Thursday, June 14, 2012


“Hi, my name is Max and I’m a big-old-Fordaholic.”

“Hi, Max”

“It all started in 1977, when I bought my first LTD from a friend.  He said everyone was doing it…”

Yes, I bought another car today.  This makes five.  3 are registered and running, one is awaiting a transmission transplant from the fifth one, which became a parts car for the others a few months ago.

I saw it on, “Excellent running condition. New battery. I purchased this from the original owner. Text me with any questions 801.555.5555” the ad said.

I sent him a text, went down to his house and looked at the car.  The back bumper is quite rusty, but the rest of the car is clean.  The engine started right up, I took it for a drive and the transmission shifted so smoothly you could hardly tell it had changed gears.  No smoke, tires are reasonably good.  Front seats are a little torn, dash a little cracked, but the back seats, headliner and door panels are all but perfect.

Yup, sold.  He was asking $900, I offered him $850 and he took it.  I had the money, he went to go find the title and, whoops, couldn’t find it.  Nowhere to be found in the half hour we spent looking.  Not in the trunk.  Not in the glovebox, not in the house.  Not even in the 3 ring binder with ALL the paperwork on repairs and maintenance, dating back to 1978. (The original owner even had the home phone numbers for the people at the service department).

So he calls his friend he bought the car from, the car was still in his friend’s name, and the three of us meet down at the DMV.  Halfway there we realize we should probably bring the registration, so we head back, pick it up and make it there just as his friend gets there.  If you ever have to do work at the DMV, the best time to go is mid-day, mid-month.  We got there around 1:00, got our number which was called before we even had a chance to sit down.  Check the previous owner’s ID, check my ID, bada-bim, bada-boom, we’re out of there in less than 15 minutes. 

Actually, my addiction is not as bad as it seems.  There are several other of these cars on, but I didn’t buy them because I didn’t want to spend all my savings.  This one is just a gem, especially for the price.


Lisa Shafer said...

Max, honey -- where are you gonna put this one?! You're running out of room!
And is it a 1978, then? I couldn't quite tell from what you wrote.
Well, I'm glad it was in such good shape, and I most certainly wish you enjoyment. But I do wonder about space.

Max Sartin said...

One of the good things about living alone, I can park them all willy-nilly and don't have to worry about a roommate getting their car out.
Good deducting my dear Watson, and I can't believe I didn't give the details.
It's a 1978 Mercury Marquis 4 door.
For those of you who don't know, Mercury was (until they discontinued the line) a division of Ford Motor Company, so the Mercury Marquis is the same thing as a Ford LTD. In fact, from the side (other than the emblems) you really can't tell the difference between the two.

Lisa Shafer said...

Well, the "Mercury" photo did give away it was a Mercury, and I thought it looked a lot like your other LTDs, but I just put that down to my general car ignorance. But thanks for letting me know it's a 78. :)

Carmi Levy said...

My dad had two LTDs, both wagons, 1976 and 1978. First one was gold, second was silver, and I miss them to this day. I can see why you love them so. Great choice!

Max Sartin said...

I got my first one during my senior year at high school, a 1969 2-door hardtop. On several occasions we packed up to 15 teenagers in it to go get lunch.