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  1. #8926
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    Quote Originally Posted by Invective View Post
    Paid endorsement?!?! My Marauder going for annual service and state inspection next week - same shop does both.
    No paid endorsement. I take all my vehicles to the same place every year. They are more "understanding" and willing to work with you.
    “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
    Ronald Regan

    "The only way to deal with the Islamic State - these blood thirsty, blood-drunken, terrorists -
    is to kill them, keep on killing them, until you kill the last one, then you kill his pet goat."

    Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters

    “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
    "I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes, if you **** with me, I'll kill you all"
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  2. #8927
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastblackmerc View Post
    Got it inspected and ended up on the local news......

    Video: https://abc11.com/finance/car-inspec...order/6084324/

    My MM @ 2:11

    NOTE: I have no speaking parts..........
    Pretty amazing they remained open. Illinois pretty shut down everything government related. Even expired tags have a 30 day extension in place now, perhaps longer as time goes by..


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    Cobra short block / ProCharger F1-A / Cog drive upgrade / Manley valves / Brian Tooley Racing valve springs / 80# inj. / -8 fuel line / -6 return / Aeromotive 340 pumps and regulator / 2012 GT500 TR6060 six speed / twin disc clutch / Driveshaft Shop GT500 upgraded CV joint shaft / BA5000 blow thru MAF/ 4.10's / Ford Racing 31 spline set up and Girdle / Metco D.S. safety loop / Stainless Works headers, cats, and everything else out back / ClassGlass hood / Bob's hood strut mod / Hurst line lock / Metco control arms / Addco front and rear sway bars / Monroe severe duty shocks all around / Race concepts rotors / Badgeless grille / 35% tint / FBM's interior LED kit and ambient lighting kit / Pioneer FB700 deck / kenwood speaker 4 Ch. / Rockford Fosgate 10" sub and amp / Kicker 6 X 8's all around / back up cam / bluetooth / Pioneer Xm / 704 RWHP 603 RWTQ tuned by Mo's Speedshop.

  3. #8928
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    Sounds like NC needs a vote the dummies out wake up call. Don't go outside because of midigation, but make sure you go out and get Corona virus at the DMV. Dumbasses. Hope you are well Jim.

  4. #8929
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    Our previous governor and previous Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory publicly admitted the election process in North Carolina is rigged in recent times and not worth fighting. I switched to an independent shop last year and now he's closed and not answering texts for voicemails - bummer. My fallback is the local Ford dealer - ok for normal maintenance, state inspections, car cleanup, parts, etc., but useless for intricate work on older cars like Marauder and Mustang.
    Current Garage:

    2005 Mustang GT Premium
    2019 Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab 4WD
    2015 Triumph Trophy SE



    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”
    William W. Purkey

  5. #8930
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    Invective, I trust your MM's wipers work slightly better than those in the video below.


    Quote Originally Posted by Invective View Post
    I always keep some rope in the trunk too - you just never know!


  6. #8931
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    Picked up a Vortech blower for a good price, getting parts gathered for an install.


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  7. #8932
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyP2011 View Post
    I have been slowly removing old tint from her. Everyone suggests the garbage bag, soapy water, and hair dryer but I've just been using a blade and goo gone. In the meantime, I'm standing by to receive the EATC I sent out to fastblackmerc for refurbishment. Can't wait to reinstall that and have it light up at night. My journey with this car will be long and at times frustrating but by Christmas 2021 it will be a lean mean street fighting machine. And man does it sound good.
    Best way to remove tint...$20 handheld steamer from Walmart. Can remove tint from 2 doors in 20 minutes or less. In one piece with the adhesive too. No scraping, it's a little wet doing it so have towels near
    2004 SB Ported Trilogy 48
    Has supporting mods and stuff
    Thanks to Marty O for his help in updating this car.

    R.I.P.
    Rex "SC Cheesehead"

  8. #8933
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    New TR6 plugs
    You "feel" the difference because you want to "feel" the difference. Since you just spent money on the upgrade you "have" to feel the difference

    I'm looking to eliminate the double pump process I have to follow right now to get the pedal hard

    2004 300A Procharger #0010 D1SC
    2003 300A Procharger #0017 D1SC (SOLD)

  9. #8934
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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by 03Merc View Post

    Picked up a Vortech blower for a good price, getting parts gathered for an install.


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    Wow! What a clean motor! I need to get with the program...
    Current Garage:

    2005 Mustang GT Premium
    2019 Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab 4WD
    2015 Triumph Trophy SE



    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”
    William W. Purkey

  10. #8935
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    Quote Originally Posted by blazen71 View Post
    New TR6 plugs
    My car is going in for its annual service next week. Getting power pedals repaired and check to see what has caused the return of the rough idle. Plugs were changed for the very first time last year to NGK TR6V upon recommendation of a Marauder Specialist who worked on Marauder in the past. Some stated they were probably too cold for my NA car w/tune. Compression was down to 150psi in #4 cylinder, 175psi on all other cylinders. Motor sounds fine at the tailpipes but I miss the cold smooth start and having to look at the tach to make sure Marauder is still running. Fuel mileage is still good - similar to my Mustang. No CELs and haven't checked for codes - shop stated there were no codes last time. Waiting to see if any other issues come to the fore.
    Current Garage:

    2005 Mustang GT Premium
    2019 Ranger Lariat Super Crewcab 4WD
    2015 Triumph Trophy SE



    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”
    William W. Purkey

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    I would send ti off to Vortech for inspection/rebuild.
    1/4 Mile Time 11.542 @ 121.19 MPH
    195,000 Miles & 275+ Runs Down the 1,320’
    541.57 RWHP & 476.64 RWTQ on DynoJet
    Tuned by Aric at Injected Engineering
    Vortech Super Charger V-2 “T” Trim, 19 PSI
    8 Rib Belt, Innovators West 10% Overdrive Dampner
    Air to Air Intercooler, Mini-race Bypass
    Ford Cobra Remanufactured Long Block
    Snow Performance Water-Methanol Injection
    Kooks Headers & X Pipe
    GT MAF, 60lb injectors, Dash 8, Aero Rails, Twin Ford GT Pumps,
    Kinsler Fuel Filter, Kenne Bell Boost-A-Pump
    Monroe Sensatrac, Metco Control Arms, Addco Rear Sway Bar
    31 Ford Spline Axles & Detroit Truetrac, 4:10 Ford Racing Gears
    Dynotech MMC Driveshaft
    A-1 Performance Trans, Forced Tailshaft Lube, Carbon Clutches
    3,500 RPM Stall Precision Industries Torque Converter
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    AeroForce Scan Gauges , Auto Meter Oil, Fuel & Boost Gauges
    Kenny Brown Dead Pedal, 35% Tint, Silver Star Head Lights
    AutoPage Alarm RS-727LCD, Boston Acoustic NX87

  12. #8937
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    Changed the oil and filter
    2003 Marauder 300B,
    6468 out of 7839 - Thanks Brian
    Heated Seats
    35% Tint
    Mercury All Weather Mats
    Trunk Organizer - Thanks MartyO
    Sold 4/3/2009 Now resides in AL.
    1961 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
    1973 Oldsmobile Toronado
    2012 Kia Sedona van
    2016 Chev Silverado Pick Up 4X4
    2008 Corvette Convertible
    2003 Marauder 300 A Thanks Larry O 6/14/17
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    ----- John

  13. #8938
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    Quote Originally Posted by sailsmen View Post
    I would send ti off to Vortech for inspection/rebuild.
    I will for sure!! Going to polish it up a bit too.


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  14. #8939
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    Two weeks ago, the Marauder needed rear control arm bushings on the front end suspension. I come to find out that since the diameter of each end of the bushings were different on the OEM lower control arms & they were no longer available, I had no choice but to replace both lower control arms & used Carfixer's alignment specifications afterwards. The original ball joints were still surprisingly good.
    2003 Marauder 300A
    #3968 of 7838
    Black/Dark Charcoal
    Build date: 08/22/2002
    Adopted: 08/21/2011 at 76,404 miles
    Joined the 100k mile club on 04/14/2013
    at I-95 North at New Smyrna Beach,FL


    List of modifications:
    • Ford Escape 6 CD audiophile unit
    • LCM/EATC upgrades courtesy of FBM

    • Acme wheel lock kit (20 locks/1 key)

    • Trunk plate for 1998-2010 Crown Victoria (Havis part # C-3054)

    • Innovative Interceptors 3.5 in resonator deleted exhaust tips courtesy of RoyLPita

    • Trunk organizer



    1995 Ford CVPI
    Purchased : 03/1999 [77k miles]
    Sold:03/2015 [330k miles]

    2001 Chevrolet Impala
    New DD since 02/2015 [93k miles]

    R.I.P. REX aka S/C CHEESEHEAD


  15. #8940
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadwarrior View Post
    Two weeks ago, the Marauder needed rear control arm bushings on the front end suspension. I come to find out that since the diameter of each end of the bushings were different on the OEM lower control arms & they were no longer available, I had no choice but to replace both lower control arms & used Carfixer's alignment specifications afterwards. The original ball joints were still surprisingly good.
    I noticed the same thing. Seems control arm replacement is the only option.
    You "feel" the difference because you want to "feel" the difference. Since you just spent money on the upgrade you "have" to feel the difference

    I'm looking to eliminate the double pump process I have to follow right now to get the pedal hard

    2004 300A Procharger #0010 D1SC
    2003 300A Procharger #0017 D1SC (SOLD)

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