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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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My wife is a first grade teacher. Her daily driver is a 73 Mach 1-460.

For times when she needs a bigger car we have a 76 Montego wagon-460. The thing with the 55 wagon all started about a decade ago when CA - Sierra Club and Schwarzenegger - decided they would SMOG check my 76 Montego wagon forever. So we decided to get something sufficiently grandfathered.

Except that building it never got to the top of the list. But then we did the 2014 Mustang 50Th anniversary Pony drive and the 2015 an 2016 Power Tours in a 65 Mustang convertible, and decided we needed a classic with more space. So the 55 went into work.

There was not much of a plan when we started dissembling it. But as we looked at each part we removed, and considered whether to referb or replace, we ended keeping only the bare frame, the control arms - referbed, and the sheet metal.

The engine also evolved, a lot. At the start I was going to rebuild an early 70s 460 I have. But every time I considered buying or referbing a part there was a better part available, and the thing just snow balled. I now have an essentially complete engine and the only used parts in it are the bolts holding the cam gear and retainer.

I have a 7.3L IDI diesel in a 9K# 84 van. I added a turbo, and it made such an improvement that I think everything should have one. And I have a pair of T3/T4 turbos sitting on the shelf. The overall car is intended to be docile around town, not need to get towed if one rear wheel gets off in our desert sand, or occasional snow, but not slow down pulling a trailer at 11.5K ft. A turbo can give an engine a multiple personality; low compression and mild cam, but the effect of high compression and large cam when demanded.

Pics are here;

Can someone confirm they see the same thing I do? When I click that link I get a matrix of pictures three across with no text. If I click any pic that pic opens and there is a place for info on the right side bar. And there are arrows on either side of the pic to scroll to the next or previous pic. The arrows don't show unless you get the cursor close to the edge of a pic. I have only captioned some of the pics.

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The picture link is working for me! I love this build. Please keep us updated with progress. I can't wait to see (and hear) the video of it running.

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Simply badass, long roofs rule!!!

80 Fairmont wagon, 528, Blue Thunder heads on E-85. Just a brutal street car
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Life has really gotten in the way of putting this thing together. But I have something of a milestone. The real engine, transmission and differential are in the chassis. I will build the trans mount, align the pinion angle, and order the driveshaft after the suspension is loaded.
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