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Old 07-01-2014, 05:39 PM
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Yes, I agree. Edsel offered 223 I6, 332 V8, 361 V8 in wagons. To my surprise 292 V8 was available in sedans. Not in wagons.
So,,, 292 & Cruise-O-Matic got swapped in some years back.
All runs and shifts fine. Sticking with it.
Tab on diff says "2.91". Seems correct from feel of driving Villager.
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Congrats on the new owner!

We had one today at our town's first Independence Day car show. The first thing I thought of was the post on Squarebirds.



It was behind us a few cars in the parade, too
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Old 07-12-2014, 04:19 AM
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Thanks all for the info.
Yellow/white with green interior and picnic gear really looks the time capsule part. Love it !
Got a "new" gas tank. Have Por 15 treatments to seal it up good and resistant to current gasoline. Need to do that next.
Rusted spare tire well is repaired. Few other small rust spots under body are repaired. Having lost a 289 & 351W to broke timing gears, have a new 292 set to install. Have to check condition. If is tight and well, can return chain/gear set.
After that its back to electric shop.
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During the 70's all the auto manufacturers thought delrin nylon was the cat's @$$ because it reduced chain noise. My father lost his Pontiac engine due to a broken cam gear. The 1973 390 I rebuilt had 1/3 of the nylon teeth missing on the OEM gear. There are thousands of horror stories.

Sometimes the big 3 make moves in the wrong direction, causing problems in areas where things worked just fine. GM is going through this with key switches. Jap cars wouldn't shut off, etc. They all quickly revert to tried and proven methods from the passed 100 years of building cars.

If you have a 'PLASTIC' timing gear, change it ASAP.

When you do your timing chain on your Y-block, please do the oil modifications as well. Remember, Y-block crank/cam timing is not like other Ford engines. Y-blocks put 12 pins between the timing marks (see picture #12 and reference your Shop Manual). They do not align the timing marks with a straight edge.

I hope you use a true roller chain set for your Y. Double row rollers last three times longer than conventional chains. (I advance my cam by four degrees for better low end torque which gives better cruising around town, better gas mileage and more torque at the light.) - Dave
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:49 AM
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Drove Villager today from shop to shop.
Short drive but nice. Look forward to regular driving.
Got underbody rust spots repaired. Next is new gas tank, electrical, etc....
After that is tires and suspension shop.
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Got Villager out of shop 9/19. Took attached pictures 9/20.

Though much left to do, was cruise worthy for first time since May 2014 purchase.

What was done:

> Floor rust spots repaired

> Rebuild carburetor

> New --- gas tank, radiator, timing set, speedo cable, headlight switch, headlights, window channel all doors, front door locks, weather stripping on doors and lower tail gate, brakes, tires, gas pedal

> Added --- remote locks on front doors



Did 50ish miles of in town, road, freeway cruising to let unknown issues surface.

> Front brakes pull to right. Got line on front disc conversion anyway.

> During last 1-2 feet of driving for the day while parking at home, a gasket/seal/whatever in transmission let go dumping ~2 quarts ATF on driveway. Villager gets tow truck ride to tranny shop this week.

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Bill, since I'm just down the road from you, what are the chances that one of these days you'll let me swing by and see your stable? You've got such an interesting collection.
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Ickaber - we otta link up. Will send PM.

Latest is replacement of 2" single exhaust with dual 2.25", "H" pipe, Magnaflow mufflers, chrome turn down tips under bumper.
Added 360deg open air filter housing. Obviously runs better after air filter change. Surprisingly so.......
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:36 AM
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59 Villager is in shop getting suspension and brakes rebuilt.
Striving to get as much done as possible on varoius cars before 2015 cruising season is here.
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Now with suspension rebuilt, after market 1.125" sway bar and new radial tires, Villager has respectable cornering.
Must be better than when new.
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