Hello from SA

Discussion in 'The Welcome Wagon' started by Ghazi67, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Ghazi67

    Ghazi67 Member

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    Hello .

    I've been an old fan of SW Forms. Learned a lot from you guys & finally decided to purchase a wagon.

    Its a 1972 LeMans Wagon that I bought through a local auction. At first my family and friends didnt accept the idea to drive a wagon ( especially with my 73 Camaro & 66 Impala SS I have ) ... Couple months later, few modifications and it became a icon in my neighborhood :)

    My biggest fan is a 6 years old autistic boy ...He love her and always ask to have his chips while pretending to drive it :)

    Again .. I am glad to finally join you, and hope you accept me .
    Cheers
     

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  2. OrthmannJ

    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Dang! That is a sweet looking Poncho hauler you have there.
    It's great you are sharing it with folks, especially the little guy. That's really neat.

    Where are you and the wagon located?
     
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  3. ModelT1

    ModelT1 Still Lost in the 50's

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    Welcome to the group!:Welcome:
    That's a great looking station wagon.
     
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    HotRodRacer Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    The most awesome part is sharing it with an autistic child. All the possessions in the world don't mean anything if you can't share them to make someone's day brighter. Good on you.
     
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    Poison_Ivy Dogzilla Fan

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    I just had a lousy day. How about I get some of it
     
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    MAK Well-Known Member

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    "and hope you accept me"
    welcome and thanks for asking - stick around here for a while and you'll see who & how we accept. be warned
    great story - thanks for sharing
     
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    Welcome Ghazi67!
     
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    fannie Well-Known Member

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    This is a beautiful thing!

    If you are close by maybe you could join us here...
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    Welcome aboard.
     
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    Poison_Ivy Dogzilla Fan

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    If you'd only move to South Africa, he'd be close by
     
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    Welcome aboard!
    That is one fine looking Lemans wagon. Thanks for sharing the pic.
     
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    1tireman Well-Known Member

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    Welcome, very nice and good for you letting the little guy enjoy it!
     
  12. Krash Kadillak

    Krash Kadillak Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum, Ghazi!

    I was pretty sure i had seen pics of your wagon before - found this listing for an old Southby's Florida auction in 2012....
    https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/...72-pontiac-tempest-sport-station-wagon/596279

    I'm also wondering if you were told the historical details behind the hood scoop that's been added to your Safari wagon?
    In the early 60's Pontiac supported stock-car drag racing with a program somewhat labeled 'Super-Duty' - basically their biggest 421 cubic-inch engine installed in the little Pontiac Tempest. Some wagons were run, which get them a bit better weight distribution, and more traction off the line. Anyway, these cars used that exact hood scoop that you have on your LeMans. Here's what one wagon looked like:
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    One thing, though - those hood scoops didn't come from Pontiac. They came from a FORD! Coincidently, they were used on Ford's big 'Super-Duty' trucks from the late 50's - early 60's.... Here's one on a big Ford truck:
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    And now you know the REST of the story!

    Welcome to the forum..

    Marshall
     
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    Poison_Ivy Dogzilla Fan

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    I've read of other trans-corporate friendly actions. Namely, when Saginaw gears went on strike, causing GM to get help from Ford to fill GM production orders for manual transmissions.
    Did the 421 Tempests have their own strengthened transaxles or were the stock 326 ones strong enough? I can't imagine GM overdesigning something which wasn't planned for everyday production
     
  14. Krash Kadillak

    Krash Kadillak Well-Known Member

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    I don't know the answer on that. My guess is they dumped the whole torque tube / transaxle assembly for a drag-race proven 'regular' layout.
     
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    Krash Kadillak Well-Known Member

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    And using the Ford truck hood scoop had nothing at all to do with Ford. The race team guy needed a scoop. Pontiac didn't have one, so they got one for him - just bought them from Ford.
     
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