It is amusing how one phone call can change what catches my eye when I search the internet . I had a call last night from someone looking for a short box pickup or an el camino. Well I told him about the el camino but I did not have a line on a short box truck - yet.
1970 Chevy short box
When my grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary they were transported in a Durant built somewhere around the time they were married. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and was thrilled to have a ride in this beautiful old car. Here we are 30 some years later and I come across this Durant. This one needs a ton of work to be roadworthy let alone look as good as the one we drove in all those years ago but it would be nice to have a reminder of that great celebration. Durant
About 30 years ago I tied to buy a 3 wheeled vehicle that had been retired from Boblo island. The deal never happened but the ideas never went away. I was going to rod it - engine conversion, big tires, fancy paint, lots of chrome etc. I wasn't looking for another one but in my travels I came across this one 1961 Cushman Truckster .
I think the details of my build have changed and now I would even consider restoring it - if research showed that a 61 Cushman was worthy of restoration dollar wise. Now engine choices would be a Buick 3.8 v6 or maybe a motorcycle engine like a GSXR or maybe that electric conversion I have been researching.
1954 Studebaker Conestoga Wagon
Have you ever seen one of these. Wouldn't it be cool ?
two door wagon - probably should be restored but mild custom would be cool too. so rare I don't know how I would build it yet.
73 and 74 Nova Hatchbacks are kinda neat but not as cool as a trunk model [ sorry Roger]. But way back when the first hatchbacks - they are cool - now. Story goes that Kaiser was at a resort in northern Michigan and they had a Roadmaster Wagon to haul the luggage and visitors in . His engineers said it would cost too much to tool up a wagon so they turned a 4 door into a hatchback . The Kaiser Vagabond was born. I want one - update the drive line, cherry out the body , find some alligator seat covers - rare option - lower it, nice wheels and tires - it would haul lots of stuff and be different too.
Kaiser Vagabond Traveller
We have been talking for a while about getting a better truck and trailer setup for bringing home all the cars and trucks we dream about. Should we go late model , 25 year old era stuff or real old, real cool project hauler kinda deal. We haven't decided yet but this one changes my thinking a little. How about a 320 cube straight 8 buick powered Diamond T cab over. Tons of torque, mate it to an Allison tranny, get a newer donor chassis with serviceable brakes , bearings and 2 speed rear end , rough in the body, add a couple of creature comforts and away we go.
Only question is how do we get it home.
1965 Chevrolet short box project, all the good stuff, wish it had better pictures of the box and hood but it would a great addition to our collection. With autumn setting in copper - reddish - gold tones are striking me for colour - have you ever taken a maple leaf from peak colour change to your paint guy as a colour chip? What better spectrum to choose from than nature.
I think it would be cool to have matching sets or pairs of cars. Today we looks at a 1964 Impala SS 2 door hardtop to go with the convertible we have out back. this one is white and has a small block, same as the rag. It does look rougher than the ragtop but we would have to see it in person to be sure - maybe a short road trip is in order and we could swing by Mitchell's Bay for some perch on the way.
I heard someone say that you can't have all the toys in life but if you work it right you can play with them all at some point in time. We have had a few cars we really liked but couldn't keep for a variety of reasons. Everything is a step to the next right. Sometimes you get a chance to get one back . I am pretty sure that this 63 Nova wagon used to be our daily driver. The new owner has done a bunch of work on an Arizona car. It looks good and I bet it drives great too.
When my daughter was young and before she got the need to drag race she had a liking for Nash Metropolitans. From time to time I come across one and consider adding it to the collection. Lately I have been contemplating building an electric version. A forty mile range would get to town and back. A solar panel in my backyard would let me fuel up for free...changing the batteries would be a bear but it would be interesting. 1954 Nash Metropolitan