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The next time you want to do some off roading this may work for you.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 06:21 AM
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I could use it as a daily driver year round if I had that.
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Glad he didn't do that to a Sky. I am out of here!!!
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Glad he didn't do that to a Sky. I am out of here!!!
I was going to say that it was nice he just trashed an NA....

This sort of idiocy has been around for years. Here's another British example. They trashed a rubber lipped flying doorstop - better choice than a good MG or something.


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Setting aside the purist issue of trashing something special, these can be done well or not. The example that Bill posted is definitely a "not". but Glenn's example isn't bad. I think it would have been better with about six inches less of body lift, but at least the wheel wells seem to fit the tires. I once saw a Corvette on a Wagoneer chassis that actually required a second look to realize that it was "wrong".
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Agree

Regular 2WD:



4WD (longer wheelbase, extra side vent and FF has hood scoop):



Ferguson even did one 65 Mustang as a test mule during development:



https://www.hagerty.com/articles-vid...-drive-mustang

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A related story is that . . . . . .. there where two series 4WD mustang , 65 and 69 , one of the at least four known 4WD Mustangs was recovered in The Netherlands . . . .




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They apparently did a number of trial installations in various vehicles hoping that the manufacturers would order ups a bunch.

See here for an explanation of how it worked:

Ferguson Four-Wheel-Drive System Explained - The Jensen Museum

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Tony Rolt, the 1953 Le Mans winner for Jaguar who had helped set up Ferguson Research, created FF Developments in 1971 to help a number of manufacturers fit the system to their cars which included the Jaguar XJ220, Ford RS Cosworth models and the McLaren F1 sports cars.
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I see these type of things quite often. We have a vette running the local car shows. Done well, but just odd. I see a few of the old Jeep commanders put on Toyota foruner chasis. They look pretty good that way.

Now it is becoming the norm on the new cars to have AWD. It eventually worked its way into the mainstream I guess.

Still prefer a truck, but the wife had a little Suzuki AWD with off road ability. Never got stuck in the snow with it. Pretty impressive little unit.
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Remember the AMC Eagle?
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Looked in to buying one a few years ago, but dang, they are very expensive.
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This one looks like the guy put some time and effort into it nicely done but not for me . I remember seeing one for sale a few years back that was retrofitted to a Jeep chassis not nearly as clean as this one .Back in the 80's we had a bunch of guys in my area that were doing these everything from old 40's and 50's pick ups .station wagons, and vans a friend of mine still has his 40 Dodge panel truck mounted on a Blazer chassis .
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One of my clients was a VW Audi dealer and so I got handed the keys to the first gen Quatro when they first appeared. They hit the dealers after the Eagle had already established a market for 4WD cars and were touted as a safety car.

I got to wring one out around local roads and concluded that they were significantly better on slippery roads than 2WD, but that on dry pavement, I saw no huge advantage. Then the 60 Minutes unintended acceleration debacle happened and they seemed to pretty much disappear locally. Too bad as they were a pretty good car

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Agree

Regular 2WD:



4WD (longer wheelbase, extra side vent and FF has hood scoop):


They sort of look like a stretched and stretched even longer Pacer. What are they?
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They sort of look like a stretched and stretched even longer Pacer. What are they?
Jensen Interceptor and Jensen FF

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