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  1. revlimitbounce

    revlimitbounce Member

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    Hey y'all:

    We all go back to music, art, the sports teams and the cars of our youth. We love it all or hate it all. Well, when I was four, my parents got a new '71 Chevrolet Kingswood wagon in period-Earthtone brown. Bought off the lot at Rupp Chevrolet on Long Island, NY. We did a few long trips in it, one up to Canada for fishing and I remember my mom - yes, mom, not dad - running it up to an indicated 100 mph on some flat, straight, otherwise-boring Canadian highway. We had that wagon for only a couple years when the 400 small-block blew itself to smithereens merging/accelerating onto one of the short parkway onramps Long Island is famous for. (Dad was driving at the time, but maybe mom did the hard work on it up in Canada?) We replaced it with a new '74 Malibu Classic wagon, which I always thought sucked.

    I've always been a huge wagon fan and I'm now looking for a "clamshell" to revive some memories of youth, but also to replace my current land barge, a Ford Expedition. (I call it the "Expe-zipcode.") I'd like my two sons (now 7 and 10 yrs old) to know the fun of rolling around in the way back (until the cops pull me over) or sitting in the rear-facing third seat waving and gesturing to followers on the highway.

    Any clamshell is great, but I really like the '71-'72 Chevys, the '71-'74 Oldses and the Buicks. For some reason, I never warmed to the Pontiac equivalents and since this is highly discretionary purchase, I'm only going to get what I want. After all, we're not talking about a $35 million Ferrari 250GTO. Ping me if you have one, if you have leads or if you just have stories.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Eagle Freek

    Eagle Freek Well-Known Member

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    I'd give you a welcome, but it looks like you've probably been lurker for a while based on your join date. :) Good luck with your search.
     
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    BlueVista Well-Known Member Charter Member

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    "Oldses"? o_O
    Get in line , all kinds of people are looking for clamshellses around here.:rolleyes:
     
  4. Glide-Aways

    Glide-Aways Well-Known Member

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    I owned a '75 Caprice Estate clamshell for about 6 six years not long ago. Loved that car. Mine had almost every option available. I noticed you mentioned you wanting your sons the experience of riding in a rear-facing third seat, however. Just thought I should mention that the third row seats specific to clamshell wagons were forward-facing. ;) I'm still a big fan of the clamshells, Chevy especially. Good luck in your search! Keep us posted.
     
  5. ModelT1

    ModelT1 Still Lost in the 50's

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    I suppose this deserves a re-welcome. :Handshake:When does the party begin? :dancingpa:
     
  6. revlimitbounce

    revlimitbounce Member

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    True, I did join a while ago, but never really posted much to the site at all. As for the forward-facing third row, I remember looking back at traffic as a kid in my parents' wagon, but I guess that could've been their Country Squire, which I think had side-mounted seats in the cargo area.
     
  7. Krash Kadillak

    Krash Kadillak Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't matter which way the seat(s) face(s), it's still the 'Way Back'.
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Marshall
     
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  8. Glide-Aways

    Glide-Aways Well-Known Member

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    You're totally right Marshall!
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    Thanks, Marshall! (That's my middle name, btw.)
     
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    Longroof79 Well-Known Member

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    I'd say "welcome aboard", but it's more like "welcome back". Hope you find the wagon of your dreams. Keep us up to date.
     
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    fannie Well-Known Member

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    Welcome or rewelcome which every the case may be from down one of those otherwise boring Canadian highways.

    :wave:
     
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  12. OrthmannJ

    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Welcome and re-welcome. Good luck in your search for the perfect family hauler. I have a couple of young boys myself, and I can speak from experience, the way back is a highly sought after seat, no mater where we are going.
     
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    Welcome back to the forum!
     

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