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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 19, 6:50 PM Thread Starter
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Wagon up bringing / your start in wagon family?

Back in the early 60's my dad drove an early 60's Opel Kadett wagon. As a family we had lots of family vacations and drive-in movies adventures in it.

No picture of it, but it was either light blue or blueish green in color.
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Learned to drive (1968) in the family's loaded '64 Impala wagon...w/409 & PG...PW, A/C.
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We had one in the early 80s. Cant remember the exact model, but I know it had the simulated woodgrain.
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51 or 52 Chevy wagon, then a 56 in the family. I personally bought a 55 wagon for my first car when I was released from Active Duty in 1968!

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My parents never had a wagon, when I was 17 I purchased a 1960 Ford 2 door ranch wagon. That was my first wagon. 300 six, 3 on the tree.
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I spent a lot of time in the back of one of these...my great aunt owned one...
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Then I bought this when my daughter was born...
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Our family car when I was growing up in the 60's was a 61 Chevy wagon 283 2bbl that we went on vacations up and down the east coast in.
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Took my drivers test on my 16th birthday in this. My family's 67 Olds Vista Cruiser. Was cruising it that night. Took me 3 months to get my own car which was a 65 Impala SS convertible.

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Took my drivers test on my 16th birthday in my family's 67 Olds Vista Cruiser. Was cruising it that night. Took me 3 months to get my own car which was a 65 Impala SS convertible.

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Wagons are cool. There's a 57 Chevy wagon near where I'm originally from in Kentucky that I have my eye on.

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My Dad bought a 57 Ford wagon in 58, then married my step mom in 61, she had a 60 Chevy wagon. They replaced it with a 66 Plymouth Fury wagon while I was in the Army.
I did a 56 Studebaker wagon back in the 90's, a little hot rod, it's in Utah now.
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51 or 52 Chevy wagon, then a 56 in the family. I personally bought a 55 wagon for my first car when I was released from Active Duty in 1968!

My first car was a 57 Chevy 4dr 210 wagon, 283, power glide, factory 4 barrel and dual exhaust.
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Never had a true wagon, neighbors had an early 70s Chevelle Malibu Wagon, I almost fell out the back reading the license plate from leaning out the back window when his dad pulled out of the gas station.
I think my wife did fall out of her dad's 1978 Buick Estate Wagon.
My dad went the Van route instead of wagon. First a 1972 Dodge Tradesman, then a 1981. Both 225 slant 6, both manuals.
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When I was young, we had a couple of Ford wagons and then...when I got in the family business, we had 4 different Caprice Classic wagons...3-seaters and power everything. They were all bought used and we put well over 100K on each one. No real issues until the last one. It had bad valve guides and sucked/burned oil like crazy but oil was cheaper than another car at that point for us so we just drove it. Went to FL. and back and used just about a case of oil on the trip. When you have 4 kids you do what you have to!
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