Drive By Shootings: Part 2

Let’s continue our drive by shootings with a real gem: a Winnebago LeSharo, which has a Renault Traffic FWD Van cab and its either 57hp 75 hp (non turbo/turbo) 2.1 L diesel drive train pulling Winnebago’s own low-profile rear two-thirds. At first glance I thought this might be the very same one I featured in a CC on this product of the second energy crisis. How many can there be left in town? But no, it’s not, as this one has the big roof mounted a/c unit.

This one is looking a bit worse for wear. Has the little Renault diesel petered out? Parts hard to come by? A fair number have been converted to American V6 drive trains. Eventually the LeSharo morphed into the Rialto, which swapped the Renault front end for a VW Eurovan (T4) front end. One of my tenants just bought one recently, a well used one, and sure enough, it broke down on a trip back east.

The next stop was another RV, this time an exceptionally long Silver Streak on one of those stretched Dodge van chassis. Is the house for sale, or is this the “house”?

Honda Accord wagon and another Veedub.

1968 or 1969.

A GMC pickup from the late ’60s or so resting serenely under its carport.

A Chevy pickup still hard at work. It’s far from the only one.

A gen2 Camry wagon and a lovely “Clinton” Continental.

Wow! This is a familiar face I haven’t seen in over a decade. I shot this awesome VW LT 4×4 Westfalia camper ages ago and wrote it up here. And I assumed it went off on a globe-trotting trip never to return. And here it is, hiding out. I wonder if it still gets out? This really is my ultimate dream camper van: big enough, but not too big, and with a very serious 4×4 chassis.

Looking a bit neglected, are we?

Now here’s a rare find: a 1960 Dodge pickup, its last year. Looks like a big V8 badge on its grille.

A couple of houses down, this Jeep Cherokee has a big “401 V8” home made sign on its tail.

A sweet little Civic sedan from the ’80s, and…whoa! What’s that big bus lurking back there?

It’s…a…GM PD-4102. One of the very few buses we’ve never covered at CC, yet. Well, we’re going to have to do something about that.  It was essentially a suburban transit bus with a new front end, created by GM Coach for its non-Greyhound clients, as Greyhound had an exclusive on its PD-3751 “Silversides” coach. It was superseded by the almost identical PD-4103 in 1951-1952 before all of them were replaced by the legendary PD-4104.  The only way I could tell whether it was a 4102 or 4103 is that the turn signal lights are a different shape. The rear ends of them are a bit more different, though.  Trailways and other bus companies really wanted a GM highway coach, and this is what GM cobbled up for them. Looks like someone’s dream bus is languishing away.

The 1980’s never ended here.

Why did I even slow down for this?

And another VW, sporting patina from spending its life outside.

A “whale” Caprice. And an early one at that, with those quite nice alloys. As much as I struggle with these, I prefer this original version with the partially-covered rear wheels. A bit different, and it reminds me a wee bit of an old step-down Hudson.

1968 Chevy C10. Looks right at home.

Something about this pairing of a gen1 Prius and gen1 Saturn that spoke to me.

I liked this early 244 enough to stop. It was the wheels that did it.

Aha! I remember finding myself here some ten years ago, and the same cast of characters are still here. Why would they not be? Folks who keep old cars undoubtedly tend to stay in their old houses too.

I’ve posted this before, some years back. It’s still looking hale and hearty. This is a truck of a lifetime.

And pulling a Ford yard tractor. It’s looking a bit vintage to me too. But it really should have been an old Cub Cadet back there.

And the Rambler American is still here too. It’s about the only one of its kind left hereabouts. But was that old cornbinder truck here then? That may be a more recent addition.

Across the court was this somewhat mutated Jeep Land Cruiser. What’s under the hood?

I was curious enough to actually get out and look in there. Appears to be a Cummins 4BT diesel. Essentially two-thirds of the kind that’s commonly found in Dodge trucks. The 4BT typically finds itself in step vans and such, as well as industrial equipment. It’s a rather rough thing, not surprising for being a big (3.9L) four and with old school direct injection.

That ends Part 2.