I put the Mercury back on its tires today. New upper and lower ball joints, sway bar end links (both sides) and a steering idler. Grease in the new zerk joints, oil change, and a short test drive. Wednesday, I'll take it to a good shop and get the front end aligned.
Over the course of my police career, the Ford Crown Victoria dominated police service. This is the same platform, re-badged as a Mercury, with a few more creature comforts than the police cruisers, in which I spent so much time. I know what this car will do, and I know how to drive it. They're great cars, solid, steady, comfortable, and the best part is that there is no car note. It's paid for.
I need a truck, (everybody needs a truck) but I don't need a truck every day. This car keeps the miles off of my pickup, gets me about comfortably, and gets good gas mileage. There's a lot to like in an old car and this one qualifies. They literally don't make them like this anymore.