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Volvo 122 Wagon down on the Denver junkyard
One of the nice things about my house in California was its proximity to the Oakland Pick-N-Pull. If I needed an ‘85 Civic starter at 4:50 PM, I knew I could be at the yard before its 5:00 closing time. Now I’ve just discovered a well-stocked self-service yard within a few miles of my new home in Denver.
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This Amazon is pretty well beat up, although I’m sure that won’t stop lovers of vintage Volvos from tearing up when they see the lack of Midwestern-style rust-through. The high-altitude sun does a good job of scorching paint off the upper bodies of old cars around here, but the low humidity means the Rust Monster must work slowly.
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Check out the C.W. McCall-grade Royce 23-channel CB! I thought about buying it, but I’ve already got a Johnson phone-handset CB for my van.
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9 Responses to “Despite Vintage CB, Amazon Wagon Won’t Be Spared From Crusher”

  1. mechimike

    Nooooo!

    That body’s nicer than the Amazon wagon I use as my daily driver! Please, sir, tell me that this car may yet be saved? Is there rot-through on the fenders, hood, lift glass, or doors? And a roof rack! If you could stash those away for me, I’ll send you the money immediately, and pick them up on my next trip through…

    Too bad I live 2000 miles away. :-(

  2. mechimike

    Hell, what’ll he take for the whole damn car???

  3. admin

    I know a guy who will pull/ship parts for you. Let me know.

  4. mzs

    What a coincidence. I had been trying to buy a 122S sedan from 2K miles away, but the seller has gotten all inscrutable. Craigslist, what more can I say. I hope mechimike gets all that he needs from this one. If this had been on a midwestern driveway with a For Sale in the window rather than picked-over like this, it would have been worth well more than scrap considering how relatively straight and rust free it appears. I need to go pet my dog to cheer-up now!

  5. mechimike

    mzs - if you’re interested in a 122, let me know. I have several, and am usually pretty good about locating more. Apparently I have Amazon-dar. Where are you located? I’m in the Southeast- SC, to be precise.

    Dear admin- I _really_ need a front driver’s side fender. The passenger side one there looks pretty rough, as does the nose- was the driver’s fender decent? If it has the SUs still on it, I’ll always take spare SUs. I also need the mini-bumper overiders on the back. They are wagon-specific, and usually rough or missing. I’d love the roof rack, if it isn’t badly pitted or messed up.

    My wagon could be this one’s twin, save for mine has a white hood.

  6. mzs

    mechimike - I live about 40 miles west of Chicago. I really dug your story about the ‘69 barn find Chicago Caddy not too long ago, I’ll send you a PM at that place with my contact info. I have gotten in touch with the owner of this beauty and he is on the look-out for me as well. Thanks a ton!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/82046831@N00/4940462090/in/set-72157624661823345/

    PS: I’m a Mike as well, go figure.

  7. mechimike

    That’s a pretty four door. The four door 122s are really the hidden value in the Amazon market. Everyone wants a 2 door or a wagon; you can get decent 4 doors for nothing. I just bought a pair of them for 1000…one of which is now sharing daily driver duties with my wagon. The cool thing about Amazon 4 doors (you may know this) is the roofline is the same as the 2 door- they simply shortened the front doors and added a pair behind them. So its actually kinda hard to tell its a 4 door- even harder if you remove the rear door handles. ;-)

    Glad you liked the Caddy story. It garnered a respectable view count, but not many new viewers, which is what the contest was about. I suspect some hard-core social networking and/or computer games were involved with the top 20, neither of which is my bag. *shrug* it would have been nice to crack the top 20 on sheer writing ability, but the reality of it is I probably couldn’t have given up my weekends for 6 months for the gig anyway. One fellow suggested I submit my prose to Hooniverse, which I might do…

  8. mzs

    mechimike - Yeah it happens:

    http://www.saabsunited.com/2010/10/vote-for-phil-again-at-jalopnik.html

    I think a lot of the readers are simply younger than we expect. Here’s a story. My wife and I we used to go to this dance place in a bowling alley. It was a crowd our age, alcohol, older music, was a blast, everyone danced. So they folded, and new younger hipper owners did their thing. We went once, it was not the same. There was still alcohol, the music was a little harder to dance to, but nobody except us and another older couple were. All the new crowd were sitting there and fiddling with their phones. It blew my mind, I mean guys there’s music, women, and alcohol, what are you waiting for? But to them social life is now so much about social networking, I hope they grow-up someday.

    But no more about crap like this on this site! Sorry. You’re right about the time it would have taken and I hope to see contributions from you where ever! Anyway did you get my email address?

  9. mharrell

    Hey, you’ve got a Johnson Messenger 130 or 130A for your Dodge? Great! Definitely the way to go, particularly for that timeless “Why yes, of course I have a radiotelephone” look. I’ve got a couple myself (one for parts). You can download the manual and other useful info here:

    http://www.cbtricks.com/radios/ef_johnson/messenger_130_130a/index.htm

    and the Vintage Advertising link is worth a look.

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