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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2020, 08:28:45 PM »
Trying To Decide To Either Build Up The 2.0 Or Go With A 2.8 V6
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2020, 09:26:49 AM »
l vote 2.0. With a little tuning they are great engines and respond well to slight mods. The 2.8 had a noisy valvetrain, prone to overheating and cracking heads. As far as power to weight ratio they were turds.
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #32 on: March 27, 2020, 10:48:35 AM »
Thanks For The Info On the 2.8
Looking Into Performance Crank And Cam Shafts And Oversized Pistons.
And A 5 Speed Transmission.
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2020, 07:44:32 AM »
l have some performance parts listed in the classifieds. l might have a lightweight crank, can't really remember what's in that engine lol!!
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2020, 01:36:58 PM »
Think I'll Get A Cheap Block And Disassemble, Need To Learn About This Engine Anyway.
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #35 on: March 30, 2020, 04:00:17 PM »
The 2.8 engine was not a bad engine , (if you keep the valves adjusted it was quite) have one in mne , redone mine years ago with a 2.9 crank and TBI fuel injection , if I had to do it all over again I would have used the 2.9 or even the 4.0 , but I wanted to keep it stock looking and keep the power stearing and must have aircond , still happy with it even though every 15K I have to adjust the valves ,  I still have a V-6 pinto cruse wagon that I am still trying to figure out what to stuff in it , got a 4.0 which I did a fitment and would work with no body cutting ,only they have not made that engine in almost twenty years , along with the 2.3 . 2.0 , 2.9 and over 25 for the 2.8 , next one I am going to see if it will fit is the 3.7 V-6 out of a 2015 mustang  , it was 300 HP and gave 30MPG in the car , fount they make a belhousing to fit the C4 trans to it , looking to that one , last if I could find a wrecked P100D Tesla and swap the drivetrain I would have a high 9 second 4WD Pinto Wagon with fake tailpipes sticking out the back to confuse everyone , but I only have one thing to say , please do not cut on the car and waste it ,seen many that were and later forgotten , hope this give you some ideas , good luck in your engine choice
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #36 on: April 01, 2020, 01:00:04 PM »
Thanks For The Input Guys,
Gonna Take My Time To Decide On What Engine I'll Go For.
Gonna Work On The Body For Now!
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2020, 09:17:47 PM »
When my Turbo Coupe went to the scrapper it looked like this (below). The 8.8 was removed and the 6.75 Pinto rear was quickly welded into place. The interior was completely gutted. Just a piece of pipe to the rack (one of the few parts concessions I made) for steering. The wheels were the spare and three 13" Pinto wheels. Otherwise this car was gutted of EVERYTHING. Made about $250 selling parts too.

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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2020, 12:26:16 AM »
Nice!
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2020, 11:14:56 PM »
Had A Couple Of Semi-Nice Days.
So Decided To Start Sanding The Body!Working On The Top!
Man This Is Hard! Might Leave It Like This And Just Call Her "Spot"


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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #40 on: April 05, 2020, 10:33:32 AM »
It's NOT easy, but it's well worth the effort!!!  Think how great it's going to look when you're all done!

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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #41 on: April 05, 2020, 03:39:08 PM »
I stripped mine to the bare metal because I had a lot of pock mark rust spots. I applied about 3-4 coats of Phosphoric Acid as well. I then used a 2K epoxy primer (PCL) and assumed that would hold it for the winter. The car is not garaged but it does have a cover so it doesn't get direct rain. Anyway, it still has a bunch of rust spots showing. So, as a warning don't let your hard work amount to nothing like mine did.




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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #42 on: April 09, 2020, 07:43:17 PM »
One My Next Sunny Day, I'm Gonna Finish Sanding And Shoot Some Primer On Her!
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #43 on: May 06, 2020, 11:09:13 AM »
Getting her sanded!
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #44 on: May 06, 2020, 11:12:02 AM »
Taped and papered!
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #45 on: May 06, 2020, 02:54:33 PM »
Almost ready to spray, eh?
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #46 on: May 06, 2020, 03:39:45 PM »
Nice looking wagon! I like those pop-out windows! Just a little FYI, not sure what kind of primer you're using but the primer that just uses reducer is porous and will cause surface rust to form after a period of time. The kind that uses activator is more of a primer/sealer and is more durable. If you're using that kind make sure to clean your gun right away!
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #47 on: May 10, 2020, 11:37:34 AM »
Just a cheap spray paint job for now.
deciding if I'll go with this color, color shift (not cheap)
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Re: 1973 Wagon Project
« Reply #48 on: May 10, 2020, 11:40:07 AM »
Still waiting to get another fender, new doors maybe.
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