First order of business was to figure out how I was gonna haul it 1000 miles over two major mountain ranges - my $50 trailer has done all I've asked of it, but that would have been a bit much. I tried to rent a car hauler from U Haul but discovered that they weigh 1700 lbs - about 400 more than the Crosley. I asked a few friends from the West Coast Crosley Club if they had a Crosley-sized trailer I could borrow and Dale Liebherr immediately offered up an open trailer that sounded perfect for the job - and I could pick it up in Minden on the way to Denver.
Tim was a fan of the mid '60s American cars I drove in the early-mid nineties - I think he was a bit jealous of how reliable they were compared to his elegant - but finicky - Spit. And, they held a lot more band equipment. I can't count the number of times I hauled band members and gear to gigs in San Francisco in my '64 Galaxie, but Tim rarely ventured out of the 95814 zip code in his Spitfire. Eventually he reached back to his roots, supplementing the Spitfire with a 4 door '69 Cadillac which he promptly made into a 'convertible' with a Sawzall. THAT held a lot of band equipment.
On Labor Day weekend we loaded up the Transit and headed east to pick up my latest dumb car project. A quick stop in Minden to pick up the trailer also included a visit with Dale, and a sneak peak at the new location for Service Motors, which he had just purchased about six weeks before. He'd brought one truckload back with him in July, but more than half of the Service Motors stock was still in Indiana. I have no idea where he's going to fit it all - his warehouse/shop was jam packed with shelves of new, used and remanufactured parts and his home garage had been converted to a shipping and receiving office. It's already a tight fit.
We hooked up the trailer and got on the road for Denver. Only 1000 miles to go.
to be continued....