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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #60 on: May 21, 2020, 09:14:20 AM »
Just regular 'ol rattle can lol but l did use a quality brand, Krylon primer and paint
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« Reply #61 on: May 29, 2020, 03:26:56 AM »
Looks really good.

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« Reply #62 on: June 11, 2020, 06:07:31 PM »
Thanks, even though it won't be seen l still want it to look new when it goes in. Taking a break right now, been doing outside projects at my house and my mom's. l did located an 8.8 Explorer rear end with disc brakes and a 3.73 and limited slip. My friend has a machine shop so we're going to set it up in the Bridgeport and drill the welds so we can shorten the left side axle tube.
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« Reply #63 on: January 28, 2021, 04:40:59 PM »
Well I know itís been quite awhile since Iíve posted! I finally finished the 8.8 and Iím getting ready to install it. Still waiting on the new leaf springs so Iíve been sand blasting and sealing the other parts with por 15. Trying to load pictures stay turned lol


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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #67 on: January 28, 2021, 05:52:52 PM »
Jimmy,


So glad you're making progress on it.  Can't wait to see the final result!


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« Reply #68 on: January 28, 2021, 07:16:58 PM »
Little by little Dwayne! I'm ready to order the complete front suspension kit from Speedway Motors with tubular control arms and coilovers. Using their manual rack & pinion and I'm going to use electric power steering!
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« Reply #69 on: January 29, 2021, 08:04:26 AM »
Little by little Dwayne! I'm ready to order the complete front suspension kit from Speedway Motors with tubular control arms and coilovers. Using their manual rack & pinion and I'm going to use electric power steering!

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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #70 on: February 03, 2021, 02:17:52 PM »
You probably already know about this 1977 Pinto Cruising Wagon being parted out at Moudy Auto of Arkansas...but in case you're not aware of it or is seeking parts, here's the info.

Moudy Auto is a family owned dismantling yard located at 3668 Highway 367 South in Searcy, ARK. 72143. Their number is 501-305-3620. There's no web address given.

I received in the mail the February 15, 2021 issue of Old Cars Weekly, and the car was pictured among many other cars in their yard (page 35).  It still has all the exterior  pieces that pertains to the Cruising Wagon package except for the porthole glass that was removed. It did not show the interior so I have no idea if there's anything left, such as the interior panels that fills in the space of where the porthole panels covers.

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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #71 on: February 05, 2021, 03:34:21 PM »
I located another...but it's in Canada. It's for sale for $3500 Canadian dollars meaning its less than that in USD. The car appears to have a lot of good parts, included the interior bits for the Cruising Wagon. Maybe you could take what you need from the car for your Rallye wagon and convert this one to a regular wagon to sell? It seems too nice to part out...but again I have not seen the car in person...

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« Reply #72 on: February 06, 2021, 09:17:08 AM »
Thanks Dan, l have everything l need for mine but a spare car is nice to have! l found one close to me that l will probably pick up soon.
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« Reply #73 on: February 11, 2021, 04:27:13 PM »
While Iím waiting on the new leaf springs (they have to make them because the wagon springs are longer) l decided to work on the dash. Iím using the Ď71 dash because the wagon had an opening where the gauge pod goes. Thatís where my gauges go. Iím not sure how all this wiring got strung lol but Iím starting over! Actually thatís what happens when you add one thing after another. Stereo, power windows, nitrous, toggle switches ect. Iíll be using the Ď71 cluster because the wagonís cluster crumbled. So Iíll rewire the Ď77 harness for the Ď71 cluster.






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« Reply #74 on: February 11, 2021, 04:29:02 PM »
And I found this tucked behind the Ď71 dash


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« Reply #75 on: February 11, 2021, 05:51:19 PM »
Go, Jimmy go!!! ;D
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« Reply #76 on: February 12, 2021, 07:46:29 AM »
There is/was a Davidson Rubber in Port Hope Ont. Canada. I worked there for a short time as a teen.

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« Reply #77 on: March 24, 2021, 08:54:43 PM »
Well....not much going on at this point, still waiting on the rear springs. Every time l call they promise that they are set to be made any time. l do have the Speedway coilover suspension kit now so I guess l can get to work on that. ln the meantime, last month l retired from the Ford dealer l worked at for 41 years! So now l have lots of time to do whatever l want, right? Not really! l brought home 2 trailer loads of stuff! Amazing how much you can gather up in 41 years.....uggg g
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« Reply #78 on: March 25, 2021, 07:41:47 AM »
Well....not much going on at this point, still waiting on the rear springs. Every time l call they promise that they are set to be made any time. l do have the Speedway coilover suspension kit now so I guess l can get to work on that. ln the meantime, last month l retired from the Ford dealer l worked at for 41 years! So now l have lots of time to do whatever l want, right? Not really! l brought home 2 trailer loads of stuff! Amazing how much you can gather up in 41 years.....uggg g

Will miss seeing you whenever I'm there with a service problem :( .  I bought my Continental at Richmond Ford-Lincoln but that's way too far to take it for warranty work.  Have had it nearly a year with no problems so maybe I'll get lucky and it won't need anything other than routine maintenance!  I replaced my 2018 F-150 with a 2020 Ram 1500 Limited about six months ago.  The F-150's rough ride and sloppy handling were hard to adjust to after having had my Ram Laramie Longhorn for about four years.  I know the F-150 is a good truck (it may even be a better truck) but there's no comparison as far as comfort goes, and for the way I use a truck, comfort is more importance than utility.  Here's wishing you a long and happy retirement! ;D

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« Reply #79 on: March 27, 2021, 08:53:44 AM »
Dwayne...congr ats on your new truck! As pintoracer said, he has to go through two trailerloads of parts...that sounds like a perfect road trip for you to take and help him out! 😎 Chuckling...

Cruisin' USA soundtrack could be among the waiting to be discovered in that trailer!🕺🎤👍🏻 Chuckling...

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« Reply #80 on: March 27, 2021, 04:16:14 PM »
Dwayne...congr ats on your new truck! As pintoracer said, he has to go through two trailerloads of parts...that sounds like a perfect road trip for you to take and help him out! 😎 Chuckling...

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Thanks!  I'm tickled to death with the new truck!  It's funny... I drove Ford pickups for years and then back in 2013, I noticed a black and gold Ram Laramie Longhorn parked in front of the local Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealership.  It was in my eyes, the most beautiful truck I'd ever seen but I had no intention of ever buying a Ram.  My wife thinks I'm nuts but I swear that truck was calling out to me in some way; every time I passed by I felt more and more drawn to it!  After about a month of that, I stopped by one Sunday afternoon when they were closed to take a peek inside.  Amazing western-themed saddle leather interior with real wood - had cowboy-like stitching on the seat bolsters.  Another few weeks dragged by with me constantly fantasizing about that truck.  My wife finally suggested I drop in and take it for a test drive, her theory being that it would "get it out of my system".  I told her I'd go if she'd come with me.  We did and before we got one mile in it she exclaimed, "I love this truck!"  I certainly couldn't walk away from it after that!  Drove it from 2013 until 2017 and enjoyed it more than any truck I'd ever owned.  The seats were amazingly comfortable and it had the optional air-ride suspension.  I also owned a 2012 Lincoln MKT at the time and the Ram was definitely the more comfortable of the two on a road trip.  Along the way, the MKT was replaced with a Jaguar XJL which became so problematic that when the warranty was nearing expiration, I decided it had to go.  I sold it to a used car lot that specialized in exotics which left us with my Laramie Longhorn and a 2015 Mustang convertible as our only vehicles (not counting the Pintos).   She complained that the Mustang wasn't comfortable and the truck was hard for her to get into and suggested we replace it with an SUV.  With a lump in my throat, I traded my truck on a new Lincoln Navigator.  It had a slightly lower ride height and was equipped with power retractable running boards which did indeed, make it easier for her to get in and out.  Absolutely hated it.  Drove it about a year during which I devised a plan to get back into a truck without alienating the wife.  I told her since the Mustang was only driven about 3000 miles per year I'd be willing to sacrifice it to get a comfortable sedan of her choosing and, once that was accomplished, I wanted to trade the Navigator on a new truck.  She agreed and ultimately chose a ruby red certified pre-owned 2016 Cadillac XTS and I immediately began my search for a truck.  The local CDJR dealership had changed hands and the new folks lowballed me on trade-in for my Navigator to the point that I just walked out on them.  I went down the street to the Ford dealership to see what they had and ended up with a highly-optioned new 2018 F-150 Lariat.  They discounted the price considerably more than the other dealer plus gave me $12,000 more for the Navigator.  It seemed pretty much a "no-brainer".  I know the F-150 is America's best-selling vehicle and has been for decades.  I know it is considered the cream of the crop.  I also know it rode rough and handled sloppily compared to the Ram I'd had before.  I vowed to keep my mouth shut about it and drive it regardless.  It was after all, a truck!  Fate stepped in about a year later when a semi I was behind drove through a tree that was overhanging the road, throwing tree limbs back at me.  My truck sustained approximately $7000 damage to the front end and frankly, I was lucky to have emerged unscathed.  Had the truck repaired by the absolute best body shop in the area and it turned out great - it looked showroom condition afterwards and I'll tell you myself: I'm picky!  When I picked it up, the body shop manager said he wanted to show me something.  We walked out through the shop and he handed me the damaged aluminum fender off my truck; I could actually hold it comfortably with my pinkie finger.  It weighed almost nothing!  I knew it was an aluminum body but I would have never dreamed it was that lightweight!  In my excitement at that discovery, I told Gloria about it when I got home.  She immediately seized on that tidbit of information and from that day forward, she referred to it as a "toy truck" and told me she wanted me to get something sturdier.  My rental while the truck was in the shop had been a low-end Ram and I was shocked that despite its humble trim, it was immensely more comfortable than my F-150.  I told her that and she said, "then go get one."  I made a stab at trying to trade in 2019 at the same dealership that lowballed my on the Navigator and they did the same thing again.  My truck was one year old and had 6300 miles and they offered me less than 50% of what I had paid for it.  No deal!  Drove it another year and, strangely enough, the pandemic affected the car market so drastically that I purchased two vehicles with two very different scenarios in 2020.  We traded the Cadillac for a certified pre-owned Lincoln Continental Reserve that had been so radically discounted between March and May that it was simply ridiculous, yet they still offered me a decent trade-in on the Cadillac.  Way nicer car, a year newer, lower mileage, and less than $10,000 difference out the door.  Encouraged by that, I started shopping trucks again online.  In September a CDJR dealer about thirty miles north of me was advertising two remaining 2020 1500s at $10,000 off the MSRP: a metallic white Laramie Longhorn and a metallic black Limited.  I decided to check them out.  Imagine my surprise when they actually discounted an additional $2000 and then gave me $15000 more for my F-150 than I had been offered by the local dealership a year earlier!  I bought it before they could change their mind!  Because our Continental is metallic white, I chose the black Limited over the Laramie Longhorn.  Essentially the same truck with a bent toward luxury rather than the western-theme.  No regrets whatsoever and it is my intention that this is my "forever" truck.  I only drive it about 6000 miles a year and I'll be 64 in a couple months; 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« Reply #81 on: March 28, 2021, 11:54:44 AM »
That's an awesome story, and yes I do believe that it actually called out your name! 😎 I know dealers are in the business of making a profit...but again there goes the respect and integrity issue...the dealer who lowballed you for the trade in was lacking both respect and honesty as that would have been thievery! Glad you were able to get the truck of your dreams and still honored your wife by ensuring she gets something she liked. It's all about compromises, but yet in the long run, you get the prize at the end!

I think we accidentally hijacked Pintoracer's blog...chuckli ng. Please accept our apologies and let's root for Pintoracers ongoing endeavor with his Pinto Wagon! Rock On!

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« Reply #82 on: March 28, 2021, 12:08:36 PM »
I think Jimmy will forgive us... hope so anyway!  The Ford-Lincoln dealership he just retired from is the one where I bought all my Ford trucks and ten of the seventeen Lincolns I've owned over the years.  He has worked on my vehicles numerous times over the years but we got to know each other after connecting on this site.  Super, super nice guy!


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« Reply #83 on: March 30, 2021, 05:25:45 AM »
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« Reply #84 on: March 30, 2021, 06:59:48 AM »
I think Jimmy will forgive us... hope so anyway!  The Ford-Lincoln dealership he just retired from is the one where I bought all my Ford trucks and ten of the seventeen Lincolns I've owned over the years.  He has worked on my vehicles numerous times over the years but we got to know each other after connecting on this site.  Super, super nice guy!


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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #85 on: March 30, 2021, 08:22:33 AM »
I can see where one might think that!  lol  I have a strong affection for the brand and a short attention span.  I bought my very first one used (three years old with approximately 50,000 miles) in 1976 when I was eighteen.  My first new one was a 1979 Continental Mark V when I was twenty-one.  Now if you want to know just how short my attention span really is, I drove the first one for a little less than two years, then traded it for a '75 Mercury Marquis Brougham.  My girlfriend and I took a trip in it during which I came to the realization it was nowhere nearly as comfortable as the Lincoln had been and then reasoned that if I was going to be uncomfortable, I may as well get some decent gas mileage so traded it after three months of ownership on a new 1978 Mercury Zephyr.  I put less than 3000 miles on that one before deciding it had to go.  Sold it and picked up a used 1977 Thunderbird.  It was far more comfortable than the Zephyr but I still wasn't happy, hence the new Mark V after only a few months.  All that activity happened in 1978, starting with the Marquis purchase in January and culminating with taking delivery of the Mark V in December.  Crazy, eh?  That sort of impulsiveness has led me through 67 vehicles in the forty-eight years I've had a drivers license, seventeen of which have been Lincolns.  The list also includes ten or so Cadillacs, two Jaguars, a BMW, and a Rolls-Royce Silver Spur.  There have been a number of more mundane vehicles along the way as well: ones that come immediately to mind are a Honda Civic, an AMC Matador, a Ford Tempo, a Mazda 626, a Plymouth Horizon, a Ford Crown Victoria, an Olds 98 Regency, a Volkswagen New Beetle convertible, two Ford Mustang convertibles, two Chrysler Sebring convertibles.. . the list goes on and on!  Oh yeah, almost forgot: four Pintos.  My obsession has definitely had a negative impact on my financial potential but I really can't say I have any regrets.  I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, or have secret love affairs so, in the end, it probably all balances out.  Also, while not all deals are excellent, due to having sold cars for a few years and fairly constant practice, I have developed pretty good negotiating skills and I ALWAYS do my homework.  Before I ever set foot on the dealer's lot I have a range in mind which they'll either meet or I'll move on; I have never been coerced into a deal I didn't think was equitable.  I'm perfectly happy with my Continental and my Ram Limited but I'm sure something else will catch my eye eventually.  Oh well!


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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #86 on: March 30, 2021, 10:16:10 AM »
I thought I was bad LOL !

Had a Mercury Marquis Brougham , forget the year. Early 70s ? LOVED that car ! 429 ran so smooth you couldn't see the engine move at idle. No one ever believed me that it got 21 MPG (Canadian gallon) !

My white Pinto gets about 6-8 MPG (CDN gallon) , if I take it easy  ;D

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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #87 on: March 30, 2021, 12:26:59 PM »
I thought I was bad LOL !

Had a Mercury Marquis Brougham , forget the year. Early 70s ? LOVED that car ! 429 ran so smooth you couldn't see the engine move at idle. No one ever believed me that it got 21 MPG (Canadian gallon) !

My white Pinto gets about 6-8 MPG (CDN gallon) , if I take it easy  ;D

My '75 Marquis had a 460, same as the '73 Continental Town Car it replaced but for some reason, got notably worse mileage.  It was a pretty car but more of a gussied-up Ford LTD than a junior-level Lincoln.  Comfort level was totally Ford. :(
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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #88 on: March 31, 2021, 07:09:25 PM »
In high school and early years of college, I had the best job a car nut could have...I worked at Budget Rent A Car in New York. Most of the fleet were Ford Products including Marquis, Grand Marquis, Lincolns, Zephyrs, and the like. I recall back in the day when one way rentals were not encouraged as cars were franchisee-owned with the exception of corporate owned Grand Marquises. As you may recall, there was a huge blizzard that shut down nearly every airport on the east board, so many renters were on expense accounts ignored the no one way rental rule, which added hundreds of dollars of fees and charges...it took me and another car jockey two weeks of flying all over the place to reclaim the cars and drive them back. That was an experience! Nowadays, it's easy and affordable to do one way rentals as many franchises are corporate owned.

As for the other cars, My dad had a 1975 AMC Matador, 1976 Pinto, and a 1991 Grand Marquis, to name a few...

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Re: 77 Cruising Wagon Build
« Reply #89 on: March 31, 2021, 08:15:58 PM »
I've owned so many cars l can't remember them all!  ;D  Early on l had some Falcons, a '60, a '61 a '65 and a '64 Sport Coupe with a 289 Special. 4 barrel 4 speed and glass packs lol. Should have kept that one. I've had several pick-ups and l had a '70 Opel Kadett Rallye with factory racing stripes, tachometer and gauges. Fun car but kinda ugly! My oldest brother bought a yellow '71 Runabout shortly after they came out. l always liked that car but l didn't get one until many years later for some reason.
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