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    What are you driving for the 2020 Power Tour?

    I'm starting to tinker with my 2020 ride after two years of mostly neglectful ownership. It's a '91 Ford LTD Country Squire LX with junkyard Mustang heads atop a lopo 302 block, 'Lincoln Log' exhaust manifolds, wide-ratio AOD trans with a Lentech valve body, a 3.55 limited slip to keep things smoky, and a big-ass sway bar to keep it from flipping over in the turns. A few other things, nothing super worth mentioning. Is it fast? No. Is it really nice? No. Is it going to be fun on HRPT? Yup, I hope so anyway.

    Over the past month, I've given it 5 quarts of Amoco LDO (anyone remember that stuff? Don't ask me how I ended up with a case of it...I can't even remember!) and finally addressed the 'why in the hell doesn't this thing go into park?' issue. Turns out the linkage in the steering column sheared a bolt, so I had to drop the column and squeeze my fat ass under the dash to fix it. For those who've met me, can you imagine me crawling in this tiny spot?


    I had my head under the steering column, left leg out the passenger door, and right leg over the back seat. I'm sure the neighbors had a great time watching this. Of course, they couldn't bother to help! :D

    When I bought the car, it had some brand-new Firestones on the stock 15" wheels. Never liked Firestones before and don't like these. Always had a pretty good shimmy to them at any speed above 60. Fixed that with new 17x8 Magnum ripoffs all the way around and 235/55/17 up front, 255/55/17 in the back.









    I got the wheels here for $480 shipped; they've since jacked the price a bit.

    Still have some swinging to do on this. Bodywork will not be on that list. The rusty wheel wells and all-but-gone clearcoat make this car endearingly crappy. And it's 100% solid underneath - cleaner than most Ohio cars 1/3 its age. The rear axle has an occasional whine or groan noise from it, so I'll have to do bearings and maybe spider gears...trans fluid...and maybe figure out why the tailgate glass only works half the time. Hell, I'll add about 30 more things to the list at some point or another.

    But I've got about 300 days left to figure that all out.


    SO...let's see what you're bringing...even if it's what you drove last year. What's on your to-do list?
    Last edited by a_d_a_m; August 9th, 2019, 06:39 AM.
    Jesse James 80, BluLightning and 2 others like this.
    2003 Marauder (HRPT 2014, 2018)
    1962 C-10 (2019 HRPT - now sold)
    1991 Country Squire (planning for 2020 HRPT)

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    Re: What's your 2020 ride?

    I love it! Looks like a great Power Tour cruiser. Hope to see it in person. If we get to go next year, I really want to take this:

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    My to do list includes:

    Lowering front and rear (4/5)
    LS swap
    Interior
    AC
    Weather stripping

    I'm also not planning to paint mine. I've got a lot of the parts. I just need to have life slow down a bit so I can spend some time on it.
    stu yoakam, silver_bullet and 7 others like this.
    Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
    74 Nova Project
    66 Mustang GT Project

    92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
    79 Chevy Truck Project

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    • #3

      Re: What's your 2020 ride?

      Squarebody trucks are certainly more popular than they've ever been. That will be a hit on the tour if you can get it done. Sounds like a good little to-do list, manageable but still a good bit of work! Is it as solid as it looks?

      Kinda reminds me of a truck one of my internet pals built, though he went a different route with the power plant: https://www.ford-trucks.com/articles...-coyote-power/ :D
      2003 Marauder (HRPT 2014, 2018)
      1962 C-10 (2019 HRPT - now sold)
      1991 Country Squire (planning for 2020 HRPT)

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      • #4

        Re: What's your 2020 ride?

        The wagon looks great!
        1997 Ranger 5.0L HO, GT40 heads/tubular intake, 65mm TB, 1.7rr, B303, Tri-Y headers, dual 2.5" exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers, T5 trans, Tri-Ax shifter, CenterForce Dual Friction clutch, 8.8 Traction Lok 3.55 gears, Cobra 13" front brakes, Cobra 11.65" rear discs.
        1997 Mustang GT
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        • #5

          Re: What's your 2020 ride?

          Plan A



          Plan B



          Plan C

          Ed, Mary, & 'Earl'
          HRPT LongHaulers, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.


          Inside every old person is a young person wondering, "what the hell happened?"

          The man at the top of the mountain didn't fall there. -Vince Lombardi

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          • #6

            Re: What's your 2020 ride?

            Three great choices Ed!
            Jim & Cathy North Mankato, MN Long Haulers '04,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14 Short Haul '05,'15,'17,’19 WST '14,'15,'16,'17

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            • #7

              Re: What's your 2020 ride?

              Three great choices Ed!
              Patrick & Tammy
              - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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                Re: What's your 2020 ride?

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                Very likely the Mopar... had to spend a lot of dinero on the family DD last week, enough to wipe clean the toy budget. I was kinda hoping to get the TA ready, and will still be able to finish the suspension upgrades on that one, but no budget beyond that... so the Wagon will get another Long Haul Tour.
                '86 Monte SS ~ HRPT 2015, '17, '18 ~ Long Hauler
                '73 Dodge Coronet Wagon ~ ‘19 Long Hauler
                79 Trans Am project

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                • #9

                  Re: What's your 2020 ride?

                  I like the wagon - very unique
                  Phil / Omaha

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                  • #10

                    Re: What's your 2020 ride?

                    Hopefully the 68 Impala, starting the final sanding next week so I should have it back by end of August. I have a lot of work to do after that. Click image for larger version

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                    Pt 2010, Long Haul 2011,12,13,14,15,16,17, 18, 19
                    If you wait, all that happens is that you get older

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                    • #11

                      Re: What's your 2020 ride?

                      oletrux4evr...PM sent
                      Patrick & Tammy
                      - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??

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                      • #12

                        Re: What's your 2020 ride?

                        Probably SNWBLL, but with the new carpet my wife bought me for Christmas (I'm a Procrastinator). Hoping, dreaming, wishing for a new engine by then.

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                        • #13

                          Re: What's your 2020 ride?

                          I'm pretty sure it will be the Cutlass again unless something drastically changes. Someday Donna wants to bring the Model A. She's a glutton for punishment!
                          I R Bob
                          You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning!
                          2007 LH, 2008 LH, 2009 LH, 2010 LH, 2011 LH, 2012 DNF/BLOW'D UP, 2013 LH, 2014 LH

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                          • #14

                            Re: What's your 2020 ride?

                            Squarebody trucks are certainly more popular than they've ever been. That will be a hit on the tour if you can get it done. Sounds like a good little to-do list, manageable but still a good bit of work! Is it as solid as it looks?
                            It's very solid. The project thread is in my signature if you want all the details.
                            Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
                            74 Nova Project
                            66 Mustang GT Project

                            92 Camaro RS Convertible Project
                            79 Chevy Truck Project

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                            • #15

                              Re: What's your 2020 ride?

                              I'm pretty sure it will be the Cutlass again unless something drastically changes. Someday Donna wants to bring the Model A. She's a glutton for punishment!
                              Letís see the Model A!
                              Jim & Cathy North Mankato, MN Long Haulers '04,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14 Short Haul '05,'15,'17,’19 WST '14,'15,'16,'17

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