Oops!


Oops: I wonder if that’s what the beavers said when this tree fell away from the creek.

Some days are just like that

And today was one of those days. A zillion things on the to-do list, none of them crossed off. Had planned a lengthy post for today, but that isn’t going to happen. There’s always tomorrow….and more things to do.

I was able to find out some more details about the mystery car parts abandoned in the woods. It was a Lincoln, identified by the only logo I could find, located on the speedometer. The speedometer only had speeds up to 80, so I’m guessing that this car was produced after the oil & gas crisis of the early 70’s when the federal speed limit of 55 was enacted. And, from pictures I’ve seen on the intertubewebnets thing, the steering wheels on cars in the 80’s looked differently.

If you’re interested in the Abandoned Car Writing Contest (with prizes (though minor)), click here.

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UPDATED Researched photos, catalogs and pre-1981 VIN’s. This is from a 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V, produced in the Wixam, Michigan Ford/Lincoln plant. The “Miles to Empty” feature was the first time that such an electronic indicator for fuel consumption appeared in a production line car. The Continental was the last of the big Detroit cars; the last ones rolled off the line in 1979. After that, they were scaled down to human proportions. I once drove (in the mid-90’s) a similar land yacht: a 1977 Mercury Marquis. It was a beast but there was no question who got to go first at a 4-way stop if I wanted to plow on through. The only thing bigger were garbage trucks and semis. What a gas hog!

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2 responses to “Oops!

  1. I just looked up some pictures – that wasn’t car you were driving, that was a small country! (With, no doubt, a small country’s gas bills).

    • There’s a reason that they were called “Land Yachts”. 210 inches length, 77 inches wide. I used to joke that if I lost my house, I could always live comfortably in the back seat of my car, with room for a small fridge and patio furniture in the trunk.

      When I got the car — my father thought he was doing me a favor by buying for me — I told him it was too big to drive. I put the station wagon that I had been driving (a car that had an expiring lease with no option to buy) nose to nose with this. The rear bumper of the much newer car barely reached the back seat of The Beast. When I sold the Beast — yes! someone actually bought it, with > 100K miles and then 18 years old! — I bought a little Ford Escort, nearly four feet shorter in length and a foot narrower, I did the same nose-to-nose test. The Escort’s rear bumper was about parallel with the land yacht’s dashboard. I don’t think I ever tried to parallel park that thing!