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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

home on the range: Texas ranch trucks

this from our man in West Texas, Don Culbertson:
'Fashion comes and goes, form and function follow. Soon after the innovation of the automobile, a truck format was quickly introduced to replace the cargo carrier of the day, the buckboard wagon. American auto makers have included a truck in the line up every year since then. Autoliterate among many things showcases examples of truck innovations in engines, drive trains, body styles, that vary over the decades and from manufacturer to manufacturer. Last spring I sent a perfect example of a ranch truck that was a late 70s model converted to a flat bed type truck. 

"Since that time I've snapped a few more photos of the flat bed ranch truck that has become more the standard with West Texas cattlemen...

"The flat bed configuration allows for conversion and switching from goose neck trailer pull to rear bumper pull depending on the need. Likewise the flat bed can accommodate a welder, a box or mechanical feeder, or an open platform for hauling. This summer I saw a flatbed configured for fencing, there were two different reals, a large reel for 5 foot  mesh wire and a smaller reel for single strand barbed wire. Here are a few examples of the flat bed type configuration mostly early model with a couple of young'uns thrown in."--DC

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