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#4092558 - 01/21/21 10:53 AM Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire
4EyedTurd Offline
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Registered: 01/20/21
Posts: 17
Loc: Waco,TX
I’ve been on the hunt for another woody wagon and with the help of a buddy found one. I stopped and asked the lady if she was interested in selling it and she was, a quick look over and some talking and I bought it home on a trailer. Back in high school (2000-ish) I had a Ford Maverick and was looking to put a 302 in it so I went looking for a donor. I ended up with a light blue/woody Country Squire that ran and drove. I couldn’t tear up a good car just for the motor so I drove it and loved it. Hauling friends around and doing teenager stuff was a blast. The heater core went out and sealed its fate to the junkyard.

Fast forward a few years, 2 kids and a wife later and I’ve been trying to convince my wife how comfortable a wagon is, like riding on a comfy couch.

So far, I had to stick a new fuel pump in it and drain the old varnished gas. It runs and moves but needs a bit of TLC. The worst part to me is the vinyl seats are a bit hard and cracked. Here’s my list so far

New tires
New alternator plug
Oil change
Rear shocks
Exhaust is cracked/cobbled together (not sure what I’ll do)
Try to renew the seats (not sure if it possible)
Passenger window regulator isn’t working
New speakers
Find passenger door trim
Wax and buff paint.

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#4092562 - 01/21/21 11:09 AM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
a_d_a_m Offline

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Loc: Cleveland, OH
Welcome from a '91 Squire owner!

ttiwwp
(use Imgur to host your pics if you happen to have any)
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#4092572 - 01/21/21 12:49 PM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 1953
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Welcome to the madness!

Might want to add a fuel filter and pressure regulator to your list. Chances are the window motor only needs new pucks, common failure, cheap but not real easy.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 55K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.
1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
1988 Squire (Chris Craft) 1996-1998 junkyard rescue driven to death 199K

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#4092652 - 01/21/21 08:19 PM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
4EyedTurd Offline
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Registered: 01/20/21
Posts: 17
Loc: Waco,TX

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#4092676 - 01/21/21 09:11 PM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 1953
Loc: Cleveland, OH
A little rough, but you've got enough there to work with. How many miles are on it?
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 55K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.
1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
1988 Squire (Chris Craft) 1996-1998 junkyard rescue driven to death 199K

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#4092680 - 01/21/21 09:22 PM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
4EyedTurd Offline
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Registered: 01/20/21
Posts: 17
Loc: Waco,TX
Odometer show 97k but there’s no telling if it’s rolled over. It’s a little rough but I think for its age it’s in pretty good shape.

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#4092734 - 01/22/21 07:46 AM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
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Loc: Cleveland, OH
That is absolutely cleaner than my '91.
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#4092738 - 01/22/21 08:25 AM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 1953
Loc: Cleveland, OH
When you get roadworthy, head down to Mexico and hit up a border-town upholstery shop.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 55K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.
1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
1988 Squire (Chris Craft) 1996-1998 junkyard rescue driven to death 199K

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#4092758 - 01/22/21 11:08 AM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
4EyedTurd Offline
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Registered: 01/20/21
Posts: 17
Loc: Waco,TX
Adam, I’ll have to disagree, your ‘91 is way nicer.

Does anyone sell wood grain vinyl or something like it that I could redo the sides with?

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#4092760 - 01/22/21 11:29 AM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
a_d_a_m Offline

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Registered: 10/25/05
Posts: 27450
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Originally Posted By 4EyedTurd
Adam, I’ll have to disagree, your ‘91 is way nicer.
I'm sure my interior is - that part of my car is mint. But the rust in my fenders and wheel arches is...insane. And I have no clearcoat anywhere on the car.

Originally Posted By 4EyedTurd
Does anyone sell wood grain vinyl or something like it that I could redo the sides with?
3M Di-Noc is the product you're looking for.
https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/di-noc-siding
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#4093060 - 01/24/21 08:06 AM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
4EyedTurd Offline
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Registered: 01/20/21
Posts: 17
Loc: Waco,TX
Thanks for the link! I’m excited about this boat and already knocking stuff off the list. I’ve knocked out an oil change, thermostat and cooling system flush, and rear shocks. I’ve found the exhaust is split in a lot of places so I’ll order some bends and a quiet muffler. Also found the power steering pump is leaking bad and the fan clutch has enough play I don’t feel comfortable with it.

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#4093076 - 01/24/21 02:21 PM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
Old_Guy_Stu Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 1953
Loc: Cleveland, OH
If the PS pump is leaking from the back, it's just the o-ring that seals the reservoir. Not a hard job. If it's leaking out the front behind the pulley, time to replace.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019 & Aug 2020, 55K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.
1988 CVLX (Destroyer) 1998-2001 driven to death 202K
1988 Squire (Chris Craft) 1996-1998 junkyard rescue driven to death 199K

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#4093788 - 01/29/21 04:19 PM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
4EyedTurd Offline
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Registered: 01/20/21
Posts: 17
Loc: Waco,TX
Went to the local pick n pull and scored some door light lenses, rear sway bar and a 3g alternator for $60.

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#4094844 - 02/04/21 08:03 PM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
4EyedTurd Offline
n00b

Registered: 01/20/21
Posts: 17
Loc: Waco,TX
So, I found a 91 4door with blue cloth interior. I was able to grab a door pull for the wagon but looking at the blue cloth seats they were in pretty good shape and I can prefer the cloth to vinyl. Will 4door and wagon seats swap?

I found some good stick exhaust to replace the rotten stuff but can’t decide if I want to use stock parts or do stock routing with 2.5” and a cheap dynomax muffler. I wouldn’t mind some rumble but not looking for obnoxious


Edited by 4EyedTurd (02/04/21 08:06 PM)

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#4094846 - 02/04/21 08:28 PM Re: Finally back in a wagon! 1988 Country Squire [Re: 4EyedTurd]
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Posts: 27450
Loc: Cleveland, OH
The front seats should swap without issue. Not sure on the back...would guess there'd be some issue due to the folding nature of the wagon seats. Though I know people do interior swaps, so maybe there's a way to convert...

I have an H-pipe from a box sedan on my wagon (looks like RockAuto has some stocked). You might consider starting with the sedan H-pipe and fabbing a dual setup.

Click to reveal...
I decided to put this behind a spoiler tag so as to not pollute your thread with pics. laugh

I'm not sure what the setup on my '91 is (t'was on there when I bought the car, though I did replace the H-pipe the first year I had it). I'm inclined to believe it's a factory-replacement type such as a Walker, but I've no proof.

My H-pipe is a little crooked, as seen below, so it sort of manifests itself further down the line with the over-the-axle section looking lower on the DS (the angle these pictures were taken make the height difference seem more drastic than it is).





But you can't really tell when it's on the ground.



I really ought to get under there in the spring and try to straighten that H...
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