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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mercury Charlie's Lead Sled

It's car-guy day on the blog.
The 1949-51 Mercury was  perfect raw material for the first generation of California car customizers. The car was basically a pre-war design reshaped for the new, streamlined world everyone was waking up to by the late Forties. The Mercury designers sleeked and smoothed their original pre-war silhouette. Custom shops took the program several steps further. The classic modification on a Merc of this era was to lower the roof by chopping the columns. I believe the seams (channels) were filled with lead, and this was why these Mercs, chopped and channeled, became "lead sleds".  This 1951 Mercury is owned by Mercury Charlie of Austin, Texas.
All photographs by William Geisler ©2011


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