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Yes, the road.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Streets of Austin

Our man in Austin, Bill Geisler caught this Task Force Series truck on a perambulation through his neighborhood. It looks like a work-in-progress, though I think the paint is just about where it should be. Perhaps it could be clear-coated to preserve that weathered patina. I like the sun-flayed, textured look of paint that's spent some years in the sun. Nothing wrong with a little surface rust, either. I don't know the T-F series well, but this is a late-1955 to 1959 Chevrolet or GMC, with what looks like an eight-foot stepside bed. Tires and wheels are a bit mismatched, even size-wise, but maybe that's the next upgrade in-progress.

And here's another Austin series from Bill. The quad headlights mean this is a 1958 or 59. The fleetside bed was new in '58. I'm sounding a little truck-geeky, but what the heck. You can learn a lot more about these machines here.


  1. Its a 59 Chevy. In addition to the Long / Wide "fleetside" box, the big back window, chrome grill, bumper & headlight doors were extra cost options that are visible on this truck. Appears to also have added chrome "smoothie" wheels from the 70's or 80's (origal wheels would have been tall skinny black painted 16" with small Chevy "bowtie" hubcaps. Wide Box "fleetside" was new in 58 as were dual(two)headlights on each side as opposed to one. '58 was the first year dual headlights were legal nationwide & most car manufactures changed to dual lights that year.

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