By on January 22, 2010

At TTAC we take the “fair and balanced” slogan seriously; just not necessarily in any given post. I do tend to go a bit off the deep end, especially after a long week. We’ve had three small cars and one big one this week; the Camaro is in a special category of its own. So we need some serious counterbalancing at the last minute, lest we offend some of our more “big iron” oriented readers (it seems like I’ve managed to offend pretty much every camp this week). Folks; CC is meant (hopefully) to have a modicum of entertainment value, so don’t take anything I say too seriously, ever. Here’s my peace offering: an ex-military machine with a cryptic symbol on the door. Does anyone know what it stands for? Are chicks attracted to it?

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20 Comments on “Curbside Classic Outtake: The Ultimate 2CV Antidote – Cryptic Symbology Edition...”

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    Well since this is a Powerwagon, the symbol should mean “I can get passed anything but a gas station.” They’re tough as nails and most of them should have just been given an updated drive train by the Army instead of buying Hummers, but in stock form they make that 1974 LeBaron from yesterday look fuel efficient.

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    I love the M37. When I lived in Rochester, NY, there was an example I saw that appeared to be a daily, year-round driver, Super Swampers and all.

    …and oddly, I lived down the street from a guy with a deuce and a half that was also daily driven.

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    That cryptic symbol is obviously an arm brandishing a cross. This rig probably belongs to troop of vampire hunters, stopping in Eugene en route to Forks.

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    It’s pretty ugly; but highly functional. There is something beautiful about that functionality. Any woman (or man) who appreciates industrial design should like it.

    PS: I hope you didn’t think I was offended with my comments about the 3spoiledfords. And as for CC, just keep ’em coming.

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    Hey, those things may be slow, but they are certainly hard-riding. A friend of mine started restoring one that had been in his family since WWII, and used for placing logs on the beach and a lot of other such chores. He said it would climb anything that the tires would stick to. He died before the job was finished, but he’d done such nice work that Harold LeMay bought it and finished the restoration. It has the command-car body rather than the pickup like this, which I suspect was built a couple of decades later.

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    Brian E

    Hail Bob! It’s a Dobbs sacred ikon, a symbol of the Church of the Subgenius.

    If you’re not sure what this is all about, start with the Wikipedia article (, or go straight to the Church’s site ( where there’s enough reading material to last you until X-Day comes again. If ever.

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      Church of the Subgenius? That’s as eccentric as they come. I think I need to move to Oregon now, it’s just too interesting to ignore… And I thought Florida (where I live now) and Hawaii (where I used to live) were strange…

    • 0 avatar
      Paul Niedermeyer

      Perfect! I’m feeling plenty sub-genius, and ready for some slack.
      I remember running across it years ago, but forgot the symbol. Thanks.

    • 0 avatar

      church of subgenius = awesome! there was an amazing national news story back in ’06 when rachel bevilacqua lost custody of her child because a bible thumping judge was so offended by the church’s rituals.

      as to the truck, how is it that you can register such an obviously dangerous and polluting machine? it must require jumping through some hoops. i’m asking because i’d love to do it myself.

      as an aside, i used to drive a mb 240d in nyc. you can’t register a new relatively clean diesel here but you can register an old oil burner because they aren’t required to have a smog check!

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      It gets weirder for me. A friend’s dad looked exactly like Bob, smoked a pipe, and was actually named Bob. But there’s more… he worked at GM, was a crack shot, and was a high order Freemason. I don’t know if he was a lodge master, but he was darn close. Sadly he passed away, but the circumstances of his passing remained unexplained. I heard about the church’s Bob back in college, the similarity struck me as uncanny, but I kept it to myself.

      BTW I asked once; what do the Masons do? I was told it was like a gentleman’s club where men go to get away from their wives for a while… but with strange rituals.

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      Brian, I’m glad you posted that link.

      After 25 years, I now finally know the meaning of the graffiti I used to see on the LSU campus: A stenciled man’s head (smoking a pipe) with “”Bob” knows” stenciled nearby.

      Now I can die a happy man.

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    I dunno, if I were a chick I’d go for a guy rocking the M37. Only thing nicer then an M37 is an M-715.

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    The symbol isn’t that eccentric, considering at least two of us immediately realized we should Get Slack Now!

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    5,600 lbs, 5.83:1 rear axle ratio, and a crude Dodge six cylinder making 78hp…. no wonder that guzzles gas like nothing else.

    Still, it looks sort of cool, although it might limit your potential dates to women who have recently had tetanus boosters if you expect them to actually get into that cabin.

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    Stout! I absolutely love vehicles such as these. I think even people who make fun of stuff like this secretly like them too. They just won’t admit it for one reason or another.

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    Safety equipment consisted of an army-issue M1 helmet so that you wouldn’t hurt your skull if rear-ended (look at the bars just behind the driver’s position) … as for your face and ribs and that steering wheel, well, dem’s da breaks!

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    Real Men don’t need airbags. Or seatbelts. Or bicycle/motorcycle helmets. Or any of the other nanny-equipment, without which too many of us are scared to get out of bed in the morning.

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    The interior shot reminds me of the wheelhouse of a commercial fisherman’s small boat – bluff, upright and boxy.

    I have always liked the the looks of its cousin, the 1940’s to 1960’s flat fender Power Wagon. Unfortunately, my back wouldn’t like the seating arrangements very much. In either model.

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    Martin Albright

    Yes, the M37 was truly a great vehicle. Descended almost directly from the WWII Weapons Carrier, it added a dual-speed transfer case, a separate cab and cargo area (the WWII vehicle was basically a 3/4 ton Jeep) and a slightly updated engine.

    Believe it or not, I actually saw an M37 still being used by the US Army – in 1993! Keep in mind that this is long after the M37’s replacement, the M715, and the M715’s replacement, the M880 (a civilian Dodge pickup from the 1970’s) were retired from service.

    It was at Fort Huachuca, AZ, and the M37 was being used by the Directorate of Engineering and Housing, basically the maintenance staff of the post.

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