Q: Describe the the wagon's condition:
A: The wagon is all original; the previous owner bought it from the original owner. She was really old, like a 100 maybe. Not really, but she was pretty old. [laughing] She said she only used it for shopping and to go around the neighborhood.
The wagon is pristine. I changed the gaskets and did all the hoses, you know, stuff that I could change, but otherwise it's all original. The radio works; the AC works. It really drives like a new car. I think the carburetor needs to be adjusted, but beyond that it's perfect.
Q: What's a special personality trait of your wagon?
A: It has the four headlights and a shark nose. It's really aggressive looking, but it's a wagon.
Q: How often does the wagon get driven?
A: My wife has a daily driver, but sometimes she takes the wagon to the grocery store. Sometimes when she and the kids go out for pizza, they'll take the wagon. I've driven it to church a couple of times, too. It's mainly for longer drives when we all go to car shows.
Q: With the wagon, would you say it's a quick fling or are you in it for the long haul?
A: Oh yeah, I'm going to keep this wagon. It's is a keeper—it was for my wife! My Corolla is my little girl's car; she calls it her car. My Celica is my boy's car; he calls it his car.
Q: If you could choose one passenger to ride along with you in your wagon, who would it be and why?
A: My wife—it's her car! She supports me with the cars, and she actually likes my cars. I built my Corolla from scratch. It was all rusted out with no interior, no engine. It took four years to rebuild, and it's not cheap to rebuild a car, but she was very supportive.
Q: Describe your favorite drive:
A: It's the place of the photo shoot, on a back road to Napa, California: Highway 120. It's a two-way road, a windy road. There are vineyards, nice houses, horses, and bridges. I bike that road also, and I love it each time I'm on it. Every time I take my classic cars there, I enjoy it. I work in the ER, and it's very stressful. My cars are my escape. I go on this drive, and I come back refreshed. I like getting underneath the cars, and wrenching, or whatever, and then driving.
Thanks, Ver, for taking letting us spend some time with you and your cars!
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