Wow!!, Sarah and Dana, a thousand thanks to you, you have made my dream come true become reality!!! I can't believe I buy a T-Bird of a high quality like this one at that price!
Believe it or not, I dream of that car since 1986... But you know, I got married and had children, the priority was the family. Now as you said "Life is short, drive it home", for me it sound more like " Life is short, enjoy the ride".
We will enjoy the ride on sunny days in October before storing the car for winter from November to April.
Serge - Canada
The car is fitting in at the beach great. It survived the trip well, and we're having fun getting to know it and the quirks of the 6 volt. Here she is all slotted in at her new home in Southold, NY across the street from Long Island sound (all the way out).
Hope you're having a great summer. Best to Sarah.
Richard - Southold, NY
Hoss... A California workhorse finds a new home
As a teenager growing up in the early 80's in Bucks County, PA, I had a couple of friends in high school that were really into old Ford Mustangs. I'm not sure if it was peer pressure, but the next thing I knew, I was convincing my younger brother, Rob to sell our beer can collection so I could buy my first car. With the proceeds I then purchased a '67 Ford Mustang. The good news is I survived to talk about it :)
I put off purchasing a truck for the farm, but realized a long time ago that without havaing one for local pick ups and hauling things around, we were very inefficient. What my wife Deena will tell you is that once I made the decision to get a truck, I then became some sort of obsessed motorhead for a period of months.
Ebay, Craigslist, OldRide, you name it, I trolled the web postings. For some reason that old Mustang had left an indelible mark upon me, for it wasn't long after looking at old makes and models of trucks that I became obsessed with Ford F-250 pick ups from the 1960's.
I bid on one from Trenton, NJ, but got mixed up on the ending time for the auction and lost out on it. Then a guy from California decided to change our agreed to price - that was a deal killer.
Finally, a '66 Ford surfaced on a classic car site, called www.CaliforniaPlayToys.com According to the owner of the company, Dana, the truck was in good running condition, had fresh paint on the cab, and best of all had little to no rust because it had spent it's life on a farm in California. It also only had 70,000 miles on it.
I took a chance ordering sight unseen but I had a good feeling about Dana - he seemed a very straight shooter, and proved to be as he ended up sending us some parts we needed to make the 4WD operable at no cost. Hoss has lived up to our expectations and then some, as it appears to be a rare model with a special drive train. There are probably only a couple of hundred of these left around. Best of all it runs strong and starts right up.
The bed is not original, so our plan is to do a lot of hard work w/ that bed now, and then eventually remove it and replace it with "old school" looking flatbed with wooden sides - a real farm truck. We also plan to sell the over-sized and somewhat tacky wheels and tires and replace them with more appropriate ones that go with the vehicle.
Owen and Coleman, our twin six year old boys are bonkers for the truck and are constantly looking to ride in the bed over to the garden area or up the dead end road to nearby "Tanner's Falls". They refer to the red upholstered bench seat in the cab as a "sofa". The truck has no power steering or power brakes, so it will be quite a few years until these guys are able to manage any off road driving.
Check out the post here http://oldschoolfarmers.blogspot.com/2012/05/hoss.html
Al - PA
Good afternoon to you Dana and Sarah,
I just wanted to follow up on our phone conversation regarding how well everything went with the purchase of our Chevelle.
You took all of the time I needed to inspect and test drive the car, and when I asked you to look at a couple of small cosmetic and mechanical items, you got in there and made them right. Thank you for arranging the transportation as well. It all went just as you said.
Let's face it, there are a lot of nice vehicles to choose from out there. Accordingly, we got to choose not only the car, but also from whom we would purchase it. We are very pleased we selected you. You delivered with inventory, knowledge and did everything you said you would.
See you next time.
Louie S. - Idaho
"Old School" service - stand up owner.
I was looking for an old, vinage looking farm truck for our start up organic farm in Pennsylvania. I wanted a west coast truck w/ little to no rust and decided it was worth the extra shipping to be rust free. The 1966 Ford I purchased from California Play Toys by only seeing photos and speaking w/ Dana the owner, was exactly as he described it and the photos showed it to be. The only caveat was that although the 4WD worked as stated, the front locking hubs were not functional and would not engage. (Dana had no way of testing this as he does not have a lift) Since we were told by Dana the 4WD worked he stood by that fact and bought us new locking hubs and is having them shipped to us as I write. I found the entire experience of dealing w/ Dana to be very "old school" - very professional and honest as well. Many people would have shirked their responsibility on the 4WD , but Dana made good. We love the truck and it runs great. We are looking forward to many more years of good service from the truck here at Old School Farm.
I bought a 53 Ford pickup from California Play Toys last fall. Found it on the internet, called them a few times, sent them a deposit and then drove 1200 miles to furtherly inspect the pickup and buy it. From my first contact up until the time I pulled out with the pickup on my trailer, they were great to deal with. Buying something that old, sight unseen, from a place I'd never dealt with or knew anything about, I was a bit cautious and apprehensive about how the truck would really be when I got there. The truck was exactly as they had described it, in fact a little better. I've dealt on used heavy duty trucks a few times over the phone, and usually they are about half as nice as you're told. NOT SO with California Play Toys, Dana H was completely honest and very proffessional, a good person to deal with. Everyone there was helpful and courteous to me. This review is way overdue, I should have had it done last winter already, finally got around to doing it. My experience with California Play Toys was quite satisfactory and would not hesitate to deal with them again. Thank you Dana and Sarah.