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    I love that Fairlane, I have wanted a 68 ish wagon for years.

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    The patina on your "wood" panels is cool. I have wanted to spray some dull clear mixed with a little grey to make The MegaMerc's "weathered" panels look like driftwood. Don't know how the tape would react too paint tho...

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    I can hardly contain myself right now, I'm absolutely giddy about this:

    2020-08-24 @ 76,983km
    Front end aligned at a an old-school shop that knows their stuff.
    Tires purchased from Canadian Tire and mounted on my police steelies which have been epoxy-coated, and have aluminum dog dish caps.

    225/70R15 Goodyear Wrangler SR-A at a very economical $108 Canadian each.

    The view as I walked out of the tire place...



    Absolutely stunning. This is the exact image I had in mind for this car. It's the exact amount of rake I wanted, the exact ride height, the exact wheels and the exact tires.










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    Bonus points for the shop for putting the weights on the back side!

    Looks good.

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    Aren't Wranglers truck tires? Fronts look a bit "meaty."

    +2 for weights on the back side, kills me when shops don't do that. I dig the steelies with dog dish hub caps as well. It's really coming together. So is the van, it runs, drives AND stops! Fine tuning is what's going to kill it..
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    Fronts and rears are identical, wagons just have bigger rear wheel wells and that combined with the narrower rear track on pre-90, plus the modestly wider track in the front due to the front end swap means any tire looks a little smaller back there. With the old tires I was considering spacers for the rear but I no longer think that's needed, considering the depth of the tire relative to the bottom of the wheel arches.

    These are P tires, as in passenger as in usually car/small SUV. The Wrangler tire line often is on trucks or SUVs though. I specifically wanted the cheapest, major brand, white letter tire that I could buy, and this absolutely satisfied those requirements. I'm also glad I went up to the 225/70 instead of stock-correct 215/70 as I think they would have looked a little skinny. Between getting the wheels blasted (I don't feel he did a good job at this) and coated (I feel he did a good job at this, but I had to bring them back for some fixes after the first time) and the tires, and the wheel purchase from the junkyard, I believe I'm around $1200 Canadian into the wheel and tire package.

    I hadn't even thought to ask about the weights going on the back, but I'm glad the tech did it that way. Didn't even look to see if they're rim weights or sticky weights. Newly coated perfectly clean wheels would take sticky weights well, so maybe that's what he used.

    The car rides and drives fantastic now that it's aligned properly and is on good rubber. The speed-related vibration I was chasing seems to have been cured which confirms a tire was at fault. Steering is pretty much perfectly on-centre, box does have a small amount of the usual slop, but the rag joint is like new.
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    The white letters look good man. Glad the vibration thing is no longer an issue.
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    Looks great, love the RWLs.

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    Looking good to me.
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    Test-fitted one of my trailer hitches on this. Have found that nobody is selling a 2" receiver for the wagons, but a few brands do for the sedans. It does appear the frame is different enough to make a difference at the very back, but there will be a way to mount it up...it just can't use holes that pre-exist on the sedans because they don't exist on the wagon. More drilling, not the end of the world.
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    I pulled a wagon hitch from the junkyard for my car. I believe it came with some sort of wedge shaped spacers for the forward? Mounting positions. I did not utilize them for the installation of the hitch onto my coupe.

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    Nice pics dude. You could be a freelance photographer. Need to find me an abandoned road like that for similar angles. I think it's time to put a for sale sign on my Lincoln.
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    The wagon looks good. Also, I was there the day those wheels were acquired.

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    Nice pics dude. You could be a freelance photographer. Need to find me an abandoned road like that for similar angles. I think it's time to put a for sale sign on my Lincoln.
    Park it by that old middle-of-nowhere abandoned corner store by my parents' place. Also, I know of an old abandoned one room school house not far off the route we take up there. Lots of potential up that way for picture backgrounds.
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    Those will make great shots. I do have some photos from when we road tripped it several times that'll make for good pics as well. I could just use those, they're several years old but it's not like the car has changed.
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    Thanks folks

    I really am completely obsessed with how this looks. I love when I have a vision for something and can make reality match what was in my head. I'm a super visual thinker...all my ideas are like photos, apparently that isn't the case for everyone, but anyway when you think the way I do it's super rewarding to see the result pan out like this. I realize they're just steel wheels and pretty standard tires but I'm thrilled with it.

    The hitch that came on the car was the little baby receiver, and also hopelessly rusted, but it did fit without any spacers. However, the direct-fit-for-a-wagon hitches only exist in the little receiver size, so some sort of spacers need to be fabbed up to make the sedan hitches work. No reason it can't be done, just needs to be done. Some sort of triangular wedge thing will need to be found as described above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kishy View Post
    Thanks folks

    I really am completely obsessed with how this looks. I love when I have a vision for something and can make reality match what was in my head. I'm a super visual thinker...all my ideas are like photos, apparently that isn't the case for everyone, but anyway when you think the way I do it's super rewarding to see the result pan out like this. I realize they're just steel wheels and pretty standard tires but I'm thrilled with it.

    The hitch that came on the car was the little baby receiver, and also hopelessly rusted, but it did fit without any spacers. However, the direct-fit-for-a-wagon hitches only exist in the little receiver size, so some sort of spacers need to be fabbed up to make the sedan hitches work. No reason it can't be done, just needs to be done. Some sort of triangular wedge thing will need to be found as described above.
    Since I installed 2 sedan hitches on the Mad Marquis and the Red Velvet Cake, I may have those pieces left over. I'll try to remember to check my washers box. I know I have leftovers of the rectangular "inside the frame" bolt trap washers.

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    I installed a hitch I got from Nick that came off an Aero, IIRC.

    I used a Curt brand install kit for the ‘92+ cars and it fit fine. Just have to drill two holes in the frame towards the bumper, but I had to do the same thing when I also installed one on my ‘97. They include these little shims for the rearward mounting holes to make everything level.

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    Nope... apparently I used them for something. I kept the slight forward tilt on mine since it was level with the trailer attached after the car squatted.

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    This is it mocked up, with the rear bolt in the existing hole in the frame which is ever-so-slightly too far back. I'd be fine with mounting it there, but the existing holes are not spaced enough to use them to mount it (can only bolt one side or the other, but not both), so it will get kicked forward a bit for new holes spaced correctly.





    I think even a non-triangular 1-5/8 x 1-5/8 x 7/8" block would suffice as a spacer (after measuring it to get those figures), which ignores the fact that it's fitting in a triangular space, but I think it's close enough that it would all smoosh together properly. Maybe. I would prefer a triangular wedge that better filled the space but that's not as easy to come by.

    Regardless, maybe the U-Haul hitch install place will have some little chunks they can sell for negligible cost. Otherwise I can find some scraps somewhere.

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