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1972 Ford LTD

There is Bill’s Burger Bar, and Bill’s Gay Nineties, and then there is Bill’s Van & 4x4 Center on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, where you can often find relics of The French Connection-era New York, like this ‘72 LTD.

It is said Bunkie Knudsen brought the beak-like front-end with him from Pontiac when we left there for Ford in 1968. Mr. Knudsen was not with Ford long. Lee Iacoccoa fired him in 1969, but this dramatic look was applied to the Thunderbirds and LTDs of the early seventies.

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So as you guys know I got a job offer that will require me to move. I’ve been looking at places to live and decided the best option for me financially would be to rent a room or a studio. I’m perfectly fine with smaller spaces because I live in a studio apartment in NYC and I loved it. While I was looking at some ideas to furnish and decorate a studio, I came across an article about the Tiny House Movement. The Tiny House Movement is essentially people looking at ways to down size and looking for viable housing solutions especially in this crappy economy. I was intrigued and became very interested in. Not to mention, I want one. (There are companies where you actually buy plans and build them yourself).

As I was looking at the mobility and the functionality of a tiny house, I realized that there was a very famous man who had his own tiny house. That man? Buster Keaton. After his divorce he bought the land yacht. The land yacht was complete with a kitchen, drawing rooms (a living/den eating area) and slept eight. I’m not sure if it had a bathroom but I’m going to assume he did. Some of the places he would park his lot were at camp sites for fishing and hunting trips, hotel parking lots where we would order room service and Harold Lloyd’s driveway.

Funny how history repeats itself, isn’t it?