My wife has been bugging me to get a station wagon for years. Having two kids and a huge dog we take most everywhere, we could never all fit into whatever cars I had. I started looking pretty seriously a couple years ago for a neat wagon, but I had some criteria. 1) it had to be decent. I didn’t want a huge project. 2) it had to be cool. I mean, duh. 3) it had to be affordable. Number 3 was the killer. Man, station wagon prices are pretty insane. For nearly the same money, I’d rather buy a 2 door hardtop! So I kind of petered out on looking and life goes on. A few weeks back, I’m on Instagram and a friend of mine here in town list this 55 Fairlane wagon for sale. I knew the car, it was his dads for years, his dad sold it a few years back…that owner decided to sell it and had my friend Brian advertise it for him. It’s a killer color, and even being a 4 door doesn’t really bother me. Has a nice interior, decent paint. Nice running V8…it’s what I was looking for. I show my wife, she like “hell yes let’s go check it out”. So we load the kids up and drive across town. The wagon was restored in the mid 90’s. A nice car, not perfect, but a very nice driver. Has a stock 272/auto, modern PS and PDB. Nothing I’d really do but man it drives nice. So we pile in it, take it for a test drive. We make it about 1/4 mile and “BANG…thud, thud, thud…” Rear U joint came apart and drive line falls out of the rear end yoke. I call Brian, he drives down and is not super happy. He’s supposed to have the car for sale at the Goodguys show the next day. Naturally I ask “alright man, all bullshit aside, what’s the bottom dollar?”. The wagon was already priced fair but it went from a driver to not pretty quick. Brian calls the owner, explained what happened and hands me the phone. The guy was super nice, explained he really wanted to sell it and dropped the price 5K if I bought it as-is. Sold So I trailer it home (everything I buy comes home on a trailer). Get a U joint ordered and back on the road in a couple days. It had aftermarket chrome 14” wheels, Ford dog dish caps, and radial whitewalls. I knew instantly what I wanted to run and it wasn’t those. Today I got my 6.70-15’s mounted on stock Ford wheels and opted for a set of Mercury Monterey flipper caps. So here it is, the new family loser cruiser. The kids love this car, it drives super nice and hopefully brings us some years of fun.