I’ve heard conflicting opinions about what’s best: metal, rubber, or plastic. But certainly not a consensus, which seems strange to me. Especially when people have been doing this for a while and there are sites like (Caddyman mentioned) www.crownvic.net devoted to these cars. While I continue to search for a good answer, at least it’s July and won’t rain much around here for at least several weeks, if not months. But the sooner I can figure this out the better. Oh yeah, and I’d also like to be able to paint over it and have it try to match the existing white coat.
It’s a 2009 Interceptor, was used by a nearby Sheriff affiliation. Mileage just tipped 180K while test driving it to-from the Goodyear I had it inspected. Not sure about the “idle hours”, I’ll want to check that. Other than the holes on the roof/trunk there are two 3" slits where the push-bar was removed. The inside needs a good vacuuming. The dealer/guy who sold the car (he got it as inventory just last Monday) did some cleaning on the front seats with some nauseating cleaner. So I need to steam clean those seats. The dash is in mostly good shape aside from some left over mounting hardware for some PD equipment.
The transmission needs a full flush, the front brakes are functional but at about 20% stopping power, and I need a new air filter. Parts and labor would be about $350 if I took it to the same shop. The seller agreed to take the cost of repair off the sale price, so – cash in hand – I came away with spending $2,300 for the car.
Anytime I get a car looked at I use my benchmark: I need this to get me across the country and back and keep going, with nothing but a smooth ride. The alternator was recently rebuilt and all the hoses were replaced with “racing grade” components. After looking under the hood I could easily pick them out, but I couldn’t tell you anything about them off hand. Just they’re pretty baby-blue.
Still… I need to get those holes plugged.