When it had dragged its last plow; pulled from the earth its final stump; and towed its last car from an icy ditch, this late ’40s Allis Chalmers took on a new job. These days, this 20-hp tractor pulls travelers off the road to a family-owned restaurant where employees make syrup in steam-filled rooms. Hadley,Continue reading “Agrarian Edition No. 9: Allis's Restaurant”
The lowly Dodge. It always ran a few paces behind the flashier Fords and GMs of the post-war models crowding those fancy new highways, the interstates. It was reliable, yes, but … … but it never seemed as fancy. This 1948 Dodge D 24 turns a plain face to passersby in Glenwood, Ore., 2,610 milesContinue reading “No. 112: Dowdy But Dependable”
In 1957, Ford Motor Co. unveiled the Ranchero, a half-truck, half-car that could take a family to church on Sunday and a farmer to the market on Monday. Chevrolet responded two years later with the El Camino.The El Camino, depending on your point of view, was a marvelous machine or a failed effort. As oneContinue reading “No. 111: Not a Good House, Not a Good Boat”
Like other U.S. automakers, Studebaker hustled to re-tool its plants to answer the demand for new cars and trucks following World War II. In 1949, the South Bend-based corporation introduced the 2R pickup. It was a stylish thing, with lines that flowed more than the Fords and Chevys of that era. In a remarkable stylingContinue reading “No. 110: A Rare Machine”
How many miles of mountain roadways did this ’53 Chevrolet 3100 Thriftmaster half-ton pickup* travel until it came to rest under a rickety shed in the shadow of Black Rock Mountain? Clayton, 110 miles northeast of Georgia. *The Best Truck Of All Time. Period.
Decades ago, someone drove this ’65 Galaxie 500 XL, drove it hard, listening to eight cylinders banging away in a 352-cubic-inch block. No longer. The V-8 i is gone, the car resting in red dirt on a forgotten stretch of U.S. 1. Norlina, N.C., 435 miles northeast of Atlanta.
A 1940 International pickup is a rusty reminder that time takes a toll on everything.Royston, Ga., 85 miles north of Atlanta.