I was three years old when I first laid eyes on it. My father was fixing it for his friend , who bought it new from the dealer. It was a 1970 Ford Country Squire LTD wagon with a C6 Transmission and a 390 FE big block. It ended up being my first car rebuild. We totally rebuilt the car after a family friend, had totaled the car in an accident. He sold the car to us figuring it was a lost cause. We started with the engine, having it blueprinted and machined, and then rebuilt it with the highest quality parts we could find. It ran so quiet; you had to open the car door to know it was running. We then rebuilt the front end and painted the car a deep metallic green (darker than the original light green), summarily becoming the envy of everyone we knew. It seated 9 passengers and had plenty of power. Most importantly it was beautiful. Admittedly, the wagon was outdated, heavy, gas hungry and large, but if I found another one I would buy it in a heartbeat. It would move when you pushed the pedal down, and it was classy looking. Needless to say, my connection with Ford is rather personal. Eventually it was t-boned in an accident, ending its role as a member of the family. We have never found a replacement that was as practical, beautiful, and powerful.
Its funny the title said it was a 74, my mother thought it was a 71, but in reality the Country Squires in those 2 years look nothing alike. It was a 70. I loved the hidden headlights and the back door and seat area. The dash was simple, but the radio position was rather anti-social. We added gauges that matched the cluster to the padded dash, then installed a new stereo to new position next to the ash tray. We managed to make it look like it was made that way. We also swapped the 2 barrel carburetor for the four barrel. I’m not kidding about the quiet running, we destroyed 2 starters trying to start the car while it was running. I’ll get a picture up later.