The Truth About Cars » 1940s http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Down On the Farm: The General’s Troops Wait For Orders In Wisconsin http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/down-on-the-farm-the-generals-troops-wait-for-orders-in-wisconsin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/down-on-the-farm-the-generals-troops-wait-for-orders-in-wisconsin/#comments Sat, 04 May 2013 16:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487152 I was born in Minnesota, my wife is from Wisconsin, and I have a job that ships me to the Upper Midwest several times per year. For all these reasons, I find myself in Door County every summer, eating cheese curds, drinking Spotted Cow, and going to vintage tractor shows. Last year, on my way […]

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I was born in Minnesota, my wife is from Wisconsin, and I have a job that ships me to the Upper Midwest several times per year. For all these reasons, I find myself in Door County every summer, eating cheese curds, drinking Spotted Cow, and going to vintage tractor shows. Last year, on my way […]

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Behind the Garages At Sears Point: Treasure Trove of Hell Projects! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/behind-the-garages-at-sears-point-treasure-trove-of-hell-projects/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/behind-the-garages-at-sears-point-treasure-trove-of-hell-projects/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482582 I visit Sears Point aka Sonoma Raceway a couple times a year as part of my gig as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court. That means I do a lot of roaming around the facility, in search of vantage points to shoot photos of the action. Last weekend, while covering the […]

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I visit Sears Point aka Sonoma Raceway a couple times a year as part of my gig as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court. That means I do a lot of roaming around the facility, in search of vantage points to shoot photos of the action. Last weekend, while covering the […]

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Junkyard Find: Old Truck Door Signs of Colorado http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-old-truck-door-signs-of-colorado/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-old-truck-door-signs-of-colorado/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469226 I found a nice assortment of truck door signs of the 1930s through 1960s at this old-school wrecking yard north of Denver last year, and I just had to shoot a few more at this yard south of Denver last week, while picking up my ’41 Plymouth project. The Colorado sun is hard on paint, […]

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I found a nice assortment of truck door signs of the 1930s through 1960s at this old-school wrecking yard north of Denver last year, and I just had to shoot a few more at this yard south of Denver last week, while picking up my ’41 Plymouth project. The Colorado sun is hard on paint, […]

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Junkyard Find: 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1941-plymouth-special-deluxe-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1941-plymouth-special-deluxe-sedan/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468390 When I first visited the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard earlier this year, I was keeping my eyes open for early postwar Plymouth sedans. I’ve always liked the look of those cars, with their sailing-ship hood ornaments and suicide doors. This yard has endless 1946-1950 Dodges, plus lots of Frazers, Willys, Kaisers, but not much in the […]

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When I first visited the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard earlier this year, I was keeping my eyes open for early postwar Plymouth sedans. I’ve always liked the look of those cars, with their sailing-ship hood ornaments and suicide doors. This yard has endless 1946-1950 Dodges, plus lots of Frazers, Willys, Kaisers, but not much in the […]

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Junkyard Find: Horizon Blue 1949 Kaiser Special http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-horizon-blue-1949-kaiser-special/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-horizon-blue-1949-kaiser-special/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457697 Since I’m now shopping for some sort of postwar American sedan for a foolish road-racer project and the ’51 Nash Airflyte in the Brain-Melting Colorado Yard isn’t for sale, I decided to pay more attention to the large selection of Kaiser-Frazer products parked nearby. How about a car with an optional factory color so impressive […]

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Since I’m now shopping for some sort of postwar American sedan for a foolish road-racer project and the ’51 Nash Airflyte in the Brain-Melting Colorado Yard isn’t for sale, I decided to pay more attention to the large selection of Kaiser-Frazer products parked nearby. How about a car with an optional factory color so impressive […]

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Junkyard Treasure! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-treasure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-treasure/#comments Sat, 18 Aug 2012 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456813 After I visited the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard last month, I couldn’t stop thinking about the car project I’ve been wanting to build more than any other (including even a Zaporozhets with a Tatra V8 swap, and that’s saying something) in recent years: a 1940-1954 American sedan with well-aged patina, 21st-century Detroit V8, manual transmission, and […]

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After I visited the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard last month, I couldn’t stop thinking about the car project I’ve been wanting to build more than any other (including even a Zaporozhets with a Tatra V8 swap, and that’s saying something) in recent years: a 1940-1954 American sedan with well-aged patina, 21st-century Detroit V8, manual transmission, and […]

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Junkyard Find: 1948 Pontiac Hearse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1948-pontiac-hearse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1948-pontiac-hearse/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452734 As I’ve mentioned before, Colorado is a hotbed of recreational hearse activity. This means that today’s Junkyard Find— spotted at the Brain Melting Colorado Junkyard— might be able to find someone willing to brave the rust and get this super-rare hearse back among the living. Pontiacs built between World War II and John Delorean can […]

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As I’ve mentioned before, Colorado is a hotbed of recreational hearse activity. This means that today’s Junkyard Find— spotted at the Brain Melting Colorado Junkyard— might be able to find someone willing to brave the rust and get this super-rare hearse back among the living. Pontiacs built between World War II and John Delorean can […]

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Corvairs, Kaisers, and Cadillacs: Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard Is a Mile High… and a Mile Wide http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/corvairs-kaisers-and-cadillacs-brain-melting-colorado-junkyard-is-a-mile-high-and-a-mile-wide/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/corvairs-kaisers-and-cadillacs-brain-melting-colorado-junkyard-is-a-mile-high-and-a-mile-wide/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452449 That AMC Matador Barcelona we saw last week was quite a Junkyard Find, but it represents approximately 0.01% of the staggeringly tempting potential Hell Projects in this particular Colorado yard. Located not far from Pikes Peak (which I couldn’t see because of all the wildfire smoke), this not-open-to-the-public junkyard/open-air automotive museum is owned by a […]

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That AMC Matador Barcelona we saw last week was quite a Junkyard Find, but it represents approximately 0.01% of the staggeringly tempting potential Hell Projects in this particular Colorado yard. Located not far from Pikes Peak (which I couldn’t see because of all the wildfire smoke), this not-open-to-the-public junkyard/open-air automotive museum is owned by a […]

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When You Need a Sensible Tow Vehicle: Cab-Over Ford With Nowhere-Near-Finished Toronado FWD Drivetrain Swap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/when-you-need-a-sensible-tow-vehicle-cab-over-ford-with-nowhere-near-finished-toronado-fwd-drivetrain-swap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/when-you-need-a-sensible-tow-vehicle-cab-over-ford-with-nowhere-near-finished-toronado-fwd-drivetrain-swap/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423030 It’s always good to have friends with way crazier more ambitious vehicular projects than one’s own not-making-much-forward-progress Hell Projects. Rich, captain of the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-VW-engined Renault 4CV, has a snake pit cornucopia of such projects at his place, not far from Chez Murilee in Denver. Rich, last seen by TTAC readers helping me […]

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It’s always good to have friends with way crazier more ambitious vehicular projects than one’s own not-making-much-forward-progress Hell Projects. Rich, captain of the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-VW-engined Renault 4CV, has a snake pit cornucopia of such projects at his place, not far from Chez Murilee in Denver. Rich, last seen by TTAC readers helping me […]

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Down On The (Two) Mile High Street: 1947 Dodge Fire Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-two-mile-high-street-1947-dodge-fire-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-two-mile-high-street-1947-dodge-fire-truck/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398606 The street-parked old cars I photograph in my Denver neighborhood live at one mile elevation, give or take a few feet. Drive about 100 miles southwest from here, however, and you’ll end up in Leadville, which stands at two miles above sea level. Last weekend, I ventured out to Leadville and found this painfully original […]

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The street-parked old cars I photograph in my Denver neighborhood live at one mile elevation, give or take a few feet. Drive about 100 miles southwest from here, however, and you’ll end up in Leadville, which stands at two miles above sea level. Last weekend, I ventured out to Leadville and found this painfully original […]

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Down On The Junkyard: Time Stops At Ancient Colorado Yard http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-junkyard-time-stops-at-ancient-colorado-yard/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-junkyard-time-stops-at-ancient-colorado-yard/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398045 Most of my junkyard-prowling experience has taken place at the modern-day self-service yards, where the inventory turns over fast, prices are standardized, and 90% of the cars on the yard tend to be 15 to 20 years old. Now that I’m in a constant search for parts for a 45-year-old Dodge van, I’ve been venturing […]

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Most of my junkyard-prowling experience has taken place at the modern-day self-service yards, where the inventory turns over fast, prices are standardized, and 90% of the cars on the yard tend to be 15 to 20 years old. Now that I’m in a constant search for parts for a 45-year-old Dodge van, I’ve been venturing […]

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Merchants of Speed: The Men Who Built America’s Performance Industry, by Paul D. Smith http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/merchants-of-speed-the-men-who-built-americas-performance-industry-by-paul-d-smith/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/merchants-of-speed-the-men-who-built-americas-performance-industry-by-paul-d-smith/#comments Fri, 24 Dec 2010 23:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378546 I’ve got this intimidating stack-o-car books to review— it’s been five months since the last one— and so I figured I’d skim them all and pick out a few winners. I cracked this one open, got hooked right away, and read the whole thing while ignoring the rest of the pile. This 1938 shot of […]

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I’ve got this intimidating stack-o-car books to review— it’s been five months since the last one— and so I figured I’d skim them all and pick out a few winners. I cracked this one open, got hooked right away, and read the whole thing while ignoring the rest of the pile. This 1938 shot of […]

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Studebaker Champion or Peugeot 404? Vast Colorado Junkyard’s Inventory Auctioned Off http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/studebaker-champion-or-peugeot-404-vast-colorado-junkyards-inventory-auctioned-off/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/studebaker-champion-or-peugeot-404-vast-colorado-junkyards-inventory-auctioned-off/#comments Sun, 12 Dec 2010 03:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376675 When I heard from a certain Renault 4CV racer that the inventory of the ancient Seven Sons Auto Salvage wrecking yard in Brighton, Colorado, would be up for auction today, I headed up there in full bat-outta-hell mode. I don’t really need another Hell Project to piss off the neighbors, but what harm could there […]

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When I heard from a certain Renault 4CV racer that the inventory of the ancient Seven Sons Auto Salvage wrecking yard in Brighton, Colorado, would be up for auction today, I headed up there in full bat-outta-hell mode. I don’t really need another Hell Project to piss off the neighbors, but what harm could there […]

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