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3 hours ago, Marty Roth said:

The 4x8 ft plywood sheet was NEVER the ultimate criteria for making it a station wagon,

 

It is the criteria for calling a vehicle a full sized wagon starting in the 60s. I do not know of any 50s or earlier station wagon that would carry 4 x 8 sheet laying down. Since I did not own a pick up truck until 2000, my full sized wagons (first was a 66 Chevy Biscayne) were my enclosed trucks. Think of a truck with a camper shell and environmental control in the bed.😁

 

On a different thought, I could haul 2 x 4 x 8 lumber in my 81 ElDorado Diesel.....  even hauled my 2 1/2 ton Trane condenser unit by taking the passenger seat out. 😲  You do what you have to do with the tools you have at the time....👍 

 

Crosley station wagons are cute! So are Lakewoods....

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5 hours ago, BucketofBolts said:

The turn signals on the front of this behemoth are not factory installed. They look out of place.  

Look like driving or fog lamps, aftermarket style.

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All of the vehicles I've had with a tailgate have been able to load a 4'x8' piece of plywood (except the Astre Wagon). Can also load 10' pipes (passenger seat also folds down).. Others were longer or wider but the Jeep is the tallest by a foot (find it very useful in heavy traffic to see over).

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Well, I call my Dakota a pick up, but guess what.

Is not 4 ft. wide.

I also have an F350 so it took me a few years to learn about the narrow Dakota.

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4 hours ago, bryankazmer said:

If you define station wagon as Matt and I do (no plywood test), there are still a number made by European OEM's, many still exported here.  The body style is popular there.

 

Agree !

 

We absolutely loved our matched pair of 1971 Citroen D-21 Station Wagons (Breaks), assembled a week apart, and identical, other than A/C style and antenna placement. They were not wide enough to haul 4x8 plywood, but outstanding in their own way. I'd love to find another in great condition, and also a DS Chapron convertible - but they're beyond affordable, at least to me.

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On 3/14/2021 at 9:51 AM, rocketraider said:

Not a K. Ed's wagon is Diplomat/Gran Fury/5th Avenue platform. Though Chrysler did put "Town and Country" moniker on the high-line K wagons and even MINIVANS! 😫

 

What an insult to a proud name. At least a wagon has a wood-bodied heritage.

I believe that was the F-M platform.  The lesser Aspen and Volares were originally 'F' bodies, and when the 'upper' range models, LeBaron, Diplomat, (and Caravelle in Canada) came out later, they were the 'M' body.

 

Craig

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"Brake", for shooting brake, not "break".  If the brakes on your brake break you might crash.

 

The idea of a Chapron convertible based on the SM instead of the DS always intrigued me.

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2 hours ago, JACK M said:

Well, I call my Dakota a pick up, but guess what.

Is not 4 ft. wide.

I also have an F350 so it took me a few years to learn about the narrow Dakota.

Reminds me of the kid I saw at Home Depot trying to load 4x8 plywood into a four-door short bed Ram 2500 pickup. The short bed had a tool box riding in it which took up more room. Even with gate down 2 feet of the plywood panel hung out past the tailgate.

 

Kid says to me "sometimes I hate this truck".

 

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On 3/14/2021 at 2:51 PM, TexRiv_63 said:

owned one of these as part of a period between 1999 and 2004 when I was a crazed collector of 94-96 GM full size cars that all utilized the LT-1 drivetrain.

 

I am the B-body Roadmaster tech guy listed inside the cover of The Buick Bugle. I gave up two sedans to the road salt. I had my Chevy out a couple of days ago.

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Good cars, but the SS has a factory 3" lowering springs. My wife can't ride in it anymore. We went to a Tahoe for her 5 years ago.

 

The Chevy Impala stays out of the salt. Bought it in '12 and put about 15,000 miles on it. I drive it just often enough so it continues to be a treat each time.

 

 

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On 3/14/2021 at 3:54 PM, Matt Harwood said:

 

As the owner of the car in question, I wonder what else you'd call such a thing?

 

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That's too nice to be considered a station wagon... probably one of the nicest looking wagons ever made imo

 

Station wagon criteria according to Web Stirs (see what I did there?)
Boat like

Fugly

Hideous

(also see Griswold or 1970s, 80s, or 90s vehicles of just about any kind)

 

Lighten up ya'll... it's all in fun

 

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Thanks for posting John. That wagon is one of the few cars that I can recall, where for me function trumps styling. I was never a huge fan of the GM styling, but when GM lost their way and ditched the platform in favor of FWD, I was stunned. That car became the last real station wagon. RWD, powerful, full sized, decent mileage and the last of it's kind. IMHO an instant icon. What's not to like?

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My mom bought a brand new Chevrolet Impala station wagon in 1965, so it was the car I learned to drive in.  At the time, I just considered it a big hunk of metal and rubber that got me and my girl  and my surfboard to the beach and back.  

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I had an 85 Caprice as a knock around car when I am at my house in Florida. I replaced it when my Mother In Law who just passed away at 101 years old this past summer gave me this 1988 Celebrity Wagon that her and my Father In Law bought new. Both wagons have the extra seat, I always got a kick over the ashtrays back there.

 

 

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"Ahem, that Edsel grille never looked like a toilet seat to me." a horsecollar now...

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