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Future Curbside Classic: 2012 Ram 3500 Big Horn – Sergio Paraphrased Sir Mix-A-Lot When He Said “I Like Pick Ups And I Cannot Lie”

(first posted 5/25/2018)       There is an old gambler’s adage about going big or going home.  Since I’ve had pickups inexplicably on my mind, finding this Dodge Ram makes for an interesting delve into the purpose and utilization of such pickups and this adage leads to a journey I’d like to take you on.

Without further ado, let me invite you to Rural America.

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Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1964 Ford Thunderbird — Flair In The Sun

Photos from the Cohort by Robadr.

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Vintage Snapshots: Detroit From the 1940s to 1970s

With so much of our content dealing with the products of the Big Three, we’ve had plenty of images from Detroit on our pages. But on this occasion, they highlight the city itself rather than views of factory floors and such (all well worth checking out!). The shots come from about three different sources; some from the 1940s and some from the 1950s. Then, all images from the 1970s were taken by author and photographer John Margolies.

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Bus Stop Classics:  Marmon-Herrington (M-H) TC 44/48 – Post-War America’s Favorite Trolleybus

Dayton TC48.  Photo by Steve Morgan.

 

Trolleybuses (initially called trackless trolleys) were once a fixture on American streets, either replacing or supplementing iron-rail trolleys.  Prior to WW II, the three primary US trolleybus manufacturers were ACF-Brill, Pullman, and the St Louis Car Company – all three of which began as producers of locomotives, trolley-cars, and/or rolling stock.  But a newcomer was introduced in the immediate post-war period whose expertise was more in 4WD rubber-tired vehicles, and who would quickly rise to the top of the trolleybus sales charts. Read the rest of this entry »

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COAL: 1989 Mercury Tracer Wagon — Warranty Pains

I like Ford. They were decent cars, for the most part, until the 1980s set in.

After the 1986 Mustang went back from lease, we thought that we’d try Mercury. The then-somewhat new Tracer appealed to Cindy and me in 1989, especially finding out our first child, Jacob, would arrive in May of 1990.

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Last Night’s Bad Dreams: Turboflyte and Imperial D’Elegance

Exner Turboflite

(first posted 7/31/2013)    Virgil Exner was a man of many dreams indeed, some better than others. His last one at Chrysler reminds me of some of the dreams I have at night, and I mean that literally. The most amazing “vehicles” appear to me in the depths of the night; if only I could have found a way to record them, I might have become a famous designer too. Exner’s Turboflyte of 1961 perhaps comes closest to one of my “dream cars”. Vivid dreamers! Read the rest of this entry »

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Vintage R&T Extended (24,000 Miles) Use Report: 1975 VW Rabbit – Issues, and More to Come

(first posted 5/16/2018)       R&T was rightfully smitten with the new VW Rabbit (VW Golf Mk1). It won their comparison of Nine Small Economy Cars, as well as other accolades. So it was time to give the bunny a long term test. This was typically 24,000 miles, but because the new Rabbit suffered a number of maladies, the test was eventually extended to 36,000 miles, to redeem itself. It didn’t, so then it was extended again to 48,000 miles. We’ll share those with you once we work through the 1976 issues stacked up here. In the meantime, here’s the choppy maiden voyage.

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Cohort Classic: 1970-77 Alfa Romeo Montreal – An Alfa With a Racing Heart

(first posted 5/24/2018)       As I have changed from being a Ford driver to an Alfa Romeo owner, I am much more attuned to catching examples of Alfa’s wonderful heritage as life goes by. Sadly, that has not included a Montreal. But a recent sighting of one by CC Cohort William Rubano means I can share something of what I have missed, so far. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vintage Postcards: Downtowns And Main Streets Across The US — 1950s-1960s

Let’s revisit some thriving downtowns and main streets across the US with the help of some 1950s-1960s postcards. As expected, quite a bit of life and daily action is evident in most of these, showcasing a mix of big cities and towns of different sizes.

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CC Global: Delta Machinery – Transporting Compactors Compactly

Delta Machinery - Scania R730 V8 - Faymonville - Caterpillar - 1

The folks at Delta Machinery are true CAT people. Just like in previous years, they put their Scania-Faymonville couple on display at the truck show in the southeast of the Netherlands, as always loaded with interesting Caterpillar construction equipment.

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Curbside Classic: 1985 Audi 80 (B2) CC – Exactly What It Says On The Box

We’ve had a number of posts on the 1978-86 Audi B2 (a.k.a Audi 80 in Europe and 4000 in North America), but never a “proper” long-form CC. This one, which I found in Switzerland last summer, was the perfect candidate: not only is it a German-registered car, but it even said “CC” on the rear. It was practically begging to be featured on this site, really, and to be the star attraction of this German 4-door Week.

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Curbside Classic: 1988-95 Australian Ford Fairlane/LTD – Identifying The Common Lincs

(first posted 5/22/2018)      To help you, our predominantly North American community, understand the Australian 1988-95 Ford Fairlane and LTD, let me describe it to you in North American Ford terms. Imagine a car that’s styled and sized like an ’88 Lincoln Continental, positioned above the equivalent to the Ford Taurus but with an interior like it, and with the rear-wheel-drive layout of a Lincoln Town Car. Add to that a Continental-sized engine and, later, an optional Ford Mustang V8 and top that off with two familiar yet defunct Ford nameplates. Voila! You have the 1988-95 Ford Fairlane and LTD. Read the rest of this entry »

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Curbside Classic Jr.: 1978 Ford Bronco – The Bucking Bronco Grows Up

(first posted 5/23/2018)       This generation Bronco is not a common sight anymore, for two reasons. One, it’s of course old. But the other is that these were built for only two years (1978-1979). That’s rather odd, but there was a reason: the first energy crisis. These were supposed to arrive for 1974, but were put on hold in favor of the significantly smaller and lighter gen1 Bronco.  So I had to stop and admire this big old horse of a 4×4.

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Cohort Driveway: 1973 Chrysler New Yorker And 1959 Plymouth Suburban Wagon – Mopars In The UK

Two Mopar products found on the same driveway by L. Seddon and posted at the Cohort: A ’73 Chrysler New Yorker and a ’59 Plymouth Custom Suburban Wagon. Both now being part of the car collection of a household in Lincolnshire.

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Vintage Snapshot: Could These Folks Really Afford A New Buick? Of Course! Here’s Why

This snapshot posted recently of a 1959 Buick in the driveway of a fairly commonly-sized newish house of the times provoked some interesting comments about the growth of new houses as well as a question from one of our Australian readers: “Would someone with a fairly ordinary house like that in 1959 really buy a Buick?” The simple answer is yes, but the reasons  — there are several — as to why are a bit more complicated.

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