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    Default Fox Wagon Acquired - 1986 LTD

    So, the hunt for the wagon has ended, as I drug one home yesterday.

    Found this thing on Marketplace a couple months ago, but wasn't in a place to do anything about it at the time.


    After some talks with the owner and working out some logistics on my end, my buddy and I made the 6 hour trip to southern MO to check it out.

    It has been sitting under a group of trees since '05-'06, when it was parked for what looks to be a HG issue.

    The interior could best be described as "moist", due to a bad door latch striker leaving a minor door gap, and a window slightly cracked.




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    Checklist was-
    - Check strut towers/frame
    - Check underneath
    - Check cowl

    Popped the hood. Towers and frame were clean. Got a jack underneath it. Greeted by perfectly straight pinch welds and a surprisingly rust-free floorpan. Pulled up the front carpets. No evidence of standing water, so the cowl is good. There may be some rust inside in the rear floors, but nothing was evident from below and it seemed solid.

    I struck a deal with the owner and we pulled it out of its resting spot and got it ready to travel.


    The first stop before a quick bite to eat was a carwash



    Still needs more scrubbing, but there is no body damage, no body rust, and only a couple small spots on the hood where the paint has given up.

    Right now it is tucked away in a relative's pole-barn until I get it moved to the house. Hopefully that will help dry the interior out a bit. It's not getting touched until after I finish up a couple of house projects that MUST get done before tearing into this.



    The plan right now for it, aside from getting the interior sorted, is pretty basic for the time being.

    It will get the '11 3.7/6R80 combo I have in the garage. Will stay 4-lug for the short-term, but will get at the very least 11" Fox brakes. Tow hitch. General refresh to get it road-worthy.

    More details and pictures when the car is at the house and I'm tearing into it. For now, it's just planning and organizing when I'm not tending to my other needed projects.
    Last edited by Chuck W; 08-06-2023 at 11:17 AM.
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    Congrats on the new wagon!
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    Heck yeah, congrats!
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    Shockingly solid. I approve of this project. Are you leaving the 5.0 in the LTS now then?
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    For now.

    The only reason for that is to mainly keep from having 2 cars in pieces to swap drivetrain into this. Still not saying the LTS won't get something besides a 5.0 in future. I have a short-term plan for the 5.0 in the LTS, which I'll detail in its thread.

    If this car ran, the LTS would be swapped first.


    This thing is missing the door key, so I can't currently open the back from the outside. I think the key cylinder assemblies are the same as those for the doors, and I think I have a spare set of lock cylinders and key from the LTD LX doors I swapped onto the LTS.
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    Congrads on a solid find headed to a good home and owner.
    Id be happy with a 2.3 or a 4v 302 column shift auto.
    Did not know could still get vent windows.
    Handy middle seat pockets.
    1987, towed my Mustang cross town on a dolly like that when i had the like new 55k 85 LTD LX.
    Boy the Mustang sure filled the view out the LX rear window!
    What a feeling to own one of each. V8 auto and 2.3T manual. Mustang needed engine rebuilt.
    Biggest regret is never got to have both in driveway ready to drive.
    A Mustang and a Ranger is fine, but the LTD will always be missed a lot.
    Family had wagons 65-75. Lots of visibility and utility with them.
    A liftgate, eh? Load up like current suv configs.
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    Congrats! My next fox will probably be a fox wagon.
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    Congrats! Good luck with your new(est) project.
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    Looking forward to seeing it evolving. Nice score Chuck!
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    Nice wagon!!

    Fox wagon will be my next project, currently looking for one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck W View Post
    So, the hunt for the wagon has ended, as I drug one home yesterday.

    Found this thing on Marketplace a couple months ago, but wasn't in a place to do anything about it at the time.


    After some talks with the owner and working out some logistics on my end, my buddy and I made the 6 hour trip to southern MO to check it out.

    It has been sitting under a group of trees since '05-'06, when it was parked for what looks to be a HG issue.

    The interior could best be described as "moist", due to a bad door latch striker leaving a minor door gap, and a window slightly cracked.




    .

    Checklist was-
    - Check strut towers/frame
    - Check underneath
    - Check cowl

    Popped the hood. Towers and frame were clean. Got a jack underneath it. Greeted by perfectly straight pinch welds and a surprisingly rust-free floorpan. Pulled up the front carpets. No evidence of standing water, so the cowl is good. There may be some rust inside in the rear floors, but nothing was evident from below and it seemed solid.

    I struck a deal with the owner and we pulled it out of its resting spot and got it ready to travel.


    The first stop before a quick bite to eat was a carwash



    Still needs more scrubbing, but there is no body damage, no body rust, and only a couple small spots on the hood where the paint has given up.

    Right now it is tucked away in a relative's pole-barn until I get it moved to the house. Hopefully that will help dry the interior out a bit. It's not getting touched until after I finish up a couple of house projects that MUST get done before tearing into this.



    The plan right now for it, aside from getting the interior sorted, is pretty basic for the time being.

    It will get the '11 3.7/6R80 combo I have in the garage. Will stay 4-lug for the short-term, but will get at the very least 11" Fox brakes. Tow hitch. General refresh to get it road-worthy.

    More details and pictures when the car is at the house and I'm tearing into it. For now, it's just planning and organizing when I'm not tending to my other needed projects.

    NICE!! Looks like that paint might even come back to life with some work.
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    Finally drug the LTD home today.



    Of course it had to be raining when my wife and I were getting it tucked back into the work spot.




    First order of business is to take a flamethrower, or at least a vacuum, to the interior and it the couple decades of crud cleaned up a bit. Need to get the tailgate open, as I don't have a key for it, also.
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    Liftgate is the same as the doors?? If so, pull a front door lock and have a locksmith make a key.

    Of course, YMMV

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    Yeah, I imagine so, but this is the first I've had eyes on the car since I bought it in July.

    None of the keys they had worked on the tailgate, and we didn't spend a whole lot of time looking around for it. It might be inside the car someplace, even.

    I might have an extra door/trunk lockset from the LTD LX parts car, with a key, so I might make use of that if need be.
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    Had some time today, so I broke out the shop vac and grabbed a trash bag.





    Didn't see any signs of whoever this originally belonged to.


    After some work, I got the tailgate open. The latch was rusted solid and I needed to cut off one of the fingers of the latch to get it over the striker bolt.







    This is where I actually found a little bit of rust. Nothing too terrible, and should be easily treated. Going to need a replacement latch, though.
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    Ahhhhh smellavsion. Bet that was tasty!
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    It was a lot better, since it had a few months in a dry space to air out a bit.

    Still kinda gross. Just not moist and gross.

    Poked around on it a bit more today. Pulled the wipers and removed the cowl grill to vacuum that out. There is rust in there, but it's only surface stuff. No holes.

    I poked around under it a bit, and the floors are pretty much perfect. Just a little rust at the front of each footwell on the outside. Again, no holes.

    Wasn't in the mood for too much today, so I only removed the rad fan and surround to start pulling the engine/trans out of it.

    Hoping I get at least one more warmish day to break out the powerwasher to hit a couple parts of it that need it. The real cleaning of the body will have to wait until spring, most likely.
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    A quick search on ebay netted a new tailgate latch.



    Need to sort out the key/lock cylinder situation, but at least I'll be able to secure the tailgate. Need 5 new door striker bolts, as all of them are missing the plastic bushings. I know I can replace the bushings, but overall new bolts units might be good.
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    As long as the backing nut doesnt fall off lol. Im gonna put new bushings only on my sons grand marquis.
    Mike

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    Started on the process of getting the old drivetrain out today.



    Had a couple of hours to get things disconnected/removed. I pretty much have everything ready to pull the engine/trans out.
    The last couple of items are the speedo cable, the shifter linkage, and chopping the cat out of the way, so it doesn't interfere with getting the trans crossmember out.
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    Awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    Awesome
    I'm ready to hit this engine bay with a power-washer. It's gross.
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    So, my only real goal was to get the drivetrain pulled and the bay washed. It's supposed to be rainy the next couple of days, so today was my day to get that knocked out.



    Other than the damnable column shift linkage, it came out pretty easily.

    Gross


    Fired up the powerwasher and after spraying it all down with SimpleGreen gave it a quick wash out.




    It all looks pretty good under that crud.
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    Looks much better now
    79 Zephyr, 4.6L 4v/4r70w swap, with team z front and rear suspension, 8.8 and upgraded brakes and coil overs. Running Holley Terminator X Max.

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    Perfect spot for a 3.8

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