Dragged empty trailer home...

Dragged empty trailer home...

MikeMittelstead/Oregon
MikeMittelstead/Oregon

August 18th, 2008, 7:26 pm #1


...after 430 mile trip to retrieve long sought 128 wagon.
Sounded like a score...from dry climes of eastern Washington.
Front structure looked very good.
Body quite straight, with minimal rust.
Interior surprisingly good,
sans front seats and dash sacrificed to the sungod.
Negotiated price to pocket change prior to travel.
But I left it sitting.

Realize a car selling for pocket change
may not be worth sellers time to describe.
But also asked pointed questions,
and discovering aspects left unsaid left me uneasy.
Little matter of fire damage, windshield cracks,
RF lower fender flapping in the breeze,
missing underhood components.
In another time, small issues.
At this time, as new life with wonderful lady
takes precedence over former life of nothing
but garage time, it just didn't feel right.

Perhaps I needed to make the trek in order to stare down the reality
of adding another derelict to project list already over the top.

Plus, the acquisition of MSR 128 4dr, and iconic LezesigX
has made me see the logic of paying a little more,
and getting a little more.

Quest will continue for 128 wagon.
No urgency, since already have SL coupe,
Strada, MSR 128, and pile of Xs.
X fetish is ratcheting down,
while the FWD variant fetish is ramping up.

Not a total waste...camped by a lake,
visited fieldside produce outlets,
saw wildlife, including wild sturgeon.
And did the entire trip on less than a tank of gas.
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Mike Richmond
Mike Richmond

August 18th, 2008, 8:41 pm #2

There is a 128 wagon out there with your name on it.

MikeR
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Jed Clampett
Jed Clampett

August 18th, 2008, 10:05 pm #3

...after 430 mile trip to retrieve long sought 128 wagon.
Sounded like a score...from dry climes of eastern Washington.
Front structure looked very good.
Body quite straight, with minimal rust.
Interior surprisingly good,
sans front seats and dash sacrificed to the sungod.
Negotiated price to pocket change prior to travel.
But I left it sitting.

Realize a car selling for pocket change
may not be worth sellers time to describe.
But also asked pointed questions,
and discovering aspects left unsaid left me uneasy.
Little matter of fire damage, windshield cracks,
RF lower fender flapping in the breeze,
missing underhood components.
In another time, small issues.
At this time, as new life with wonderful lady
takes precedence over former life of nothing
but garage time, it just didn't feel right.

Perhaps I needed to make the trek in order to stare down the reality
of adding another derelict to project list already over the top.

Plus, the acquisition of MSR 128 4dr, and iconic LezesigX
has made me see the logic of paying a little more,
and getting a little more.

Quest will continue for 128 wagon.
No urgency, since already have SL coupe,
Strada, MSR 128, and pile of Xs.
X fetish is ratcheting down,
while the FWD variant fetish is ramping up.

Not a total waste...camped by a lake,
visited fieldside produce outlets,
saw wildlife, including wild sturgeon.
And did the entire trip on less than a tank of gas.
Mike, was that wagon white with with maroon stripes on it? My old wagon was traded in and never seen again, I always wonder what happened to it.
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Duane K Estill (Corinth, Mississippi)
Duane K Estill (Corinth, Mississippi)

August 18th, 2008, 11:00 pm #4

...after 430 mile trip to retrieve long sought 128 wagon.
Sounded like a score...from dry climes of eastern Washington.
Front structure looked very good.
Body quite straight, with minimal rust.
Interior surprisingly good,
sans front seats and dash sacrificed to the sungod.
Negotiated price to pocket change prior to travel.
But I left it sitting.

Realize a car selling for pocket change
may not be worth sellers time to describe.
But also asked pointed questions,
and discovering aspects left unsaid left me uneasy.
Little matter of fire damage, windshield cracks,
RF lower fender flapping in the breeze,
missing underhood components.
In another time, small issues.
At this time, as new life with wonderful lady
takes precedence over former life of nothing
but garage time, it just didn't feel right.

Perhaps I needed to make the trek in order to stare down the reality
of adding another derelict to project list already over the top.

Plus, the acquisition of MSR 128 4dr, and iconic LezesigX
has made me see the logic of paying a little more,
and getting a little more.

Quest will continue for 128 wagon.
No urgency, since already have SL coupe,
Strada, MSR 128, and pile of Xs.
X fetish is ratcheting down,
while the FWD variant fetish is ramping up.

Not a total waste...camped by a lake,
visited fieldside produce outlets,
saw wildlife, including wild sturgeon.
And did the entire trip on less than a tank of gas.
Have you ever considered being a writer? I read lots and lots of new writers and am a writer myself. You've got something there buddy....really crisp descriptive skill.

Sounds like a neat trip.....you won't regret turning down that car, sounds like a major pain to even move.
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MikeMittelstead/Oregon
MikeMittelstead/Oregon

August 18th, 2008, 11:15 pm #5

Mike, was that wagon white with with maroon stripes on it? My old wagon was traded in and never seen again, I always wonder what happened to it.
...same as one in Bend I checked out a few years ago.
Coulda had that one as a non-op for pocket change.
Ulix thought it too rough. Was best I've seen so far,
but I wasn't as interested in 128s then as I am now.
Especially compared to derelict in Mosier I saw a few years ago.
That was a real piece.
The car from Bend got running and brought to Portland for sale.
Advertised for $900...don't know sell price,
but it wasn't advertised for long.
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Courtney Waters
Courtney Waters

August 19th, 2008, 3:12 am #6

...after 430 mile trip to retrieve long sought 128 wagon.
Sounded like a score...from dry climes of eastern Washington.
Front structure looked very good.
Body quite straight, with minimal rust.
Interior surprisingly good,
sans front seats and dash sacrificed to the sungod.
Negotiated price to pocket change prior to travel.
But I left it sitting.

Realize a car selling for pocket change
may not be worth sellers time to describe.
But also asked pointed questions,
and discovering aspects left unsaid left me uneasy.
Little matter of fire damage, windshield cracks,
RF lower fender flapping in the breeze,
missing underhood components.
In another time, small issues.
At this time, as new life with wonderful lady
takes precedence over former life of nothing
but garage time, it just didn't feel right.

Perhaps I needed to make the trek in order to stare down the reality
of adding another derelict to project list already over the top.

Plus, the acquisition of MSR 128 4dr, and iconic LezesigX
has made me see the logic of paying a little more,
and getting a little more.

Quest will continue for 128 wagon.
No urgency, since already have SL coupe,
Strada, MSR 128, and pile of Xs.
X fetish is ratcheting down,
while the FWD variant fetish is ramping up.

Not a total waste...camped by a lake,
visited fieldside produce outlets,
saw wildlife, including wild sturgeon.
And did the entire trip on less than a tank of gas.
One need not leave said wagon to languish on thine property. Simply drag it home and - after gazing upon it for a few fortnight with visions of vintage paint schemes, big-valve heads, and lowered stances - pawn it off on some other eager lad (poor fool) who is burning with desire to join the FWD wagon-dom.

On the other hand, I know what it's like to get fired up over a new acquisition, only to find that the deal was rushed and the car was a pile (so goes the tale of the red '78 Rally I had for a while). Probably a good move on your part. Even cheap cars get expensive when title transfers and buying "a few parts to get it going" are involved. Glad to hear you haven't been cured of the FWD bug though
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Joined: September 25th, 2004, 5:43 am

August 19th, 2008, 5:00 am #7

...after 430 mile trip to retrieve long sought 128 wagon.
Sounded like a score...from dry climes of eastern Washington.
Front structure looked very good.
Body quite straight, with minimal rust.
Interior surprisingly good,
sans front seats and dash sacrificed to the sungod.
Negotiated price to pocket change prior to travel.
But I left it sitting.

Realize a car selling for pocket change
may not be worth sellers time to describe.
But also asked pointed questions,
and discovering aspects left unsaid left me uneasy.
Little matter of fire damage, windshield cracks,
RF lower fender flapping in the breeze,
missing underhood components.
In another time, small issues.
At this time, as new life with wonderful lady
takes precedence over former life of nothing
but garage time, it just didn't feel right.

Perhaps I needed to make the trek in order to stare down the reality
of adding another derelict to project list already over the top.

Plus, the acquisition of MSR 128 4dr, and iconic LezesigX
has made me see the logic of paying a little more,
and getting a little more.

Quest will continue for 128 wagon.
No urgency, since already have SL coupe,
Strada, MSR 128, and pile of Xs.
X fetish is ratcheting down,
while the FWD variant fetish is ramping up.

Not a total waste...camped by a lake,
visited fieldside produce outlets,
saw wildlife, including wild sturgeon.
And did the entire trip on less than a tank of gas.
22 hour round trip from STL to Detroit only to come back with an empty trailer. I was supposed to be picking up a really nice X for quite a bit of money. I had asked about rust and was assured the car had only a couple minor spots on the pass side door. Rented the trailer, made the drive, was at the sellers house for about 15 minutes total. I could have poked holes in the car with my finger.

Fortunately the guy had allowed me to come up there without any kind of deposit money involved. The only bright spot was I had no money trapped in the sale. I politely said I was interested and headed home. I had planned to spend the night somewhere, but figured I could cut my losses by getting the trailer back to U-haul with 24 hours and save $50. It was a long day, but I did get the trailer back with an hour or so to spare. The scary part was that I almost had the car shipped site unseen, that would have been a horrible mistake.

About two months later I got sweet 21,000 mile 86 for a little less money. So it all worked out in the end.

jd


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August 19th, 2008, 6:36 am #8

...after 430 mile trip to retrieve long sought 128 wagon.
Sounded like a score...from dry climes of eastern Washington.
Front structure looked very good.
Body quite straight, with minimal rust.
Interior surprisingly good,
sans front seats and dash sacrificed to the sungod.
Negotiated price to pocket change prior to travel.
But I left it sitting.

Realize a car selling for pocket change
may not be worth sellers time to describe.
But also asked pointed questions,
and discovering aspects left unsaid left me uneasy.
Little matter of fire damage, windshield cracks,
RF lower fender flapping in the breeze,
missing underhood components.
In another time, small issues.
At this time, as new life with wonderful lady
takes precedence over former life of nothing
but garage time, it just didn't feel right.

Perhaps I needed to make the trek in order to stare down the reality
of adding another derelict to project list already over the top.

Plus, the acquisition of MSR 128 4dr, and iconic LezesigX
has made me see the logic of paying a little more,
and getting a little more.

Quest will continue for 128 wagon.
No urgency, since already have SL coupe,
Strada, MSR 128, and pile of Xs.
X fetish is ratcheting down,
while the FWD variant fetish is ramping up.

Not a total waste...camped by a lake,
visited fieldside produce outlets,
saw wildlife, including wild sturgeon.
And did the entire trip on less than a tank of gas.
from a desire! Sounds like you made the right call though. Self control defined in this story.

The right 128 will drop in your lap when you least expect it.
-Brody
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MikeMittelstead/Oregon
MikeMittelstead/Oregon

August 19th, 2008, 5:51 pm #9

Have you ever considered being a writer? I read lots and lots of new writers and am a writer myself. You've got something there buddy....really crisp descriptive skill.

Sounds like a neat trip.....you won't regret turning down that car, sounds like a major pain to even move.
...for Nice Compliment.
A dreamer or visionary would roll the dice.

Alas...I am but a humble wageslave.
Pimping bossman's services.
Chained to same desk for 20+ years.
Path of least resistance.
Security.
Simple needs.

An epiphany decades ago
caused a rethink of previous lofty goals.
Halfway there, when the bubble burst.
Still, in our waning years, we can't help but think...
We coulda been a contenda...
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MikeMittelstead/Oregon
MikeMittelstead/Oregon

August 19th, 2008, 5:58 pm #10

One need not leave said wagon to languish on thine property. Simply drag it home and - after gazing upon it for a few fortnight with visions of vintage paint schemes, big-valve heads, and lowered stances - pawn it off on some other eager lad (poor fool) who is burning with desire to join the FWD wagon-dom.

On the other hand, I know what it's like to get fired up over a new acquisition, only to find that the deal was rushed and the car was a pile (so goes the tale of the red '78 Rally I had for a while). Probably a good move on your part. Even cheap cars get expensive when title transfers and buying "a few parts to get it going" are involved. Glad to hear you haven't been cured of the FWD bug though
...due to joy of MSR 128.
May need to change ebay id
from oregonx19 to 128geezer.
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