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  1. I saw what appeared to be a 1958 retractable at the International Edsel Owner's meet in Charlottesville, Virginia I in 1989 but it appeared to have the instrument panel, steering wheel, and rear seat of a 1957 Ford. The owner claimed it was built at the factory but I leave you to draw your own conclusion. I know what I think I saw and it was not a 1958 Edsel. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong but that's the way I see it. I was also at the 1984 meet and the 1999 meet and saw nothing like that at either one.
  2. Only the Country Squire wagons had the wood trim. Parklane wagons were built only in 1956. They had Fairlane side trim and were 2-door, six-passenger autos, and IMO were one of the best looking wagons ever built.
  3. Someone felt compelled to build something uglier than a smartCar.
  4. The one that sticks out in my memory was a black '47 or '48 Chevrolet with blinds in the back window. Mom's cousin and her husband and the cousin's mother stopped by to see us on their way to Indiana to visit relatives. That car had blinds in the back window. I believe the car was brand new and had been purchased to make the trip to Indiana. Our neighbor also had a black '48 Chevy coupe and I believe it also had blinds in it but not sure about it. I would have been about 8 years old then.
  5. The first pickup I bought was a 1960 Chevy C-10, manual transmission and without power brakes or power steering. I bought it so I could leave my new Ford convertible home and not let fallout at the job site destroy the paint on it. A few nights after I bought the pickup I drove it to work on the night shift. Came out the next morning and started it but could not get the transmission in gear. No clutch. Shut the engine off, put the truck in reverse, and started it in reverse. When It got far enough back for me to go forward, I cut the engine off again, put it first gear and started it bac
  6. When I was a small boy I had a neighbor who was credited with starting the U.S. Navy flight program in World War I. Later on I went to work for his wife. He was Rear Admiral P. N. L Bellinger. Whenever I was up there working, I'd see him going out to feed his birds. He raised some kind of exotic quail and they would have them butchered and sell them to the Greenbrier Hotel. Never had much conversation with the Admiral except one time he took me down to see his birds. Apparently he was very proud of his birds. When I first became aware of them Mrs. Bellinger drove a postwar DeSoto sedan
  7. What they called "Necker's Knobs" were right popular in the early 1950's. I wonder if that is what the guy had and no, I never heard of them being an option on any auto; they were after market things.
  8. Yes, ATCA (Antique Truck Club of America). I try to attend Friday and Saturday before Father's Day. There is no spectator fee but there are parking fees. I usually park on a lot owned by the Boy Scouts. Their fee is $5.00 a day but I like to give them a little more because they are nice boys and put in long hours there.
  9. About 1954 a dark blue '49 Dodge 4-Door sedan showed up at a local mechanic shop needing a timing chain. I guess it was for sale because I was sure I just had to have it but it was only a passing fancy. Did anyone else besides Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation use positive ground in 1949? What about the independents like Studebaker and Hudson?
  10. I hope no one has been looking for the guy in the white shirt. I just noticed the photo I clicked on and posted does not have me in it. Oh well, the truck was the important thing.
  11. My Grandfather Dameron never owned an automobile and as far as I know never drove. My Grandfather Rosser at one time owned a Dodge sedan but I never saw it. He probably owned it in the 1920's and had stopped driving long before I was born. In 1941 Dad bought a 1931 Ford Model A pickup to carry mail in. I was almost two years old then. He also owned two Chevrolet touring cars built in '21 and '22, and several Chevrolet trucks built in the '30's. Two of his dump trucks burnt up before I was born and when I came into the world he owned a '33 Chevrolet flatbed and a '35 Chevrolet dump truck.
  12. It may work if you save the photos to your pictures file and then posting them on here.
  13. I realized a while back that all issues of Antique Automobile have been put on a disc and is available for purchase. Taking one of these discs and searching for 1932 Marmons may turn up a photo or two of the car at a show and would probably include the owners name at that time. Someone with more knowledge of the disc may comment on this.
  14. I have to say that with the tendency to burn out rod bearings that Chevrolet's engineering was not only not superior to that of Ford and Plymouth; it was not only equal. When I was growing up Chevrolet engines with thrown rods were pretty common. It happened to me and it also happened to my dad and he was a 45 mph driver. He bought a '41 Chevrolet coupe like the one pictured and it had a hole in the side of the block about the size of my hand.
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