Parkinglot Spotlight – 1963 Dodge 100

You gotta like the trucks.  They worked their tail pipes off for you. This one appears to be nicely restored and serves mainly as a “grocery getter”.

These were manual transmissions and featured either 292 (4.8L) Chrysler B engine, the 309 (5.1L) or the larger 302 (5.2L) B V8.


I love these Dodge trucks.


Some shadows can’t distract from the this nicely done truck.



Love the Chrome wheel covers.


Massive U.S. steel front end. Just enough chrome for some bling without taking away that “I’m a work truck” look.


The D100’s came in several other body styles including several pickups, panel wagons with either 114 or 122 wheel base.

Cost ran from about $1,468 (basically a chassis and cab) to $2,319.

Got one of these beauties laying around?  Post me up a note.

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Lost Classics – Trucks – Corvair Rampside

I love classic trucks and in my 3 plus years of bogging in this field I haven’t done much on trucks. Yes, you’ll see some in my Parking Lot Spot Light pieces but not much else.

Then I got to thinking about doing some articles to make up for that and I realize, after I picked up a book (“Collectible & Classic Trucks” by The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide) at one of my company’s stores (we specialize, among other things, used books) that even those in to the classic truck scene, often over look some really cool trucks.

So I thought I’d cover a few.  First up is one I forgot was ever made, much less have seen (in person) any in the past 20 years or so.  The Covair Rampside trucks.

This is a 61 Rampside

This is a ’61 Rampside

This are rear engined, air cooled workhorse that are clearly Corvair all the way.

Fully restored they look great.  But leaving them survivor style is really cool as well. Like David Hopkins’

David Hopkins "Everything mechanical is new, but when it came to do paint and body we just couldn't erase all the history."

David Hopkins “Everything mechanical is new, but when it came to do paint and body we just couldn’t erase all the history.”

These rough and tough working guy trucks were powered a by rear-mounted, horizontally-opposed six cylinder, air-cooled engine that delivered 80HP and 128 ft-lbs of torque with 145 cu-in of displacement.

This wasn’t the only truck that was Corvair based.  We’ll look at the others coming up.

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A Corvair truck could be ordered as a “Loadside” or “Rampside”. The Loadside was essentially a pickup truck with a standard tail gate.

FEATURE: 1974 GMC Sierra 2500 Camper Special | Classic Recollections

FEATURE: 1974 GMC Sierra 2500 Camper Special | Classic Recollections.


This 1974 GMC 2500 Sierra Camper Special was restored by the original owner's nephew.

Squared  nose and sturdy.  These trucks can last.

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27th Annual Chevy Showdown, Tucson, AZ Part 3 – The Trucks

Next up…The trucks.

There were some beautiful and well done trucks at this show. Check them out!!

This pick-up was off in a corner of the lot...

There was a window crank between the two front windows for opening them up.

More coming up.

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If you thought the Mustang Stationwagon was Bad?

Why did he just buy a Ranchero???


1966 Ford Mustang Mustero

1966 Ford Mustero

By  Zach Bowman RSS feed

Posted Dec 21st 2011 10:00AM

The Ford Mustang has some strange skeletons knocking bones in its closet, including the Mustero. Believe it or not, the Mustang/Ranchero hybrid you see above was actually a Ford-licensed product. The company authorized Beverly Hills Mustang LTD to produce the machines for just two years.At the time, the conversion came carrying a price tag of $6,500. That made the Mustero as expensive as the Shelby Cobra. Needless to say, buyers weren’t exactly lining up with cash in hand for a pint-sized pickup sports car, and only 50 were ever produced, including this well-restored example.

According to the owner, this ’66 Mustero received a complete restoration in the ’80s and has been carefully stored indoors since then. A 289-cubic-inch V8 lurks under the hood, mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. Manual steering and brakes are part of the party as well, so be prepared for a work out when it comes time to wheel this machine through town.

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ParkingLot Spotlight 1951 GMC 9/24/2011

So you are out at the mall or grabbing some groceries at the store and you are headed back to your car in the parking lot and you catch something out of the corner of your eye.  It’s out of the ordinary, it really shouldn’t be there, especially parked between that 1998 Honda with almost no paint and the huge Cummings Diesel pick up with a bench car seat bungy corded to the tie downs in the bed, but there it is, glowing and out-of-place.

That is what these segments will be about.  Sometime there will be comments from the owner and sometimes I won’t have a chance to chat with them.  There is a fine line between loving cars and stalking. (Standing around while your milk getting warm and your ice cream is leaking out of the hole in the plastic bag, waiting for the owner is on the line. only happened once!!!…Come on now!!!..You’ve done it!!!)

Up this time is a GMC Panel van from about 1951.  Found this one at  a local Fry’s grocery store parking lot.  I got a chance to take a few pics and didn’t get to meet the owner.

Here are some pics.

Looks in pretty good shape



Huge grill opening


In the above pic you can see that the air conditioning is on. ( just a vent but it is pretty cool.)

Needs a little chrome work.


These are not small vehicles


Those doors open up pretty wide and that bumper is HEAVY DUTY.

Quick peak inside


What are you finding in a parking lot?

Drop a note.

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