1968 Colony Park

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Post by xr7g428 » 04 Jul 2016, 13:12

Very cool! What kind of mileage did the CP get and which engine is in it?
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Post by hesmytaxguy » 04 Jul 2016, 14:16

Memories from a long time ago. I learned to drive in our 69 Colony Park. (At 15 years old, I parallel parked it in the on road driving part of the licensing test. The instructor didn't need to see anything else. "Go get your license son.") >>> Question - the hood on my 68 Cougar seems to be about as long as I remember the wagon's. How does it really compare?

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Post by 9F91H581221 » 04 Jul 2016, 15:09

The Colony Park was originally a Q code 428. sometime in the life of the car it was replaced with a 390. It's kinda a sluggish 390, but it runs o-k. Every gas station I stopped at I had recorded the location and the gallons used to top-off. Using mapquest between each gas station address would tell me how many actual miles I've driven eliminating any odometer error accumulated in the car. The CP's odometer doesn't work anyway. On the trip down towing the unloaded trailer the fuel consumption ranged between 11.05 to 12.94 mpgs. With the loaded trailer the mileage ranged between 9.23 to 10.86 mpgs. Variances in mileage could be due to fuel quality, entering or leaving the Tug Hill plateau in NY, inconsistent top-off and speed. The mileage on the last couple top-offs was probably worse due to the anxiousness of getting home as I was hitting about 70 instead of the 60-65 along with more hills to climb. On the way to Carlisle I did not check mileage to this accuracy. When caravaning with Bill and Nancy Pratt it appeared the CP by itself was getting approximately 15 mpgs.

If you remember my post looking for a 428, I've decided to go a different direction when re-powering the Colony Park. My plan for an engine is to buy a newly cast 427 block and build it with a 4.25 crank for a total of 482 cubes. Set up with a mild cam, factory cast headers and probably a Police Interceptor intake. It should make a bunch of torque and idle smooth. Other than idling, I feel displacement doesn't have much affect on gas mileage. So, I'd expect mileage to be close to the same and possible slightly better due to a fresh engine with a modern ring set-up and cam design. Someday I hope to post these performance results.

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Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 04 Jul 2016, 15:44

Fuel injection would help with economy but that is a hefty lump on top of an engine build.
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Post by xr7g428 » 04 Jul 2016, 15:45

I have a '69 Colony Park that I am trying to get back on the road. It is a 429 2V that I would like to keep stock for a while. I would like to go EFI on it at some point.
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Post by 9F91H581221 » 04 Jul 2016, 17:09

The 79 Ford F-350 crew cab project I have has a 460 that is bored and stroked to 545. I've gotten MSD's Automic EFI kit with a stand alone computer also made by MSD to operate an E4OD trans. I wish the project was further along, as I am anxious to see how this set-up runs. But, it's a long way off.

Bill, you may consider going with a 460 crank or even a stroker crank when the time comes that you want to pep it up a bit. The extra torque will be nice and not compromise the idle quality. I tend to like big engines with a smooth idle. FYI, after some research I found that the towing capacity for the Colony Park is 6000 pounds. I did exceed that while hauling the cylindrical grinder. But, the wagon pulled it almost as good as the F-150.

I wonder if an E4OD would fit in the trans tunnel of the wagon. Probably not, the tunnel would most likely have to be cut and enlarged to accommodate. That would be a good combination for the wagon. OD with Lock-up on a 500+ mild big block. I bet you could get close to 20 mpg's on a properly set-up and tuned engine.

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Post by badcatt » 05 Jul 2016, 15:32

My old 66 Colony park had a big hitch on it from way back. I understand it was put on my the first owner. As the Colony park weighs i at about 5000 pounds it makes a fairly good tow vehicle, People used them to tow big camper trailers when new as well as putting all the family and lots of goodie in the car when towing. Amazing anyone survived.

P/S. For those that don't recall ,y 66 Colony Park, it was factory ordered with a 4 speed. It also not resides in Connecticut belonging to an employee of Mustangs Unlimited.
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Post by 9F91H581221 » 05 Jul 2016, 16:16

Oh, that's where Kevin's car came from. For the past couple years he's talked about selling it.

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Post by badcatt » 05 Jul 2016, 16:38

Yep. A Washington state car. I kind of miss the old Surf wagon.
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Post by BossElim69 » 06 Jul 2016, 05:40

Well...that was easier then getting the bucket truck lol. What are the plans for the Norton?
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