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Old 03-30-2018, 03:00 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I guess the fuel consumption on the V8 could turn the dream into a nightmare quite quickly...
That's more or less what happened. It was 12-13mpg, never coaxed more than 15 mpg out of it, and it never delivered the power or torque I wanted to feel. That was at the height of our fuel prices, too. It also was a way better ride for passengers than for front seat riders, who were basically planted on top of the front axle line.

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My father's camper van in the background at Permalink #6 had a double bunk, kitchen and AM radio. We had 2-3 couple dances in it in the school parking lot.

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it never delivered the power or torque I wanted to feel
Most folks tend to associate the amount of cylinders with performance, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a full-size American van getting outperformed by some of those Japanese forward-control vans...
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Most folks tend to associate the amount of cylinders with performance, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a full-size American van getting outperformed by some of those Japanese forward-control vans...
Out of all the V8s I've driven, this one was the most disappointing. Even F150s and Tahoes I've driven over the years had a nicer load of torque off the line. That, at least, is something. Transmission probably didn't help, it was a very slushy feeling automatic, although it did let me cruise at 1100rpm with lockup engaged. It just didn't do anything terribly well.
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Transmission probably didn't help, it was a very slushy feeling automatic, although it did let me cruise at 1100rpm with lockup engaged.
I'm not so used to Chrysler automatic transmissions, but I guess it was at least a 4-speed by then. Well, a poorly-chosen gearing may take away the joy of driving what would otherwise be still OK...
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Not sure the thread title is clear.

But the first car is certainly one I miss. Dad ordered every option into a 1966 Ford Country Squire. Became mine with about 78k miles. V8-428. 10-mpg around town, and 12-14 highway (the 55 limit came in about then; it being easier on high octane consumption than 65-plus accounts for the higher number).

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Not sure the thread title is clear.
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Maybe something got lost in translation.
I am pretty sure that much of car was, in the past, iron ore.
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428 - Also FE family. More common than the 427 but much less common than the 390/360/352 variants. Makes cubic inches with more stroke and less bore. Still generally a "performance" motor but not built with the same level of parts/care as the 427. Generally cheaper than 427 stuff but still not (IMO) cost effective to build (per HP given what you can get out of a 390 with aftermarket parts) unless you are restoring a 428 car or building a clone and want reasonable accuracy. That said - you can pretty easily replicate a 428 using quality late service blocks and aftermarket rotating assemblies.
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