Practical Project: 1967 Ford Country Sedan

The owner of this 1967 Ford Country Sedan rightly points out that values for these classic wagons have been increasing in recent times. This particular car looks a bit rough, but it seems to be a solid vehicle that is ripe for restoration. It is also a vehicle that ticks a couple of boxes, because not only is it practical, but it is a wagon that could potentially attract more than a few admiring glances once restored. It is located in Robbinsville, New Jersey, and has been listed for sale here on Craigslist. The owner has set the sale price for the Ford at $6,500. I have to give a big shout-out to Barn Finder FordGuy1972 for spotting this Ford for us.

The owner states that the Ford has received a repaint at some point in the past, and it appears that this was completed in the car’s original Brittany Blue. Rust doesn’t appear to be a major issue, with the owner only identifying rust in the rockers. The rest of the car looks pretty solid, with only the occasional dusting of surface corrosion. The external trim and chrome all appear to be present, and most of it is in pretty decent condition. One feature that I do like is the American Racing wheels. They need to be restored, but if this was done, they would certainly fit the character and age of the vehicle.

The interior of the Country Sedan is going to require plenty of work because the majority of it looks to be pretty baked. The rear seat and rear door trims look okay, but the rest of it is going to need restoration. The owner gives the buyer a bit of a start on this, because included in the sale is a replacement steering wheel, along with a dash pad and kick panels. If these were installed, along with a new carpet set and cover for the front seat, then the interior would start to look pretty reasonable. The armrests on the front doors might be able to be saved, and it would be interesting to see how the front door trims would respond to a good clean. It doesn’t appear as though the wagon features a third row, but if one can be sourced, it might make a useful addition.

Under the hood of the Ford, you will find a 390ci V8, an automatic transmission, along with power steering and power brakes. The owner says that the vehicle runs and drives, but is nowhere near roadworthy. The gas tank has a leak, and will require replacement. On that front, the carburetor looks to have either been rebuilt, or a fresh one has been fitted. The rear brakes have come in for some attention, with new lines and wheel cylinders fitted. The front end does need work, with new bushes required, along with a few other items requiring attention. Included with the car is a small collection of parts, including some electrical components. Also included is the original Build Sheet and Owner’s Card.

This is a great old vehicle, and while the owner floats the idea of getting it roadworthy and leaving the exterior appearance largely as-is, I would love to see it fully restored. I think that the end result could be a practical classic that would attract plenty of attention. What do you think?

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Comments

  1. Miguel Member

    No, just no.

    This car was not cared for in any way.

    It is missing the iconic steering wheel which makes the car.

    What is that in it’s place?

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  2. Superdessucke

    I think at a $6,500 price it is ludicrous to consider restoration. You could buy a super nice one for less than 20, even with the recent surge in values. This would cost way more to get to restored state.

    Personally, I would fix up the interior, upgrade the engine, clean the engine compartment, put new tires in good brakes on it, fix the drivability and safety problems, and just use it for utility purposes.

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  3. Jay

    Trying to cash in on the wagon craze without doing any work

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  4. FordGuy1972

    While you can buy a clean vintage wagon today for less than $20K, I’ll wager you won’t be able to in 5-10 years. We’ve all seen a few wagons for more already. This ’67 Country Sedan looks like a great candidate to start with, it being pretty solid and mostly complete, plus it’s a big block. If you could do a lot of the work yourself, that will keep the restoration costs down. Pickup and wagon values have been steadily increasing so if you want one but don’t have the big bucks, you might want to acquire one soon.

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  5. KSwheatfarmer Member

    Yes the days of bringing one of these home for cheap are gone. I,ve got my eye on one setting in a local junk yard,it is doable but at what cost. Might be time to look at it again if this one brings what this person wants.

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  6. Dan

    Lol….there’s an ass for every seat

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  7. Fred W

    Guess I’m the demographic that is buying these, as I spent my younger years being tortured by my older sister in the back seat of one- same color, but alas, a lowly 289. This is an unusual powerplant for this car. Not sure why anyone would opt to restore one when nice drivers are still pretty reasonable (13 to 15K).

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    • fitz

      unusual powerplant? in high school, the parking lot had a bunch of 390 powered wagons.

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  8. Dovi65

    I owned a 67 Country Sedan back in the 90s. Mine was Red/Red Vinyl interior. The 289 moved the big wagon along quite nicely. Paid $400 for it, used it for 2 years until a Toyota Corolla smacked it in the r/f wheel. Sadly, I was just too strapped for cash to pay the towing, and repair costs so I had to let it go.
    This one would be a nice replacement, but $6500 is a bit of a reach. $3500 would be a bit more reasonable asking

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  9. TJ

    I agree with you guys. A cool wagon, but too much money for it’s condition. I have been getting my 68 Country Sedan wagon ready to sell, and I figured I’d ask $3500. Hope to make it run this week, then maybe tackle the brakes. It’s a 390 car, original paint, just a couple small areas with rust, but definitely presentable as-is. Cars like this that can be fixed and used as-is finish wise are appealing to the average guy, who doesn’t have a ton of money to spend on their hobby.

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    • SPAN

      Hey TJ!

      I was writing back and forth with the seller, because I quite like the vibe it has to it. I’d like to leave it pretty much as it is on the outside and do the mechanical part as well as the interior properly. Although there is a fair amount of rust in the rockers but as it seems not in the frame …

      You wrote you would like to sell a 68 Country Sedan as well. As I’m looking for one of these could you get in contact and send me some pictures of it as well?

      Best regards _ SPAN

      • TJ

        Good evening,

        Thanks for your message. If you email me at dtrm00@gmail.com, I can send you all the info.

        TJ

  10. fitz

    3k ride, at best. 66-67 were prone to rust in the front frame corners. No mention of disc brakes & no a/c. Agree, get it safely drivable & go down the road, just nor for a 6500 entry cost.

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    • Morgan Winter

      Yes, fitz, that frame rust is an important point. Those frames are also prone to rust in the rear kickup area…I learned the hard way! But rust or no rust, this car is overpriced.

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  11. Gaspumpchas

    Yea fitz you nailed it. 3 things to check really good–the frame, the frame, and the frame. They gottem real young here in the rust belt, one reason they are hard to get. And this one is in New Joisey. salt from the road plus salt from the ocean. BTW, 352’s and 390’s were very common in the 60’s and early 70’s big fords.
    Good luck to the new owner!!!
    Cheers
    GPC

  12. TJ

    I think you’re right on. Saw 68 like mine on eBay a while back in the 20k range. Would be better to buy that one at 20k, rather than to buy mine or this one and try to make it perfect.

  13. Ken Cwrney

    One thing that bothers me is frame rot.
    These cars were notorious for it. An old
    friend of mine had a really nice 4-door sedan with a 289 V-8 and automatic.
    The car LOOKED nice on top, but the
    frame was toast. The rot had gotten to
    the rear frame where the Panhard rod
    joined the two together. The damage was irreparable and the car had to be
    scrapped. Sad ending for such a promising car. Seeing a 390 in this car
    doesn’t surprise me all that much though.
    A lot of folks chose the big engine especially when you were towing a camper or a boat. After all, back then,
    there was no substitute for cubic inches.

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    • scottymac

      As a long time owner of ’66 Fords (’65-’68 all use the same frame), I agree with your assessment. In fact, seeing rust in the rocker panels, a rare sight in my experience, that’s all I’d need to see to cause me to walk away without need to look underneath. I’d be embarrassed to attach my name to this filthy pig. Would need a Brillo pad to clean it up. Now, about that red ’62 Merc? An S-55 convertible?

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    • Morgan Winter

      The rear end on my 67 Galaxie came loose while I was driving it, frame had rusted through. Got that patched and welded up pretty securely, then the opposite corner rusted out. So we pulled the 289 and dropped into a 67 Ranch Wagon. Got a couple of years out of that, then, guess what? Frame on that rusted through. Finally gave up on these, had some fun times for very little money though.

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  14. Del

    Silly price for a parts car.

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  15. JD

    I agree with several of the previous posts that given its needs, the ask is too high.These cars are wonderful utility haulers/highway cruisers. I had a ’64
    country sedan and later, a ’67 Country Squier with the 390, as this one has.
    If possible, the current owner of the one above should do the heavy work of
    paint/interior/driveability then ask $16k or a little more. Probably would move
    quickly……
    JD

  16. TimM

    I really like the car but being it’s a car in New Jersey which is part of the ice coast I would want to see a couple pictures of the underside and maybe a price of $2500-3500!! There’s a lot to do here unless you just get it running and drive it as it is!! I am impressed with all the trim being on the car!!

  17. petemcgee

    Hard pass on this one, look for one out west instead. No frame rot here in Marlboro country.

  18. Jim king

    Further proof that there is some REALLY GOOD medications out there!….MAYBE a $1500 car…

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