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Old 06-29-2012, 11:34 PM   #6
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Seeing as how the Grand Prix is out on the road again and seeing some updates alongside the Focus, I thought I'd post up a timeline of how the GP has progressed so far to bring the thread up to date. It's been my project for about 3 and a half years now, but as mentioned my parents bought it new so I've known it for a lot longer than that.

Anyway, without further delay, here's what's happened:

This is one of the first pictures from when I first got the GP. It was bone stock aside from an OEM tape deck, OEM push-button trunk release, and an alarm. This picture is from February 2009, about a month after I got the car.

The first new part was bought in March '09; a 270mm Broadway rear-view mirror because the original was too small for my taste.

In April I came across an old roof rack from one of my parents' previous cars. I put it on but later found out that I'd need to upgrade it.

In May the original windshield was finally replaced with a nice, new one. That was a big improvement. Following that, I also repainted all of the locks, antenna, and part of the wiper cowl black. Details count.

This picture was taken the last day of high school (June 14) and is still one of my favourites.

A few days later I dropped in a new air filter. I went with a lifetime K&N filter and noticed a huge jump in my fuel mileage.

In September, a few days before my birthday I picked up a used (But mint) Thule roof rack. It replaced the original rack which proved to be WAY too noisy.

I got bored and decided to tuck the headlight harnesses.



I also picked up not one, but two Thule 555 fairings (Discontinued and hard to find), for the roof rack.

In January (2010) I won an AWeb rear strut bar off of eBay. I installed it as it was, and then when the weather warmed up I took it out and painted it flat black.

Come April, I got my hands on both an OEM optional rear valence (Single-exhaust specific) and red courtesy light lenses for the doors. The red lenses match my red interior better than the originals.

Later that month I picked up a front strut bar. It's an OEM piece from a 3.4L Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.

I then ordered Goodridge stainless steel braided brake lines to replace the originals. A co-worker of mine installed them, as I had no experience working with brakes and didn't care to learn on my daily driver.

I then got a set of OEM optional side skirts to go with the rear valence. Obviously, they'd need paint first though.

More to come....
2012 YB ST-Converted Focus Sedan [Performance Ford, Sept '14]
1992 BW Grand Prix SE Sedan [restomod project]
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