotk on this thing, I wonder what on earth happened with the previous owner... While it wasn't 'wrecked', he did go off the road at some point as can be seen by the dented rear fenders, scratched up front and rear bumpers, and the hidden front end damage. What I mean there is when I first had the car up on jack stands to change the oil and get a socket on the crank bolt to make sure I could rotate the crank with a breaker bar, I discovered the following;
Dented lower radiator support. Not a minor one, but about 4" that blocked the passenger radiator fan from spinning.
Cracked upper radiator support, now only being secured by 2 of the 4 bolts
Both driver and pass headlight housings are cracked, and should be replaced (pix later)
Main priority now is to get the mechanical issues sorted out, and worry about the cosmetics later. Now that the transmission has been rebuilt, I need to fix my stumble/rough idle issue, and ABS light coming on intermittently. I have read hundreds of posts here on the engine issues, and having gradually been fixing one issue after another. Resolved 2 misfiring wires, replaced OEM coil and ICM, fuel pump (bad gauge). After too many miles driving with misfires, I decided to replace the cats and O2s as well. Might not have been needed, but I don't mind replacing parts that are suspect if the cost isn't too high. My Grand Marquis runs great after replacing the cats, so I got the job done last weekend myself. Also found a nasty vacuum leak on a small elbow on the pass side of the throttle body. Now to figure out the stumble issue.
As the previous owner was very good about regular maintenance, I am thinking the things I should look for are issues related to it sitting for a few years, possibly not running. I have no way of knowing if he kept the battery charged and would run the car up to temp once a month, but the new owner that bought the property didn't, so it did sit untouched inside for quite a while. So we have a 22 y/o car that sat a long time not running that had a pretty hard smack under the front end. While far from perfect, once I get the engine running right and the body work done, this should be a fun car for my son to enjoy for many years.
I will post my stumble issue in the maintenance section.
I can't say enough how much I love the HD-12 brakes!! Expensive upgrade? Yes. Worth it? Yes!! Just need to get the stealth bolt mod installed. You thought it had nose dive before... hah!