Well Vivian, I though you might not ever read between the lines and ask about the trailer in the gravel lot that I "passed" on. After the GT got away, I saw this '67 in a gravel lot on the way to my farm. There was a low budget RV repair shop that was a front for the owner's drag racing passion. I initially looked at the trailer but thought it was too rough to be worth the effort that I was planning on putting into a restoration. Three of four end caps had basketball sized dents in them, and it looked like the trailer would need a lot of extra disassembly and English Wheel work. So I passed, at least at that time, and went on to buy Monkey Business.
I left my '05 Safari in the shop for a four item punch list to check this guy's shop out for honesty and quality of craftsmanship. When I went to pick up my '05, the owner's young helper, who had showed me the trailer initially, said the owner of the trailer, who had been doing a little work on it herself and having the shop do the bigger things, had had a reversal in her good fortune and was having trouble paying her shop charge. He said she was willing to Fire Sale it to move on with her life.
I asked the owner what it would take to buy it, and after a few days he got back to me. The price was definitely right for a "parts trailer".
Now here's the part you were waiting for...When I went to pick it up, the shop owner said, "I think you're going to be happy with your purchase". His review of the paperwork that the owner had led him to believe it was a one owner trailer, and the warranty card and original owner registration and all receipts were in the clasped folio of documents.
Well, that wasn't enough info for the docflyboy...with owner's name known, it wouldn't be hard to track this down. Turns out it was purchased by the Flight Surgeon for the Mercury Seven NASA program, as he was about to be discharged from the Navy. So the warranty card for the '67 says a August 23, 1968
delivery date. The doc recovered 5 of 6 of the Mercury Program, all but the final flight. He was a football All-American and played Triple-A for the Yankee's before Med School.
So with all this recent knowledge, I was pretty excited, so I texted my son and said "Can you keep a secret from Mom?" and about that time he responded to what I would quickly realize was a group text from Wife, Son, Daughter and myself. I spilled the beans, thinking I was just telling Jake.
I had asked the gravel lot RV repair guy if I could just leave it in his lot, till I got some things shuffled around. Before spilling the beans, I moved my things around in my 20 X 80' covered storage area and put the '67 Safari back behind my Sovereign
. My wife doesn't usually go to the storage with me to get the '05, so I thought I'd pluck a few parts off the '67 for the Caravel
and then maybe move it down the road, till the trailer's history was known. It's too good to steal parts from, everything is original, and a paintless dent guy got the dents almost invisible, so it will have to wait it's turn, but it's not going anywhere.