"It runs perfectly, and it still has the original 8 track player."
What a great story.
If you do play some old 8 tracks like I did a few years ago, be aware that after all these years, the adhesive that glues the tape together in a continuous loop most likely will have let go. So when you play the tape, it comes apart and possibly gets all tangled up in the player, wound up around a capstan, and you have to take a knife to trim it off. So get any tapes refurbished before playing them. Sorry I don't know who can do that though.
We had a brown one when I was a kid as well, would like to get one myself like that car, my favorite of my childhood. I am looking at a blue Squire right now.
I have a classic car, and saved the factory radio, and had a professional put in a modern unit without cutting. They have stock look radios with CD IPOD with flip downs. Or just listen to FM.
Due to de-unionization, globalization, 'free trade', and numerous other pro-rich, anti-worker policies implemented since Reagan started us down the road to perdition.
I have fond memories of these old wagons as well. I grew up in a large family, so we always had big wagons with the rear facing "jumper seats" in the back. My moms Pontiac Safari wagon was famous for having 10 or 12 kids in it coming back from baseball or hockey practice. Ah the memories of the good old days...
A few years ago I found a 1986 Ford Country Squire wagon for sale, complete with fake wood panel and roof rack. I bought it at a fair price, then brought it home in the summer when visiting my family. It was a surprise, everyone loved it, and it brought back great memories for all of us. I keep it in storage for the winter as it's a classic and I have 2 other vehicles, but it's a lot of fun to take it out in the summer. It turns a lot of heads and you cannot stop at a gas station without someone admiring or asking about it. It gets more attention than you would think. To anyone considering buying one, do it, they are sure to appreciate in value. It will never be worth as much as let's say a 67 Camaro, but there are still a lot of people who love these old wagons.
It's great to reminisce about the good old days. I love the nostalgia my car brings to everyone.
I saw a rare Chevelle wagon special order with a 396 4 speed at the Hagley car show last year. I figured it's a family guy that wanted the best of both sports model with a family to consider. I saw the build sheet and window sticker.
I was also in the show with my 70 Chevelle SS 396 4 speed as well. Many makes of older wagons had rear faced seats, some models had roof fixed sky windows. Also tailgates that drop or swing open as doors. Wagons were passe for a while with the advent of new minivans. It's cool they are having a resurgence in popularity.