All Summer Long: Getting Lost in a Corvair Wagon

I have returned to the keyboard from my summer hiatus. I live for summer. The very second I feel the increased intensity of solar radiation, the long days are filled with travel and adventure.

Unfortunately, it is because of this my online content dwindles. I get overwhelmed during riot time with outdoor splendor. Also, the heat compounds misery in shop by adding showers of perspiration to the grease and rust. Turning the automotive detritus that covers my body into a boggy mucus.

As such, instead of wrenching and fabricating, I just get the machines out and go. Blasting down country roads with my hair in the breeze. The sun glinting off the chrome trim and the exhaust notes accompany the symphony of summer.

Most of the summer, I have been driving the Corvair Lakewood. As some readers may remember, my wife's Uncle gifted us the little wagon after growing tired of seeing it lament in the back of his garage for the past decade or so.


Having gone through the process of getting the wagon back on the road, I was eager to begin the shakedown process. Part of the process was for the Lakewood to become my summer driver. However, this was also in part a necessity. My rusty but trusty daily beater had become too rusty. So much so, that is has begun to bend in the middle. Fearing for my safety, I have chosen to set it aside while I decide what is next for the tired machine. Another factor concerned family and work. My nieces had enrolled in the summer camp that is part of the youth programs I administer for a living. They needed a ride to and from. With the Escort now off the road, the Lakewood was the only other car available to me that seats more than two.

The old Corvair performed admirably throughout the summer. I drove it to work everyday with my nieces in tow. So far, the only issue being a leaky master cylinder. Seems I will have to open it up once more and try another rebuild.

With no other mechanical issues to tend to, I started the first part of modifications to make this a vehicle in which to camp from. I made a simple roof rack that will be able to transport a canoe. One I had decided to fashion myself.

Alas, as I have many other projects that need attention and the summer has drawn to a close, I will be tucking in the little wagon for the year. I have to refocus my attention toward the dune buggy. Still much to do with that as I intend for it to replace my daily beater.

Until then,

~ Stay Ambitious

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