1967 Ford Ranch Wagon
The Ford Station Wagon
OK, so I saw this ad for a 1967 Ford Station Wagon. It looked like a nice car but I didn't want to share the information with my husband. It was the car of his dreams (he has a thing about station wagons) but we were supposed to be finding me a jeep and he already had the truck.
I dithered. I didn't mention it but I knew it was what he wanted. I stalled and let several weeks go by.
By the end of the two weeks, I'd convinced myself that he wouldn't want it and wouldn't want to spend that amount of money to acquire it. I showed him the on-line ad.
I was wrong.
Our first view
Did I mention that the car was in New Mexico and we live in California?
Not only did he want the car, he was willing to cough up the money to fly to Albuquerque. So, we flew to New Mexico and were met at the airport by the owners of the car. They were not exactly strangers since they are also vintage trailer people. No vintage trailer people are ever strangers. We had a nice afternoon visiting and checking out the trailers in their backyard and at the shop of a friend who restores trailers. At the end of the day, we drove our car to a motel next to Interstate 40 for the trip home.
I think the wagon should have Baby Moons. It fits the period and I have always like the looks of them.
Boring Boy Stuff - Since this is a car lens, here are some of the car facts
- It is 100% stock
- The engine is a 289
- It has an automatic transmission, power steering and manual brakes. For those who don't know what manual brakes are, they are not power-assisted. That means you have to stand on them to make the car stop.
- It's a 6 -passenger wagon with a huge cargo area in the rear.
- The tailgate opens down and to the left. It's very handy for loading things.
- It has lap belts but no shoulder harnesses
- There is one small tear in the headliner.
- If you are the original owner of this wagon, please explain why there is an antenna but you were too cheap to have a radio installed.
Weather is always a factor when traveling during the winter. We had originally planned to take an extra day or two and head north to Colorado to visit friends. However, the weather changed and they were expecting snow.
The wagon has an issue with the heater so you have to reach under the hood to turn it off and on and there are no controls inside to adjust the temperature. Something that needs to be fixed but it is never really cold enough at our home to really need the heater all winter long. So, we changed our plans and headed west.
Arizona is always a fun drive and there are many places to visit. We thought while we were close to family in Nevada, we would make a quick trip to Nevada and headed there until we heard it was going to snow in their area. So much for that side trip, we headed towards home by way of Laughlin.
Oh come on, Laughlin is not a stretch and maybe we could make back the money spent on the car, the airplane trip, the gasoline, and the meals on the way home. We didn't make any money but we didn't loose any either. Still, the car looks downright good with the casino in the background.
We didn't go to Colorado, we didn't make it to family in Nevada. We ran from the snow all the way home. In Amboy, it started to snow. We, who are not used to snow, did not recognize it at first. Then it was fun. We got out and turned on the heater. This picture was taken in Victorville. From here, we are less than an hour away from home and as we headed down Cajon Pass, the snow went away.
Classic cars are fun to look at but not always fun to drive - There are not the nice amenities found in the cars of today.
Do you see a classic car in your future?
32nd Annual Chili Cookoff - San Bernardino, CA 2006
1st place, best tow vehicle. What did we tow? The teardrop trailer of course. I don't do very many lenses without mentioning some trailer.
The Chili Cook off was a blast with great chili's to sample. They invited the teardrops to be a part of the display so we camped there for the weekend.