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V.I.S.I.T. – West Coast Edition

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For this edition of V.I.S.I.T., we’re taking you deep into the woods, at least to begin with. We have a completely random but awesome selection of cars, trucks, and SUV’s, all in various states of repose. Sit back, grab a tasty beverage, grab another one for me, and enjoy this collection of vehicles, submitted by the incomparable Irishzombieman (thanks, man!).

Again, I’ll let Irishzombieman set the scene for us:

Old Mack and Chevy flatbeds. Ran across these while driving through the forest near Yosemite. I’d never heard of a Chevrolet Viking before seeing this. Near as I can tell, having done very little research, it’s the heavy-duty version of the more common Apache. Don’t take my word for it though.

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This is a 1958 Chevrolet Viking 60, and it was indeed part Chevy’s medium-duty truck line at the time. The 40, 50, and 60 series trucks were called the Viking, and usually came with the Jobmaster 6-cylinder. This Viking looks a little rough for its age, but it’s made out of solid steel, so it should last for a while yet. Just for fun, here’s a nice 58 going out for a spin. You like?

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Next up, we have what I believe is a 1953 GMC 400 series, also a medium-truck for its time. This old workhorse is definitely looking a little worse off than the Viking next to it, with some fairly serious body damage, shattered (original?) glass, and some surface rust. Still, I think these medium-duty trucks look great, and I would love to see one like this on the road. I have to say I have no idea what’s on the back of it, although I can see a winch, and I see the cable going over the top of the cab and onto some kind of pole. Any ideas?

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The Monte Carlo and the BMW 2002 were taken while walking through a parking lot with my wife, who was in a bit of a rush, and were the only good pics of those two.

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No matter, man, because these cars look great. The Monte Carlo would look perfect on a set of Rallye wheels, in my opinion.

Le Mustang. Bitchin’ old car in pretty good nick, obviously owned by a long-time NASCAR fan. I’d have to grow a mustache and wear huge sunglasses if it was mine.

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I’m often surprised by the stickers people put on their cars. This guy is clearly a Hendrick fan, but he drives a Mustang. Who says NASCAR are narrow-minded?

Isuzu Vehicross. Weird enough and rare enough to deserve notice. Taken at a gathering of home-school families. They are a strange demographic group with strange automotive tastes. Was going to take pics of other cars but was getting odd looks from a crowd of people who generally don’t believe in vaccination, grow a lot of their own food and are more likely than normal to have legally concealed weapons.

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I’m not sure if they were looking at you or the strange Isuzu. Don’t get me wrong, I like strange, off-the-wall cars, and this certainly fits the bill.

Next is a 1936 Ford truck on a 70s/80s Bronco chassis. Odd project but nicely executed. And has been for sale since at least January.

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I’m intrigued by this truck. I love old F-1’s, and I love old Broncos, but I’m not sure how I feel about putting one on top of the other. What do you think?

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Finally, we have what appears to be a 25-foot H2 Limo, refueling in the shade of a fighter plane, strapped to the roof of this gas station. Only in California.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of V.I.S.I.T., and be sure and thank Irishzombieman for submitting these great pictures. Have something weird, old, cool, or fun to share with us? Drop us a line at tips@hooniverse.com. You’ll be glad you did.

  • 0ToTuttiFrutti

    "Was going to take pics of other cars but was getting odd looks from a crowd of people who generally don’t believe in vaccination, grow a lot of their own food and are more likely than normal to have legally concealed weapons."

    Indeed, your caution was well advised, zombieman.

    • Irishzombieman☆

      They are a strange, strange bunch.

  • Irishzombieman☆

    HA HA! Saw the front page image and thought, "Hey, wow, I took one just like that."

    • MVEilenstein

      Thanks again for sharing them with us. I'm working on a followup for that sweet, sweet, 600.

      • papamarc

        The hub caps on the Monte Carlo look like 68 Chevelle caps.

        • MVEilenstein

          I think you're right.

  • Dgallifrey

    Minor correction: The F-Series designations (F-1, F-2, etc.) weren't used on Ford trucks until 1948.

    Personally, I really don't care much for pre-postwar era pickups (earlier than 1947 or so); they were just so narrow compared to later models. People say that pickups have gotten bigger in recent years, and that's true, but it's more perceived than actual because of the current trends of making grilles so tall and buying a 4×4 model unnecessarily . A 1947 Chevy is only about 8 inches narrower than a 2014 Chevy, and the only dimension that's increased significantly since the 1988 GMT400 models is the front overhang.

  • Bren

    That gas station – 12945 S Elm Ave, Caruthers, CA 93609, United States (south of Fresno on 41 ?) is so typical of California. Bit like Fry's electrical in Burbank http://www.you-are-here.com/location/frys.jpg

  • Slow_Joe_Crow

    The apparatus on the back of the GMC truck looks like some sort of lifting rig or the base for a light weight high line logging rig. The Yellow arms hinge back to the stops on the side of the bed either horizontally to act as a lifting rig, or vertically as a high line.

    • MVEilenstein

      An old logging rig would make sense in this context.