I've actually been getting rid of stuff. Over the past couple of years I've come to terms with the fact that I have a pretty small garage, not much other storage and very little free time. I got rid of my 'extra' Super Sports and sold my '48 station wagon project back to my pal Dean who had bought it from me years ago, then decided he couldn't take it, and then recently decided that he could. I also sold off the '69 Ford van I used to haul my band around in.
That leaves me with PLENTY of Crosley projects: I still have the '49 convertible, '51 Super Sports and the Fibersport race car. But, what I didn't have was a Crosley station wagon.
I really wanted a wagon when I first got into Crosleys - and given that they were the most common model I thought I'd be able to find one fairly easily. But, as I discovered, most people who wanted a Crosley wanted a station wagon - they were the model that everyone remembered. After a long, fruitless search I ended up buying a Super Sports, and later the convertible - but I never stopped wanting a wagon. Then later I found the above-mentioned project wagon, but it needed everything.
Cut to last month. Someone on a Crosley bulletin board mentioned that there was a Farm-O-Road for sale on the Denver Craigslist. The Farm-O-Road is one of the rarest Crosley models, so I thought I'd contact the seller and offer to list the car in the classified section of the West Coast Crosley Club newsletter. I do that quite a bit when I find interesting Crosley stuff on CL in the western states.
I never did find that Farm-O-Road.
I did, however, see an ad for what appeared to be a very clean 1951 Crosley Super Station Wagon. There weren't a lot of details in the ad, and only a few small photos. Out of curiosity I emailed the seller for more details.
That didn't work.
It didn't help that it was one of my favorite Crosley colors (sorta industrial blue) , and that it had the side-opening, one-piece rear door - way cooler than the standard 'clamshell.' It also didn't help that this was the rarest - and my favorite - of all Crosley types: a survivor.
total project, needing everything; 2) a restored car, probably nicer than anything that ever left the Crosley factory; 3) a kustom/hotrod, with significant modifications. What you rarely find is a survivor: a nice original car that has been used, but well cared for since it was new. Something nice enough that it's presentable, but not so nice that it's gonna kill you if you get a door ding in the parking lot at the grocery store. That's my kinda car.
As luck would have it, my good friend Suzy happens to live in Denver. How good a friend, you ask? A friend who once let me store a dead 1951 Nash Statesman in her driveway for six months. That's a good friend. I asked her if she'd take a look at the car for me - if it wasn't as nice as described, then it would be easy to stop thinking about it.
Suzy and her fiancé checked out the car. They were pretty impressed with the condition and sent me pictures and video. Everything checked out as the seller had described - except that some of it was nicer than I'd expected. Like the original paint on the floor:
I had myself a station wagon.
to be continued....