View Full Version : The family racecar, my 89 Country Squire

01-07-2007, 11:32 PM
Figured I'd do a dedicated thread to the truckster.

Bought bone stock one owner car in June of 2004. Replaced the air filter within a mile of driving it off the lot.
To pass Maryland safety inspection it needed the drivers side rear shock tighted up and the input shaft seal on the steering box replaced. It also needed the idler arm replaced, a heater core, valve cover gaskets, new front swaybar bushings, and the timing set correctly.

Within 3 weeks it had Mustang Bullitt wheels on it.

At Scottfest 05 I picked up a police rear bar and a 140 speedo.

By the end of July I had a new 1996 Explorer motor waiting to be modified and installed.

September started with the rear axle from my previous crown victoria, a 3.73 traction lock equipped unit. About a week later I threw on an old ass flowmaster muffler onto the stock exhaust.

First autocross was also that month. (I think) Finished 8th from last.

Next couple of months was getting the motor together and installing it. And spending tons of money.

December I finally got the car together and got the exhaust done at Meinike.

Spent a few months attempting to get everything sorted with the motor.

Dropped the car off with Scott June 5th to get big brakes, 02 PI steering box, and transmission. It also got a one of a kind mass air conversion utilizing parts from a Lincoln Mark VIII, 04 Crown Vic Interceptor, and various other panthers. Drove the car home Sept 4th.

Beginning of October I got the alignment straightened out and tossed on a set of cargo coils on the rear. Car crapped out on the way to an autocross.

Been fighting tuning issues since. Finally got the big stuff fixed Dec31th 2006. Sparkplugs....:arg: Go figure. Blew a tire out on the way home from the New Years celebration :wtf:

Jan 7th 2007, Installed an LPW Girdle and cap stud kit. Deep AOD pan is waiting to go on. Will be getting new tires this week hopefully. Since I spent a bit of time under the car, I looked and though abot what to do with the rear suspension. The car handles incredibly, and will NOT understeer at all. So, I need to make the rear hook better.

Things to do as of now:
Front speakers
Hawk Pads
Rear suspension: LCA's, Panhard, uppers?
Race tires- Azenis, AVON, of Kumho V700's or victoracers?
Steering Column: replace damn bearing, Make wheel adapter, Cruise Control
Power steering cooler
Install trans pan
Sound deadening
Rear Shock upgrade
Squeaks and rattles

That's all I can think of right now.... I'll have to start getting all the pics together tomorrow...

01-09-2007, 06:49 PM
June 05 Wheel, VC gasket, and PS box seal install

Before Sept 05... 3.73 Traction lock equipped axle install.

July '06 Skippyville
Sept '06


Sept 9th

Beginning of Oct 06 Cargo coil install

01-09-2007, 06:51 PM
The evening I was top ride on cardomian for a few minutes...


01-19-2007, 12:55 PM
Damn... nice wagon.

01-19-2007, 02:39 PM
it's quite a machine, i feel honored having wrenched on it

01-19-2007, 07:32 PM
I've had the pleasure of going around the cul-de-sac in it!

01-21-2007, 03:00 AM
Awesome wagon Mike. Hopefully i'll get to see it one day in person.

01-21-2007, 11:05 AM
Awesome wagon Mike. Hopefully i'll get to see it one day in person.


Nathan in MI
01-21-2007, 01:07 PM
Is there some reason this hasn't been stickied?

01-21-2007, 01:17 PM
becuase his waggin is teh poopie!!!!!!! duh!!! :D

Mike would you like this as a spotlight, or an easily updatable readers rides thread???

01-24-2007, 10:54 PM
Hopefully one day I'll either have the CP or GM sedan clone of it. :merk:

Awesome wagon Mike.

Nathan in MI
01-24-2007, 10:58 PM
Congrats on the sticky, mang!

And have I mentioned before how much I admire the work you've done to that thing? Before I saw your car, I never knew a wagon could be made to handle that well...I thought the extra weight would be a handicap.

01-25-2007, 04:29 PM
Just think how well a tudor would handle with those suspension mods.

01-25-2007, 04:33 PM
Guess a spotlight, and I'll copy it/make another thread to make updates.

Jan 19, 2006. new tires...


01-27-2007, 09:36 PM
Just think how well a tudor would handle with those suspension mods.

Prolly not as well. Wagons have a nice advantage. Damn near 50/50 wieght distribution. The disadvantage is that it's all added wieght.

04-27-2007, 01:38 PM
3/25/07 Autocross Pics. Car works pretty well.



04-03-2009, 07:48 AM
4/2/09 Wheel set #5

05-16-2012, 05:03 PM
Haven't done much with the car since '08. Axle has been the cause of many headaches and much money spent. Recently I yanked the tru-trac out and tossed it in the scrap pile and slapped in an old junk trac-lok I had sitting around. Picked up a set of 17x9" and 17x10.5" bullitts with Hoosier A6 slicks on them. Been looking at what I need to do to get the rear ride height where I want.

05-16-2012, 05:56 PM
HPicked up a set of 17x9" and 17x10.5" bullitts with Hoosier A6 slicks on them.

are you TRYING to break it again? :rofl:

05-09-2019, 04:02 PM
And now this....

05-09-2019, 04:25 PM
Is that the IRS swap you talked about a good while back?

05-09-2019, 04:34 PM
I was going to say the same thing! I heard about this AGES ago. Way cool is finally getting in there.

05-09-2019, 05:42 PM
Yes and no.... Not the same IRS. The old one was a supercoupe IRS. This one is a performance pack S550 Mustang IRS. Massive brakes, super 8.8, torsen diff, 3.73s, few aftermarket parts tossed on there. Also fits like a friggin dream. Perfect fit between the rails, I'm still using the factory driveshaft (an aluminum one) with a different flange. The downers? I have to make a custom fuel tank, and coilovers have to be used.

05-09-2019, 11:05 PM
How much fabrication did you have to do to get that to mount in there?

05-10-2019, 12:57 PM
Not much at all. Basically some L brackets on the frame for the 4 mounting points. I'll have to make a crossmember for the coilover mounts. Bought a small u joint to large pattern flange for the driveshaft, and used a F150 pinion flange to get the standard 4 bolt flange instead of the CV joint style on the new cars. Fuel tank will need to be made from scratch. I could do the easy thing and throw a fuel cell where the rear seats are, but I want the jump seats-and all that weight out behind the axle isn't good for handling. Plan is to make a tank that goes under the rear seats, similar to BMW, the MN12 chassis, S550 mustang, etc...

05-10-2019, 06:45 PM

06-10-2019, 02:42 PM
. Picked up a set of 17x9" and 17x10.5" bullitts


Do you know the manufacturer & backspace of the 17 X 10s?

What year was the rear that was in it at the time?

Thanks Mang

06-10-2019, 03:57 PM
Any chance we could get some detailed pics of how that IRS is installed?

07-05-2019, 11:53 AM
Hey Mike,

Any idea of the bs on the front wheels?
What size tires?
Any clearance issues?

Thanks Mang.