As we speak’s Good Worth or No Dice Nation Squire is a throwback to an period when wagons dominated suburbia. Let’s see if this gargantuan fake wood-paneled longroof has a value that may dominate our vote.
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The 1989 Volkswagen T3 TriStar Doka Syncro we checked out yesterday is a mannequin of automobile with a really well-established cult-like following. At $40,000, nevertheless, that specific membership had a fairly steep initiation price. That was one thing the overwhelming majority of you felt solely worthy of a real cultist, incomes the Doka a 78 p.c No Cube loss from us normies.
Talking of regular, it as soon as was completely commonplace to see huge wagons plying the streets of suburbia all throughout the American panorama. Whether or not it was carrying the little league workforce to post-game pizza, choosing up potting soil on the residence heart, or simply heading out for a weekend away, the full-sized wagon proved versatile sufficient to do all of it.
And why wouldn’t it? With as much as 10-passenger capability, versatile seating/storage choices, and obtainable woodgrain appliqué down their flanks, massive wagons from the three main American producers had just about every little thing you wanted. That’s till the fuel disaster and ever-encroaching emissions requirements made apparent a few the large wagons’ downsides, these being gas economic system and power-sapping weight.
As of late, the massive wagons of yore are a uncommon sight on the street or in suburban driveways. This 1978 Ford Nation Squire is right here to maintain the flame alive and, maybe, present a style of what as soon as was to these too younger to have ever taken a lap of luxurious in such an impressive beast.
The vendor calls this Mild Jade Glow Metallic Nation Squire their “massive nation woman.” And massive it’s. That is the longest and heaviest station wagon Ford has ever produced. After all, its modern-day equal, the Expedition MAX is nearly as lengthy, with an excellent longer wheelbase however shorter overhangs. It’s completely not the identical, nevertheless.
There’s one thing great about using within the back-back of one in every of these older wagons, whether or not it’s in a rear-facing bench or, as on this automobile’s case, the flip-up aspect seats. Behind that may be a Magic Doorgate tailgate that each swings and folds because the temper hits.
The advert notes V8 energy, however doesn’t present the displacement. The bottom engine this mannequin yr was a 351 Cleveland V8 which might muster 145 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Above that sat a 160-horse 400 CID V8 and a 202-horse 460. By all appearances, nevertheless, this automobile has the 351C. That has seen some work, together with new belts and hoses, gaskets, and a radiator. In reality, the entire heating system, together with the cabin core is alleged to have been changed.
Different work contains new brakes and shocks, a transmission flush, and some electrical work. Nonetheless on the docket are an A/C leak (R12, yikes!), new duct tape for the plastic engine air consumption, and the restore of some creeping rust on the large again bumper. Extra importantly, although, each the engine and three-speed automated (with column shift!) are mentioned to be able to rock.
Aesthetically, save for that bumper, all of it appears to be like to be in fairly good situation. There are solely 56,500 miles exhibiting on the odometer, however that may very well be extra seeing because it doesn’t have sufficient barrels to indicate over 99Okay. The paint and vinyl wooden siding all look to be in serviceable form if considerably drained form, as does the equally vinyl-clad inside, which has some tears within the driver’s aspect cushion.
The American Racing mags give the automobile a refined little bit of insurgent model, however aside from that, the look is pure big-ass Ford, with that firm’s penchant for filigree and coated headlamps evident within the design. The title is clear and the automobile comes with a ton of elements receipts and unique service manuals. All that is available in at an asking value of $9,500.
Now, when you wished to parse that out on a value per weight foundation then that works out to lower than $2 per pound. Heck, it that method, it’s a killer cut price. After all, we don’t play like that. We take a look at the automobile, its place within the automotive ecosystem (historical past, significance, versatility, and many others.), and the situation to make our selections. That’s simply how we roll, and it’s now time so that you can roll into voting on this Nation Squire’s destiny.
What do you say, is that this greatest of the large value that $9,500 asking because it’s offered within the advert? Or, for that a lot ought to this “massive nation woman” be put out to pasture?
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H/T to Don R. for the hookup!
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