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    A resurrection: 2003 MM fix!

    Hello:

    Saw this on CL last year, I drive a MGM, this MM was being parted, but when I visited it I knew I had to step in. 200 mile tow, $1300 bucks and 131K on the clock. Would not run. broken control arms , seemingly no frame whack/damage. Allegedly has pullies and a Magnaflow exhaust, had a Lidio's tune but the PO took it off. 355 gears. (I'm thinking Mo's! for this time around.)

    Slowly I have started accumulating parts and pieces to get MM back on the road...early car around #300 on the build sheet....car is Single Stage black has been repainted a few times.

    So far:
    replaced:missing front sway bar, headrests, floor mats, LF fender, hood(from a MM), door (from a MM), rear sail panel trim interior piece, interior door panels, radio, Left side U/L control arms, fuel pump, fuel pump relay, battery, airbox, MAF, HVAC O-rings....now she starts and has a smooth idle. I have a damaged rear SB MARAUDER bumper cover I'm fixing, but what's on there now is a black CV cover from a junked taxi...still can read the numbers if you get real close, but this car is NOT FOR HIRE!!!! LOL...front bumper egg crate/ plastic things, CV tailights, MGM head lamps, turn signals....How quickly a $1300 car becomes a $3000 car. who cares? I now have a MM!!!!!!!!! I may have gone slightly OCD on a CL car.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW9-63dA-8E

    On the agenda
    -I'm getting fuel level gauge code, fuel gauge does not work (new cheapo fuel pump issue?) maybe I'll swap the new fuel pump motor over to the guts/bracket/float sending unit of the old fuel pump, install inner fender liner, front bumper cover (MGM one for now, I didn't have the $600 to get a MM one, MGM one was $79 bucks), fix oil filter adapter leak,drivers side and pass rear window mechanisms...

    Stay tuned! advice will be sought at various times.

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    Last edited by Agent2006; 08-29-2018 at 05:24 PM. Reason: corrections

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    Your a true frankenstein. +1
    Use "the right stuff" to seal both sides of the oil filter adapter gasket. P/N 70801 from felpro

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    You mean: The spray on "right stuff" from Home Depot, made by Dow Chemical? Thanks! I was going to put it on dry...best forum on the internet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent2006 View Post
    You mean: The spray on "right stuff" from Home Depot, made by Dow Chemical? Thanks! I was going to put it on dry...best forum on the internet!
    I use Permatex RTV “Right Stuff” Your FLAPS should all carry it.

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    Great to see one being saved! Wish more would!

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    Keep us informed and post pics!

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    4054 of 7093 in Black.
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    I have the 4 door panels off this exact car if you're interested, I also have a decent set of 03 Marauder OE headlights. shoot me a PM.

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    What crownvic97 said

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    WTF?

    For a few weeks I've investigated "no crank, no start" on this car, then today:
    --hooked a remote starter switch to two of the terminals of new starter I put on there. Just heard whirring. So the bendix is not kicking in? Then I tried the key. BINGO. Car immediately fired up and settled into a smooth idle/purr...

    BIFF: nobody can start this car but me?

    pix shortly. I'm putting the front end back together...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-KGR9lV05I
    Last edited by Agent2006; 12-30-2018 at 06:30 PM. Reason: link

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    Quote Originally Posted by crownvic97 View Post
    Great to see one being saved! Wish more would!
    +1 on this!

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    Finally got the front end together, aftermarket parts (they don't fit too bad, considering)...I tried to hold out for OEM but like many tough guys: Marauders tend to die with their boots on, - the front end pieces are trashed. Got tired of waiting..header panel is from Taiwan Rock Auto was $137 shipped, front bumper cover was from Parts Train $433 shipped! lousy cell phone pic...

    so:
    -control arms are replaced
    -fender/hood/grill/lights/drivers door are on

    to do:
    -fix oil filter housing gasket
    -low fuel light/gauge doesn't work
    -finish installing guts of drivers door
    -install interior door panels
    -test drive....
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    Last edited by Agent2006; 01-09-2019 at 07:01 PM.

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    Great progress! Keep it up!

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    Good deal on the bumper! I luckily found one at the junk yard for $25 one day!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 03Merc View Post
    Good deal on the bumper! I luckily found one at the junk yard for $25 one day!


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    Well, that's a steal!

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    Extremely impressed! Fantastic progress. More photos when weather and time permit please.

    Also, what's next?

    Living vicariously through your build.


    2003 300A Black, #4918 of 7838, 17,400 Miles
    Tune, KYB's, JLT, FlowMaster 42441, Res Delete, New BFG's, 8 coats of zymoil Titanium

    2003 300B Silver Birch, #21 of 419, 29,800 miles
    Tune, JLT, FlowMaster 42441 Res Delete, New Nitto 235/255 Bigcarsforever dead peddle & custom SRP peddles, 5 coats Zymoil Titanium, Addco front and rear sway bars, KYBs, 1/2 inch coil cut, Sparta Watts link and Control Arms, Carfixer alignment.

    2003 CV Sport Matador Red, 19,280 Miles, DD, Curless Full Service Royal flush, Marto Tune, 18 Chrome Wheels w 235/265 front/back Nitto tires, NEW OEM Sport Springs -1 coil & Monroe Severe Duty (front) shocks, Addco front and rear sway bars, KYB rear Shocks, Carfixer Alignment.

    2004 CV HPP Silver Birch, 93,000 miles. Son's DD, 18 Chrome Wheels w 235/265 front/back Nitto tires (thank you Lowndex!)

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