Down On the Farm: The General's Troops Wait For Orders In Wisconsin

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
down on the farm the generals troops wait for orders in wisconsin

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 to becoming a card-carrying Bitters Club member on Washington Island, I spotted these old General Motors survivors sitting in a field.

Looks like a couple of early postwar Chevy pickups and a GMC COE winch truck from the same era.

They’re not terribly rusty (for Wisconsin), which suggests that someone still cares for them.

And why not? A farm truck is still useful, whether it’s five years old or 65.

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  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on May 06, 2013

    Looks like you will have to go over it at least a couple times with a clay bar.

  • GoesLikeStink GoesLikeStink on May 06, 2013

    I miss Wisconsin. My family is from Kenosha, Grampa put together AMCs for 30 years. As a kid I loved the 4th of july parades full of AMXs and old Jeeps. Then Fireworks on lake Michigan. I still have an aunt in Racine, home of Briggs and Stratton and Snap-On. And my uncle might still be a bouncer at a strip club out near the Dells. (He is the white sheep among my 3 Wisconsin uncles)

  • Kwik_Shift Regardless, I have a good variety of on-going and current topics to scan through. if nothing, back to my USB stick of music. CB radio can be entertaining as well and useful when travelling a highway in inclement weather or bear traps.
  • Kwik_Shift If I'm in that situation of being in an unfamiliar area looking for an address/parking, I'll put on my hazards. If you want to pass, then pass. Otherwise you have warning.
  • Tassos Strictly a collectible, nota daily driver. Way too old. Even the Awesome S class from 1991-99 is getting to old to be a daily driver these days.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird The small van segment is quite popular in Europe. Many business owners and crafts people buy the Transit, the Renault Kangoo or Peugeot Partner since it fits their needs and can navigate the narrow streets. They should have done better here for folks whose Ranger or S-10 with a cap is getting old.
  • Kwik_Shift So well-used ones can be further overpriced.