My Daddywagon

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    nelzltdwagon Well-Known Member

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    This wagon build has been in my head for a long time. As soon as I found out about the chassis compatibility between foxbody mustangs and fairmont/ltd fords I have had this wagon in my head. Basically anything that you can do to a mustang from 1979-2004 can be done to the mundane ltd. My Daddywagon is a 1985 ford ltd squire. I found it finally on a donation used car lot and bought it for $500, in 2010. This past August I took 2 weeks vacation to begin my conversion of Daddywagon into a mustang that looks like a wagon.
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    nelzltdwagon Well-Known Member

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    My original donor mustang had cobra brakes, but the powertrain was bad. So I had to pull the front k-member and rear axle with the cobra brakes.
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    nelzltdwagon Well-Known Member

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    Then I took another mustang whose body was rotting away, but the engine and trans are in ok shape (it ran and drove, ran a little rough to be honest), and I pulled those for installation into wagon.
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    nelzltdwagon Well-Known Member

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    It was finally time to tear into my Daddywagon. Out came the 3.8 & c5 automatic and in went the 5.0 & tremec.
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    Daddywagon! There is still so much to be done. It does not run yet. This was 2 weeks of vacation time and now I have little time to wrench working 56 hours a week and taking care of 2 kids and my elderly parents and the honey-do list. The goals for the Daddywagon are ultimate daily-driven street wagon.
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    With the change in engine and transmission, the mustang driveshaft ended up being too short and the wagon driveshaft was too long. In addition to that I bought a cobra independent rear suspension out of a 2004 cobra mustang. I ended up driving 3 hours each way for a driveshaft out of a 2000 Eddie Bauer edition 2 wheel drive ford explorer. The shaft was $65 but ended up costing closer $120 with the gas and tolls and such. It's aluminum, but the slip yoke is wrong so now I have to find a crown victoria in the parts yards to accommodate the bigger u-joint and tremec spline count.
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    That is where we are right now! The engine in my head is a long rod roller cam 351 Windsor. The wiring is going to give me fits because I'm basically combining the 5.0 engine harness with the station wagon chassis harness. I have to lengthen mustang fuel lines and route the chassis brake lines for the independent rear suspension. I also have the idea of picking up hydroboost out of a 1984 Lincoln continental and combining it with the maximum motorsports adjustable brake pedal designed for manual brakes because the mustang booster has a hooked sort of push rod whereas the hydroboost push rod is straight. I have a looong way to go. Daddywagon.
     
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    You are basically doing the build I wanted to do, but got sidetracked. I had found a super clean, rustfree 64 Falcon wagon and missed buying it by 2 hours. I was bummed. When I found my Catalina, I sprung for it because it was too good a deal to pass up. But I was always a Ford man first and a Pontiac man 2nd. In the end, they all work out whatever model they might be......but you might end up with something other than your dream car.
     
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    ModelT1 Still Lost in the 50's

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    Good luck on your project. Lots of work yet ahead. But when finished you will have your dream wagon. Keep in mind that family does come first.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    :thumbs2: Excellent project! That'll be a serious Frankenstein wagon by the time you're done picking parts out of donors. Good luck getting it all wrapped up.
     
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    Great job - that's a lot of work! I hope you get it moving again soon. How was the transformation from auto to stickshift?
     
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    Funny you should ask about auto to manual; everything is a bolt on because it is basically a mustang chassis only longer, however when I was jacking on the tail shaft of the transmission to bolt in the front crossmember and the tranny crossmember I realized I had forgotten one detail. I forgot to cut the hole in the tunnel for the shifter! So out came the whizzer wheel and luckily I guesstimated pretty well as to where to cut the hole. Pedals, clutch cable, etc. should all bolt right up. I'm not much of a fabricator yet so for my first project, the Daddywagon is perfect. Cutting for the shifter and drilling for the rear suspension brackets and maybe modifying the hood if I can put together a 351 should be all the "fabrication" necessary.
     
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    I am a Chevy guy, working on a Chevelle wagon, but you are doing the project I have always wanted to do, and with a wagon no less.

    Keep at it, let us know what snags you hit (like the drive shaft), and all of you thoughts on making this work. I know from working on an 86 FOX T-Bird that it isn't always "just bolt FOX parts onto another FOX chassis", so appreciate your insight into the details of the swap, as I may do this someday when I run out of projects (riiight!).

    Good luck, glad I'm not the only one that wants to do these things.

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    Tom
     
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    So very cool! I love what you're doing! Those Fox-bodied wagons have so many good choices for performance parts just based on the many excellent vehicles Ford made on that platform. Again, love what you're doing! :2_thumbs_up_-_anima

    David :)
     

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