In the previousl blog I was discussing wheels-that was our vernacular for cars. For years, I had placed a 1960 Corvette, on my Christmas wish list. One year I actually got one, but it was a model, that I had put together.
My very first car, WAS a birthday gift. Ok, I know what you’re thinking…NICE GIFT!!! Well, yes it was, but it was about 10 years old, a 1953 Ford, 4-door, automatic, overhead valve, straight 6. I have a summer birthday, so I was able to drive it to my summer work, baling hay. It was an ok looking car, but not a “girl head turning” car. There were massive holes in the trunk near the rear wheels. I stuffed the holes with large amounts of rags. We lived on 5 miles of gravel road. Dust, came in the trunk, around the back seat and fogged the drivers view and breathing/coffing dust….clear vision necessitated rolling down the drivers window so the wind drove the dust back (note: I said rolling down, that’s with a hand crank). Fall came, and the rule was I couldn’t drive to school, so we parked the car in the barn. In a couple of months my father came to me and asked if I would give up my car? My uncle had fallen on hard times, and needed a vehicle to get to work…did I want to give it up my first car?? NO. But, how would that make me look? Selfish! I’ve got a car parked in the barn, doing nothing, and he has no car. Thanksgiving!! I watch the car drive away.
The next summer, I had enough money for a replacement. I must have driven around 5 counties, pricing. I priced some of them twice. I think it was mom that said I’d better made up my mind, I was burning up a lot of family gas, driving around the country. While my dad was again out-of-town on a business trip, I made my selection, paid my money and I made arrangements for delivery.
Saturday and my dad was home from the trip……the delivery truck arrived right after breakfast.
Hey!! We already had two cars and a pickup truck in the family (for three drivers) , but only ONE tractor. Dad always got to “play” (use) the tractor when we worked in the woods. This was a great tractor!!!!