For Sale: One Kickass Eyesore of a Wagon

1967 Ford Country Sedan

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things…”
…but mainly the time has come to hand off my wagon to a new owner who’s got the time and motivation to help it live up to its potential. That’s right, the hoonwagon is for sale. Looks like I’m adding another, more affordable option to Jim’s latest post.
Specifically, we’re talking about a 1967 Ford Country Sedan. The Country Sedan was a mid-level trim spec between the bottom-feeder Ranch Wagon and the Top o’ the Line Country Squire. This particular example is powered by a 315hp, 427lb-ft 390ci FE-series V8, breathing through a 625 CFM Carter/Edelbrock AFB four barrel. That torque monster of a mill is backed up by a near-indestructible C6 and big-bearing 9″ rearend with 3.00:1 gearing. It’s got power steering, power brakes (drums all around) and seating for 10. It’s currently rolling on brand new 225/60 R15 BFG Radial T/As on 15×7″ black Cragar steelies. More info after the jump.
The stat sheet on this beast of a wagon is indeed impressive, but obviously condition is the relevent factor. Mechanically speaking, it’s in pretty dang good shape. The motor’s got a little over 100k on it, but was rebuilt around 85k. The transmission appears to have been rebuilt, but I can’t find a receipt for it. The rearend appears to have a leaky axle seal on one side, which is a 15 minute fix (in fact, I might get around to it before it sells).
The engine runs well and is never short on power, but the idle’s not as strong or low as I’d like (currently about 800rpm in neutral, 500-650 in gear). I suspect there may be a small vacuum leak somewhere non-obvious. I’ve got a new carb gasket on order, which might get installed, depending on time. When it gets warm outside, the engine tends to get hot quickly if you’re not moving. A Taurus electric fan and new fan controller kit from Summit are included with the car. The oil pan drain plug leaks due to partially stripped threads. I’ll see what I can do for a quick fix, but a new pan is $50 from Summit.

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Mechanically speaking, it’s in good shape, but what about cosmetic issues? Simply put, it’s one big rolling cosmetic issue. The grey paint appears to be at least the second coat, and it’s faded, chipped and scratched all over. There may be one or two body panels without some kind of dent. Maybe. From a southwestern perspective, the car’s rusty. From the perspective of anyone with salted roads, it’s nearly pristine. Specifically, the full ladder frame and chassis bits are rock solid. In addition to the light surface rust (let’s call it PAHtina), there are a few concerning rust spots on the car: the rear tailgate, the bottom of one of the doors, parts of the windshield surround, and the floor of the “way back”. I’ve hit the tailgate with Eastwood rust converter and encapsulator, which halted the progress of that cancer. If I get around to it, I might be able to give the other spots the same treatment. If not, the supplies to do so yourself are pretty cheap from Eastwood.

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The interior’s somewhere in between the exterior and drivetrain, condition-wise. The way-back and middle-back vinyl bench seats are in remarkably great condition, but the front is completely shot. Right now it’s got a blanket over it, but I have a brand new high-quality saddle blanket seat cover to go on it in a box…that I may or may not get around to installing. The headliner has a couple of rips, but I have a new one in a box. The carpet is in decent shape (faded, no major rips), but I have a brand new carpet kit in a box. The dash pad is shot, but it’s got a custom-fit black cover over it. The gauges all work, with the exception of a battery gauge I never got around to hooking up (never really needed it). The AM radio works, but the tuner knob doesn’t, meaning you’re left with someone else’s presets. It should be easy enough to pull the radio and fix what’s wrong with the tuner connection. The clock doesn’t work.

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A miscellaneous list of other things that you should know: the wipers don’t work, as there’s no wiper switch. Don’t know why it was removed, but I have one in a box. The dash switch for the tailgate glass doesn’t work (but the on-door key switch does), don’t know why, but I’ve got a replacement switch. The front end has a mild shimmy at 65-70, but not above or below (so go faster). The windshield has a scratch on it that matches a bad wiper arm, but I’ve got a (used) replacement that comes with the car. It needs weatherstripping all over the place (doesn’t leak…just a little drafty). A nice rumble-y dual exhaust would make the car (and driver) a lot happier.
You might be noticing a theme here…namely a bunch of small, relatively inexpensive things that I may or may not have time for. Pretty much the story across the board on this baby. I’m selling because I just don’t have the time or motivation to build this car out to its full potential. I was hoping to do some mild upgrades to the motor, drop in a 3.73:1 LSD rearend and go embarrass a few people at the drag strip. With a set of air shocks (~$60 from Summit), some cooling upgrades and a hitch, this would make a great tow vehicle. Provided you’re interested in stopping, there are number of disc brake options to be had, ranging from DIY junkyard sourced stuff out to serious big-brake kits for both the front and rear.

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I’m asking $3500, with the emphasis on asking. I’ll readily admit there are prettier or better-sorted classic wagons out there, possibly both, for that kind of price. But it’s worth noting that very few have the capability and potential upside that my Country Sedan does. Many are small block, low-compression, light duty cars with pathetic brakes. That, or wheezy, ugly malaise-mobiles. Provided you’re willing to do some work yourself, I’d say there’s definitely less than 10 grand between where it is now and the version of this car that’s worth $15k. With a little (or a lot) of time and money, it could be a legitimate replacement for a new(ish) truck or SUV, as its hauling capabilities have been well demonstrated.
The car includes all the aforementioned fix-it parts, along with all the stock engine bay things I’ve taken off (valve covers, air cleaner, smog pump), all the aluminum trim and badges that have been removed, and an assortment of other bits that go with the car. Also included is the set of Keystone “fake Cragar” wheels and the somewhat old and cracked Dunlop GT Qualifiers wrapped around them, something like 215/70R15 on a 15×7″ front and 225/75R15 on 15×8″ rear. They look good, but at least one front wheel is slightly bent. Also, I will be re-installing the fuel filler door.
For all its little issues, I’m still going to miss it, for sure. I’ll always remember the sound of the secondaries opening up while blasting up an on-ramp as the car rocks back on its springs.
Drop me a line at mad_science@hooniverse.info if you’d like to make an offer or find out more. The car’s located in Los Angeles, and I can make reasonable accommodations to meet up around southern California and/or deal with a shipping company.

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37 responses to “For Sale: One Kickass Eyesore of a Wagon”

  1. muthalovin Avatar

    Nice Price.
    I like it, but not half way across the country like.
    Good luck, Tim. I am sure you will find an owner in short order.

  2. tonyola Avatar
    tonyola

    Why did a 1967 car have a smog pump? Later retrofit?

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      California market. My parents' 1967 LeSabre was originally a California car (they bought it used in Oregon in 1970), so it had a factory smog pump on its 340.

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      It's a California-spec car. Emissions controls started in '66 here.

  3. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Show up in my driveway with $2999 and it's yours.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      Technically he said NORTH of three grand. I think that means he's making a $3000 offer haha.

  4. Black Steelies Avatar

    I LOVE THOSE WHEELS. Not to mention the Woolrich seat cover.
    $3500 isn't a bad place to start. I hope you find a buyer or a buyer finds you. Are you selling it anywhere else or just making an offering to fellow Hooniversalists first?

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      It's on LA Craigslist (as of this afternoon), fordmuscleforums, and I shot this post over to the BaT guys (dunno if they'll run it). One of the upsides of running a blog is people do things like retweet your for sale posts all over the interwebtubes.
      Though it might be the strongest option, I'm trying to avoid an eBay listing for now.

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      BTW, the seat cover is this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Full-Sz-Truck-Benc

    3. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      BTW, BTW, I wanted to do these wheels: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/CRR-3655812/
      But the timing of getting them from Summit and getting them mounted up didn't work. IMO, those would've been significantly more kickass.

      1. facelvega Avatar
        facelvega

        I think you're right– the current wheels go far in the right direction, but those would indeed have slightly upped both the kickass and badass quotients here.

      2. Black Steelies Avatar

        Personally I love me some AR767's but even if they were stock wheels and spray painted black I'd probably dig em.
        And yes, IMO Ebay is the last place I wold go looking for a car because they seem to carry a premium and as a seller there are better options to post your car for free. Do you have a BangShift account? I know they have a pretty active classifieds section, but I would say your bases are pretty well covered. Beautiful car. Amen.

    4. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar
      Age_of_Aerostar

      and somehow I thought of you as soon as I saw the car………… now why would that be??

  5. M44Power Avatar
    M44Power

    Beautiful (in a special way) wagon. If she was mine, I would try to do an entire Woolrich interior.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      Yes +1! but unless you can amass a cheap wool hunting coat collection from Salvation Army, expensive…

  6. Thrashy Avatar

    I was on the fence until I saw that Walker Player Canada DTTS emblem in the rear window. Suddenly I have the overwhelming urge to empty my meager bank account, drive halfway across the county to get it, and then drive it back home. I'm pretty sure we could get my CRX lashed down to the roof rack for the trip back, don't you think?

  7. Mr_Biggles Avatar
    Mr_Biggles

    I know it's a bit OT, but the Eastwood rust stuff you mention: does it work fairly well? Anyone else use it? I have some spots on the Beetle that I'd like to go one step further than spraying with oil, but that I won't get time/place to do much else with for possibly a few years.
    The internet at large seems to like the stuff, but I don't really trust the internet. I do trust the hive around here though.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      I would say it's worth the $20-40 and couple hours of your time, and trust it a bit over just wire-brushing down to metal and rattle-caning it. At least I'd trust it as long as you stay away from salt.

    2. Alff Avatar
      Alff

      I haven't used the Eastwood stuff but the POR-15 treatment I gave to the unprotected areas on the underside of the Alfa is holding up very well. It goes on thick, like Epoxy paint, so not something you'd likely want to brush on exposed bodywork.

  8. facelvega Avatar
    facelvega

    It's funny how much value is geographically contingent with the wagon revival. Here in Brooklyn, you could probably get five grand for that car in current condition just for the wayback seating alone, though you'd have to be willing to sell it to someone who you know is ignorant about car maintenance and who will park it on the street all winter until they've killed it.
    On the other hand, I think it would be a shame for this car to get the ten grand restoration right now, either back to period stock or with later hotrod elements in questionable taste. This car is nearly ready for hard use, and that's what it should get. Frankly even all those rust spots are not big concerns, as because of location sealing them up now should suffice for a few years without adding further complications to any eventual bodywork. Maybe I would tackle the rear tailgate, though, which has gone beyond patina and into looking like hell, but otherwise I like the beat-up grey paint look.

    1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar
      FuzzyPlushroom

      Wagons with third-row seats are worth five grand by default? I'm bringing my $200 745 south! (Seats seven with belts!)

      1. facelvega Avatar
        facelvega

        Well, only sixties and seventies detroit wagons are worth that much here, but volvos of any kind are worth about two grand in good running order, and there are hundreds of them in this neighborhood alone. Typical street scene:
        <img src="http://mysite.pratt.edu/~eghenoiu/100SSCAM/02%20three%20volvos.JPG&quot; width="600">

  9. Lotte Avatar
    Lotte

    This is exactly the kind of car I (we?) lust after on Wagon Wednesdays. I kinda loathe the "I like this car but (some reason) i cannot get it!!" obligatory speech because it really means nothing to the seller, so I'll leave that and say I'm sure you'll find an enthusiastic owner for this car. It'll go to a good home (eventually) 😉

  10. vwminispeedster Avatar
    vwminispeedster

    If I get this new job I just applied for I will probably need a car since traveling for sales is required. I could convince my wife this would be a good purchase.
    Ooooh actually you should offer it for $5000 and a spot to drive the uberbird in the next LeMons race. That would be $$ well spent.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Haha… now that is a good idea

  11. bzr Avatar

    Now THAT is a hell of a third-row seat.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Really more like columns, wouldn't you say?

  12. B72 Avatar
    B72

    Awesome ride! It gets what – about 12 MPG? Maybe that makes it not so good as a DD, but you could bring the party to cruise nights.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Mileage is highly dependent on state of tune and your right foot.
      Mid-to-high teens on the freeway is possible.
      Around town? Let's just say you'll offset fuel costs with the low purchase price.

  13. Froggmann_ Avatar
    Froggmann_

    Gawd dammit If I had only won the lottery. I love this thing…

  14. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar
    Age_of_Aerostar

    I want it to go to a good owner.
    It's like seeing those dogs and puppies outside of PetSmart or whatever store on some random weekend… I just can't take one of them home, but I keep them in my thoughts and hope they get a loving owner to take the best of care of them, and give them the most wonderful life possible.

  15. Rich Truesdell Avatar
    Rich Truesdell

    I have a 428-equipped, 10-passenger DRFS 1969 Mercury Colony Park station wagon that I'm going to show to Jim Brennan tomorrow to see if he wants to post for the next wagons Wednesday. You can view a PDF of an article on the car that appeared in the UK magazine, Classic American at this link http://bit.ly/dEflKJ.
    Photos of the car, taken back in 2007, can be found here. http://bit.ly/hs0K3q
    I am considering selling the car, and if I do I will be asking what I have in it, $6,500. The car is located in Riverside County in California, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

  16. nick wimsett Avatar
    nick wimsett

    hi there i read threw a few of the posts. has the car actually sold yet?

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Yup, sold back in May: http://hooniverse.info/2011/05/18/its-outta-here/

  17. Mr. G Avatar
    Mr. G

    How did you get that much power out of the engine? Just adding the carb did that? I know the 2barrel limits it…. How was your gas mileage?

  18. invincibleservices Avatar

    Greener place right behind the car.

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