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    Default New to the wagon life. Bought my first panther and wagon in one!

    Hi all, my name is Danny and I live in NY. Iím 41 and for most of my life Iíve always been into cars. Iíve owned mostly sports cars(2 Camaro and 1 Mustang) but Iíve always had a thing for woody wagons.

    This summer I set out to buy one but all of the examples in my area were really rusty and I absolutely did NOT want to deal with rust in my next project. So I decided to join IAA(insurance auto auctions), I watch some people who have bought cars on there for relatively cheap and figured I give it a try.

    I spotted a 1990 Country Squire in NJ with a buy it now price for 1150. I didnít even go and look at it in person as the pictures showed a rust free body. It was listed as a non runner and I took a shot. It arrived and was filthy, the trim was all peeling and had several wasps nests all over and inside. I got out the pressure washer and it cleaned up really nice. I did a carfax before I bought it and it was a one owner car with 80k original miles.

    2 months later and I have the wagon all cleaned up and running! Everything works too, except the air conditioning (needs gas probably). I replaced, water pump, plugs, rotor, cap, wires, tank, fuel pump and
    belts. It runs really well and it is now a great way to get both of my sons out of the house since they love it and love to work on it with me. Those jump seats have been a lot of fun for them. Hoping to get to some car shows before it gets too cold. Iíve even met Wagonman in CT who sold me some wheels and has been a great help for me along the way. Happy to be part of this community!
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    Welcome! Lots of knowledge here.

    What part of New York or you in? I have family in upstate.


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    Looks like a twin to my 90! Your woodgrain is better. Plus with the LX, I'd imagine you have some options on there too.

    Great to see someone save one from certain death. I know my junkyard gets some stuff from IAA. Would like to hear about your buying experience with them.
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    Nice turn around from "as purchased" state. Looks like you've got a solid wagon.

    Also spy a tasteful 16" wheel upgrade. Keep on keeping on!

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    Cool wagon
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    Welcome from another NY member.

    Awesome score. Looks like it cleaned up really well!


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    Looking good.
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    It's nearly my dream panther, LOL. The interior color could grow on me.
    Really nice find, hope you enjoy it!
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    Thanks everyone, hoping to get a dual exhaust soon. This thing is quiet, a little too quiet !

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicCrownVic View Post
    It's nearly my dream panther, LOL. The interior color could grow on me.
    Really nice find, hope you enjoy it!
    I almost didnít buy it because of the interior lol. But the car was rust free and I just had to do it. It has grown on me though.
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    I’m in the city, Bronx to be exact. I’m hoping the weather holds up for Wednesday and if it does I’m gonna take the wagon to the bear mountain car show

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    Your wagon interior looks well kept. I like the color.

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    I love how the car has changed since the seller's photo, and your own ones. The interior looks like it is in a very good condition, that's also very neat.
    I say, this car has a potential to be sold at a few times higher price in the future, if you manage to keep it running and well maintained.

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    You are a local.
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