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Did you ever own a 'real' station wagon?


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#1 OFFLINE   GrySql

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 07:21 PM

I did, had a few. 

Maybe it's why the Flex looks and feels familiar and normal to me today.  It's not shaped like an aero-bubble.

 

These two were my favorite family haulers, they also towed my boat w/trailer, travel trailer and VW race car/trailer. 

Didn't need a truck back then, trucks were not as practical as they are today.

 

1977 Pontiac Grand Safari Station Wagon, I loved this one and it had a great 3-way tailgate concept.

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1973 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Station Wagon, 3 rows of seats, clam-shell tailgate.

This was my Lake Havasu, AZ mobile home, it was our lakeside vacation 'home'.  We had a great time raising the kids 'at the lake'.

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Edited by GrySql, 07 May 2015 - 08:31 PM.

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#2 OFFLINE   mmsstar

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 09:08 PM

Growing up we had a '57 Dodge wagon then a '66 Chrysler wagon. No 3rd row seats, you would lie back there with your feet out the rear window. I owned 3 Chevy Caprice Wagons. Had to fix that damn tailgate on all 3 at one time or another. 



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Posted 08 May 2015 - 08:00 AM

My mother always had wagons while the kids were at home. Once that last one left, she surprised my father by trading in the family truckster on a new Thunderbird for herself! I've had a few wagons myself, including a 1965 Ford Country Squire, a 1977 Pontiac Astre, 1999 Mercury Sable and a 2004 Mercury Sable.


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Posted 08 May 2015 - 02:46 PM

What year T-bird? I had a '92 the 302ci V-8, liked that car a lot.

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 07:02 AM

I did, had a few. 

Maybe it's why the Flex looks and feels familiar and normal to me today.  It's not shaped like an aero-bubble.

 

These two were my favorite family haulers, they also towed my boat w/trailer, travel trailer and VW race car/trailer. 

Didn't need a truck back then, trucks were not as practical as they are today.

 

1977 Pontiac Grand Safari Station Wagon, I loved this one and it had a great 3-way tailgate concept.

attachicon.gif1977_pontiac_grand_safari_station_wagon06.jpg

 

1973 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Station Wagon, 3 rows of seats, clam-shell tailgate.

This was my Lake Havasu, AZ mobile home, it was our lakeside vacation 'home'.  We had a great time raising the kids 'at the lake'.

attachicon.gifHavasu, Our mobilehome:w StaWagon copy.jpg

 

I love the early Chevrolt Caprice and Impalas - my mom worked for GM and had several.  My last one was a 1966 Impala SS and I miss it.  I am looking at a 1966 Caprice notchback coupe with a 396 engine and A/C.  The guy wants $15K for it and he's the second owner. . .VERY clean.  I love that car but it doesn't help that I only have pennies to my name.

 

Growing up we had a '57 Dodge wagon then a '66 Chrysler wagon. No 3rd row seats, you would lie back there with your feet out the rear window. I owned 3 Chevy Caprice Wagons. Had to fix that damn tailgate on all 3 at one time or another. 

 

I've never actually seen a 1957 Dodge Wagon.



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Posted 11 May 2015 - 11:14 AM



 


 

1973 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Station Wagon, 3 rows of seats, clam-shell tailgate.

This was my Lake Havasu, AZ mobile home, it was our lakeside vacation 'home'.  We had a great time raising the kids 'at the lake'.

This was my hi-tech 20' boat about 1985 at Lake Havasu, AZ.  I had it custom built in 1979 for that new 200hp 2.3L V-6 Evinrude.

My station wagons had no trouble pulling it.  In the late '80's I got a 4WD F-350 and continued pulling things around.

 

In those days that boat was considered fast, not anymore. I put a 235hp Evinrude on it in '89, it went a little faster.

My kids grew up boating, swimming and having a lot of good, clean fun during the 20 years I had that boat, pleasant memories.

Even a few high speed ocean blasts to Catalina Island thrown in.

 

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Posted 12 May 2015 - 05:05 AM

I have always been partial to wagons. I remember as a very young kid my parents had a 1947 Mercury woodie.

I've owned a 57 Chevy 2 door wagon, a 72 Pinto Squire, and an 87 Nissan Sentra 4WD wagon.



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Posted 12 May 2015 - 08:52 AM

I have always been partial to wagons. I remember as a very young kid my parents had a 1947 Mercury woodie.

I've owned a 57 Chevy 2 door wagon, a 72 Pinto Squire, and an 87 Nissan Sentra 4WD wagon.

I think my parents earliest station wagon was a 1950 Oldsmobile like this one, had the overhead valve 303ci V-8 and a 4-speed Hydramatic.  My Dad was real proud of that one.

 

Did the '57 Chevy have the 283ci with a Powerglide transmission?



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Posted 12 May 2015 - 03:43 PM

Nah, it was a 210 model with the 235 six and 2 speed automatic.



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Posted 12 May 2015 - 06:25 PM

Nah, it was a 210 model with the 235 six and 2 speed automatic.

Well, we only have a 213.5ci six cylinder engine in our wagon's now.  ;)



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Posted 12 May 2015 - 07:36 PM

I've never actually seen a 1957 Dodge Wagon.
 
How's this?
The D500 option consisted of a single 4 barrel. 9. 25:1 compression ratio 325 CID hemispherical head engine developing 285 horsepower at 4800 rpm with 345 lbs-ft of torque at 2800 rpm.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 02:51 AM

In 1957 all I knew was it had an engine B)



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Posted 13 May 2015 - 08:52 AM

In 1957 all I knew was it had an engine B)

As kids we were fascinated with post-ww2 cars, my brother and I knew all the car names and would point them out while being driven around by our parents, making them go crazy with our noise.

We could get a 'Learner's Permit' to drive with a parent in the car at 14 y/o and a DL at 15-1/2, which we did.  Insurance was not a requirement then.



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Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:48 PM

 

 
How's this?
The D500 option consisted of a single 4 barrel. 9. 25:1 compression ratio 325 CID hemispherical head engine developing 285 horsepower at 4800 rpm with 345 lbs-ft of torque at 2800 rpm.

434259_15494667_1957_Dodge_Wagon.jpg

 

attachicon.gifScreen Shot 2015-05-12 at 8.25.33 PM.png

 

 

Love the old late 1950s stuff and Dodge made some really interesting stuff.








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