Went to look into why the exhaust on the crown vic has gotten exponentially louder in the past couple days (the ball flange at the manifold/cat joint is inexplicably floppy-loose, fix TBD) and was greeted by some pinch weld hanging down. A quick poke and out it came.

Yes that’s a 15-inch ruler and 16 inches of pinch weld.

In case anyone was curious “just how rusty is his crown vic which he declares to have terminal rot?” - this is how rusty it is. The rockers don’t exist anymore and the pinch weld is falling off. The door sills are rusting through and I can get a finger through all four wheel wells.

Frame’s solid, though!

This is why I’m buying another car this spring.