It's Outta Here!

1967 Ford Country Sedan Galaxie burnout
Limited slip differentials are a tool of the devil!

After four years of dutiful service as my first classic car, a cruiser, a parts hauler and a 400 mile drive from Orange County to Fremont (more on that later…) the SS Country Sedan has a new assignment with a new captain as of last night. If you it cruising around Campbell, CA be sure to give the girl at the wheel a thumbs up. That’s right, it’s new assignment is as a mommy-mobile for one cool mom of a two year old. She’s got a great man by her side who happens to work for an automotive machine shop, so he’s definitely got the skills and resources to keep it in tip-top shape.
It’ll be missed, but the cash, time and driveway space its departure frees up will only allow for more automotive awesomeness in the not-too-distant future.

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  1. I prefer dorky, one wheel burnouts, myself.
    I have been waiting with eager anticipation to see if the Country Sedan would ever sell. Sounds like it found an awesome home. Good job Tim.

  2. Sad to hear it's gone, glad to hear it sounds like it's gone to a good home.
    Also, 427-powered family hauler sounds like a good way to breed more hoons. That kid is lucky.

  3. 5-point harness child seats work as intended with lap-only belts, but things get a little funkier once that two-year-old gets big enough to need a booster seat.
    Of course the kids who rode in the way-back of that wagon during the Age of Aquarius didn't use the seat belts at all.

    1. +1 for Age of Aquarius
      Yeah…the whole "kids in classics" thing is a tricky one for me.
      I'm in a particularly tough spot as a lover of everyday use of classic cars, but also a biomedical engineer. I know better than most how badly they crash and how badly that can work out for the occupants in a crash.
      Luckily, in most non-highway-speed collisions, the middle of the rear seat in a full-frame Country Sedan is a pretty safe place to be.

      1. I wonder if you could give me some advice. I don't drive the kids so much in the old Volvo because I'd feel so bad if something happened. So that's how I mitigate it but there are times when both cars are in use. Now in IL you need kids my youngest son's age in a booster and if there is a shoulder belt in the back, the booster need to be in there. When I got the car, first weekend I went and got 5 seat belts, i was able to make 3 work in the back, one has a shoulder belt though. The booster is the sort that the back rest detaches so it can be used with a lap belt only. I really would like him in the center back, but instead I need him right behind me due to law. I mostly go in slower roads, a t-bone worries me though.
        Now the older kids, I put my daughter in the center back lap belt only and my oldest son in the front passenger. The reason is that my oldest is pretty big, the front shoulder belts are right, but the back one is too high up still. I don;t think my daughter is tall enough for the front shoulder belt. So anyway yo see I am trying to weigh what the benefit to the shoulder belt vs lap belt center rear is for all my kids. Would yo do anything different?
        Also glad to hear the wagon went to a good match for the car.

        1. I vote middle-lap is safer than side-shoulder.
          In the event of a semi-serious accident, the risk from head-VS-window or door intrusion into the cabin is higher than from flying forward into the back of the front seat (still bad) or belt Vs abdomen injury.

          1. Thanks, I'll be putting my youngest on the lap belt only booster seat. It's not clear to me if that's legal or not here, but I'll take your advice that it's safer. It makes sense, keep head away from door and have more room for intrusion.

    2. I can remember my kid brother riding in the 1966 version of the "car seat", which was a little seat that slid over the front seat (it had chrome U-tubes that fit over the seatback) with a bar that went down over the front, like on an amusement park ride, only the car seat didn't have a locking mechanism for the bar.

      1. Hell I can remember riding on the rear window parcel in our old Delta 88 my father would mash the brakes I would go into low orbit hit the back of the front seat and beg him to do it again

    3. My mom loves to tell the story of how she had to special-order the child seat for me because they just weren't used. Oh well, at least the car I came home in had all drum brakes, and it was a luxury car.

    4. I was riding in the way back of my Mom's '65 Pontiac Safari wagon, with my arm over the tailgate, when she plowed into something that ran a stop sign (this was in like 1969). The back seat was down, for whatever reason, and I slid along the resulting six feet of slick surface on my back and slammed into the back of the front seat. I was fine, Mom was pissed, and the Pontiac lived on. I forget what happened to the other car. Nothing good, I think.

  4. 14 years from now a kid is going to google search the history of the Wagon he just got handed down and here it will be, in all its glory for him.

  5. Confucius say, "Man who sell wagon to mama is planting seed of HOON!"
    Congrats and condolences on the sale. I hope your next project outdoes it in awesome.

  6. I vote for the Drift Truck, that thing is siiiick yo!
    Welcome to Fremont. I'm not in Fremont, but welcome all the same.

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