Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

1966 Kaiser Willys Jeep, cont.

from David Branch, re. his jeep which Autoliterate first featured in a post a couple days back:
"I bought the jeep three years after first spotting it lying dormant on a ranch in the Davis Mts. (in West Texas). It had some pretty cool associates, a 1964 Power Wagon in particular. I thought the jeep would be a good candidate for some light bodywork and a driveline I had rebuilt years ago (another story). After knocking on many nearby doors and following a number of stale leads, I found a relative of its owner who told me the guy lived in Antarctica and was "never home.".

I pretty much gave up on it, picking up parts here and there for my project but one day sitting in front of the grocery in Fort Davis a fellow in a Dodge flatbed pulled up. He was sporting an Antarctica T-shirt. Took me a moment while he was inside shopping to compute it, but indeed he was the jeep's owner. A few days later it was in my driveway, along with a sister jeep for parts.

Within a day, though she sat for almost fifteen years unused, she was motoring around the neighborhood. I've done a few things here and there, mostly fuel delivery related, swapped a ruined radiator and a seized front axle but otherwise she purrs. I intend to keep her as-is. Just to good to go and clean up.

I am in the middle of building up a second jeep from the parts jeep off the ranch along with the pile of parts I have collected over the years."--DB

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