We decided to paint the car a gold color and started the body work. After starting the body work, we noticed that the package tray was completely rusted. After further investigation, we discovered that the car had been hit in the drivers rear quarter; that collision popped the rear window. When the body work was done after the collision, the rear window was not repaired properly and water got into the seal and dripped onto the package tray. It proceeded to rust out the package tray and much of the trunk. We ended up having to replace much of the rear end of the car using a parts car (see pictures).
The car came with its original 428 V8 motor and C6 transmission. We decided to cam it, add headers, GT heads, and a bigger carburetor. For some reason (detuning?), Ford sold the 7 Litre with a 420 cfm carburetor, which we decided to replace with a 750 cfm double pumper carburetor. We also decided to add larger exhaust pipes to help the engine breathe better.
The car now is a beautiful gold color similar to its original. But now the car sounds like a muscle car, which Ford should have built in the first place. We are looking forward to driving the car to shows all over central and southern Minnesota this summer. Maybe we will see you at a show! We have already won a 1st place trophy with the 7 Litre for best in its class this summer!
The 7 Litre continues to draw crowds at the car shows that we have went to this summer. Jerry won a Sponsor Trophy for best in his class a few weeks ago at Mounds View, MN!! The car runs as good as it looks, the car just likes to go fast! It is really a fun ride.