How To Spend Your Weekend: Local Car Shows Can Be Enjoyable….

Last weekend, I spent Sunday Morning at a local car show near my home town. It was an annual event, but the attendance (both the spectators and the participants) seems to be smaller this year over past years. Still, there was some pretty neat vehicles represented, and I would like to share some of my favorites, and I’m sure you would find them fascinating as well.

Let’s start out with this georgous 1966 Falcon Ranchero. The body was laser straight, the poverty caps were just right, the finish of the deep maroon paint was mirror smooth. But what really got my attention was the Ford Straight Six, that was the cleanest engine I had seen in some time. And the transmission was a sweet three on the tree. What a gem. There was also a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible equipped with a Six, which is a true find because most of these cars have been converted to a V-8 at one time or another.

My next favorite vehicle was this 1961 Chrysler Station Wagon, with an appropriate registration, “FINS”. This was a wild vehicle, with Chrysler’s Push Button Automatic, Juke Box Dashboard, and Factory Air Conditioning (Front and Rear!). This was a very flashy wagon, and was one that I would love to own.

Right next to it was another flashy Mopar, a 1959 Dodge Custom Royal D-500 2 Door Hardtop. This was Dodge’s Performance Car, in the same vein as the Chrysler 300 Letter Series Cars. This car looked freshly restored, with an unusual Desert Rose and Cream Two Tone, Twin Carb Hemi Engine, Automatic Transmission, with phenomenal chrome bright work. It was a rare treat to see this finned warrior presented in showroom new (or better than new) condition. This is another Mopar I would have loved to own.

The next car is actually a Truck, and what a truck it is. It’s a 1969 Chevrolet Custom/10 Pickup, with the 350 CID Engine, Turbohydramatic 400 Automatic, Factory A/C, and Power Steering and Brakes. The truck was stunning in a two toned gold and white paint scheme, with an interior that was flawless. I would rock this truck any time.

The last car I wanted to highlight is this 1960 Ford Thunderbird. The paint is what caught my attention; a shade you won’t see today. This was the last year of the “Squarebird” and it was the best seller of the 1958 – 60 generation. The detail of the tail lamps was awe inspiring, as was all the other little details on the car, from the sheetmetal, to the trim. Easily one of the nicest T-Birds I have seem in a while.

And look, here’s my very own Flickr set of the show, so why not waste the morning looking through the images, and leave some of your thoughts below.

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22 responses to “How To Spend Your Weekend: Local Car Shows Can Be Enjoyable….”

  1. tonyola Avatar

    Nice selection of cars there. But that blue '70s LTD wagon – are you sure you didn't snap some random attendee's car by mistake? And I'm sorry, but there's no way a three-on-tree shifter can be described as "sweet".

    1. CptSevere Avatar

      Hey! I've got three on the tree in my Ford, and yeah, it's pretty cool. If I'm correct, it was either that or the two speed Fordomatic for this Ranchero, and if the Fordomatic is as miserable as a Powerglide, then the three speed is much better.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        According to the '66 Falcon brochure on TOCMP, the automatic on all '66 Falcons was a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic. I guess I've wrestled with too many old, floppy, and imprecise tree shift linkages on too many old cars and trucks to have any love for them. I like stickshifts a lot – I even had 3-on-floor with non-synchro first in my '65 Mustang – but I'd still rather have a reasonable automatic than a tree shifter.

      2. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

        By '66, you could (finally) get the smaller C4 Cruise-O-Matic on the Falcon and Ranchero. With the earlier Falcon Rancheros (through '64, I think), it was the two-speed Fordomatic.
        My understanding is that the two-speed Fordomatic was somewhat inferior to Powerglide. The PeeGee wasn't a lot of help with smaller engines, having only two speeds, but it was at least a sturdy and fairly well-engineered transmission, something I'm not sure you could say of the later Fordomatics.

    2. Deartháir Avatar

      Why the heck not? I had the three-on-the-tree on my Rambler — with optional automatic overdrive! — and it was the sole sticking point when I tried to do an engine swap. In order to keep that fan-freakin-tastic transmission setup, I had to upgrade from the Borg-Warner T96 to the T85, and I couldn't find one to save my life. Sure, I could have swapped in an automatic, but that was nowhere near as much fun!

    3. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I had a 3-on-the-tree in my '66 GMC Handi-Bus…and it WAS TOO sweet!

  2. Stumack Avatar

    The Dodge is actually a '58. Attendance at local shows, and the number of area "cruise nights" has been dropping off in my area for several years. I think there's some burnout in the hobby right now. People are tired of looking at the same cars, and many people who would otherwise join the hobby have shied away due to ridiculous prices (fueled to a great extent by the televised "auction" IMHO).

    1. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

      Maybe it's just that people have less money to spend on keeping their babies prettied up. It can get expensive, certainly, and it's not a high priority for a lot of people in the current economy.

  3. dukeisduke Avatar

    Lots of great pictures. When I was a kid, one of the neighbors had a straight six, three-on-the-floor '66 Mustang. Of course the car was only five or six years at the time, so it was still all original. He would let me ride in the car while he ran errands nearby, and I would would shift while he worked the clutch. Kind of a semi-automatic.

  4. ChuckyShamrok Avatar

    I know I've mentioned this before, but can't remember if it was here or not. Anyways, In my driveway is a 1966 Ranchero. Its been there as far as I can remember (Roughly 20 years). Has a straight six and a 3 on-the-tree, granted it's a 1970 Maverick six instead of the stock engine. My grand father bought it from a bank after it had been repoed and painted the roof black for a fake landau roof on it.(A fake fake convertible, awesome!) He used it like a work truck, which meant hauling pipe around. (He had been using a Corvair pickup to do this, but had problems turning going up hills with it fully loaded) He than sold the Ranchero to my father who used it for the same purpose. After I was born they parked it in our garage that had a dirt floor. Well now its in our driveway with most of the body rotted away. Me and my father always planned to make it driveable again, but recently realized that with three Triumph TRs and three BMW motorcycles to work on, time and money is a premium, and the Ranchero is simply too far gone and too far out of our skill set. We've decided to sell it, which is a damn shame because it actually has family lineage.(Would have gone Grandfather – Father – Son)

  5. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Hell, I'll road trip for free breakfast burritos.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Load up the wagon…

    2. bzr Avatar

      Baaaaad memories with breakfast burritos for me…don't ask. Ok, go ahead, ask.

  6. mufflerbearings Avatar

    Did you happen to get the story on the Cossie?

  7. Target29 Avatar

    Love the push button Auto on the Chrysler.

    1. AteUpWithMotor Avatar

      I'd be curious to know if they had PowerFlite or TorqueFlite. PowerFlite was still available on some models through '61 or '62, and both transmissions used pushbuttons.

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