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Mr, White was part of a fleet order, Ford doesn't put special paint stickers on onesie orders, for, I suspect Quest Dianostics. He was hit hard in the right B pillar and repaired before we purchased him at Straub Lincoln/Mercury in Keyport NJ in late 2006. He was in near perfect condition and had only 47,000 miles. I drove him hard (some of my commutes are long) year round, meaning that he has been exposed to a LOT of salt. In 2016, after rust started becoming apparent, I investigated the depth of the problem and found, that except for the floor, it wasn't that bad and decided to take him out of "Winter Service" and begin repairs. Then in November disaster struck. My son had a seizure while driving, hit a Jeep Liberty head on, ricocheted over a curb, up a steep embankment (which filled the bottom of the engine compartment full of sod), through a chain link fence on to a baseball field. Mr. White sat in the driveway, because I wanted his almost like new interior for his replacement, until spring, when our son announced that 2 wheels, 2 tires and a RF strut would put the car back on the road. It also needed a front bumper, RF door (both of which I already had on hand) and RF fender. I provided the parts; he made the repairs and Mr. White was driven to CA in May 2017 (and has 2 more trips since then). Crazy thing, it went down the road straight as an arrow without an alignment. Mr. White has been an ongoing project since, but in 2020 (since I was home a lot) I made a push to remove all visible evidence of the accident and restore the wheels we had bought for our sons Escort and install them. There is still some pulling to be done under the bodywork and more rust to be eliminated behind the back seat, but the pictures show progress through last year.
 

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After putting 220,000 on a car, it becomes family. Same with my '56, I've driven it more than 320,000 miles, I don't really know, the bearings in the odometer only last about 100,000 and it takes me about 3,000? to get around to replacing them.
 
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