With today being Labor Day in the U.S., and also speaking of “labor”, many of us have driven what could be labeled as a “transportation car”, one of which you were perhaps the fourth or fifth owner. It wasn’t in terrible shape, but it was no beauty winner, with reliability and at least the appearance of decent maintenance being your primary concerns. Little (and not-so-little) cosmetic things were amiss, both on the outside and inside, but this car did a admirable job of getting you to your job reliably, day after day. That’s what I’m guessing is the role of this “Goolie” Safari wagon. I’m also guessing as to the model year, as this car sported the grille and sealed-beam headlamp assembly from ’84, and wheels from ’87-forward. Regardless of model year, this 6000 LE is a rare bird in this configuration.
Even with such a daily beater, you’re not trying to unduly embarrass yourself if you can help it. If something can be done with, say, a little duct tape and/or bungee cord to substantially improve the appearance or functionality of such a car, why not move forward? Though the aforementioned items wouldn’t be of particular use on our featured car, the wood applique that gives it its “Safari”-ness is half-missing from the driver’s side, and there are also a few, surrounding trim bits also gone. If this was your car, would you delaminate it completely, leave it as-is, or if you’re a more adventurous type, try to actually reapply the Di-Noc (with help, of course) as a weekend project in your garage?
Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois.
Monday, January 30, 2012.
Related reading from Carlo Di Tullio: Dad’s Wagon: 1984 Pontiac 6000 – Twenty Years Of Use, Abuse And Memories.