Also, I think you should tell the story of how you managed to get that thing all the way to your island of criminals....
Truth be told I was chasing CrossTheStreams' 1959 MM Combo that he was selling. But he wanted more than I could afford and it eventually sold on Ebay. That's when 69428SCJ put me in touch with Reno in Mexico who was selling this 1960 MM Combo, and a 60 MM Combo is the next best thing at 1/3 of the price of a 59 MM Combo! The average punter on the street doesn't know the difference anyway.
You'd have to be nuts to buy a car sight-unseen from Mexico right? Maybe I was, but Loren vouched for him, and he had other references, too. In the end my only complaint is the car didn't run (he said it did), it had more rust than he cared to mention, and for months after buying it he was sending me photos of every random hearse and classic car that came through his yard saying "you buy!? you buy!?"
So then came the dilemma, how the hell can I get this car out of Mexico? Reno had a guy who could transport it to the border at Loredo, then it was up to me. I enlisted ex-pat Aussies, Phil and Lawrence, from http://www.usatoaus.com
Imports based in Battle Ground, Washington.
The first border crossing attempt failed. So if it first you don't succeed, try another border crossing in the next town. So they did, and it worked. The car was on American soil.
It sat in a storage yard for a couple of weeks at the border because the guy that was supposed to pick it up had a big cry because the car didn't run. I thought it did, but apparently it didn't, and he refused to take it. So Phil wrangled another driver and eventually it found it's way from Loredo to Battle Ground, WA. This was around March/April 2010.
(at USAtoAUS Imports, Washington)
In the meantime I was over in the Middle East contributing to the war effort (and getting paid decent danger money to do it). But most importantly I still had internet access so i was able to buy up a lot of parts that I needed. Such as lightbars and tyres and other opportune stuff I found on Ebay. And I saved a bit of money in shipping by having them load all this stuff in the back of the car.
(me at a restaurant in Kandahar)
I got back from the Desert in July 2010 but my car wasn't ready to leave Battle Ground until late August, so I still had a bit of waiting to do. During this time Lawrence had spent 20 hours in total cleaning the crap out of the car, which is essential for passing Australian Quarantine (who are notoriously Nazi).
Well I waited, and finally the ship came in. But as I was to find out, the port in which it arrived is run by SCUMBAGS! Long story short, the Quarantine Service demanded that the car be re-cleaned, and that all the carpet and wood (which included the whole rear cargo floor) be removed. So another SCUMBAG company called Murrells Logistics was brought in to do this work. They must've seen dollar signs ($$$!) when they saw this car arrive.
About 2 weeks passed, a week of which was spent negotiating with these pricks over the cost of the "work" that they performed. In the end I had to cough up a chunk of cash or risk further unknowns if this car stayed in their possession for any longer. A champion tow-truck driver called Wayne came to the rescue and retrieved it for me. He was such a champ, this guy, went completely out of his way for me and his fee was 1/2 that of any of the other drivers. So stoked.
(Good job, Wayne!)
So here it is! All the heartache is a distant memory. Except now I've got all this trim that was removed in the Quarantine process and I've got no idea where it goes.