When we first spotted Russ Eggleston’s far-out Dodge pickup at the Goodguys show in Des Moines, we thought, “Cool, someone resurrected an old ’60s show rod!” Wrong. Turns out Russ had just put the finishing touches on his wild rig a few short hours before coming to the event. That was merely the first of many cool facts we learned about this slick pick-’em-up. Cool fact number two: It’s not really a pickup. It didn’t start life as one, anyway. Russ began with a derelict, $100 ’28 Dodge four-door sedan body, which he shortened into a pickup cab. The skin on the abbreviated chopped top is from a ’61 Jeep, and the bed is hand-built from steel. The grille shell is also handmade, using canted ’66 Corvair headlight buckets and an owner-built spider web insert. The web theme carries through to the tailgate insert and front fender supports. Cool fact number three: That engine is a fake! Oh, it’s a real Chrysler Hemi, sure … [Read more...] about A 1960 Showboat that’s really a 1928 Dodge Pickup
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The classic truck, street rod, hot rod, musclecar, or any form of altered vintage automobile stems from the ongoing desire for getting more out of what you already have. In simpler times, people dealt with this situation with a little more humility and more of a do-it-yourself attitude than we find in the world today. However, those with that original spirit helped create the vast wealth of knowledge and products we have to work with today. We’re proud to have a strong hands-on readership here at CLASSIC TRUCKS which is why it seems that there are less “credit card” trucks built by our readers than some of the other genres and we’d like to keep it that way. Steve Silva falls into this down-to-earth category. His dad opened Mac’s Garage in 1951, a shop in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, which he now owns and operates. Growing up in his dad’s shop on Route 66 was hard work, but that spawned a healthy can-do-it attitude that he and his brother put to use in … [Read more...] about 1952 Chevy Pickup – Makin’ Do or Makin’ Cool?
Bill Albert of Groveport, Ohio, sent us two time-lapsed reflective photos of his five-window ’48 Chevy pickup. He went on to say he has owned the ’48 for almost 25 years, but hasn’t been able to get her past the primer stage without losing focus. Lost focus as in restoring a ’70 Chevy farm truck, a ’54 Dodge, and a ’57 Chevy pickup that is almost done. Bill didn’t tell us what kind of decorative weeds grew from one photo session to the next, but our guess is they grew real slow. Please stay tuned for next month’s The End?, where we will reveal heretofor unpublished archival photography of Walt Disney standing in front of 23 brand-new ’55 Ford trucks used to haul human-sized mice for the grand opening of Disneyland on July 17, 1955. … [Read more...] about 1948 Chevy Pickup- Losing Focus
Every year the promoters of the Detroit Autorama sponsor a special award. Named in memoriam of one of the event’s early promoters, the Don Ridler Memorial Award recognizes what contemporary judges deem the finest example of a custom car or truck for that year. It is by anyone’s admission, who is familiar with the show car world, one of the most prestigious contests going. This year Steve’s Auto Restorations (SAR) surprised just about everyone in that world when it submitted a car for Ridler competition. At face value that was no real shocker. Over the years the shop has built a number of Ridler-worthy cars: Dave Hall’s ’55 Nomad “Newmad”; Bill Bauce’s coach-built ’37 Ford “Baron Von Kuhl”; and Gary Coe’s ’57 F-100 “F-157”. What made this entry surprising was that none of those cars were submitted. Their absence was almost conspicuous. What made SAR’s entry especially curious was its … [Read more...] about 1933 Dodge Pickup Truck – Grape Eight
Stanley Brett is a man of unlimited patience, one has to be to spend the better part of 20 years plugging away at one project without losing interest—and you have to agree that this baby was worth every minute. Stan’s ’57 Dodge began as a rusty hulk with no drivetrain. It did have one very important attribute though—and that was potential. Stan began working on the Dodge as soon as he’d dragged the sorry truck home. He was inspired in part by the Little Red Wagon of drag racing fame—he and his son took pictures of both the ’57 and the Little Red Wagon cut ’em up and pieced ’em together to mock-up what they hoped to build. As is the case in many rodstorations, work began by refurbishing the foundation. The frame was cut apart and reassembled by grafting a front clip from a ’79 Chrysler 300 to the framerails. The frame was also Z’d a good 5 inches in the front and 8 inches in the rear. Out back, Stan added an 8¾-inch … [Read more...] about 1957 Dodge Truck – Long Time Comin
Stephen Owens 1957 Dodge Stephen Owens didn’t grow up with a wrench in his hand. It was the early ’90s when he decided he’d like to try to restore an old truck. Heck, up to that point he’d never even changed the oil in his car. In 2000, while visiting his wife’s family, Stephen discovered her Uncle Bill had a ’57 Dodge pickup in his barn. Stephen asked if he’d sell it, and to his surprise, he agreed. About a month later Stephen quickly began to understand just how big a project he’d started; he didn’t have the tools or skills to do much work to the truck. By complete coincidence, his neighbor at the time had a lot of automotive knowledge and he helped get the engine started and rebuild the brakes. While driving and enjoying the truck was part of his dream, rebuilding it was really what he wanted to do—though he still didn’t have the tools, skills, or money to make it a quick project. Not letting that get in his way, … [Read more...] about 1957 Dodge Truck – Real-World Classic Trucking
It’s not a gasser. It’s not a rat rod. And most importantly, the scruffy 1963 Dodge Dart 270 sedan reviewed here is not the real thing. Oh, it’s loud and it’s proud, but let’s not forget that prior to its Match Bash transformation in 2007, it was nothing more than a well-preserved slant-six beater. That’s another way of saying, there was an actual Rampage Dart match racer back in the day and this ain’t it. The original was built in early 1964 by Jack Sharkey with support from Esserman Dodge, a performance oriented Dodge dealership located in Chicago Heights, IL. Originally packing a 426 Max Wedge, Chrysler 4-speed manual transmission, and standard 111-inch wheelbase before getting its own funny car makeover, Sharkey’s home-brewed creation (also born a slant six) was conjured to do battle in an exciting new class of NHRA sanctioned drag racing called Factory Experimental (FX). The original was built in early 1964 by Jack Sharkey with … [Read more...] about 1963 Dodge Dart – Street-Legal Factory Experimental Replica!
Beware the Ides of March! OK, relax. The sales figures are in for Julius Caesar’s final month. While it's hard to find new ways to say "GM, Ford and Chrysler sales are sinking while Toyota's eating their lunch" month after month, it's not impossible. How about this: The Big 2.5 look more and more like Lawrence Edward Grace Oates (to Toyota’s Roald Amundsen). “I am just downsizing and may be gone for some time.” Anyway, the more things change, the more they change the same.Compared to last March, GM sales sank four percent, Ford’s plunged nine percent and Chrysler Group’s tumbled 4.6 percent. Overall, domestic vehicle sales were down 3.7 percent— against the backdrop of ToMoCo's 11.7 percent sales gain. Despite Toyota's seemingly unstoppable ascension (managing Detroit's decline is still job one), there were a few reasons to be cheerful.Pre-divestiture Chrysler watched The Dodge Boys move 32 percent more Calibers than last year, proving that … [Read more...] about By The Numbers: March Sales Figures; Trouble Ahead for GMT900 Pickups?
The follow-ups to the current Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200—if there are ones—will use a vehicle platform from another automaker, FCA has revealed. Anyone feel like tangoing with Uncle Sergio?In an update Wednesday on the company’s 2014–2018 plan, CEO Sergio Marchionne said those two models would be allowed to “run their course” in order to expand production capacity for Jeep and Ram models. FCA will then “withdraw the current Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart from the marketplace over a prolonged period of time, during which we will be continuing discussions with potential partners that will be able to allow us to access that architecture and effectively provide us the product from their facilities,” Marchionne said.The 200 is currently built at a dedicated plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, while the Dart shares space in Belvidere, Illinois, with the Jeep Compass and Patriot. The tentative plan, as Marchionne had indicated … [Read more...] about Next Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 Could Be Built By Competitors—or Axed
By 1957, not only had Ford and Chevy brought modern styling to their traditional pickup truck lines but Ford had also introduced the Ranchero car based pickup and Chevy featured the Cameo Carrier, a conventional pickup that sported many automobile styling trends. Dodge’s trucks, in comparison, were starting to look a bit dowdy. The solution was to create the Sweptside pickup, with tailfins that emulated Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner Sr’s “Forward Look”, which fully flowered in the ’57 model year. One could be forgiven for assuming that the Sweptside Dodge and the nearly identical Fargo trucks sold in Canada were the product of Exner’s design studio. That wasn’t the case. Supposedly “Ex” wasn’t even interested in restyling the trucks. In fact the Sweptside pickups had nothing to do with Chrysler’s design team. They were the result of a parts-bin project of Joe Berr, the head of Dodge’s Special … [Read more...] about Forward Look Fargo (and Sweptside Dodge): Trucks With Fins