I've said before that the last thing I need is ANOTHER Crosley project car. So, then what am I doing driving 700 miles to buy a partially-disassembled rusty heap of a Crosley that hasn't run in decades?
Then, when I saw the ad for the pickup, my brain got to turning - how cool would it be to bring a 'surprise' car - something nobody would be expecting? I figured I probably already had most of the parts it was missing in the garage, so I could spend the few days between Utah and Buellton cleaning it up and replacing the missing stuff. With a little luck I could sell it at the meet for enough to cover the purchase price and the value of the parts I put in. If not, well, that'd be the price of adventure.
A little story: A few years ago I saw a Craigslist ad for a Hotshot body in Vallejo, California. I spoke with the owner and it turned out that it had been his Dad's car. The seller had inherited his Dad's estate, which had included several Crosleys, the rest of which were already sold. What was left was a rusty, disassembled Hotshot body. The body was off the frame, and the frame had no wheels, no axles, no motor - no nothing. And, the whole mess was buried in blackberry bushes. He was clearing the house out to sell and he needed this gone. He wanted $250.
I didn't want the car - in fact, I really didn't want the car - but I left him my number and told him I'd buy it if no one else wanted it. I was in the middle of a series of 80 hour weeks at work, didn't really have an extra $250, and didn't own a trailer yet, so I had no way to go get it. But, I didn't want it to go to the crusher, either. A few weeks went by and work calmed down so I called the guy to see what had happened. He'd gotten sick of dealing with the estate - he'd scrapped the body and the frame... and the original license plates and pink slip which had turned up when he cleaned the house. I took a lesson: if it's at risk, grab it if you can.
a trip to Buellton thrown in for good measure.
To be continued...