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Old 01-05-2011, 05:19 PM   #141
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Thumbs up Don't see much of these old Chevy trucks like mine

Enjoyed this thread. Thought I'd toss in some pics of our "period-correct" vintage setup. A two-tone Grecian-Bronze/Frost White '75 (first year of the) Silverado Fleetside 2wd half-ton, Canadian-made right near us in Oshawa that faithfully brought our '79 Sovereign Intl up from it's home Florida.

We bought the pickup "no reserve" at a classic car auction and have enjoyed it quite a lot. The 350 has been upgraded and pulled well even through the mountains. The ride quality is suprisingly exceptional, I believe Silverado got lots of extra insulation under the carpet and headliner. Long highway hours are effortless as it pulls smooth and straight. The interior is fresh and like-new, a big comfortable bench seat from which our computer, gps, sat radio are all close at hand but we can still stretch out for the long drives.

GM sold lots of these pickups but I guess most got all used up as there aren't many on the road any more. We're used seeing smiles and thumbs-up in our '65 Sting Ray but were suprised how often this great ol' truck also receives similar enthusiastic approval.

Here's a pic of the truck at our site last fall...

And another of the tow combination in Florida:

And in Arizona where we've roadtripped the past two years:

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Old 01-06-2011, 10:22 PM   #142
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Very nice to see, read, and think about, pauluptime.

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Old 01-06-2011, 10:36 PM   #143
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Is it me or is that a chicken in this photo? Just not used to seeing chickens and palm trees, unless the chicken is being served.

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Old 01-06-2011, 11:37 PM   #144
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Originally Posted by Ike T View Post
Is it me or is that a chicken in this photo? Just not used to seeing chickens and palm trees, unless the chicken is being served.
Well, he did say that it had every towing option available.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:58 AM   #145
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Ike, we have several chickens, Quail and even the occasional peacock stops by to enjoy the birds food. We don't eat the chickens but we do eat their eggs.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:57 AM   #146
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Feb issue of Hemmings Motor News in the trucks and commercial listings there are many TV posssibilities. A 1947 Diamond T pickup silver/maroon,20,510miles that is absolutely gorgeous.
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Old 01-08-2011, 08:50 AM   #147
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A Diamond T!! Wow, we love Diamond T's and were looking last year for one we could rebuild ourselves. The only one we could find which was within what we wanted to pay was too far gone.

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Old 01-08-2011, 08:53 AM   #148
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Surprised that aren't more '70 era Station Wagons, El Caminos/Rancheros represented here...
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:53 AM   #149
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Originally Posted by JFScheck View Post
Surprised that aren't more '70 era Station Wagons, El Caminos/Rancheros represented here...
We see a lot of them towing on the highway, and at various events, but seldom with an Airstream in tow. Usually a canned ham, or the later sixties and early seventies style trailers behind. Wagons that is. I can't remember the last time I saw and elkie pulling a trailer - would be a sight for sore eyes as the saying goes. I don't think I've ever seen a Ranchero from the late sixties or later towing a trailer but I have seen several 1957 to 1959 Ranchies with a trailer tucked in behind. They look good. Real good.

I guess it is an age thing, but I can't help but think of them as new vehicles and I guess that's because we were buying them new in their time. There are a couple I'd feel almost compelled to acquire one of if something showed up for sale, like the Suburbans from anytime from 1935 through to the 1977 time frame, and I've seen a few that were very tempting. There was a 1968 Caprice wagon, really deluxe, super low miles, noted on the stationwagons forum a while back that I lusted after till I saw the price. My jaw still hurts given my buddy sold a beautiful completely restored '66 Impala, basically brand new again, for about half what they wanted for the '68.

The late sixties and early seventies wagons were often loaded up very nicely and often with disc brakes up front, good sized engines and heavy duty transmissions, and with factory towing packages. They did tend to be rustprone though, as were the trucks of that era.

My brother had a later 70's Ford extended cab, loaded, that was beautiful. Unfortunately, even when gas prices were quite a bit less than they are now, it was extremely expensive to drive. He kept it for twenty years and still regrets selling it, although I suspect one or two tank fills and he'd be shaking his head.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:54 PM   #150
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Tractor Dave's Custom Built TV

I came across Tractor Dave out of Grand Rapids, Michigan in Lafayette, Louisiana recently.

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His custom made tractor was built from a 1953 International Harvester L 160 Series cab, extended by adding the rear portion of a 1951 delivery van, then mounting the whole thing on the chassis of a 1999 3500 series ambulance - I forget which make.

Cummins engine, Allison transmission, etc.

I told Dave that his trailer ought to be painted to match his tractor. He said he might just find an old Airstream 5th wheel.

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Old 02-03-2011, 07:10 PM   #151
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That is a sweet truck. I can appreciate the work involved. Looks very professional.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:02 PM   #152
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The pics are of our 1965 Burb which was last winters project. She went from white with alot of bondo in her that was hid real well. Had to replace 11 feet of roof edge and 11 feet of gutter edge besides the normal door bottom of front fenders and floor pan. Took her down to bare metal and changed to Barn doors and painted with PPG DBU system with original chevy colors. We are running a 350 with a tubo 350 with a Gear Vender, the burbs works well as my daily driver with some fun factor.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:50 AM   #153
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:40 AM   #154
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