Far Side's Attic and Woodshed

Friday, February 15, 2013

The old guy is getting older

It is someone’s birthday..born on a cold snowy February day..he just missed  being a valentine’s baby.

He is a special guy.  His friends must think so too.

Desoto at the diner two

A few weeks ago I was sworn to secrecy.  The birthday package arrived and was opened.

all part of the train layout

Some days “she” is at the Coca-Cola Diner.

Here she is at the drive in theater

Some days “she” is at the Drive –In Theater.

One day I was upstairs just looking around the train set..and turned some of the cars around that were facing backwards..Far Guy noticed right away that something was amuck.  Station Wagons always face backwards at the Drive-In movie theater..at least that is the rule we follow upstairs.

I think Floyd and Frank have outdone themselves in the gift giving department.  They must have many good memories of that old 1959 Desoto Explorer Station Wagon.  Just so you know there were only 704 of them made.  If you got to ride in one..or drive one you were pretty lucky.

Desoto 1959 jpg

This car was full of rice the day we got married.  I think we vacuumed up rice for two years.  She was Willow Green.  She had push button drive and a roof rack.  She could hold nine passengers comfortably.  She had one seat that faced the rear.  She had a 1948 Desoto hood ornament courtesy of Far Guys Dad..we still have that hood ornament upstairs.

I was with the day that the cop said she was doing 92 mph..we were talking and not paying much attention to the speed limit..the Judge took one look at the car and said “Do you suppose it was doing 70?” 

I was there the day she needed a new transmission and it took a whole months paycheck to get her fixed.

I was there the day her oil light went on..and Far Guy was so bugged..I fixed it for him.  I wadded up a piece of my bubble gum and covered up the light so he wouldn’t feel so bad.

I don’t remember the day she was sold..but I am sure Far Guy remembers it well.

Lots of good memories are tied to that car.

The die cast model is a wonderful gift and addition to the train layout upstairs!  Far Guy has good friends! 

Happy Birthday Far Guy:)


  1. Happy Birthday Far Guy, love your collections.....Enjoy your day, Blessings Francine.

  2. Yes, Happy Birthday to Far Guy. What a great story about a car and its smaller edition. :-)

  3. Happy Birthday Far Guy. I love your collection.

  4. Happy Birthday Far Guy ! Awesome post and photos !

  5. I remember sitting in the back of a station wagon at the drive in.

    Happy Birthday, Far Guy!

  6. Happy Birthday Far Guy. May you have a great day

  7. Today is our youngest grandchild's 5th birthday...She says this is a perfect day for a birthday because she gets to be close to Valentine's Day but not ON IT!

    Happy Birthday, Far Guy!

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  8. Happy birthday indeed! Use guys do love our cars from long ago....

  9. Happy Birthday to Far Guy, he received a wonderful gift from his buddy!!! I remember those push button drives. I learned how to drive in my dad's dodge!! We used to call them selectric shifting!!

  10. Happy Birthday Far Guy. Enjoy the day. I had a Plymouth something in 1972 that had the push button gears. It was a sedan and I do remember flipping down the lever to put it into gear. My father in law gave it to us newly weds because he thought would die if we weren't in a big strong car. He thought this was a safe one to drive. That is neat that they found a model of the DeSota. I hope you have cake Far Guy.

  11. Enjoy your day, Far Guy, you get only one a year!

  12. Happy Birthday to your sweetie! That De Soto is lovely.

  13. Great story! Only 704 made! We had Desoto cars but maybe before the war. I can only remember seeing very old Desoto cars. I'm surprised to hear about a 1959 Desoto.

  14. Awww what a wonderful gift and he's right, station wagons always park backwards at the drive in! :)

  15. Drat! I missed it....happy belated birthday Far Guy! You have trains? I love trains and the cars are cool too especially the layout of them like a real town. My favorite toy was a metal gas station I had as a kid...I was a tom boy for sure! I hope you enjoyed your day!

  16. Happy Belated Birthday to Far Guy! Feb 15th is the day we got engaged. Guess he just couldn't get up the nerve on Valentine's Day:)

  17. Happy Belated Birthday Far Guy! Love old Collections of many things. Two years ago I found the same old red barn with the animals my brothers played with in the 50's and I found my metal doll house that I played with and loved. All from the 50'S. I have my Betsy Mccall doll also from the 50'S. I have found some dolls on E-bay that are in great shape. There is just something about the toys way back then! The toys they have now is comlete junk. Love all your Pics


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