Wow that's mint! Can you get a collectible plate for it?
After months of scouring craigslist, I finally found something worth buying. It's quite a departure from my NB Miata, but I'm settling into it just fine.
It's a 1985 Crown Victoria. Unsurprisingly, it belonged to an elderly couple who bought it new in 85, and the landau roofs condition implies it was garaged regularly. The five-digit odometer turned over 112,000 miles yesterday.
The interior is clean as a whistle and all of the accessories work. For such an old car, I'm surprised by some of the features -- it's my first car with automatic head lights, yet it's older than I am. The front arm rests flip up to seat six, and this one came with the optional Cosa Nostra trunk large enough to accommodate six deceased, full-sized adults. It also has these neat side windows which I particularly enjoy.
It also has an on board fuel computer that gives live MPG, as well as combined MPG. The current average is 11.3, but I got it up to 74 MPG downhill on the live readout. Prior to replacing the spark plugs, wires, distributor cap/rotor ETC it was putting along at 9.1 MPG! I think it needs a new fuel pump, as the fuel line had no pressure when I replaced the fuel filter. If any panther experts could chime in, I would appreciate some guidance.
Anyway, I am just excited about my new car and thought I would share.
Excellent choice. Did you get rid of your Miata? Are you just looking to save some coin for a while? I mean, do people say, "Hey, I like the Miata, but I think I'll tool around in a Dan Akroyd era Dragnet CV."
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Have you checked the mileage against the trip and refill amount yet?
(the only accurate way to do it)
This car is rated 14/22.
Crap- efi 302 4x4 F-150s get 10 mpg.
You might try some throttle body cleaner and clean it out. That's a common issue with the old throttle body system.
Does the car have smooth power? If so, then I don't think the fuel pump is an issue.
A weak fuel pump will cause surging/power loss when you get on the gas.
I'm mostly concerned with the fuel pump because if the system was pressurized, fuel would've squirted all over the floor and in my eyes when the old filter came out. It just dripped out, though. I've read that if the fuel pressure regulator goes out, the fuel pressure jumps from ~40 to ~70 PSI, so it can't be that. Another concern came up when it was up on jack stands for new brakes -- it wouldn't start with the front end up in the air, but started fine as soon as it was down. This shouldn't be a problem with a pressurized system. It seems like the fuel couldn't reach the front of the car and started to go back into the tank, or the pump couldn't keep supplying with the weight of the fuel fighting with gravity. I suppose it could have to do with the fuel tank baffles and not enough gas in the tank, but wouldn't there be enough fuel already to start it and let it run for a few seconds? Just thinking out loud here. I appreciate the suggestion though, I'll take a look at the throttle body tomorrow.
Early EFI Fords were known to need O2 sensors every 70-150k miles.
When they go completely out- they idle rough and use lot of gas.
Gas in the fuel filter means gas in the EGR- so that could mean a bad O2 sensor, poor fuel injector performance (which could be related to fuel rail pressure), or even just bad timing (just basic bad timing set, or even advance issue).
Does it run hot, diesel when hot and turned off, or back fire/pop when hot and off the gas coasting down a steep hill?
Hmm.. sounds like a match. The spark plug wires and distributor cap looked like the original parts, wouldn't surprise me to find the 02 sensors are completely shot too. The little rubber boots on the sliding brake calipers were almost completely missing so it's definitely behind on maintenance.
No dieseling or backfires, but the temp needle did start to rise past mid point one day after driving up a very large, steep hill. I think it should be able to handle that without overheating though. What's the diagnosis, doctor?
Congrats on the sweet survivor!
What an awesome and odd coincidence- a good friend of mine just took a '90 CV with 70k in on trade at his dealership today:
The main issue with these early EFI Fords is no standardized OBD.
Electronic diagnostic work relies on what is called a breakout box.
And nobody has one.. except possibly a Ford dealer.
.... and they require lots of time to use.
(trial and error to find problem even with box)
So the best bet is to replace anything old that can be easily replaced- spark plugs, wires, cap, rotor, coil (<----), 02 sensors..
Do you have a timing light?
A bad coil or distributor would really mess up the timing, and that could cause the fuel/economy issue.
You might ask around to see if there are any retired Ford techs in your area that work on this vintage Ford.
I have a soft spot for these cars.
My first car was an 89 Grand Marquis with over 200k miles on it back in '01. Only had to replace a distributor cap in the year I had it. Took a ton of abuse and kept going, including a lot more neutral drops than I really should have done. Thought the 5.0 was pretty bad ass at the time.
WTF kind of car transition is that?
Still have the Miata?
Thanks for the comments guys
Original engine has been replaced with a 5.0 V-8 from a '92 Crown Victoria