Never had one break or shrink on any of my rebuilding. Even though today, Americans pay relatively low fuel prices compared with other countries, to have a car like this today for most people would be a weekend or holiday driver. A film shown at the preview promoted the advanced engineering that went into the cars. On the 400M, the one in my car was pretty solid, no cracks, no dropped lifters and it had enough horsepower once I put in an Edelbrock cam, carb, intake and muffler shop duals. On a car this size, you look like the fire chief. I've ran Felpro Gasket sets for years on high performance engines with out any trouble or worrying that they may or may not leak.
The overall engine design though is largely the same as a 351C. This is why an older luxury car is often a better used buy that a relatively new mainstream car. The suspension was also softened to the point where the car was virtually uncontrollable. These were pleasant enough cars which one got sick of seeing very quickly. Near where I used to live there was a guy that was a regular competitor and he somehow kept finding them and there was always one on a trailer in his yard. It was the same after they changed to the 1974 Mercury, they used that until the end of the series in 1980, so McGarrett never got a Panther Grand Ma in 1979.
Fill out your contact information and your Parking Lamp request will get distributed instantly to a nationwide network of auto recyclers, salvage yards, wrecking yards, junkyards and parts brokers across the country. Even my 78 Córdoba looks striking compared to similar class cars from the other manufacturers. So easy, even I managed, with my wife standing by giving me step by step directions without which I couln't have finished note; she made me say that. When we removed the intake, we saw it. The 71 was the far superior car. Either waiting to be prepped, ready for action, or having parts salvaged for the next one. This would mean they were purchased by people who had the time and money to keep them up.
And yes, Ford did put the C4 in them, whenever the car had a 302 or 351W, I believe. Very comfortable but I was into small cars. I think that would be cool. I knew of several people who had this happen at low miles. Dark blue with dark blue vinyl and the 400m. This family also includes the Australian only 302 Cleveland. The 73-74 was bloated and just not that attractive.
All kinds of power and no mechanical issues except occasional ignition module. No two slams either, the doors closed and opened when I wanted. Lincolns and some of the Country Squires, on the other hand, seem better preserved. Ordered online and picked up in the store 30 minutes later. Obviously the taller deck height of the 400 requires a wider intake manifold. Now I know why it had 3:1 gears in the rear and why it handled better than most of you say it did. And somehow, these never took off in an urban-retro sort of way like the 71-76 Chevies, although I remain convinced that the Ford was a better car.
Also why it sagged in the rear. In the truck world they have good support. The 4dr had an engine fire and the 78 Landau went to the junk yard when the wife started bitching about having too many cars! When I took out the extra window, it reminded me greatly of the 2 door Chevy Impala from about 1974 or so. Good sight lines and lack of blind spots would be worthwhile subjects to teach at the Art Center College Of Design! I always considered the 71-72 to be extremely attractive cars, but they were quality basket cases and rustbuckets. The overal size and the big bumpers hold a fascination for some younger collectors. By 78 the car had been cheapened a great deal and was unreliable with many component failures.
And if it was off the 12,000 mile warranty by even 2 or 3 thousand, you were on your own. The 400 got 18 to 27 mpg with the cam advanced 8 degrees and with gutted catalylic converters n blocked off egr and straight line to the destributer with advanced timing. I loved that car: it was almost as beautiful as the 1963 Grand Prix that inspired the design. The Michigan sourced blocks were notorious for cracking down the lifter valley, as well as dropping valves. All things considered, this car is a real survivor.
But McGarrett kept that 68 for several seasons. There are a few out there. And having a car that forces me to take it to the dealer for proper troubleshooting really makes me mad! The bodies were not the best Ford ever built, but they were probably the best of any Ford of the 1970s. Agreed on the comment about sightlines, but again, I wonder about crash regs and so on. My friends 77 T-Bird did it! I know, because that was my first car although mine was gold with a brown vinyl top. Neither one of them ever quit on me. I disagree that the downsized Chevy was a better car.
Out ran friends 77 and 85 trans am in both. Tain't really the way it was. Once you are comparing box to box the survival rate of the Panther at leas in my area is way higher. The 1976s were somewhat better. But while the Chevy B bodies are still seen fairly regularly even after over 30 years , these have largely disappeared. I have to conclude that cars of this size just became obsolete faster. So on and so forth.