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1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« on: August 10, 2013, 10:42:14 PM »
So, I'm a big enough dummy that I just now figured out where this part of the forum was   ::)

Either way, here's some pics of my car from when I got it, to now. Roughly in chronological order

It's actually a 1980 but I swapped the front clip and the panels from a 77.

2.3 4-speed

Named Raquel


This was the day I bought her



A couple weeks later, she got a roll on chalkboard paint job



After looking for several months, I finally found a donor car for the older front clip and panels





THen there were the "rollpan" days



The cat likes the car as you can tell



Chopped up my -80 to use on this front clip because it's impossible to find the right grille



Then came the disaster of a white paint job



The pictures doesn't look too bad but trust me, it was 100 times worse in person.



Currently she has this orange rattle can paint job until I can afford to have her professionally painted. It's not perfect but it works!









1977 wagon - baby blue full restoration project.

1980 wagon - (77 front clip) converted to cruising wagon. (Sold in 2015. Canít find her again.)

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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2013, 08:41:05 AM »
Looks pretty good for rattle can,LOL.. Dumb question, how do those panels fasten on, do you have to take out all the glass and weld them in or are they a bolt on deal?, wouldn't mind doing that on mine if it isn't a major job.
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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2013, 09:50:40 AM »
Looks pretty good for rattle can,LOL.. Dumb question, how do those panels fasten on, do you have to take out all the glass and weld them in or are they a bolt on deal?, wouldn't mind doing that on mine if it isn't a major job.

Haha, thanks! And the panels screw on on both ends and there's covers to go over the screws there, then you also have to put a bunch of screws in on the inside. It's not too bad of a job. The hard part is making the panels for the inside. Another member on here had all the parts and pieces to do that and I bought them from him. And I still haven't gotten a chance to tackle it haha.
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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2013, 10:26:27 AM »
Thanks, don't sound too hard to do then, once I get this thing all squared away I may do that they sure look cool.
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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2013, 12:56:17 PM »
Definitely not bad for rattle cans. Sometimes when Maaco runs a special it's worth looking into. I don't even know how cheap they are nowadays but it was $299 if you were prepped for paint.
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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2013, 01:25:38 PM »
74- I did forget to mention that getting the regular wagon glass out was horrible haha. I broke the drivers side rear piece.

Definitely not bad for rattle cans. Sometimes when Maaco runs a special it's worth looking into. I don't even know how cheap they are nowadays but it was $299 if you were prepped for paint.

I might  look into that. I think there's a Maaco in Huntsville here. I'll have to check.
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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2013, 09:12:27 PM »
I have done the swap my self and broken the drivers side glass as well. Did Ford make them cheap or what ? You can strip the paint with a heat gun and roll on an enamel paint but you either need to add some Flomatel or some thinner to the paint to cut down on the roller marks.  Epoxy is nice but pretty pricey . Around here in FLA it's a good idea because of the salt water in the air.....

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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2013, 09:22:26 PM »
I have done the swap my self and broken the drivers side glass as well.
Couldn't you just remove the glass???..
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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2013, 09:25:44 PM »
I have done the swap my self and broken the drivers side glass as well. Did Ford make them cheap or what ? You can strip the paint with a heat gun and roll on an enamel paint but you either need to add some Flomatel or some thinner to the paint to cut down on the roller marks.  Epoxy is nice but pretty pricey . Around here in FLA it's a good idea because of the salt water in the air.....

Apparently they did. They're hard to get  out. And I've had a heck of a time stripping anything at all off of it. The chalkboard paint was the worst idea I ever had. If I could get my hands on some Naval Jelly I'd gladly take it haha

Couldn't you just remove the glass???..

That's what I did. But it broke trying to take it out.
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Re: 1977 Converted Cruising Wagon
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2013, 09:39:26 PM »
That's what I did. But it broke trying to take it out.
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