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  1. How significant was the Joad's truck ? Steinbeck's own words make it pretty clear: "The house was dead, and the fields were dead; but this truck was the active thing, the living principle. The ancient Hudson, with bent and scarred radiator screen, with grease in the dusty globules at the worn edges of every moving part, with hub caps gone and caps of red dust in other places – this was the new hearth, the living center of the family; half passenger car and half truck, high-sided and clumsy." What was the Joad family confronted with, in their little town of Sallisaw, Oklahoma ? "A day went by
  2. "So, if a person was to take the Graffitti coupe and make something totally different out of it, the outrage would be intense." F&J, Thanks for providing a more contemporary analogy... I was looking for one( or more), but the only one that came to mind was the De Lorean from the "Back to the Future" franchise, whose inclusion I did not think would help my case Cars such as "The Lesley Special", Professor Fate's "Hannibal Eight", and "Herbie the Love Bug" and so-on are definitely "fantasy cars"... and are not quite in the same league as the Joad truck. Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang is somew
  3. "However this was a movie replicar, and all the others you mentioned are real cars! The story was fiction, not a documentary. " While Steinbeck's novel was/is technically "fiction", it was very much based on actual events and circumstances, and in fact was a cry against what Steinbeck felt was a social injustice blossoming from a prolonged natural disaster ( the prolonged drought and resultant "Dustbowl" in the American mid-West.) . Most "Okies" were good, honest, hard-working Citizens who lost their farms and families due drought, crop-failure, foreclosure, and bankruptcy. Many of them stru
  4. If you're in Northern PA: Scranton: Moosic Diner (Rtes US 11 & PA 502) Terry's Diner US 11 in Moosic ( 2 miles north of Moosic Diner) The Glider Diner (Providence Rd ,Scranton - across from Scranton HS / Memorial Stadium) "The Six East" - US Rte 6, between Scranton & Carbondale, next to the Circle Drive-In The Blue Bird II - US 6 & 11, Factoryville ( The above are all genuine stainless-steel diners, mostly Mountain-View) The Wellsboro Diner, Wellsboro, PA ( a 1930's "Lunch-wagon" style ) And in Western NJ - "Hot Dog Johny's" - Rte. 46, Buttzville (near Belvedere). Bon appetite !
  5. Paul, Well, I guess we'll have to "Agree to disagree" on this. Perhaps I'm being unfair to Mr. Wales, this may not have been his idea, but that of a client with a thick wallet... What's done to the car is done. I still maintain that to continue to try to make such a strong association between this Hudson in its present form and "The Grapes of Wrath" is a flimsy marketing ploy, at best... but then, that never stopped the folks on Madison Avenue ( "Marketeers"). I would argue that such a "famous vehicle" belongs to "everyone" who either reads or sees "The Grapes of Wrath", or who suffered throug
  6. Thanks Dave... I'll check it out ! How much clearance is there supposed to be between the underside of the light-switch crown and the top of the steering wheel hub ?
  7. Great photo ! Where & When ? ( I'm guessing somewhere "out West", looking at the mountains ) :cool:
  8. Paul, Point taken, but this was not "just any" '26 Hudson sedan. If it is indeed one of the "Joad family vehicles" from the 1939 movie "The Grapes of Wrath", this car/truck represented a very significant piece of American history and literature. If you're not familiar with John Steinbeck's story, I would seriously recommend reading the book and definitely watching the movie sometime; it 's a great story, and a great movie - John Ford directing, starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and other Hollywood greats... If the Hudson's aluminum sheet-metal was as intact as the auction listing suggests
  9. My favorite instrument panels: '60-'62 Chrysler '55-'56 De Soto (great "gull-wing" design!) '28-'29 Model A Ford (elegant in its simplicity & symetry) '28-'29 Chevrolet '34 Packard '37 Zephyr '41-'42 Chrysler (beautiful marbled plastic ! ) The Cord & Duesenberg panels are great too...
  10. This week, I finally took delivery of my '28 Ford 49-A Special Coupe. As I was driving around towards twilight, I switched-on the headlights, and began to notice that as I turned corners, the headlight switch seems to be dragging on the steering wheel (?), causing the lights to switch off or to high-beam... got to be annonying, to say the least. Is this a common problem ? Car has the Gemmer two-tooth steering gear, and the horn-rod/ headlight switch appears to be an original part. This is my first A , so I'm starting at the bottom of the learning curve ! Thanks !
  11. Yes, right alongside the "1928 Porter" from "My Mother the Car" ! ( Actually the Olds from "the Beverly Hillbillies" has some parallels with TGOW - poor farming family from the heartland heads to California for a better life, in a converted jalopy truck with all their worldly possesions tied-on, including Grandma!... At least the Clampett's Olds has been shown more respect ! )
  12. Sorry if I crossed a line with respect to forum rules ! I was just so outraged by the listing description and attitude, perhaps more-so than by what was actually done to the vehicle. To continue to make an association between this "racer" and the Oakie truck from TGOW is ridiculous. Even though TGOW is technically a work of fiction, if this Hudson was indeed one of the cars from the John Ford movie, then a piece of American history has been DESTROYED. And to what end? For someone to "flip it" at a profit ? I hope they lose lots of money on it. I certainly don't recall any racers / speedster
  13. Check this out... 1926 HUDSON Bad enough what was done to the vehicle , but the lame reasoning behind the "crime" is even worse... :mad: :confused: Today's "sales-speak" vocabulary word is "sympathethically restored".
  14. Here's a few more... '28 Ford Special Coupe 49-A :cool:
  15. Hmmm... All it needs is Jack Lemmon screaming "Press the button, Max !" I'd like to see video of a 1938 Ford "Tonner" with Marmon-Herrington 4WD conversion, and dual 10x38 tractor tires at each corner (all 1938!); saw a pic of this beast in a book once...
  16. Bryan, Some of us have already "done it" and have moved-on to more modern rides for our daily slog. I did it for the first 20 years of my driving life ( 1985-2005 ): drove nothing that was less than 25 years old. Frankly, just from the pics alone, that Olds looks too nice to be a daily driver. Don't know where you live (and I'm not asking you to make a public statement), but winter-weather is one of the biggest enemies of a vehicle. Salt / brine road-treatments will tear-up a vehicle before you know it... in areas where they just use cinders for traction, you still have to worry about paint
  17. Not surprising, given GM's early sucess with Diesels. Stude also used Perkins in their big trucks; there's a guy up this way with a '57 Stude 2-ton with Perkins power.
  18. Well I'll be .... it makes more sense that these were European export conversions. Initially I was racking my brain, trying to figure out how one would convert a 250 cid "Spitfire" six to a Diesel... These days folks like to complain about the "sluggish performance" of the flathead six and Fluid Drive with semi-auto... I'm sure these Diesels weren't barn-burners either. Thanks for the All-Par link ! :cool:
  19. I have never seen any reference to Diesel-powered Chrysler products prior to the 1980's, the exception being Dodge trucks. What could possibly exist might be a Diesel-engined Dodge or Fargo truck badged as "De Soto" for foreign export. This is purely speculation on my part. Down in Cuba, and possibly in the former Soviet countries, where they've been keeping American cars going for decades, by any means possible, means that a lot of 1940's & '50s autos have been re-powered with whatever Soviet-made running gear happens to be available. There's a fair amount of Detroit running around cou
  20. Wow, that's about a quart of oil every 35 miles... but also an average of 16 mpg on fuel consumption. Not sure when the three-piece "flexible" oil ring came along; probably not until the late 1930s...
  21. Some of it went past the rings and burned-up in the cylinders, and some went on the ground, past primitive gaskets and seals. Engines weren't as "tight" then... Watch some silent movies / news reels on You-tube, etc, and see some of the clouds of smoke blown by some of the vehicles. Chicago to DC is about 900 miles each way, on modern roads... how mnay quarts/gallons of oil were consumed ?
  22. I think I see a master cylinder filler cap (square head) between the two pedals, and back a bit. Which makes things a little more interesting if this is based on '28-'31 Packard running gear; Packard didn't get juice brakes until 1936 or so ? Also, while some of those gauges might be Packard, that switch group is early 20's at the latest... There appears to be a lot of wood framing in the body; I'll bet there are a lot of leaded seams in the skin, under that grey paint / primer... I wonder if the skin was pieced-together and formed over wooden bucks... No doubt there's some skilled fabricati
  23. The steering wheel that's in the pictures looks like it is from a '47-'53 Chevy / GMC truck... Wheels look like Packard... '29-'31 ? Very unusual looking vehicle...
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