Our friend Kitt in Denver sends in these photos of an evil-looking '66 Country Squire she spotted menacing her neighborhood. Now, when you take a family hauler and attempt to make it look mean, you're walking a pretty thin line between looking good and looking lame (the same rule applies to tattoos, of course). We think bolting 1981-punk-style spikes on a car is a longshot bet, but the overall effect here gets the Jalop Stamp-O-Approval.
You see, this wagon definitely falls on the mean side of the mean/silly line (though not without a modicum of irony, which we also like).
First of all, it's got Cherry Bombs!
Second, it's got a big-block. No wimpy 289 for this Country Squire!
The backyard flame job works pretty well, too.
The front end of the big Ford for '66 looked somewhat similar to the '65, with similar stacked headlights, but the grille was quite different.
The Denver Not So Welcome Wagon would like to extend an extra-special non-welcome to hippies.
A lowered 60s wagon with dogdish hubcaps just seems right. Of course, we also like vintage wagons in full-on suburban fake-woodgrain regalia. Or jacked-up vintage wagons with blowers sticking a couple feet out of the hood. Hell, we just like vintage wagons!
These spikes are just begging for a lawsuit from a perforated pedestrian or bike rider. But, ya see, that's the owner's way of telling the world he doesn't fear The Man's legal system. The Man keeps you down! The Man steals your soul! Fight the power!
Cars don't rust as quickly in Denver as they would in the Midwest, but they are subject to a certain amount of winter road salt. It's good to see this 41-year-old street-driven car in such solid shape.
Wait, it's a Country S!
(Insert obligatory "Fords used to have style" rant here)
The factory steel wheels with dogdish hubcaps look great, though we'd prefer to see wider ones with meatier tires. Still, the effect works well.