Wistful Wednesday: Far Guy’s Car

It was a 1959 Desoto Station Wagon, sea green although I called it mint green because it reminded me of the sickly green color of those square little mints that everyone used back them..they came in pink, white, green, maybe even yellow and they appeared at every function you attended. It had push button drive, the little square buttons were located on the dash to the left of the steering wheel. It was as big as a battleship and really hard to parallel park..but it did have power steering. It had a seat way in the back that faced backwards..handy if you want to see where you have been. It was purchased from Bob and Mary Harris sometime in 1967. Far Guy’s Dad bought it, and Far Guy used it.

Far Guy was very proud of his car, he washed and waxed it, and took it into the Skelly Station for lots of repairs. There was only one mechanic by the name of Les that was allowed to work on her. Yes, she was a "her." One evening we were on our way someplace, and "her" oil warning light came on. This really upset Far Guy, he kept one eye on the light and one eye on the road..and was ignoring me. I am a fairly helpful person, so I popped my bubble gum out of my mouth and stuck it right into the instrument panel covering up the red oil light. I declared it fixed! We still didn’t get to go on our date, unless you count a soda and a candy bar at the Skelly Station a date:)

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4 Responses to Wistful Wednesday: Far Guy’s Car

  1. abra la mente says:

    Nice station wagon. My hubby had a Vista Cruiser when we first started dating…just like the one on That 70’s show.

    I enjoyed meeting you and your lovely family last night!! It truly was a fun little get-together. Thanks for all your planning. I’ll give you a heads up when I get to your neck of the woods!

  2. buffalogal says:

    WE have had some old cars from the DeSoto’s era too…in fact we have had many cars over the decades and all of them have been “used” but have served us so well. I have a particular place in my heart for the first two—-a 1952 green chevy that took us to Washington State in 1960 and the “White Knight” (a ’56 white Ford) that we had when the first two boys were small. I forget a lot of them—there have been so many and they have all been good cars for us!

  3. http://www.thetechnobabe.com/ says:

    The bubble gum solution to the problem was comical yet shows how inventive you must be. Good for you.
    My husband had his mom’s 1988 Buick for 9 years and got a paint job and new white wall tires and loved that car. I thought his car was called “her” because it used to belong to his mom, but now I am thinking he would have called it “her” regardless.

  4. Abra La Mente says:

    I think many guys refer to cars as “her,” and with names such as “Bessie,” etc. because their cars hold such a dear place in their hearts, just like their women. :-)

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