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luv my dayton
898 posts
Mar 24, 2015
5:43 PM
If you were a kid in the 50s and 60s your family may have had a station wagon. Channel 16 just had a program on how they were part of the american dream until the energy crisis hit in 70s. Program was so nostalgic and there are many who are in to buying restoring and driving them today. Can remember our family having a Willy's jeep and also the station wagon and when families got together for a picnic all the kids wanted to ride with us. Would like to hear from others with stories they can share and if any others may have watched this program.
239 posts
Mar 25, 2015
3:32 AM
My first car, passed on to me by my parents, was a 1970 Chevy station wagon. Not sure what model it was. At 16, I didn't care. It was a car! I called it "my sled". In high school, we could go off grounds for lunch. A bunch of kids would pile into the station wagon and off we went. It was like watching a clown car empty out when we got to wherever for lunch. We got some looks. On Fridays, I would hold my hand out and everyone would slap dollar bills in my hand. Those went to the gas tank. This was back in the early 80s and gas was still below a $1 a gallon. So the $10-12 I got put several gallons in the tank. Of course with the laws now. Kids that age could never get away driving with that many kids in the car. We didn't have the distractions now that they do either. No smart phones, tablets or laptops. Just the radio. And it was AM.
10 posts
Mar 25, 2015
5:01 AM
My Dad had just bought a new 1966 Ford Country Sedan. The first trip was to Cincinnati to see a Reds Game. This model had the rear facing third seat. My brother and I (6 and 10) had just purchased a bag of superballs (this was in 66 before the government deemed them a danger to children) about 1/2" in diameter.
It was amazing to us just how far those balls would shoot ahead of the car they just bounced off of as we tossed them out of the rear window.
This made the station wagon special as you could not do this with any other vehicle.
luv my dayton
901 posts
Mar 25, 2015
8:25 AM
In the program the rear window facing seat was mentioned several times and the kid who sat there mentioned it was awesome . When we went on a long trip we'd put the seat down and kids could sleep all night which lessened the length of trip. There were even construction workers who used them as you would a truck today. I looked for a repeat of the show and sorry to say it didn't show one. Maybe u tube would have it. It was an uplifting show and the people buying and fixing them up appeared to be happy campers and enjoying life.
1 post
Mar 25, 2015
12:33 PM
Hey,all!I've been looking at this site for some time.Love it!.So now we're talking station wagons.Back around 1980 I had a 1964 RAMBLER wagon.It had a small V8 motor so I put dual exaust and a set of Keystone mags on it.Had the speedometer buried on time going down Brant Pike comming out of Huber.I stopped at a gas station and a car that I had passed pulled up next to me and asked what year "CHEVY"it was!lol.
14 posts
Mar 25, 2015
8:55 PM
I remember seeing photos of a white 1960 Chevy Wagon but don't actually remember it. Then dad bought a brand spanking new 1964 Buick Sportwagon. That was and I think still is a cool wagon. It had the upper glass like the Vista Cruiser and ours had the 3rd row seat. He sold that and bought a '69 Sportwagon and finally we had an early '70's Country Squire with dual facing rear seats. But my fondest memories are that of the '64 Sportwagon.

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