Malcolm1943....you mentioned some very familar names in your post. I think that Merle's truck had chromed Model A bumpers front and rear and they looked like they belonged! Too, you mentioned the number of hot rods in the high school parking lots. Same at Hoover in the late fifties. As a side note, got my new HOT ROD today and the coverge of the "Genuine Hot Rods Of The '50s" must of been photoshopped as not of those guys had tats, Dickies with 6" cuffs or tee shirts with crude commentary.