If you’ve never thought about taking a car nobody cares about and beating the stuffing clean out of it, then I’m ready to call you a liar. I’ve done it. It’s fun beyond fun, and while die-hard fans of the model might be ready to crucify me for my actions, I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world. Not the day I burned the tires on a Plymouth Gran Fury down to the rims, not the jump of infamy in the borrowed Bronco II, none of it. It’s theraputic, it’s raw, and nothing else short of a no-holds-barred brawl will feed your adrenaline craving quite like it.
Let’s face facts: this Ford LTD wagon isn’t high on anybody’s want list. From it’s cheap wood-esque stickers to it’s smogger V8, the only thing it was meant to do was to ferry humans, haul crap in the back, and to not break down. It wasn’t an inspiring purchase when new, so when it’s old, what is it besides a nearly unsellable car? One word, friend: “battlewagon”. That V8 can still make some magic when caned properly, the Panther platform is robust enough, and there is a Tough Truck event nearby. Do yourself a favor…go make that big SOB fly!