Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nuclear Cowboyz at Valley View Casino Center videos

AMC Hurst SC/rambler, great little musclecar, only factory stock glasspacks I've ever heard of

Funkiest decals of the whole stickered musclecar era

Southwest College car show Phi Theta Kappa fundraiser

The owner of this Packard is a great guy, we talked for a while about this car, and one of the cool things about it is the way these instruments are lit. The are luminated by special lights so that the numbers glow. I can't recall what the method was that he told me, but somethign like blacklight, or UV

The buttons across the bottom of this chrome panel are easy to read if you click on the photo, and get the full size... but if you are only slightly curious... Cig Lite, Headlights, Inst Lite, Fog Lite, Map Lite, Clutch and Blower.... and I didn't see this when talking to the owner, but it has me wondering what the Clutch button is for.
Armrests at both ends of the back seat, and one in the center covered right now by the original optional seat cover
Elegant design of the seats
And Ultramatic Drive, a one year only designation and a very hard to find label
I like the red and black, it'd look great if he had it finish painted that way

A truck hood ornament

Probably not the original tools, but a good representation

great bug, talked to the owner for a while and learned quite a bit.
Great wicker shelf under the dash
The "B" sign is a city or country sign. Most all that can be found are Ds but this owner is innovative and reconfigured the D to this B, and used some great paint drying to have it appear weathered and old. D stands for Deutschland I think he said, and B for Belgium as a comment informs me

Nice hood scoop integration
I doubt anyone is using the rear doors to get in or out of this car, but they open in a most unusual way

I just learned of Dodge Trucks I've never heard of before

This and the next are Macho Power Wagons

The below is the 1979 Palomino: Palominos were built from Feb 1st thru the end of the 1979 production year
Below is the 1980 Dodge Bighorn, Palomino spin-off truck.

Below are all Spirit of '76: Was a special package available in 1976 to celebrate America 's Bicenntenial. It came with a special decal that ran down the side of the truck and cloth or vinyl interior.
The Dude was comically advertised with Don Knotts

Lil Red Express are the best known of any of the trucks:
Snofiter- 6ft box, with plow package
SnoCommander- 8ft box with plow package
Macho Power Wagon- Available on Power Wagon's only and only sweptline beds
True Spirit- Built from '76-'78 and sold only in California, available on all pickups, but Power Wagons were most popular
Californian- California Dealer option
Big Horn- '80 only spin off of Palomino
Warlock-Available in red, blue, green, black, brown

The were mentioned on

True Spirit: The True Spirit was first produced in 1976 with about 200-250 being produced that year. They were a "test the waters" type of vehicle, along with the Warlock (but didn't do as well as the much more popular Warlock), so therefore True Spirits were only sold in the Southern California and Arizona markets. The last year of production was 1978. According to Skip Gibbs book “Truckin thru the 70’s” less than 250 True Spirits were built in 1976 and those, along with the original batch of Warlocks were sent to dealers in San Francisco and LA to test market reaction to a factory custom truck. Contrasting pinstriping w/L'il Red Express-Warlock type design over each fender. "True Spirit by Dodge" logo on tailgate only. They were produced in both Utiline Shortbed and Sweptline Shortbed body styles and also in 2WD and 4WD.

1980 BigHorn: 1980 Big Horn was a spin off of the 79 Palomino truck, and had the same saddle blanket seat, with a similar indian motif.

'77 Warlock: colors (Bright Canyon Red, Green Sunfire Metallic, and Black sunfire metallic) Available with V8 or V6, Front Disk Brakes, Sky Lite Roof, A/C, LoadFlite Automatic transmission, sliding rear window. 2WD or 4WD (courtesy of 1977 Dodge Pickups Brochure)

'78 Warlock: colors (Bright Canyon Red, Medium Green Sunfire Metallic, Formal Black, Citreon Green Metallic, Sunrise Orange). (courtesy of 1978 Dodge Pickups Brochure)

'78 Macho Power Wagon: Full Time 4 wheel drive, 318 Cubic Inch V8, Factory bed roll bar, Special decal trim for: Body side, hood & tailgate, Special 2-tone paint, black painted bumpers and Spoked Road wheels (Factory Wagon Wheels), Bucket seats, Power Steering, Tinted glass, and 10-15LT-B tires. (courtesy of 1978 Dodge Pickups Brochure)

Text and photos are all due to Nick Winters who emailed it to me very kindly so we all could learn more about the rare Dodge truck options!