From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Showing posts with label vintage cars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vintage cars. Show all posts

Friday, May 23, 2008

1966 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible

'66 Chevy Impala Super Sport



1966 Impala Convertible

After I got off work this evening, I went to Godfather's Pizza to eat with Keely, Taurus, and Annie (Keely's friend.) As we were standing in front of the restaurant later, a very well-kept (or nicely restored) Chevy Impala convertible pulled in. Two men and two children got out. They looked like a grandfather, a dad, and two grandkids. I asked the guys if I could take some photos of their car. They seemed pleased.

1966 Impala Convertible
All the boys wanted a cool car like this when I was in high school. I suspect that a lot of guys my age still would like to have this car! (Just a hunch.)

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Taurus mentioned that this Impala is somewhat unusual because it is a two-door. "Quick, Taurus," Keely said. "What year is it?" "'65 or '66," he answered. He was right. After checking some photos online, I decided that it is not a '65 but it definitely looks like a '66.

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1966 Impala Convertible


Related: Chevrolet Impala article on Wikipedia

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Old Van Has New Home

Bread truck to be refurbished



I don't know what part, if any, Prairie Bluestem had in the sale, but the 1954 bread truck apparently has a new owner.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Runaway Beetle: A True Story of the VW Autostick

All In The Family... Life In Missouri...



During our second residence in Missouri (1982-1986), Dennis and I owned a couple of VW Beetles. Our old yellow Beetle had formerly belonged to my mother-in-law. In fact, it was the car in which she learned to drive after all the kids grew up and left home.

It had an Autostick, a curious semi-automatic transmission. The gear shifter was on the floor in the usual place between driver and passenger. As I recall, the shifter had five possible positions, all in a straight line:

R
N
L
1
2

To drive forward, you put the car into Low, and then as you picked up speed, you let up on the gas a little and shifted into First, and finally into Second. There was no foot clutch to operate; that happened automatically when you moved the shifter.

One thing you had to remember was to apply the parking brake when you left the driver's seat. The transmission didn't have a Park position, and the car would roll in any gear.

One afternoon, I came home from shopping with our friend Brent. I parked the yellow Bug in the driveway, and we got out. As we stood on the front step unlocking the door, I heard a crunch of gravel. The car was rolling. I had forgotten to set the brake.

Our driveway had only a slight incline -- until it curved around behind our house. Then the backyard took a definite downhill slant. So the car rolled slowly at first, but it picked up speed as I ran after it.

I caught up with the car as it left the driveway and started downhill across the lawn, and I finally got the door open as it went under the clothesline.

By the time I got inside the car enough to get my foot on the brake, it had crossed the alley and was headed for someone's back porch.

I backed the Bug out of the flower bed where it had finally stopped, drove out of the alley, parked again in the driveway and APPLIED THE PARKING BRAKE!

Brent had been watching all of this with a mixture of awed amazement and amusement.

"Do that often?" he asked.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

1937 Plymouth 4-Door Sedan

History and Old Stuff...



1937 Plymouth 4-door sedanInterior, 1937 Plymouth 4-door sedan

I believe this is a 1937 Plymouth. If you disagree with this identification, please let me know!

This vintage auto is awaiting restoration at a shop north of Hopkinsville, KY. The owner saw that I had stopped to photograph it and came out to talk to me. He told me the year and make of this antique and a dozen others that he has sitting in front of the shop. I should have taken notes, because I couldn't remember any of them with certainty after I left!

I do remember one interesting comment that he made, though. He remarked that people must have been smaller when this car was new, because the interior of the car is so small.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

1954 Ford Bread Truck

History and Old Stuff... Blogs and Blogging...



One of the interesting things about having a blog is observing the many internet travellers who pass through it and sometimes hearing from them in comments or via e-mail.

A few days ago, I had an email from a reader in California. He said he had visited the photos I posted a few weeks ago of a 1951 Ford F5 Cab-over truck and mentioned that he has a 1954 Ford bread truck that he might sell to the right person. He bought the truck to save it from being melted down or stripped for salvage, but he's not sure if he has the time and talent to restore it. He's torn between keeping it and selling it, but if he sells it, he wants it to go to a person who appreciates it.

I asked if he could send some photos and he did. Two of them are posted below. If you have any advice or comments about restoring this truck or if you are interested in owning the vehicle, you can send e-mail to imagedump2003 at yahoo dot com.

I don't intend to turn the blog into a used-car lot, but I appreciated the uniqueness of this vehicle and the desire of its owner to do right by it.

 1954 Ford bread truck

 1954 Ford bread truck

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Monday, February 26, 2007

1951 Ford F5 Truck (Cab Over Engine)

History and Old Stuff...



I saw an old truck (scroll down for photos) on a vacant lot in Hopkinsville today. I hope I have identified it correctly as a 1951 Ford F5. I am certain that it is a Ford F5, because it is engraved in chrome on the truck. The question is the year, and I have looked at a bunch of vintage Ford photos trying to figure it out.

I was a little confused because the grill and front end on this old truck seemed to be like the 1951 Ford F5, but all the photos showed a truck with a much longer front end.

I finally decided that the short profile of this one's front end indicates it was a cab-over-engine model. I found documentation for cab-over-engine Mack trucks as early as 1905, so the concept was old stuff by 1951.

I was born in 1951, so I'm the same age as the truck. I hope I don't look as rough as it does! I do think the rust and the various paint hues make an interesting palette.

If you have an opinion on the make and model, please post it in the comments. Thanks.


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1951 Ford F5 Truck Cab over Engine1951 Ford F5 Truck Cab over Engine


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On February 26, 2006, a year ago today, I posted about Gaskell's Compendium of Forms (a beautiful old book) and about windmills. No writer's block that day!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



I am going to say this is a 1957 Chevy, and if I'm wrong, I am sure someone will correct me.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Packard Clipper Deluxe

History and Old Stuff...



I saw this old Packard today while I was waiting for Isaac to take his driver's license test -- which he passed, by the way, so he's now a licensed driver and probably wouldn't say "No" to a nice old car like this...


Packard Clipper Deluxe
Packard Clipper Deluxe



Packard Clipper Deluxe
Packard Clipper Deluxe



Packard Clipper Deluxe
Packard Clipper Deluxe


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Monday, April 03, 2006

Red Triumph

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...




We saw this little red Triumph in Clarksville on Saturday. It has an Army Special Forces plate in front and an Army Special Forces sticker in back. The owner and his wife came out and got into the car not too long after I took these photos. They are about 60 years old or so.

I am usually not too fascinated with cars, but this one was a good looking little thing.

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IT IS STILL BEST to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.
(Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867-1957)

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