So, occasionally we get glimpses of the treasure haulin' vehicles of other bloggers, such as Mick's Lincoln (seen here) and Maria's Escape (seen here). I'm of the opinion that a good vintage treasure huntin' person has to have a nice large treasure hauler. After all, how are you going to get that beautiful piece of Heywood Wakefield, that Kroehler Chair, or that piece of Broyhill Brasilia home without something large to accommodate it? So, in that spirit, today I am sharing my treasure haulin' kids.
First, you really need a nice big truck to get those big things. Here's my 1992 Ford F150. Like most of my possessions, this one was a bargain. I have had it 2 years now, I had to put a new transmission in it, and I've put about four thousand miles on it. He's also had new tires and motor work (it was a cheap truck after all) and it needs a little more work, but it runs pretty well, and since it's an extended cab, I can put all the big stuff in the bed and all the fragile stuff in the back seat. I've had it pretty full before!
Now, my other treasure hauler, my car. I kind of outgrew this a couple of years ago and so I got the truck. No more calling Dad to come with the truck to pick stuff up. Still, a nice big car is great for out of town trips and filling up with finds at that flea market that you just happen to come across on a trip somewhere. My treasure haulin' car is...
...a 1996 Buick LeSabre. She's got 52,000 original miles on her. She's my daily commuting car, and for such a large car, gets amazing gas mileage. I can take her out on the highway and get 29 to 30 miles per gallon out of it, and my usual combined mileage for city and commute driving is in the 25 miles per gallon range. My little Grand Am's didn't do any better than that, and they were smaller with 4 cylinder motors. I've always been a fan of the big, full size car. I prefer rear wheel drive, actually, but the LeSabre is a front driver. Incredibly comfortable, she floats down the road, having that classic boulevard ride that was once a signature of American cars, you barely feel a bump in the road. Add an interior that is about the same as two sofas, and you have a great road trip car. A good thing, too, as it's going to Texas and Colorado this summer! My great aunt and uncle bought this new in 1996 and when I bought it from my great aunt when she went in to assisted living 2 years ago, it has 26,000 miles on it. An average of just over 2,000 miles per year up to that point!
So, what's your treasure hauler?