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1967 Ford Ranch Wagon

Updated on October 13, 2014
The Wagon and the 1959 Dalton
The Wagon and the 1959 Dalton | Source

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.

Our first view of the wagon through the fence
Our first view of the wagon through the fence | Source

Hub Caps

Mr. Gasket 4580 Baby Moon Hub Cap
Mr. Gasket 4580 Baby Moon Hub Cap

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

  1. It is 100% stock
  2. The engine is a 289
  3. 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.
  4. It's a 6 -passenger wagon with a huge cargo area in the rear.
  5. The tailgate opens down and to the left. It's very handy for loading things.
  6. It has lap belts but no shoulder harnesses
  7. There is one small tear in the headliner.
  8. 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.

New Mexico

Leaving Albuquerque
Leaving Albuquerque | Source

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

Photo opportunity for the station wagon
Photo opportunity for the station wagon | Source

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.

Nevada

Laughlin, Nevada and the station wagon
Laughlin, Nevada and the station wagon | Source

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.

California

The 1967 Ford Station Wagon and snow
The 1967 Ford Station Wagon and snow | Source

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.

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32nd Annual Chili Cookoff - San Bernardino, CA 2006

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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.

The SnoozeBox

The teardrop trailer towed by the wagon
The teardrop trailer towed by the wagon | Source

The whole trophy - Just sharing

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The Ford and the 1959 Dalton at Doheny Beach

Doheny Beach is a great place to camp
Doheny Beach is a great place to camp | Source

The Ford and the 1975 Perris Pacer and oh yeah, the boy before he turned into a teenager

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What do you think of our 1967 Ford Ranch Wagon?

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      This is a wonderful story and isn't it nice that there are surprises in marriage. Blessings.

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      It is totally awesome:) I have a 62 Buick wagon, now I just need a vintage trailer to put behind it:)

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed your story and your pictures. I used to have a station wagon ... was very roomy inside. Congratulations on getting featured in Squidoo's Car Show winners circle!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a 67 ranch wagon my husband had to also have. We live in Orange county and he and my dad drove to Montana to get it. They trailered it home. He was told it could be driven home but my husband had his doubts. He was wrong! it's the best car ever. We are the second owners. The original owners 3 children didn't want anything to do with it. He even had all the maintenance receipts because he loved this car. He even garaged it till we got it. We've had it for 10 years now and still love it sooo much. I get thumbs up every where I go! Oh yeah, i took it over cause, i fell in love with it.......

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Love the stationwagon. I see you have a boler the same year as my mum.

      This is a really nice lens and due a blessing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the story. I actually have a 67 myself that I really enjoy. I am the second owner of this denver, co original beast. I wouldn't trade it for the world. Keep on truckin'.

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What an awesome story and adventure! It reminds of of my mom's earlier Ford Wagon that all 5 of us kids would get into during family excursions. Sigh! It's sure in good shape; it looks brand new! Congratulations!

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      BrassFittings 5 years ago

      Awesome old school wagon! Great lens and great pictures.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This brings back memories of Mom stuffing all six children into our station wagon for a trip to the grandparents. We would squabble, tease, sing and find other ways to entertain ourselves while crammed together. Not many cars today will hold 8 people.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love your '67 Ford Ranch Wagon. Sweet! And, I enjoyed learning about your journey to bring her home while the snow was determined to find you. Now she is christened. Have you named your wagon?