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View Poll Results: What is your favorite era of car on this thread?
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I kinda like that Mercury 2 door wagon. Everybody knows about an loves the Chevy Nomad, but all 2 door wagons have that cool aspect.

Gotta be a few of them left today...but don't think I've ever seen one.
Chevy gets all the attention and kudos for its Nomad, but there were other cool 2-door wagons that didn't even get a grunt. Pontiac had a Safari wagon that was just as cool (maybe even more) and we can't forget Ford's trusty Ranch Wagon. Not sure what Chrysler had, but I'll research it and find out.

As far as the Mercury wagon, I don't remember seeing more than one or two the whole time I was growing up. But then, I grew up in Ford, Chevy snd Plymouth-Land. I'm sure the neighbors thought Dad was being a "show off" the day he pulled into our drive in that shiny new '57 Montclair.

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My guess is that the Mercury would be a rare car indeed at any cruise-in. Therefore, quite desirable.
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Makes me wonder who many pretty cool 2 door wagons were allowed to rust away or were being crushed while nomads were being lovingly restored.
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Makes me wonder who many pretty cool 2 door wagons were allowed to rust away or were being crushed while nomads were being lovingly restored.
Most of them, most likely. Sad to think about. Reminds me of back when I restored my '57 Chevy 210 back in '79.

I had stopped at a junk yard in the middle of Nowhere, Missouri (Cherokee Pass), where I knew there was a slew of old 50s cars out in the woods, to look for a better taillight assembly for my restoration.

Found a good one on a dilapidated 150 with no front end. I commented on the scarcity of '57 Chevys at the yard. The old guy working there then spoke these immortal words: "If I had a dollar for every '57 Chevy they hauled out of here for the crusher, I'd be rich!"

And there's that.
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This was the scene, but with far fewer '57 Chevys... (I must've walked a mile in the woods before I found that Chevy 150 with the part I needed).

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Apparently, back in late January, 2014 a horrible disaster had struck and somehow Jimbob lost the pics of many posts. This was probably when Photoshop started demanding big money and locked up all my pics and before I'd opened the Flickr account. Whatever, the pics had gotten snatched. But, nice guy that I am, I went back and retrieved them from my PaintShop Pro and brought them back (sort of). Here (with the 2 original parts combined) is a re-posting of that Herculean effort...

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Knowing some of you would be despondent over the vehicles "lost" since Dec. 20, I decided to re-visit all of them briefly, one pic of the lost car and one of the lost "kutie." It's the least I can do for my flagrant folly... Here goes!






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This was the kutie that didn't get the memo that it was "Blue Day." (I docked her one day's pay).


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AND THIS CONCLUDES PART ONE

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PART TWO

Picking up where we left off, in 1963...





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AND THIS CONCLUDES OUR RE-CAP OF LOST CARS AND KUTIES. WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR STAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING YOU MORE CHEER IN THE FUTURE. YOU ARE DISMISSED.

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Almost too much eye candy for one sitting....almost. Old men can take only so much, you know...
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Yessir, those classic cars can really take it out of ya.
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"not nitro...those blue pills! Them first...THEN the nitro pills!"
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Makes me wonder who many pretty cool 2 door wagons were allowed to rust away or were being crushed while nomads were being lovingly restored.
Nomads were popular, and parts for them were reclaimed and remade. I think there was a "Cottage industry" in South America repopping the Nomad parts because Chevy's were sold there. But insofar as I know, the other GM cars were not. No demand. No parts. So, end product is that the Nomad is rebuildable due to parts availability, the others aren't so much. Unless of course, you go digging around in Tornado country and get lucky. Er, find the part on a junkyard princess.
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Years ago, I helped an engine builder who was also a Chevrolet Parts person. He lived for '55 Chevy and had several that he drove. As Chevrolet started discontinuing '55 parts, he started buying. The last time I was by his place (10 years +/-) he still had several brand new OEM '55 Chevy fenders in his basement. I sure he also had a lot of other parts but those were up front and visible.
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They take points away for "restored" show cars with aftermarket "replica" parts. Those with money to burn will move Heaven and Earth to locate NOS (new old stock) parts.

P.S. "OEM" parts can be made by any Tom, Dick or Harry (or Larry, Curly or Moe, for that matter) and true purists quest for the factory authorized NOS stuff.

And that's all I have to say about that.
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