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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Apr 8, 2020.
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The Fisk '41
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It appears to be a variation on a safety theme they were promoting. Haven't been able to find anymore pictures of the truck, at least online.
Sorry, I got nuthin on the truck except I really like it. Pretty ballsy when you think about it, radical inspiration from who knows where. I am on board with the depressing news and outlooks given the current (fill in the blank because I'm afraid my fill in would be construed as political).
Either Fisk was an early corporate sponsor of a lakes racer, or an employee borrowed the company truck to push his buddy from the starting line. Pretty sure it wasn't a hot rod truck.
Holy cow! Those stripes make my eyes go funny! Couldn't miss seeing it though. Cool.
Oddly... and off topic... but I literally just finished a keyboard build with this exact same design element. In fact, I uploaded a video on it today:
Hi. To use a favorite saying that my youngest son liked to say nearly 50 years ago - NEATO KEENO! Jimmie
It’s a time traveler messing with us.
I think you guys are right. In fact, you can find the same logo on the door of the truck that has the same safety lines. Also, check out this video where there's a similar truck.
Ew... Good find!
That 41 reminds me of a Big Enos Burdette quote "any guy who would paint his truck like that would wear feathers to a ministers funeral"
I know zilch about the truck but that striping takes me back in time.
My Aunt lived in south Chicago, the far south industrial side, Torrance avenue near the steel mill.
I would visit every summer when I was a kid in the 70s
That striping was everywhere on concrete abutments, usually under railroad viaducts but many other places.
The truck is cool and it triggered some great memories.
My first thought was, airfield vehicle, like this Morris Minor I'd read about many years ago:
Did Fisk do aircraft tyres?
Yeah, those stripes were a hi-vis thing, nothing to do with hot rodding.
Truck is cool but that A roadster is perfect.
Great history tho
*Nothing* to do with hot rodding? That truck is cool as shit.
Any nerd can paint their hot rod black, maroon, or doo doo brown then number the door and pretend they're going to get their golden ticket to TROG one day. Pretty "safe"...
But that '41 truck, Robert Williams' roadster "Prickly Heat", or even stuff like they used in that Audi R8 Spyder commercial from years back? Cool. Punk Rock. Fun. Hot rodding.
Paint don't make a hot rod. Paint is for customs.
The story on the Fisk truck at I suspect El Mirage is elusive in the sense of details but perhaps on top of its fancy paint it may have a couple of carbs, a blower, and modded exhaust...and yeah Pickups have been argued here ad nauseam as Non Hotrods no matter what but I thank the inclusion of this fringe material as too many times it is just collateral damage with the rigid attitudes that are ever present here...kind of like Model A's with OEM Rads and Shells...
Furthermore I don't think it was referenced as a Hotrod but its relation too them is pretty evident...
I'm very happy to see it featured as I really enjoy and revere what was alongside the center of attraction...
Quoted from Reference at the Link below...
"The Fisk enterprise, as a whole, was acquired by United States Rubber (later Uniroyal) in 1940."
...this is interesting as I suspect the shit was real close to hitting the fan for Fisk at the time of the pic...if it wasn't it sure might have been on the minds of those in the loop...but despite that I'll bet the Fisk Employee at the Meet must have had fun...
If that little pickup doesn't tickle your fancy... You're on the wrong forum man... That thing rules.
@Ryan here is a couple from '49 with a zoom in on the Fisk truck. If you want I can scan this at a higher res.
Only other car I remember seeing painted with stripes sorta like that was I think Shrewsberry's LA Dart wheelstander. It may have been a year or two past the cutoff for here though...
I kinda like it, and kinda really hate it.
I see a '41 stock/original Ford p/u with company advertising/colors displayed up front and in your face, not unlike say a Coca-Cola or Goodyear themed p/u from the era may/could have been.
Early mobile advertising has a welcome place in our history, and how it has evolved over the years.
For some reason it makes me think of the TV show Daktari..hmm.
The Hardy Boys (Mickey Rooney) Model A roadster.
If that ain’t a hot rod, you sure can’t prove it by the company it keeps!
I love it!!
I bought this tire iron about 20 years ago. I paid $2.00 bucks for it a a farm auction. Turned it into a door handle for my shop.
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