What did you do to your LS today?

With all the OEM parts drying up....even springs aren't sold anymore ...the LS/LSE are definitely becoming antiques
Ironically that's kinda why i got mine, thought it would be cool to have antique plates on an old Lincoln. However that was before i knew about all the cooling system problems and lack of parts, prolly not gonna make it to be old enough to qualify for the antique \collector plates, which i think is about 40 years in my state, ha
I'm a day late again. Just realized that I don't get on the computer on the same days that I work on the cars. Anyway, yesterday I went to Harry's of Pennsburg and scored an '06 front bumper and a pair of waaay under there splash shields. The bumper is something that our late son wanted for the car so I obliged his wishes. The RF window regulator has also been removed and the seats are tattered, the wheels are used but otherwise it is all in, albeit dirty, pretty good shape. It is also the first '06 I recall ever seeing.
Pedal pads came yesterday and they looked very familiar, they are same as the ones on our manual Escort. No surprise there! The cup holder with door came during the night, it was on the steps this morning. Pleasant surprise, it's not midnight black, it's dark charcoal, same as our interior. AWESOM!
Went on another online spending spree, though not as big as the one I went on in December. I bought a pair of rear lower control arms and shifter seals from Jaguar.oempartsonline.com, a set of clutch screws, and a hydraulic hose/tube (so I will now have all the parts for a clutch job) and a set of isolators from Terry's Jaguar, and a pair of pedal pads and, get this, a single cup holder (manual guys will understand) from, not a salvage yard, but of all places, Ford Parts Giant! The cup holder has a couple minus's its not a color that any 2000 interior had (midnight black) and I had to pay a $10 antique part premium. Is my LS an antique? Anyone out there have antique plate on their LS? I don't, it's the newest car I have. Oh well, it was affordable and I can paint to match. Still on the list are a right side valve cover gasket set, sport springs and shocks. Not to mention a few parts for the Escorts.

Say, LSE_4_LYFE, probably too late now, but Terry's Jaguar has whole shift assemblies for about $560. Maybe the same as LS's. I did end up finding a spare transmission that had the shift linkage attached. Ty thou, I appreciate it.
After owning the car for a while i am positive i will keep it, so i decided to take care of the chassis to make sure it will serve me a long time . First two pictures are before the treatment after the wash. The last two are after the car was treated.




I washed it, looked at it, and dreamed about its future. All I've really done recently. My car hobby has taken a huge hit on 3 fronts: I haven't had space to be a shade tree mechanic in a few years, house hunting is my priority for all excess money, and, worst of all, I got into motorcycles a few years ago. They have an incredibly better packing density and significantly more smiles per gallon. But, ironically, the insane speed of $3k motorcycles has just about destroyed my desire to engine swap the LS. I'm not sure even $30k would get me comparable acceleration with a spartan build. Don't get me wrong, I will keep the LS as long as it's alive. Probably a little longer, actually. Sentimentality and all that. LSes still have that unique driving character that's hard to find elsewhere. Just something about these cars.
Roof leaked and had for some time, finally got around to dropping headliner enough to find the drain tube had shrunk and detached from the nipple. Spliced in a piece of rigid tube, secured with clamps, good to go. Couple of days later the 5A fuse for interior and puddle lamps starts blowing. Logical suspect is the prior repair, so down comes the headliner. Now one of the screws holding the visor in place won't come out so I have to pry it out. Turns out when I reinstalled the visor, the screw nicked the wire to the vanity mirror light, shorted the circuit and fried the screw. My prying it out also destroyed the speednut. Eff me. No replacement fitting available. Was able to pull the bracket clipped into the roof to which the visor screws mount, the bracket was too thin to weld so cut a couple of tin strips to size, sandwiched the speednut between them, secured in place with JB weld and drilled a small hole to accommodate the replacement screw. Reinstalled, it worked! Didn't bother with reconnecting the vanity light, who needs it anyway. Secured the wire out of the way so it couldn't happen again. But that's how it's going to be with this car, field expediency in light of the increasing unavailability of parts.
I think I finalized my look for my exhaust. I didn't like the sound of straight pipe.

Drove my mustang today and its a beast.(94 Saleen Tribute, f-cammed 331(she chops) and geared) loud and rowdy. its exhaust is almost too much long tubes, x pipe, spintech 9000's and 2.5 piping all the way. can't wait to add the vortech V2 to it.
youtube link to my 94

I made a post of doing a spintech dual in dual out muffler and not doing an x-pipe. was thinking of a h pipe after the cats but now looking at how big and restrictive those are I am thinking hi-flow cats off of fleabay. its the same muffler I used on my 65 mustang with a 6 cyl and I just added tailpipes off the mufflers. thinking that with the lincoln its going to be louder.
youtube link to the 65

I made a deal with my wife to not have all of my cars sounding like the mustang (as in loudness). so thinking of adding some resonators

Ideas thoughts?
Still working out this 05(-14?) Mustang all-aluminum, bigger than stock-LS radiator. It has physically fit so far with AC and the gen 1 hydraulic fan. First bleed did not bleed at all so I drained it all. I'm working on an adapter bracket for the modified lower mount since it's sagging on the passenger side with just a hacked mount. It needs adapter hanging brackets for the coolers/condenser. Fun fact: the gen 1 combo cooler is actually 3 circuits: it cools the hydraulic fan fluid too! Not fun for fitment

Edit: this is of course following the footsteps of DeviLSh from around here in the thread
Devin's 06 LS - Round 2

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I gotta share something with you guys and gals. I hope yall don't mind me sharing it here. Its not what i did to my LS today its what someone else did this morning. I got rear ended by a F250 Ford Truck at about 60 mph....I got whiplash, I feel shell shocked il probably have to go to the ER tomorrow and make sure nothing is messed up in my neck but man i gotta tell yall my feelings hurt more than anything. Its not good at all. It buckled my back passenger quarterpanel and pushed it over the back of the back passenger door to where it won't come open. It mashed my trunk lid, my bumper and tail lights into the trunk. It smashed the spare tire well. And thats just what i can see. No telling what else is damaged once you start to take it apart. Im still sick to my stomach seeing it smashed up like that. Ive put so much time an money an blood and sweat into keeping this car up and running great and all it took was someone not paying attention for a few seconds to ruin it. I was able to drive it home but I dont see any insurance company trying to fix it with all the damage. Besides its already been rebuilt once about 9 years before i bought it in 2021. Its probably a total loss even though it still runs n drives. After the cop made his report I drove it to work then home. Im sorry guys for posting about this here but I know if anyone understands what im feeling it would be my fellow LS'ers.
I'm sorry to hear that, but glad you are ok.

However... you may want to go to the ER, or your family doctor. You may have whiplash, which will probably set in in a couple days, and last for a few days. Neck x-ray might be good to have too.
Thanks 04 I really do appreciate it. Im gonna go get checked out tomorrow. I can feel it in my neck when i turn my head . I went ahead and worked today it kept my mind off the wreck. My insurance lady told me the exact same thing you just did. She said go whether i was having problems or not cause i might feel good for a few days then all at once start having problems. Its just been a long day.
I put a car on its roof a number of years back. Ended up laying on the couch for 5 days cause my neck pain was so severe.

14 years later... my neck still pops from time to time.

Take care of you neck!!!
Soft tissue damage from collisions can last a long time if not address. I was hit in 2014 outside the H-town Rodeo that cause great pain. Four days later at the chiropratic office, I had a KSD treatment which help greatly on pain but not on healing. The second chiropractor handled the next four months of treatment which did help but not completely. On a dare from the first chiropractor I searched out a Rolfer massage therapist. I was very fortunate to had found a Master Rolfer taught by Dr. Ida Rolf. If interested you can investigate the history this type of massage therapy which goes back to post WWII era. I went through the 10 standard sessions ( eight core, two elective ). I found complete healing through Rolfing with much increase mobiltiy and no or little pain. This therapy cost was all out of pocket with no health insurance and settlement inclusion.,
But was worth the expense and is performed periodically as a maintenance regiment due driving +100k miles a year. With the majority of the population in SUVs and pick-ups, driving skill level has dipped some. Practicing safety vigilance is a priority in mid-level sport cars that we enjoy.

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