Dale Amy
February 1, 2009

Inside, Don left the cavernous cabin pretty much stock in appearance, though the five-speed shifter on the floor replaces what used to be a three-on-the-tree. Oh, and a Pioneer head unit hidden away in the glovebox controls a bunch of drivers, subwoofers, and amps from Total Mobile Audio.

Overall, this is Texas-sized transportation with Texas-sized attitude. Who says station wagons are boring?

The Details
Donald Hardy's '61 Ford Ranch Wagon

Engine

  • 312-cid Y-block V-8
  • Forged crank
  • Egge cast 10:1 pistons
  • Comp Cams solid cam (0.450 lift/212-degree duration)
  • Dual Edelbrock 500-cfm carbs
  • Edelbrock aluminum intake
  • Stock heads
  • Stock cast-iron exhaust manifolds
  • Built by Don Hardy Race Cars

Transmission

  • Tremec T-5 five-speed manual
  • Hurst shifter

Rearend

  • 9-inch
  • 3.90 gears
  • 28-spline axles

Exhaust

  • Flowmaster mufflers
  • 2.5-inch custom tubing by Don Hardy Race Cars

Suspension

  • Front: stock cut coils, '71 {{{Mustang}}} spindles, Air Ride conventional shocks
  • Rear: Re-arched leaf springs, Air Ride conventional shocks

Brakes

  • Front: Baer Brakes, 13-inch two-piece rotor, cross-drilled and slotted, two-piston caliper
  • Rear: Baer Brakes, 13-inch two-piece rotor, cross-drilled and slotted, two-piston caliper

Wheels

  • Front: American Racing Torq Thrust II, 18x7, 4.5-inch offset
  • Rear: American Racing Torq Thrust II, 20x8, 4-inch offset

Tires

  • Front: BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW, P225/45R18
  • Rear: BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW, P245/40R20

Interior

  • N.O.S. seat and door panel materials from SMS Auto Fabrics, loop carpet from Auto Custom Carpets, reupholstery by Dooley & Sons

Exterior

  • '61 Ford Desert Gold in PPG by Soncy Road Body Shop, Amarillo, TX, additional work by Little Feet Racing, Fritch, TX

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