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1961 2-door ranch wagon

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 65notch, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. 65notch
    Joined: Sep 9, 2009
    Posts: 5


    Here is my next project! Just got this 61 2-door wagon, super hard to find! This thing is in awesome shape with no rust, california desert car. I am going to put in also a rare 62 Ford 406 engine with C6 trans, putting on disk brakes all around, power steering, hydro boost, Vintage Air ac, put on some big wheels and lower it!! Should be a great family cruzer!!

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  2. Love the two doors! You'll have to post pics of your progress!
  3. Sqeaky Hinge
    Joined: Oct 10, 2011
    Posts: 303

    Sqeaky Hinge

    " put on some big wheels and lower it!! ".............

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  4. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,211


    Wow, never seen a 61 tudor ranch wagon. What a great plan, all except big wheels. I know it is your car, but anything over 16" is a street rod to me. Not that you care what I think. I try to overlook this big wheel feature on cars to not insult the builder, But big wheels just take some cool cars out of the traditional realm into la la land for a lot of us. So thats my 3 cents. Great find and best wishes for this awesome rare bird. ~sololobo~

  5. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,608


    Great looking wagon. How about some steel wheels and stock small hub caps. Maybe???????
  6. ham-boned-ford
    Joined: Mar 24, 2005
    Posts: 225


    By big I hope you mean "wide" Thats a great body style very rare
  7. vanderwaal
    Joined: May 20, 2008
    Posts: 16


    is a 406 a bored 390?
  8. Kentuckian
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 759


    That's a rare wagon for sure. Only 12,042 2dr Ranch wagons were built in 1961.

    Just for reference, here is what the 61 2dr sedan I use to own looked like. It had a 390 with 3x2's and Cruisomatic. The white painted reversed wheels with poverty caps set the car off.


  9. Love the early '60s Ford wagons! That 2dr is a rare one, indeed.
  10. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,609


    Uhhh... big wheels?
  11. Austin Bubbletop
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 56

    Austin Bubbletop
    from Austin, TX

    Cool Project. LMAO Though. I realized pretty quick that certain parts of our plans have to be left out so as to not disturb some members. Not very accepting if you plan on deviating outside that box.
  12. 58custom
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 398


    No. The 406 block is cast using internal cores specific to allow the 4.13" bore. To be able to overbore a 390 from 4.05 to 4.13 requires a block with unusually thick cylinder walls and unusually little core shift. This includes the truck 391FT blocks. Been there, tried that.
  13. 58custom
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 398


    Beautiful! Exactly how I would shoe the wagon.
    Joined: Oct 1, 2008
    Posts: 407


    I wouldn't waste any time on that turd if I were you....
    Let me know if you loose interest and want to get rid of it.

    Awesome car...I have been looking for one like that for many moons.

    Steel wheels or vintage 5 spokes work well around here.... but it is your car...
  15. Kool Kar!

    Too bad you're gonna ruin it with big fuckin' wheels and lowering it!

    Looks like someone forgot that this is a "traditional" forum!

    What's next hydraulics and big speakers??????????????
  16. ricktard
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 152

    from spokane

    dont forget the fuzzy dice
  17. slickhale
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 772

    from Phoenix

    i want that wagon and now i miss my galaxie
  18. ffr1222k
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,175


    Nice project.

    I like the 406 too.
  19. Love the 2 door wagons.

    Is 61 the last year for those?

    You could build a "What If " by adding a 1960 Edsel front end sheet metal and taillights and making it a 61 Edsel wagon.

    Just a dumb thought.Keep it as is.Its already cool :D

  20. metalix_421
    Joined: Mar 24, 2010
    Posts: 890


    nice car good plan. but you should lift it and put 26s on it and got to a donk forum insted of here
  21. Squatch
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 125


    Whew... rough crowd.. I like them both and do them both... steelies and TT2's...

    you don't want to use that 406... send it my way and I'll send you a 390...
  22. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    That would match my Galaxie perfect.
    I wouldnt do a thing. That way I could have two cars that match and sit.
  23. Rick Sis
    Joined: Nov 2, 2007
    Posts: 710

    Rick Sis
    from Tulsa OK

    I'm fearing a Photoshop donk coming up any minute....
  24. DONK! i would rather see it waste away in the desert than that!
  25. 65notch
    Joined: Sep 9, 2009
    Posts: 5


    Dang! I guess I should explain my wheel package. Thinking 17 or 18" steelies or Americans, I found some pics of some wagons, and I really like the yellow one, he has 18s and 20s, but I like a little more tire than that, the red one is nice, but not for me. GEEEZZZ some of you guys need to relax!

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  26. azmidget91
    Joined: Oct 28, 2011
    Posts: 19


    That yellow one looks pretty good, nothing wrong with "big wheels"
  27. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,211


    Nothin wrong with big wheels if you are building a DONK! This thread is full of newby cats who don't understand. Every body needs to do their own thing so I guess I am to critical here, not!! ~sololobo~
  28. GUNN01
    Joined: Nov 3, 2011
    Posts: 4


    A 406 FE sounds pretty damn traditional to me...He Could put a 302 in it like everyone else...He could be like some dumb shits and put in a chevy mill and really fuck things up...But no,He's breaking some tradition cause he likes it low with big wheels???????
  29. great car and good plan what to do with. I dont like big wheels to, but even worser are the hamb conversations about it twice a day
  30. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    Ditch the big wheels for this site. 1000's of other web pages for the 'in crowd'.

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