It’s not very often I get to see a former CC model for a follow-up, but finding this car originally was like fishing in a bathtub; Ray, the owner, is friends with my wife’s parents.
While hard to believe, it’s been about two years since the CC for this 429-powered LTD first graced the internet (CC here). If you haven’t read it, it’s a cornucopia of all things related to the 1971 Ford LTD, a model and year of car that has wormed its way into the collective consciousness of this gathering of people, proving itself to be a very popular Ford.
The last time around, I wrote about a high speed ride and the trunk being full of beer. This time it was déjà vu all over again as Ray and I were sent on a mission to obtain wine for Easter lunch. The store was five miles away and Ray has never had a problem with carbon buildup in an engine.
On the way to the store, Ray confessed our last trip had seen a blast to 100 mph; He kept it at a sedate 80 mph this time. Very near my in-laws’ house, the county road has a low-water crossing with a very steep hill on both sides. After crossing the creek, Ray nailed the 429 in this LTD. While at the threshold of breaking traction the entire way up the hill, the 429 pumped out more than enough torque to keep my back pressed up against the white bucket seats.
While Ray had his foot planted, he commented on how he has had to retard the timing about 6 degrees to accommodate 91 octane fuel. He said setting it to factory specifications results in a lot of chatter from the engine.
The only demerit this LTD has is a noisy bearing in the alternator. However, the melodious exhaust note from seven liters of V8 quickly drowns out any trifling bearing noise.
If you look to your right, you’ll notice this is the same car that headlines the Ford portal. Since it’s been put there, Ray has frequently bragged to others about his LTD being seen by people around the planet. Perhaps this follow-up will create more fans of this most photogenic Ford.