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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dog427435, Dec 18, 2009.
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Looks to be a 1960 Ford station wagon with the back window propped open.
1960 Ford Station Wagon with the lift gate open. It gave you a nice poor-mans air conditioning but was hard on the lift gate hinges .
That practice also allowed Carbon-monoxide to enter the car. My Dad crashed and almost went off a bridge from accumulated CO poisoning. He carried long items in the winter with the gate open like that.
I live in Quincy, IL.... and believe it or not most of the building are still standing and look almost the same. LOL! I actually work in the same area these photos were taken.
My Grandmother worked at the soda fountain in Brown's drug store for like 30 years... the one pictured actually burnt down in the 60's. But Brown's rebuilt a few blocks away and is still in business today. The soda fountain closed shortly after Grandma retired.
How the heck did someone in NY get photos of downtown Quincy?
Thanks for the humor AND some good points, too, guys! I'm sorry if, earlier, I came across as overly defensive of Smokey. I know he was good mechanically BUT also very slippery! The insiders still today push the rules to the very edge of the envelope, and beyond if they think they can slip one by. Anyway, I'm not so much a Smokey fan as a HUDSON fan. If they hadn't blundered and dropped over $30 million into the ill-fated Jet, maybe they could have developed a timely OHV V-8 with the Hudson performance pedigree. Oh, well! That falls into the category with all the OTHER "What-IFs," right?
Yup.... it was also a good idea to have the front windows rolled down.
Had a friend back in the '60s who had a Jet with the "Twin-H" engine. Very impressive performance! The Jet was just ahead of it's time. The concept was right there with the Falcons, Novas, Darts and other compacts.
Note how many drivers have their left elbow resting on the door sill, window open. Practically impossible to do in modern cars but it was a common sight back in the day--on nice days.
I miss downtowns with a Kress on the corner.
60 Ford S/W with the back window up.
edit: See what happens when you get up at noon? Late to the party as usual.....
We had a Henry's in Binghamton on the corner of Main and Clarke. The hamburger licking its chops at the prospect of, umm, you eating a hamburger always made me wonder...
Smokey's attitude was if it wasn't written in the rule book "It wasn't a rule"Several rules back then were "Smokey specific" like the fact that at one point there was a fuel tank size restriction but no fuel line size restriction so Smokey ran I believe he said a 3 inch dia. fuel line from tank to fuel pump got something like an extra 3 gallons with that.Belly pans were outlawed at some point so Smokey ran the frame inside the car above the floor and "re enforced" The bottom of the A frames with sheet metal making them pretty smooth in the process.Many NASCAR rules got refined and very specific because of Smokey.
Smokey also noted that the NASCAR rule book of the time said fuel additives were permitted, and said, "I always considered nitrous oxide a fuel additive."
I think it was in the spirit of Smokey Yunick, and the theory that if inspectors in those days found something blatant, they didn't look for anything else, Harry Hyde had a bottom drawer on his tool chest neatly lettered, "TRICK S**T."
Thanks, man. You make an excellent point. From an ENGINEERING standpoint the Hudson Jet was a great car, great power-to-weight ratio and good handling (POLICE departments even bought them as fleet cars!).
Where the Jet fell down was in the fact that engineering-minded Hudson managers at the time contracted Dutch Darrin, THEN chose the DUMPIEST, most conventional, high-roof design he came up with. Not Dutch's fault there!
Just look at a Jet and IMAGINE what a popular car it MIGHT have been with a lower, more stylish body.
If the Stans drive inn is in Fresno I spent a lot of time there in the 50's had a roving reporter who would take request on a radio ststion, great memories
my bad it should have been 41397, sorry
thanks for the replies guys...
I remember riding in the back of my dads volvo amazon estate (sorry station wagon) as a kid on a hot summers day and feeling decidedly queazy after a few miles !
Used to hang out at STAN'S in the late 40's!!---If its the one in So.West L.A.!
here I thought that I was the only one on here from Quincy
The Lowe railway named for Thaddeus Lowe was the same Lowe who was a baloonist for the Union in the Civil War. An inventor, he possessed patents for technology involving hydrogen gas, and refrigeration.
if I done this correctly, here are 3 pictures from Quincy Illinois, the first one was taken on VJ Day at 6th and Maine, the next one is Geise used cars at 10th and Broadway sometime in the 1920's, and the 3rd one is of Owl Drug store delivery truck on North 6th Street.
We had a Cox Thimbledrome....... can still smell the fuel 45 years on.
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