Hi, Forum friends,
I posted a hopeful thread a few weeks ago about winning a 57 Overlander on eBay and began working on getting her back to Indiana. Today, I agreed with the seller to cancel the transaction. He's a nice guy, but there were too many issues on both sides of the deal.
For starters, the title: seller had no title, had not even attempted to apply for one at the end of the auction, and as of this morning, it looks like it will take a while to get that worked out. The seller was willing to hold off on the deal until the title was cleared up, but he's in Idaho, and the summer is passing too quickly already, and I'm running out of opportunity to make the journey before I am locked into a teaching job for the fall.
On my side of the equation: My cash flow is too shallow to afford to hire a hauler cross-country. By the time I got enough photos to evaluate the running gear for a tow, I realized that hauling is the only option. I don't have a flat-bed trailer.
I still was hopeful, and had determined that I would take the hubs, brakes, and wheels from my 68 Trade Wind out to Idaho and make the best of the resources I had. Photos confirmed this would work. And, the bumpy ride home might have scared out a few more critters who had moved in from the years of life in a field. Maybe.
The transaction came down to title and transport. Too many troubles on both sides of the deal.
Nice seller is releasing me from the deal. I hope he will relist and the Overlander will be found by someone who can give her a nice new home.
I hope someone might learn from my experience.
Consolation: I still have the 68 Trade Wind, and I need to check the bearings, brakes, and get new axles, anyway.
Condition at conclusion: I still have aluminitis. One day, the cash flow will improve and I will be able to scratch that itch for a 1957
Plan B: a man in Indianapolis has started a business restoring 68-72 half- and three-quarter ton vehicles such as Suburbans, Land Rovers, etc., for hunting, fishing, etc. I have my eye on a 69 Suburban and a fly-fishing themed overhaul for trailer and tow vehicle. Might keep me out of trouble on eBay for a while.