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Moving The Metal – Part V

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  • A 1956 Ford F-750 “Big Job” hauling 1957 Fords

Many of the cars in today’s photos date from 1957, which was a significant year in many ways. Tail fins were approaching their peak. The new Chrysler torsion bar front suspension was unique in the domestic industry, as Packard returned to conventional coil front and rear leaf springs. Virtually all U.S. built cars had full ball joint front suspension, the last holdout being American Motors. The Ford Skyliner retractable hardtop also made its debut.

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  • A 1956 Dodge carrying 1957 Plymouths – A 1955 Studebaker Tractor hauling the company’s 1955 Pickups – A 1956 Dodge tractor hauls 1959 Ramblers

The horsepower race was in full swing. Chevrolet introduced their Rochester mechanical fuel injection unit for the 283 cubic inch small block V-8, the first successful system offered on an American production car. It was billed as the first engine that developed one horsepower per cubic inch, which certainly was the first one in a low-priced car.

American Motors tried a new Bendix electronic fuel injection system on their high performance Rambler Rebel, but it proved to be so troublesome that they were replaced with conventional four barrel carburetors before the cars ever made it to the showrooms. You can see parts I to IV of this series here. Photos courtesy of Dick Copello.

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  • Note the unusual driven front axle on the Freightliner tractor

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Torture Testing the 1936 Plymouth

For this Sunday’s entertainment feature we have a video showing the testing of the 1936 Plymouth, along with daredevil driving by both Lucky Teter and Jimmie Lynch. Although they were not engaged in the type of scientific testing that went on at the car company, it dramatically demonstrated the rugged construction of the new Model to potential customers who probably saw this film as a short subject in their neighborhood movie theatre.

Teter and Lynch were popular practitioners of the art of “Hell Driving”. In fact, Teter is widely credited with being the first to use the term. Both were loyal to Chrysler products and used them exclusively throughout their careers. Teter’s luck ran out on July 5, 1942 during a show in Indianapolis while attempting a one hundred-fifty foot jump over a semi-trailer. Lynch’s troupe had the distinction of appearing at both the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs. You can see more videos covering a wide variety of subjects on The Old Motor.

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Scenes on the Streets of Boston – Part IV

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  • Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Corner filling stations like Jerry’s Atlantic were once convenient places to get a fill up and a variety of basic repair services. They were also places that a kid could get a start in the business pumping gas and gradually acquire skills that would serve him well later in life. A contemporary view of this location looks very different. One building comes down, a lot is cleared and, slowly but surely, the old neighborhood disappears. While you are living through it, the gradual changes in a neighborhood can seem insignificant.

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But when you compare a photo like this one, those changes are quite dramatic. The scene below on the Tremont Street side of Boston Common has not changed quite as much. The historic nature of the well known park and the Park Street Church in the distance would discourage anything so extreme. You can see earlier installments in this series on The Old Motor. Photos by Nishan Bichajian courtesy of MIT Libraries. Tell us all about the cars you see here on the streets of Boston.


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Ralph W. Baker and his Racing Car


Today we have a bit of a mystery, which hopefully those of you that enjoy solving them will be able to help out with. All that is known about this photo is that it appears that the young man was Ralph W. Baker. The background of the photo suggests that it may have been taken on the West Coast, anywhere from San Diego on up to the San Luis Obispo area, which was a hotbed of racing activity at the time.

The chassis may have been based on Essex frame rails, it utilized four spring suspension, and a Chrysler or Franklin style front axle. The two-port welded tubular exhaust header and the intake manifold with an updraft carburetor suggest that it might have been equipped with a Rajo OHV head, if  it was Model “T” Ford powered. If you can tell us anything more about Baker or the car, please comment. The photo is courtesy of the San Diego Air & Space Museum and found thanks to Isabelle Braquemond.

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