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Thread: The family racecar, my 89 Country Squire

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    Default The family racecar, my 89 Country Squire

    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.... Go figure. Blew a tire out on the way home from the New Years celebration

    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
    Tires
    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...
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    Pics....
    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
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    The evening I was top ride on cardomian for a few minutes...

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    Damn... nice wagon.
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    it's quite a machine, i feel honored having wrenched on it

    1986 lincoln towncar signature series. 5.0 HO with thumper performance ported e7 heads, 1.7 roller rockers, warm air intake, 65mm throttle body, 1/2" intake spacer, ported intakes, 3.73 rear with trac lock, 98-02 front brake conversion, 92-97 rear disc conversion, 1" rear swaybar, 1 3/16" front swaybar, 16" wheels and tires, loud ass stereo system, badass cb, best time to date 15.94 at 87 mph. lots of mods in the works 221.8 rwhp 278 rwt
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    1987 TriBurner and 1986 Alaska stokers keeping me warm. (and some pesky oil heat)

    please be patient, rebuilding an empire!


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    I've had the pleasure of going around the cul-de-sac in it!



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    Awesome wagon Mike. Hopefully i'll get to see it one day in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88Vic
    Awesome wagon Mike. Hopefully i'll get to see it one day in person.
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    Other: 95 Ranger, 74 F250, 68 Mustang, 94 Mustang
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    Working with half my brain tied behind my back just to make it fair Nathan in MI's Avatar
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    Is there some reason this hasn't been stickied?

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    becuase his waggin is teh poopie!!!!!!! duh!!!

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

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    Hopefully one day I'll either have the CP or GM sedan clone of it.

    Awesome wagon Mike.
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    G-pa's old car, but he's cruisin around heaven in his 69 wagon now
    Future plans:Semi HO conversion, or Explorer motor swap, shift kit, PI springs and sway bars, KYB-GR2 shocks

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    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.

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    Just think how well a tudor would handle with those suspension mods.
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    Guess a spotlight, and I'll copy it/make another thread to make updates.

    Jan 19, 2006. new tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88Vic
    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.
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    3/25/07 Autocross Pics. Car works pretty well.



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    4/2/09 Wheel set #5
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrltd View Post
    HPicked up a set of 17x9" and 17x10.5" bullitts with Hoosier A6 slicks on them.
    are you TRYING to break it again?

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