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A long way from home

I’m going out to a lecture tonight, so I shall fob you off early with this picture of a truck I snapped in the Aldi parking lot. It’s two tone, blue and rust. Definitely American; steering wheel on the left.

I’ve always wanted a truck of this era. I even test drove one once. I gave up on it when I realized I could watch the highway whizz past through the holes in the floorboards.

The decal is an ad for Dapper Dan, which I gather is some kind of hair pomade. It’s also an old song and I know alllll the words. Whenever I look at this picture, the whole thing unspools in my mind.


Comment from Jon
Time: October 12, 2023, 5:57 pm

Dapper Dan. Ah yes. Had a callout in “Brother, Where Art Thou” if I recall correctly. Such a great soundtrack…

Comment from DurnedKranky
Time: October 12, 2023, 7:08 pm

The exclusive pomade of Ulysses Everett McGill.

Even if he wasn’t bona fide.

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: October 12, 2023, 9:10 pm

George Clooney was at his finest, probably didn’t have to act much, in “O Brother, Where Art Thou” as Ulysses Everett McGill. Got banned from the “Woolworth”. The scene in the movie where John Goodman schools them under the large oak tree is classic as they munch away on fried chicken.

I always say find the role an actor shines in and that is probably the actual way the actor is. Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski” His mom said that role was him just living his life.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 12, 2023, 10:22 pm

Should have noted, the only thing that truck is missing is a Winchester 30-30 on a gunrack in the back window.

Which would have had the SAS laying in wait for Farmer Bob when he came back to the truck.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: October 12, 2023, 10:55 pm

48-53 Chevy. Dave Burge (@iowahawkblog) would know the exact year.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 13, 2023, 12:01 am

There’s something quite appealing about those homely old pickups, the ones that were all of them “step side” before there were any “style side” ones at all.

I once had a ’69 Ford F-100, well before that era, that I enjoyed quite a bit, especially after the shift column broke in the “three on the tree” gear shift and the cheapest way to make it go again was to convert to a Hurst floor shifter.

Today I drive a Kia Soul. It’s soul-less but meets the needs. Although there’s no gun rack, there is a discrete lock box under the driver’s seat, big enough for a Hi-Power and an extra magazine.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 13, 2023, 1:15 am

A Browning Hi-Power? OMG. My first pistol. Wish I’d never sold it. It was a High Power, Fabrique model.

Now it’s one of the three pistols I lust after – the others being a PPK and an M1911.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 13, 2023, 1:31 am

“The Big Lebowski.” Now I want a White Russian.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 13, 2023, 11:47 am

@durnedyankee — My first pistol, too. I was a resident of Washington, D.C., and bought the pistol legally in D.C. A long, long time ago, of course; before Home Rule went into effect in 1974 and handguns were subsequently outlawed, Constitution be damned.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 13, 2023, 12:29 pm

@Uncle Al – bought mine in San Angelo Tx in ’79 in a Furr’s grocery store. Where it was okay to own one without the Pope’s express written consent.
Moved back to Bostonish for 5 years where it was illegal for me to even touch, let alone own, bein as I didn’t believe in all the anti Constitutional bull crap, especially for handguns, and didn’t humbly grovel for the various required (plural) permissions.
Then came back to Texas where I stupidly sold it for seed money to buy a reproduction 1861 Springfield Rifled Musket (OMG a military assault rifle! With a bayonet!).

New it cost me $425, which is what I sold it for.
If I could get it at that price now I’d look like Josey Wales with one on each hip, two tucked into my waistband and another two in cross draw bandoliers. The only disagreement I ever had with it was it’s reluctance to feed anything but FMJ.

Comment from Allen
Time: October 13, 2023, 7:11 pm

I’ve been hunting for an 40’s to 50’s era farm truck to restore. When I built my horse trailer I gave it a retro surf wagon look and I’d like to get something to pull it that has a certain style. Those things are hard to find and damned expensive if you do.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 13, 2023, 11:09 pm

@Durnedyankee — FYI I’ve read that there are any number of gunsmiths that can either smooth the hump off the feed ramp, or properly fit an after-market barrel that reliably feed modern defense rounds.

Personally, I’m fine with the 115 grain ball ammo the pistol was designed for. Shot placement is everything.

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