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    Station Wagons

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    My family has never owned a station wagon.
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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    Look up Steve Morris






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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Look up Steve Morris
    No way.

    Go suck yet another lemon, Chevy freak.

    Last edited by acptulsa; 06-03-2023 at 08:50 PM.
    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.



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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    Today we pretend like we no longer have station wagons. But we're up to our eyeballs in what we now call SUVs. Back in the day, the army Jeep was an SUV. Wagons were wagons, whether based on car chassis, or installed on truck chassis like this International Harvester.

    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.



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    I spent more hours in the back of one of these than I care to admit... exactly like the photo:

    Jer. 11:18-20. "The Kingdom of God has come upon you." -- Matthew 12:28

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    A Gran Torino Square, er, I mean Squire? Starsky and Hutch meet the Brady Bunch? Kind of a cramped third seat, but better than even the full size Shovrolets.

    Dad always went full sized, until the gas crunch. I learned to drive in a Country Square.

    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    Why 1971-76 full sized GM wagons had useless third seats (or virtually no under floor storage)--and a major weight problem.



    The fifteen seconds that process takes doesn't seem like much, until a rainy day.
    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    A Gran Torino Square, er, I mean Squire? Starsky and Hutch meet the Brady Bunch? Kind of a cramped third seat, but better than even the full size Shovrolets.

    Dad always went full sized, until the gas crunch. I learned to drive in a Country Square.
    I hated always looking out the back, so I kept the seat folded down and put one of the throw pillows from the couch back there. I could sit, lay, look forward, sideways or backwards, lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClaytonB View Post
    I hated always looking out the back, so I kept the seat folded down and put one of the throw pillows from the couch back there. I could sit, lay, look forward, sideways or backwards, lol...
    Oh. Sorry your dad didn't spring for a full size. Not that the Gran Torino wasn't big enough. It was. But the big(ger) Ford wagons offered these:

    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Oh. Sorry your dad didn't spring for a full size. Not that the Gran Torino wasn't big enough. It was. But the big(ger) Ford wagons offered these:

    Growing up we had a 66 Polara wagon, 67 Colony Park and a 73 Grand Safari, all big blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Growing up we had a 66 Polara wagon, 67 Colony Park and a 73 Grand Safari, all big blocks.
    Did they all have third row seats? Did you ever try to seat adults in any of them? Did that work in anything but the Polara?

    Did the Safari's tailgate ever break down halfway closed? I saw that happen to a GM wagon owner once, though I was too little to remember which of the four brands it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Did they all have third row seats? Did you ever try to seat adults in any of them? Did that work in anything but the Polara?

    Did the Safari's tailgate ever break down halfway closed? I saw that happen to a GM wagon owner once, though I was too little to remember which of the four brands it was.
    All had 3rd row and with 6 kids there was no need for anyone over 4' tall to try and fit. You're right though the Dodge was the roomiest for the 3rd row passengers but with the Mercury my sis and I could share the second row seat and crowd the younger ones in the "way-back".

    I drove all 3 and the 390-4v out performed the 440-2v and the 455-4v by lots, light up second gear and chirp 3rd with a C6 lots..

    I remember broken back glass on the Pontiac but not the gate itself..



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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    All had 3rd row and with 6 kids there was no need for anyone over 4' tall to try and fit. You're right though the Dodge was the roomiest for the 3rd row passengers ...
    I'm six three and I find the third row of a Polara wagon quite roomy for two adults. Better than the middle row of any minivan I've sampled, though harder to enter and exit.

    Yeah, the pre-smog 429 Country Square was a dog. Dad actually loaded the car so heavy that we found a hill in Seattle it couldn't climb. Seven liters is enough to move a Class 7 truck!

    I never understood Detroit's insistence on choking huge V-8s with two barrel carbs. I guess many consumers wanted bragging rights on engine size, but wanted at least eleven mpg. All I know is it was the bane of the Golden Age of the American car. A 340 Barracuda would dust anything with a two barrel, even if it had 120 extra cubes.
    Last edited by acptulsa; 06-04-2023 at 09:19 AM.
    "Trump was just a chuckle-headed sucker" is not an effective sales pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post

    Imagine sitting in that seat watching an out-of-control Mack truck that's about to smash into the rear of the wagon!

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    I'm bumping this thread because of this:

    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthr...lover-accident

    This is an infuriating result of government meddling in car production.

    Full size station wagons would be very unlikely to "roll over" in an accident, even if at high speeds.

    But because Uncle Sucker made it impossible to produce and sell a full sized, V8 powered, heavy and low center of gravity station wagon anymore, that forced everybody who needed more vehicle into an SUV, which are now nothing but cookie cutter copies of each because of government "safety" mandates, and they are STILL top heavy and prone to deadly high speed rollovers.

    The other thread was not the place for me to vent, but $#@! a bunch of NHTSB.

    Thanks again, Tricky Dick...
    Last edited by Anti Federalist; Yesterday at 03:19 PM.
    Another mark of a tyrant is that he likes foreigners better than citizens, and lives with them and invites them to his table; for the one are enemies, but the Others enter into no rivalry with him. - Aristotle's Politics Book 5 Part 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzu View Post
    Imagine sitting in that seat watching an out-of-control Mack truck that's about to smash into the rear of the wagon!
    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Oh. Sorry your dad didn't spring for a full size. Not that the Gran Torino wasn't big enough. It was. But the big(ger) Ford wagons offered these:

    Ford had an upgraded Country Squire version in the mid 70s that had three bench seats in that space, one facing aft, and two facing inboard, with room for 6 small humans, for a total of 10 manpower units.
    Another mark of a tyrant is that he likes foreigners better than citizens, and lives with them and invites them to his table; for the one are enemies, but the Others enter into no rivalry with him. - Aristotle's Politics Book 5 Part 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    JETWAY 707

    Here is a youtube channel of someone trying to restore one.

    I don't know how many were made or have survived.

    Our local college had a fleet of stretched Checkers for their motorpool in the 60's and 70's.

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