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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:32 am 
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Location: Central VA
Fate brought me my '94 sedan and it has me smitten, I do believe it's turning me away from large old domestics to small old imports :D
I got it for a steal, have fixed most of it's problems, and have started doing all the fun things you get to do to a new car (on a budget). It makes me feel giddy, I don't think I've been this excited to tinker and think of neat things to do and interesting ways to fix its flaws (like rigging a hood prop rod in the trunk (for now) since a lift rod/spring is broken...) in quite some time. Also the new blank slate for goodies like stereo stuff and LED lights (LED freak here)... I'd imagine it's like getting a mistress younger than your wife :D
I also never thought I'd be so thrilled to 'upgrade' wheels on a car to 15" steelies and hubcaps, lol..., but those 14"s had to go, and those Impreza hubcaps are pretty sweet :-D Baby steps!

I need to figure out how to get some pics up so I can show you things like the blue LED cluster lit up behind the narrow piece of steel with holes in it I fashioned up in the silly 1/2 DIN space you get with an aftermarket radio...

The exterior isn't much to look at, but it's whats inside (and how it runs) that matters most to me :-)

BTW, I was thrilled to find this place (been lurking) and all the great info within, I've probably found 85% of all the juicy knowledge I've needed right here 8)

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other rides: '85 Crown Victoria - '91 Crown Victoria (blown head gasket, this is why I now have the Leggy :) ) - '87 F150 - 2006 Honda Reflex 250cc scooter


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:29 am 
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Welcome and congrats!

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1993 Legacy LS | PBM 227
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:51 pm 
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Location: Minnesota
Let's see a pic of this beauty!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:13 am 
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Location: Central VA
I remembered my super motors username! :-D
Sorry most of these are lousy cell phone pics (I'm typically pretty lazy), my phone isn't that great because I like to stay a few years behind with my technology (I'm cheap too :-) ) To put it in perspective, my last phone before my current one was a flip phone 8)

Here's the first pic I took of her, with the way-too-big tires I swiped off a small junk caddy at work... they are better than riding on steel belts!

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And here we are trying on two different size wheel/tire combos at once... the fronts are 16" Forester wheels with slightly too big of a tire. I thrive on used/junkyard parts, so not everything is always 'proper' :lol:
I was only able to find 3 at the junkyard, and dangit I really wish i had the 4th!
You can see the nice dent in the driver's fender here, there's another next to the driver's door handle.

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And here with all 4 Impreza wheels/hubcaps - I never thought any hubcaps could look so nice!
I had also polished/sealed the headlights here, they came out much better than I expected!!

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I was proud of my first significant fix so I broke out the good camera to capture the moment 'Instagram style' (I don't use Instagram) I'm sure most of you know exactly what's going on here 8)

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And here's the only pic so far of what I like to call my 'electro-mojo'... I really like small electronic doo-dads and wiring stuff. My '85 is one of those cars that's old enough to not have an underhood fuse box, just a mess of fuse links... but it does now!
I'll get better pics of this and other things I've done one day.... I installed a USB charge port down in the far lower right side of the console sort-of where some new cars have them from the factory. Also a mini digital volt meter in the dash next to one of the switch blanks, LED replacement bulbs galore, CD player/speakers/subs/amp, and I fit a small thin red COB LED bar inside the 3rd brake light & wired in a flash module for it 8)
I also made my own cell phone mount after being disgusted with what options there are to buy out there... I don't like crap stuck to my windshield, or on the dash, and those vent-clip things look like the dumbest thing I've ever seen :lol: I made it erector set style, proudly without putting any holes in anything (that you can see if you remove it) You can place my phone it in and take it out of the mount with one hand and it holds tight, and leaves room for the charge and audio cables to be plugged in.
I have a pair of small amber LED DRL/driving lights yet to install that I think will tuck in the lower bumper cover reeeaaalll nice 8) 8) I want to rig up an under-hood light too, and plenty of things I'm forgetting...

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other rides: '85 Crown Victoria - '91 Crown Victoria (blown head gasket, this is why I now have the Leggy :) ) - '87 F150 - 2006 Honda Reflex 250cc scooter


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:25 am 
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I keep meaning to finish my gauge cluster lighting...sigh some day.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:18 am 
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Some better pics of what I've done inside :D

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:37 am 
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Welcome. Some very clever mods you've got there. Sounds like you'll fit in nicely around here.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:06 pm 
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Thanks! I like doing things that make people raise an eyebrow... One of my favorite things I did to one of the crown vic's was installing a trunk lid power latch from a Lincoln, something they never had.

And of course this: :-D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwrq_VAX1Vc

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