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Post# 169712   2/15/2012 at 20:55 (2,974 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

And a scurvy lot it was. Here they are, fresh off that boat, untouched, dirty, broken. In this lot is a Amway Clear Trak (Bissell), dirty but intact with a good blue hose. These are well-built machines but rather clunky and not much given over to consumer appeal from the standpoint of aesthetics. Fairly narrow brush roll. You can buy a brand new one from for $440. Plus shipping, I'm sure.

There are two Fantom Furys in this lot, note the differences in the floor nozzle. The dirtier one says "special edition" on it. These two machines will be combined into one. The cleaner one has some broken parts that are good on the dirtier one.

The greater Hoover Windtunnel SP is obviously incomplete but is in remarkably good, little used condition. It will do as a donor for refurbing similar models. Like-new brush roll.

The lesser Hoover Windtunnel is dirty but mostly complete and can be refurbed.

The Hoover Celebrity was missing hose, wand, power nozzle, attachments, even the attachment caddy that goes on the back. However, the basic canister itself is in very nice, clean, mostly unscratched condition. This is a later version, the QS with four casters rather than three.

The Kenmore Whispertone canister was missing the power nozzle, but came with a good hose (no actual or incipient cracks). This will be refurbed and matched up with a loose nozzle. Three of four attachments reposed under the lid of the storage compartment.

That object on the far right hand side of the tail gate isn't a vac; it's a Craftsman band saw that I couldn't pass up.

Post# 169714 , Reply# 1   2/15/2012 at 20:56 (2,974 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Fantom Furys (Furies?):

Post# 169716 , Reply# 2   2/15/2012 at 20:57 (2,974 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Close-up of Fury floor nozzles. That isn't merely dust on the machine on the left; it's mostly paint over-spray.

Post# 169717 , Reply# 3   2/15/2012 at 20:58 (2,974 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

My hammy granddaughter Katie wanted to get into the picture.

Post# 169719 , Reply# 4   2/15/2012 at 21:31 (2,974 days old) by szymonrules (Philadelphia, PA )        

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Just a tip, the special edition is pretty rare! Don't combine the two! BTW, if you were ever up in PA I would LOVE to have one on the Fantoms!:)

Post# 169721 , Reply# 5   2/15/2012 at 21:52 (2,974 days old) by danemodsandy ()        
You've Got....

....A '71 Ranch Wagon and you're even THINKING about vacs?

I would give up every vac I own for one of those.

Including the TriStar.

Post# 169722 , Reply# 6   2/15/2012 at 21:54 (2,974 days old) by FantomVacuumFan (St.Petersburg, Florida)        
I agree with Szymon

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Try cleaning the Special Edition as well as you can, but dont combine the 2, the Special Edition is less common than the regular Fury. I have always wanted a special edition but never have found one :/

Post# 169739 , Reply# 7   2/16/2012 at 02:10 (2,974 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Before these two Furys, I already had a very nice Special Edition but I didn't think it was all that rare. Perhaps I'll have new appreciation of it now.

That's a 1972 Ford Custom 500 Ranch Wagon, nearly the same as a '71 model. This one has the 351 Cleveland engine which wasn't available yet in '71. There isn't much external difference between the two years aside from grillework and front bumper.

I've had this car since 1993. I bought it at a US Gov't auction. It used to belong to the US Air Force. It has the extra two seats in the back that fold up out of the decking making it an 8 pass. This is what I have for hauling stuff instead of a pickup truck or van. It had 125K miles on it when I bought it and now it shows around 166K. So, I've had it for 19 years and have driven it about 40K miles but that includes a few long drives across the western US.

Post# 169759 , Reply# 8   2/16/2012 at 07:42 (2,974 days old) by danemodsandy ()        

So, it's a '72. Like you said, the only real difference is the front grille and the bumper, which I couldn't see.

I had a '70 for a while, with the 429. Very fast - and very thirsty - car. Essentially the same platform as yours, but the '71's were a re-skinning of the '69/'70 body.

Post# 169771 , Reply# 9   2/16/2012 at 11:56 (2,974 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Love the wagon, had a 66 once

Post# 169787 , Reply# 10   2/16/2012 at 13:50 (2,974 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

What also cannot be seen in this picture is the green steering wheel. It has a wheel and center cover/pad from a '71 Mercury Marquis that I junked out many years ago. The original blue wheel was horribly cracked and the green one was pretty nice, so I made the switch without regret. The green center pad still has the Marquis emblem on it.

Here's a pic of the front of the car. The fog lights behind the grille are not factory; I installed those. The rear glass defogger switch from the '71 Merc was used for the fog light switch.

Post# 169803 , Reply# 11   2/16/2012 at 17:24 (2,974 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        
Love that car...

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The '71 and '72 Galaxys and LTDs are my all time favorite cars. I love them a bit more than the '80's Lincoln Town Cars and the short lived Lincoln Versailles.
Justin (I'm also a 1972 model)

Post# 169813 , Reply# 12   2/16/2012 at 18:56 (2,974 days old) by billybud21 ()        

I like the Kenmore canister and the wagon! Hey, isn't the sedan verson of that Ford the car Lois Lane was driving in the first Superman Movie? I believe it was red and the car fell into a cravas created by an earthquake.

Post# 171158 , Reply# 13   2/27/2012 at 19:54 (2,963 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Ranch Wagon

Is that a station wagon version of a Ford Galaxy or Maverick?

Post# 171187 , Reply# 14   2/28/2012 at 02:02 (2,962 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Definitely not the Maverick platform. The Maverick was a re-hashed Falcon platform. The '71 Ranch Wagon above was a full-sized Ford which starting in 1970 shared a chassis with the entire Ford product line of full-sized cars.

The full-sized Fords of 1971-72 had trim-level model names. From top to bottom:

"High Series"

Ford LTD Brougham
Ford LTD, Station wagon derivative: Country Squire

"Low Series"

Galaxy, Station wagon derivative: Country Sedan
Custom 500, Station wagon derivative: Ranch Wagon
Custom, Station wagon derivative: Ranch Wagon

The blue, ex-USAF wagon shown above is a Custom 500. Ford wouldn't build the straight Custom with the 8 passenger seating option, so if that was desired the customer had to step up to the Custom 500.

In addition to my wagon, I also have a 1972 Custom 500 sedan. It's a kind of unusual car in that it has the small 302 cu. in. V-8 engine, heavy duty C4 auto trans, and non-assisted (service) brakes. '72 was the last year Ford built a full-sized car without power brakes.

Here's what it looks like. Good picture of the low series grille, different from the high series (LTD).

Post# 307347 , Reply# 15   11/26/2014 at 10:52 (1,960 days old) by rlsellman21 (Minot, North Dakota)        
The Fantoms

What's wrong with them? Dead motors?

Post# 307378 , Reply# 16   11/26/2014 at 15:17 (1,960 days old) by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

The special edition Fury is not really that much rarer than a regular one. If anything a 10 amp Fury is the most rare.

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