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    Default Saved from the Demo Derby: 1990 Country Squire

    I look at craigslist and eBay. Searching for stuff I don't need... Or really even want. This is one of those things.

    Presenting the 1990 Country Squire. I don't name my cars, but this one is screaming that it's name is Ruby.

    The seller knew what to say when he mentioned that other potential buyers were A) demo derby guys, B) Motor/trans pullers and scrap the rest, or C) griswold copy cats. Driving up in my rusted wagon made this one look like a cream puff in the rough. Couldn't let them demo a car that is much better than the one I drive daily, now can I? So it came home.

    The bad: not running! Driven about 2000 miles between 2004-2007. Then none at all. It's got 8 year old gas in it that smells like an asphalt plant. Body damage at right taillight and lower rear quarter panel. Broken window on back left door. Non opening front doors from outside. Non opening tailgate. Wire hubcaps... Not a fan.

    The good: very decent underneath in terms of rust. Interior should clean up. Body straight other than that mentioned above. Motor is virgin from what I can tell.






    1 almost rust spot

    Bend in lower rear quarter

    Taillight pushed in:

    No window:

    Door panel off - door lock actuator seized:

    Odometer - thinking 130K

    Untouched engine - noticed original plug wires and hoses at a glance

    Pulled #7 because it was easy to get to. Has some old gas smell from where they tried to get it to run. I'm not even trying to crank it until the fuel system is clean.
    Hasn't run in a while...


    Plans for the weekend: get the fuel system cleaned out. Drop tank. May need a new fuel pump? Strainer too I suppose, and of course a fuel filter. Any tips on blowing out the fuel rails with minimum invasive procedures? Then see if we have spark and valves that aren't stuck.
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    That thing doesn't look nearly as bad as you made it sound. Hell it's probably cleaner then the wagon I'm driving right now. Ironically it too, was destined to be derbied.

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    Those hubcaps are cleaner than the ones I had. I don't mind the look of them, I just couldn't stand only having 3 emblems

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    Cleaning fuel system - seriously? Why not drain it from fuel filter and fill fresh and go...

    Nice wagon for age, location and mileage! You did well - nice work!

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    +1 on looking much better than expected based on your description. It may not be perfect but it's nicer than anything I've ever owned.

    Hopefully 4 or 5 years from now I can stumble across a nice wagon like this (hopefully there will be a few left to stumble upon).

    The odometer may have worked up until the point when the car was parked, but I'd bet a dozen doughnuts that it and the trip odo no longer work. You'll need some new gears if you want them to work.
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    Looks to be in good shape. Hopefully you can find a good place for it. I like the red interior.

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    +1 looks way better than you made it sound.

    +1 cover that open window with something.

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    Is that window wagon specific? Looks like it may be.

    I love a white wagon with wood on the sides. Combined with the red interior, this thing is sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P72Ford View Post
    Is that window wagon specific? Looks like it may be.
    Yep. Wagon rear doors are different from the sedans. They're more upright in the glass.

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    You all are encouraging. My wife hates it! She wants me to get rid of it already, but that's not happening yet. If any of you are seriously interested in buying it at any point, please let me know. I really don't need another car but couldn't let this one die in a derby.

    Quote Originally Posted by pantera77 View Post
    That thing doesn't look nearly as bad as you made it sound. Hell it's probably cleaner then the wagon I'm driving right now. Ironically it too, was destined to be derbied.
    Luckily the seller cared enough to tell the derby guy no. There's a place for derby cars but not ones that are nicer than what we're driving!

    Quote Originally Posted by TecNickal View Post
    Cleaning fuel system - seriously? Why not drain it from fuel filter and fill fresh and go...

    Nice wagon for age, location and mileage! You did well - nice work!
    I am thinking we may have some residue in there. Hopefully not, but I want to check. That stuff is sticky and I don't want it to hang an injector, or even a valve and bend pushrods. Had that happen on an FE pickup one time.

    Quote Originally Posted by VicCrownVic View Post
    Hopefully 4 or 5 years from now I can stumble across a nice wagon like this (hopefully there will be a few left to stumble upon).

    The odometer may have worked up until the point when the car was parked, but I'd bet a dozen doughnuts that it and the trip odo no longer work. You'll need some new gears if you want them to work.
    They are getting rare around here. Especially the wagons. I've got inspection tickets that show very gradual mileage increases since 2004ish through 2008ish when the PO stopped driving it completely. It's different from what it reads now by a little bit, so I am hoping it's working. Previous owner that had it from Sept to now wrote 162,845 actual as the odometer reading. Too bad that's impossible with a 5 digit odometer, and inspection tickets to prove the odometer hasn't been changed recently. Guess I will have to title it as not actual miles instead of exceeds.
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    Looks better then you made it out to be.
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    So what if it needs some TLC. Another one saved from destruction. Good score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera77 View Post
    That thing doesn't look nearly as bad as you made it sound. Hell it's probably cleaner then the wagon I'm driving right now. Ironically it too, was destined to be derbied.
    He probably was worried one of us would buy it out from under him. =-)

    Not a bad score at all Tiggie.

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    If your wife hates it now. Just polish it out. Paint with washable paint " I LOVE YOU" on the side window in her favorite color. Bring her a dozen of flowers and arrange them for her. It will put her in a better mood.

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    Looks pretty decent! Awesome save from the derby. Any plans on making this your new daily driver?

    I agree with the others, getting that window glass for the back door might be a bit annoying but should be do-able.

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    I would drop the tank and either replace it, or clean it really well. Really well. This was a major issue on my white coupe. It sat, and I *though* I cleaned the tank well. Filled with a box of drywall screws and a gallon of acetone I shook the hell out of it for a half hour. It wasn't clean enough, and I suffered issues with plugged fuel filters for a really long time. Unbelievably aggravating.

    I'd probably also get at least a couple filters. Maybe pull the injectors and clean the rails out, new o rings, and make sure the injectors aren't FUBAR. With the tank clean, rig the pump to run with the rails unplugged and make sure you're getting clean gas; flush the line so to speak. Provided the rest of the fluids are good, give it a whirl.

    As for wifey not falling in love it... women! She's not my wife yet, but I got a heaping helping of nonsense when I brought my highboy home (probably because I still had my Dodge). "Why do you need 2 trucks and a daily driver???" I told her the Dodge would go as soon as I could sell it (and it did), but that I couldn't pass up on such a rust free example . Opportunity knocks but once, whether you have other stuff going on or not. When I sold the truck in October I think she was more upset than me. She will come around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    If your wife hates it now. Just polish it out. Paint with washable paint " I LOVE YOU" on the side window in her favorite color. Bring her a dozen of flowers and arrange them for her. It will put her in a better mood.
    Her birthday is Saturday and I was going to get her flowers anyway...



    Quote Originally Posted by slack View Post
    Looks pretty decent! Awesome save from the derby. Any plans on making this your new daily driver?

    I agree with the others, getting that window glass for the back door might be a bit annoying but should be do-able.
    No plans for a daily yet. Until the red one gives up the ghost. IF I keep it for an extended length of time, it will eventually replace the red one but as a nicer cruiser that I can actually take to a cruise night without people vomiting over the wavy sides of the red one.


    Quote Originally Posted by P72Ford View Post
    I would drop the tank and either replace it, or clean it really well. Really well. This was a major issue on my white coupe. It sat, and I *though* I cleaned the tank well. Filled with a box of drywall screws and a gallon of acetone I shook the hell out of it for a half hour. It wasn't clean enough, and I suffered issues with plugged fuel filters for a really long time. Unbelievably aggravating.
    Going to try to clean it out, but I may just buy a new tank if its too bad. $115 bucks would be money well spent I think. Good tip on the filters - will get several.
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    Looks like a gem to me! I hate the thought of these beauties going to the crusher, unless it's a totally rusted-out shitbox. Even then, let us pillage it for useful parts first

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    If you keep it consider getting a 140MPH CVPI speedo and doing the odo and trip gears in it instead.
    And while you're at it change it over to a six digit odo. at the same time.
    nice wagon and easily fixed!

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    You might be able to buy a brand new tank and pump from rock auto fairly reasonable.

    Spectra which is Canadian made $230 for tank and pump $100 for just the tank.
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