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, February 28, 2013

1974 Ford F100 Ranger XLT, part 2

                                                        image ©2013 Jarrod McCabe
This (below) is the truck I posted last week, still for sale at Ed's Automotive here in Colorado Springs. I took a couple of shots outside to give you a better sense of the truck's gestalt. Those wheels are certainly ugly, and the tires too small, but this truck might clean up well. Check the earlier post for more info. I just met another old truck guy in the Downtown Barbershop here in COS. We agreed that it was just much more fun to buy basically solid, undistinguished old western trucks for a couple grand, clean them up, tune them up, learn about carburetors and such, and just plain drive 'em--than it was to buy/drive anything newer. Driving them is the key: $50,000 trailer queens don't interest me much, even if I could afford them, which I can't. Hell, you can own a fleet of the sort of old trucks I like for the price of one Kia.

This truck reminds me of the orange Ford pickup (it was an F-250) that photographer Jarrod McCabe drove from Montana to Massachusetts last winter. See some of those images (below). You can track that epic in a series of AL posts starting here. One of the image from that trip is the cover of Travelling Light, a collection of my short stories which House of Anansi brings out--Canadian spelling and all--in May 2013.
                                                     ©2013 Jarrod McCabe
                                                 ©2013 Jarrod McCabe

                                                        ©2013 Jarrod McCabe

1949 or 1950 GMC 1/2 ton pickup

Saw this truck last time I was in Colorado Springs and posted it. Saw it again this morning & had to stop again. As my people up north say,"Beauty, eh?"

Chrissy Mason "North of Mendocino"


All images ©2013 Chrissy Mason. More up at Constant-Never here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

L.A. River Drags

Life magazine did a photo essay on "street" racing in the newly paved channel of the L.A. river, in the mid-Fifties. I found a bunch of the photos posted up at The Chicane.

1970 Chevrolet Custom 10. And Pike's Peak

American Houses, Custer Street

1962 Pontiac Catalina

I've shot this one before, but not under snow. Early Sixties were the cleanest era for American cars, were they not? Especially Pontiacs.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Levi's Hot Rod video

It's pretty cool. Watch

1970 F100 Ranger, Colorado Springs

1974 Ford F100 Ranger XLT For Sale

This truck is for sale at Ed's Auto Service in Colorado Springs. Looked original. Could be an old-man, one-owner truck. It was getting a tune-up chez Ed. Has a cap on the back. Mileage showed 55k. I don't know if the engine was a 390, or not. I think asking was $2500. Talk to Ed. 719 632-0444 or 632-7851. I believe this truck would clean up pretty well. I'd put  stock steel wheels on it with dogdish caps, and taller tires. If you buy it and want to ship it talk to Safe-Way Auto Transport. 

Mack COE

1962 Ford Galaxie 500

I think this Galaxie 500 is what's called a 'clean Western car'. Looked very close to original.