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Old 01-13-2006, 18:01   #1 (permalink)
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Formerly Sikkens thread, now photos

Hello all. For those who wanted to see the photos I was talking about in
the Sikkens thread, they are now posted on alt.binaries.pictures.autos
(which I never knew existed). Thanks to those who directed me there. I
guess just look for the two posts by "krazcustoms".
For those asking about my wagon, it's an all original '68 LTD Country
Squire. I found it while going to some yard sales about 1/2 mile from my
house, sitting under a tree and sunk into the dirt. I didn't pay much
attention to it the first time I saw it because it I assumed it was rusted
from the bottoms of the doors down. Plus, it was covered with leaves and
really didn't look like it warranted closer inspection. Well, a few months
later I decided to give it a closer look. There is NO RUST on this car at
all, and the interior is perfect. Turns out the car was from Florida and
has only been sitting in the dirt for about two years before I spotted it.
It has 86,000 original miles and the owner told me it runs like a bear but
quit starting a couple of years before I bought it (the solenoid and battery
were missing). So far, in addition to the bumpers, I bought a battery,
starter, solenoid, spark plugs and wires. However, all that stuff is
sitting on the floor of the front seat. Too much other stuff to do right
now to mess around with it. Plans are just to get it running, repaint (same
color), tint the windows, paint the wheels body color and use the LTD cop
car dog dish hubcaps I got at Carlisle for $5, and lower the front a little.
I think it looks pretty good the way it was designed, so I'm not going for
anything wild with this one. Sorry for the long read, Mike


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Old 01-13-2006, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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krazcustoms wrote:
> Hello all. For those who wanted to see the photos I was talking about in
> the Sikkens thread, they are now posted on alt.binaries.pictures.autos
> (which I never knew existed). Thanks to those who directed me there. I
> guess just look for the two posts by "krazcustoms".


Bully!

> For those asking about my wagon, it's an all original '68 LTD Country
> Squire. I found it while going to some yard sales about 1/2 mile from my
> house, sitting under a tree and sunk into the dirt. I didn't pay much
> attention to it the first time I saw it because it I assumed it was rusted
> from the bottoms of the doors down. Plus, it was covered with leaves and
> really didn't look like it warranted closer inspection. Well, a few months
> later I decided to give it a closer look. There is NO RUST on this car at
> all, and the interior is perfect.


They always ARE worth that closer look.

Man, what a fantastic find! I've always had a soft spot for CS wags. I
especially love the 7-pass. versions with the 400 and fold-down way-back
seats. "Memories". Hee hee

Turns out the car was from Florida and
> has only been sitting in the dirt for about two years before I spotted it.
> It has 86,000 original miles and the owner told me it runs like a bear but
> quit starting a couple of years before I bought it (the solenoid and battery
> were missing). So far, in addition to the bumpers, I bought a battery,
> starter, solenoid, spark plugs and wires. However, all that stuff is
> sitting on the floor of the front seat. Too much other stuff to do right
> now to mess around with it. Plans are just to get it running, repaint (same
> color), tint the windows, paint the wheels body color and use the LTD cop
> car dog dish hubcaps I got at Carlisle for $5, and lower the front a little.
> I think it looks pretty good the way it was designed, so I'm not going for
> anything wild with this one. Sorry for the long read, Mike
>


Beautiful! Yeah, I know, what romance is there in an old wagon? For
God's sake, plenty, I tell ya! Sounds like a great find! I loved
watching BB wags smoke the SHIT out of 5.0s et al. at E-Town (Bill S.,
can I get a witness) pulling 10s with wood paneling! Those cars were
always my most favorite of the day.

My buddy had a '55 Nomad that did 12s. It took several stops to get it
from Norwalk, CT to Elizabethtown, NJ, but it was always good fun. My
other bud at the helm of the Cop 5.0 led the way at 85 in a 55 like some
sort of escort; people just parted for our lunatic train!

And, dude, projects find time for themselves. Stick around here, and
you'll find more knowledgeable help than you could imagine. Get
wrenching, get busy, and ask questions! There is NO shortage of
knowlege here!

I'm very dlad to hear about your BB wagon project. Please keep us
apprised with the progress. And please post more pics when you can!

Best of luck,

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Old 01-13-2006, 21:01   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the comments and the welcome, and I will try to help out with
paint questions whenever I can. I wish I had more pics of the wagon but I'm
sure you could imagine how difficult it is to push it out and then back in
to the garage. Maybe I'll jack it up and take some pictures of the rocker
panels : ). When I was a kid, I hated the station wagons we had, but
somewhere along the line I changed my ways and now I love them. I will
always be a musclecar lover, but lately when I go to a car show or cruise
and there's a wagon, I'm drawn to that first, and there's usually already
a crowd around it no matter what condition it's in. Any other wagon owners
here? Mike


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Old 01-14-2006, 07:01   #4 (permalink)
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"krazcustoms" <krazcustoms@verizon.net> wrote in message
news:SDYxf.20$Iw3.13@trndny06...
> Hello all. For those who wanted to see the photos I was talking about in
> the Sikkens thread, they are now posted on alt.binaries.pictures.autos
> (which I never knew existed). Thanks to those who directed me there. I
> guess just look for the two posts by "krazcustoms".
> For those asking about my wagon, it's an all original '68 LTD Country
> Squire. I found it while going to some yard sales about 1/2 mile from my
> house, sitting under a tree and sunk into the dirt. I didn't pay much
> attention to it the first time I saw it because it I assumed it was rusted
> from the bottoms of the doors down. Plus, it was covered with leaves and
> really didn't look like it warranted closer inspection. Well, a few
> months later I decided to give it a closer look. There is NO RUST on this
> car at all, and the interior is perfect. Turns out the car was from
> Florida and has only been sitting in the dirt for about two years before I
> spotted it. It has 86,000 original miles and the owner told me it runs
> like a bear but quit starting a couple of years before I bought it (the
> solenoid and battery were missing). So far, in addition to the bumpers, I
> bought a battery, starter, solenoid, spark plugs and wires. However, all
> that stuff is sitting on the floor of the front seat. Too much other
> stuff to do right now to mess around with it. Plans are just to get it
> running, repaint (same color), tint the windows, paint the wheels body
> color and use the LTD cop car dog dish hubcaps I got at Carlisle for $5,
> and lower the front a little. I think it looks pretty good the way it was
> designed, so I'm not going for anything wild with this one. Sorry for
> the long read, Mike
>


Hello and welcome Mike,

What a great old Wagon! It reminds me of the wagon in the Getaway with Steve
McQueen. Just need to paint it light blue and you have it!

Thanks for the info on the paint questions for our other members and as
Wound Up says stick around.

StuK

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Old 01-14-2006, 11:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Formerly Sikkens thread, now photos

In article <Ml%xf.564$SD3.312@trndny07>, krazcustoms
<krazcustoms@verizon.net> wrote:

> Thanks for the comments and the welcome, and I will try to help out with
> paint questions whenever I can. I wish I had more pics of the wagon but I'm
> sure you could imagine how difficult it is to push it out and then back in
> to the garage. Maybe I'll jack it up and take some pictures of the rocker
> panels : ). When I was a kid, I hated the station wagons we had, but
> somewhere along the line I changed my ways and now I love them. I will
> always be a musclecar lover, but lately when I go to a car show or cruise
> and there's a wagon, I'm drawn to that first, and there's usually already
> a crowd around it no matter what condition it's in. Any other wagon owners
> here? Mike
>
>


I have:

'63 Galaxie Country Sedan - 390
'64 Fairlane 500 Ranch Wagon - 289
'66 Mercury Colony Park - 410
'67 Mercury Commuter - 390

The Colony Park is restorable, but will probably wind up as a parts
car. The other three are intact and unrestored. All have original paint
and drivetrains. The two Mercs are laid out like your year Ford.

CobraJet

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Old 01-14-2006, 14:01   #6 (permalink)
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Wow. Any photos? Mike



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Old 01-14-2006, 18:01   #7 (permalink)
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In article <DZdyf.591$SD3.212@trndny07>, krazcustoms
<krazcustoms@verizon.net> wrote:

> Wow. Any photos? Mike
>
>
>


I do, but for the moment they are buried on a hard drive I left
behind when I shifted to OSX and cable. I'll dig them out or take new
ones at some point. The Fairlane will be up for sale soon. The Colony
Park will be parted out, with the power seat and power windows going to
the Commuter along with the glass as spares. The Galaxie is A-code
Raven Black with red interior, and is a keeper.

I've had a consistent interest in learning how to paint. I have
designed my current remodel of my property to include a paint booth. I
have cars I can use as guinea pigs, and others that are factory
collectibles that must have top notch paint.

Perhaps we can swap pointers and tips. I looked over the Falcon a
bit closer today and I can imagine where a shop would take short cuts
doing an assembled car. Plus, to make the job look right, I'd have to
have the bumpers rechromed and work the trim pieces. Hmm.

I have a two-tone F-100 that has had the lower dark red resprayed.
The upper color is white. I think that I can spend some effort doing
that over without getting too involved. Just to get a feel.

Need any data plate or VIN decoding?

CobraJet

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Old 01-15-2006, 10:02   #8 (permalink)
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Interesting. Don't get me thinking about that Fairlane. Every time I
go into the garage to get something, I look at the wagon and think "This
car is way too damn big:"
Do you plan on building a room to paint in or do you plan on buying an
actual spray booth? I have a bodyman co-worker that has a garage stall set
aside for painting and he gets better results than I would expect. However,
whenever he's working on something that has to be really nice, he brings it
to work and uses the booth. The best advice I ever got pertaining to
painting is "use quality equipment and keep it immaculate". There are many
cheap spray guns out there that will get the job done, but if you think
you'll be doing alot of spraying, invest in quality. I have 4 spray guns
that I use daily and they are all Sata. I won't use anything else. Also,
you can never have too much practice. Later, Mike


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Old 01-15-2006, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
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In article <SAvyf.3028$2x4.664@trndny05>, krazcustoms
<krazcustoms@verizon.net> wrote:

> Interesting. Don't get me thinking about that Fairlane. Every time I
> go into the garage to get something, I look at the wagon and think "This
> car is way too damn big:"


Picture a Thunderbolt wagon. That's what I bought it to do, but I
hemmed and hawed as usual, this time because the sucker is too darn
original to hack up. A few months later I nailed a '65 Comet tudor post
car, so that can be the A/FX-type clone instead.

> Do you plan on building a room to paint in or do you plan on buying an
> actual spray booth? I have a bodyman co-worker that has a garage stall set
> aside for painting and he gets better results than I would expect. However,
> whenever he's working on something that has to be really nice, he brings it
> to work and uses the booth. The best advice I ever got pertaining to
> painting is "use quality equipment and keep it immaculate". There are many
> cheap spray guns out there that will get the job done, but if you think
> you'll be doing alot of spraying, invest in quality. I have 4 spray guns
> that I use daily and they are all Sata. I won't use anything else. Also,
> you can never have too much practice. Later, Mike
>
>


I'll have a room. I moved myself into the block-walled garage
(36x24), and I'm converting the old house into a shop. Yes, quality
equipment would be in order for the long haul.

If I were to do my own, where could I buy Sikkens paint?

CobraJet

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Old 01-15-2006, 19:01   #10 (permalink)
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You would have to find a jobber that distributes Sikkens. Ask the guys at
the paint shop where they get theirs. What part of the country are you in?
What kind of engine is in the Fairlane wagon? Mike


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