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Old 09-29-2015, 07:38 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It occurred to me that the front passenger seat never gets used so I pulled it out just a few minutes ago. I haven't weighed it yet but it's a power seat and felt like 60 or so pounds.

My appreciation for the Panther based cars grows every time I tinker with my Crown Vic.
Even though it's often mentioned as a heavy and unefficient platform, it offers plenty of room for improvements. The body-on-frame layout even sounds inviting to some extreme aeromodding or experiences with lightweight materials...

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Old 09-29-2015, 07:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Something to consider: Consequences of automatic transmission "over-heating" because it's cooling assembly is located in the bottom of the radiator assembly...ie: operating for long periods of time close to maximum permissible coolant temperature can/might "over-heat" the transmission fluid...leading to transmission problems.

Addition of a transmission fluid temperature gauge or sensor might be prudent.
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Something to consider: Consequences of automatic transmission "over-heating" because it's cooling assembly is located in the bottom of the radiator assembly...ie: operating for long periods of time close to maximum permissible coolant temperature can/might "over-heat" the transmission fluid...leading to transmission problems.

Addition of a transmission fluid temperature gauge or sensor might be prudent.


Good point. I'll put that on the list.
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Pulled off the passenger side mirror today and replaced it with a triangular piece of sintra.
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Have you never even lurked about adapting a manual transmission?
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Zombie thread!

Sorry to leave you hanging, Rooster. My free time vanished for a while.

I fastened a piece of aluminum sheet behind the grille and have been driving the Vic back and forth to work. No obsessive hypermiling, just every day, average driving and I'm creeping up on a 25 mpg average!
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How about synthetic trans fluid? Less heat sensitive. If you can find an old CV with a trailer towing pkg in a junkyard; it will have a tranny cooler radiator in front of the regular radiator.
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I'll keep an eye out for that. A J-Mod will be done in the near future, I'll probably go synthetic then.
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If you run the Motorcraft Mercon V trans fluid, it is synthetic already!

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