This is my second Ford Panther platform car, a 1983 Grand Marquis LS, in somewhat less common 2-door sedan form (no, it's not a coupe - don't call it one!)
I bought this car off its original owner's Power of Attorney in October of 2013, with 64,000km following about a year of casually showing interest in it. It was being stored at an auto service garage for the family. Its stickers expired in 2004, and the family apparently had no interest in it (it wasn't even for sale, just sitting there).
Despite the low mileage and excellent frame and body condition, this car needs many things. I'm making it somewhat of a project, and the work I do to it will be a combination of repairs, restoration, upgrades and modifications.
A run-down of what it has currently:
302 V8 with Motorcraft 2150 2-barrel carb (Canadian spec; the US cars were EEC-III CFI), AOD automatic. Medium Dark Red Metallic exterior paint with White Valino vinyl half roof, and Dark Red cloth and vinyl interior.
Interval wipers, 3.08 open rear end, cruise, "Luxury Interior Decor Group", Road Abrasions Protection (no clue what this is, but it might be the aluminum bodyside cladding and rubber door strips), passenger side mirror, manual vent windows
Goals, not in any particular order, include:
T5, 3.27 or 3.55 limited slip rear. complete brake modernization (so-called "Big Brake Upgrade" for the front from a newer year, and rear discs), front and rear sway bar upgrades, other suspension and steering upgrades, GT40P heads with full dual stainless exhaust...possibly more engine work. I'm tempted to leave the 2150 since they apparently can be decent carbs, but that's a decision I can worry about later on.
This car will not be a daily driver again unless my '91 has to come off the road for significant work.