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Lounge / Welcome To The New Board!
So we did this thing and it mostly converted fine. For the most part, the new board works just like the old one. The big difference is that this platform is actively being developed and secured, while vBulletin withers away.

If you didn’t see it in the News box on the homepage, your user info did transfer but you will need to reupload your sig image and avatar. Avatars can be 100x100 pixels now. Sig files can be 400 x 150 pixels. We'll go with these dimensions for now and see how they work out.

We’re also working on getting the old attached images to convert, which may take awhile. We ask for patientce on that, as it’s really tedious stuff.

That being said...we know you’re gonna find small issues here and there, and that is expected, so please let us know in this thread so we can identify and fix them (and perhaps help someone else with the same problem).

By the way...this entire post was originally made from my phone. So things are modern now. Yay us!  8)

But the arcade didn't make it... *sniff*...

Last but not least, a huge THANK YOU to everyone that donated to upgrade this board to keep it going for many more years. Couldn't have done it without you! Y'all are the best.
Lounge / Donations and Site Update
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to keep you updated on the site updates and our future plans.

We have moved this board to a new server already (around the beginning of November 2018). So far so good...things went really smooth in the transition. There have been no noticeable hiccups or errors on our end, so for the time being, it's running just fine.

That being said...we've ruled out updating vBulletin for a few reasons. We found out it's essentially a dead product now (the development team disbanded, actually), and it has not been actively updated for a year or so, which means a lot of security holes will never get patched. So far we've been very lucky as far as spamming and bots, but we don't exactly want to encourage them by not having the latest patches. Purchasing and installing an expensive vBulletin upgrade, while technically solving some issues, only buys us so much time before we'd need to do this all over again. So the time has come to ditch it.

The good news is, we've found a few other viable candidates that are lower cost and are still being actively produced, with large community support forums. We'll be doing some test installs and beta testing over the next few weeks. Keep in mind that we have to translate our current database over to the test board software, and it's a rather large database (accumulating since 2006-ish), so things are taking a little longer than, say, a fresh install from scratch. Of course, one of the priorities is that the new board software have a real, usable search feature so we're going to give that a thorough rundown in testing. All of the candidate software has newer features like responsive design for mobile devices, custom themes, uploading photos from mobile devices, etc. so those issues will definitely get resolved.

Alex (baxo) and I have limited time over the holidays to work on this but we'll do the best we can and keep everyone updated here.

In the meantime...a huge THANK YOU to all those that have donated. With your donations we were able to purchase better multi-year hosting which really takes some pressure off of us. We'll continue to judiciously use the funds for the site upgrades and future purchases.

If you are looking to donate, the PayPal address is

Thanks again for your support, your patience, and your interest in this site!

P.S. Is anyone using the arcade? We turned the tab back on with the hopes we'll get some grudge matches going. :hick:
Body/Appearance/Interior / LED Bulb Conversion (Whole Car)
So I got this idea to convert my '84 Cougar over to LED. It didn't need the conversion but I simply wanted to see if it could be done successfully. Over the years I'd seen various scattered reports of people attempting it, with mixed results, and I thought, "It's 2018, this should be a no-brainer."

Well, I dove right in and through a lot of trial and error, I made a game plan that so far is working great.

First my rules for myself (because I'm a stickler for details):

- Everything has to appear stock as much as possible.
- ALL lights get changed. Every single one in the entire car. It's all or nothing.
- If possible, keep the stock light range (~4500K).
- Make sure I can switch back to stock incandescent bulbs in the future if I want.
- All bulbs should remain dimmable if they were originally set up that way.

I am failing at that third one, because even though there are a lot of bulbs to choose from, most seem to be in the 6000K light range which puts out a whiter-to-blue light pattern. Which is fine, don't get me wrong, but not what I really really wanted.

But everything else is good so far.

I'm quickly finding out what works and what doesn't. I've got a few hundred dollars' worth of unused bulbs laying around doing nothing, because they didn't work for one reason or another. I've bought several packages of fuses due to some unexpected blowouts. And I've got a bucket full of the original bulbs from the car...and when I say 'original', I mean FROM 1984. It's possible that none of them had ever been changed!

Anyway...I'm going to post progress photos here as I get them. The car is dirty and I need to get it a little more presentable for photos. It's also very difficult to photograph this.

But I started with the dash bulbs, which are notoriously dim in 1983-84 dashes. They are 194 bulbs in the 6K range and are dimmable. See photos below...
T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars WANTED / Wtd: 1984 Cougar/T-Bird Radio Panel
Looking for a good, unbroken 1984 radio panel with the electronic radio option (not the 2-post holes) and no System Sentry. Don’t need an ’83 panel, must be for an ’84.

I know, this is a longshot but would appreciate any leads. TIA
T-Bird/Cougar Parts & Cars FOR SALE / H4 Headlamp Conversion Kit 83-86 FS
I'm selling an H4 conversion kit for 1983-86 (4-eye) cars. Complete with 4 housings, 4 95W bulbs (plus extras), and wiring harness with relays. These will require slight modification to the headlamp back housings (just enlarging the center hole a bit, nothing major). The harness supersedes the stock headlight connectors, so they won't need any modification. Just plug the driver's side low/high beam harness into this one, connect both grounds to the stock locations, connect directly to the battery, and you're good to go--no wiring needs repinned! Relays isolate both sides for super reliability.
Everything is in great shape...this came off the convertible as I'm going a different route on that car, and all wiring was protected from the elements. There is a big difference between the stock halogen sealed beams and the H4 lamps. Plus changing out bulbs is a nice touch and really easy.

$100 + shipping. Located in NE Ohio.
Lounge / COOL CATS Update
Just wanted to let everyone know that the all-new COOL CATS site is now launched and live. It works natively with smartphones and tablets now, and I've redone all the photos on the site as well. It was about 4 months of work that, frankly, I thought would drag on through winter but fortunately things worked out to be a lot sooner than that.

Thanks to quite a few people here, there's a lot of new and/or corrected info, a few new articles, and lots more photos than I'd ever be able to collect by myself. For that, you have my eternal thanks.

If anyone sees something that's not quite right, or has something to contribute, or I forgot to give you credit somewhere, please let me know. Thanks!
Miscellaneous For Sale/Wanted / Misc. Computer Related Parts FS
Hey all, wanted to give the board peeps first shot at these items before posting locally.
All items work great and are in great shape with original box and instructions, except where noted.
Shipping from 44471 (Northeast Ohio).
PM if interested!


Other World Computing Mercury Elite AL Pro External Drive

Mac or PC
Machined extruded aluminum case

Firewire 400, Firewire 800 & USB 2.0 connections
Comes with 220 GB SATA hard drive, Firewire 800 cable, power connector, pro restore software
Cost $70 new
PRICE: $30 +shipping

Other World Computing Mercury Elite Aluminum Pro External Drive
Mac or PC
Machined extruded aluminum case

FireWire 400, Firewire 800, USB 2.0 and eSATA connections
Bare case only; add your own SATA hard drive
Comes with Firewire 800 cable, power connector
Cost $70 new
PRICE: $40 +shipping

Kensington Bluetooth Mouse
Great shape, no wear or tear. It is a little on the large side -- not wimpy, feels great in the hand, has comfort rubber grips. Two buttons plus a scroll wheel. Works GREAT! Comes with original packaging and Kensington software. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included). For PC or Mac.
Cost $50+ new
PRICE: $20 +shipping

Apple Bluetooth Keyboard
Works on PC or Mac
This is the original first-generation Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard with full extended number keypad. Works GREAT! No wear or tear, great shape, in like-new condition. Comes with original packaging and software. Requires 4 AA batteries (not included). A1016
Cost $100 new
PRICE: $25 +shipping

Samsung SyncMaster 226BW LCD (TFT) External Monitor
22", 1680 x 1050 resolution
2ms response time, 75 Hz refresh rate, 16:10 aspect ratio
VGA and DVI connections
Works perfectly, rarely used, excellent condition
Cost $200+ new
PRICE: $50  +shipping

SIIG Ultra ATA 133/100 Pro PCI Card
For Apple Power Mac G3 (blue and white) and early G4 models ONLY
This PCI card will allow older Apple G4 Mac models to bypass the built-in 128GB hard drive hardware limitation. Also a great way to add multiple large-capacity ATA drives to the inside of your G4! Never used, includes instructions and cables inside original packaging. THIS CARD IS FOR APPLE COMPUTERS ONLY.
Cost $60 new
PRICE: $10 +shipping

Apple iBook G3 12" Dual USB Model
This 12" iBook G3 has been upgraded from stock as far as it can go (max RAM, upgraded to SuperDrive, larger hard drive, etc). Everything is in working order and it operates like new! It's in good shape--no wear on the keys, palm rest area, trackpad, etc. NEVER DROPPED OR ABUSED. Screen is in great shape, no dead pixels, no burn-in, bright illumination. Great lightweight second computer for Web surfing, e-mail, etc.
700 MHz processor
640 MB RAM
Upgraded slot-loading Superdrive (CD-R, DVD-R, etc.)
80 GB hard drive (stock was 20GB!)
Airport card (802.11b)
Dual USB ports
Firewire 400 port
Built-in modem
Ethernet port
Built-in stereo speakers
Power adapter
OS X v10.4.11 (fresh install)
***No original box***

PRICE: $100 +shipping

Lounge / The Hat Trick
1 NOS leather wrapped steering wheel, Academy Blue, with cruise control and NOS horn center
1 NOS Academy Blue console lid
1 NOS dark blue dash pad

The three highest-wear interior items, all correct, in boxes, and ready to go. Finally got the last piece yesterday after looking for about 7 years.

The sum? About $700.
I paid less than that for the whole car. ;)

Now if I could only find that elusive NOS heater panel...
Lounge / The Album That Changed You
As the long-form LP format slowly dies, those of us that have been around for awhile (and may even remember AOR format on the radio) have fond memories of the album as a whole, rather than a bunch of singles put together.

So...what album(s) changed you? Good or bad. Any decade. Any genre.
Remember: ALBUM, as in "the entire thing", not just for the singles. Concept albums welcome.