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The More Things Change: Trucks At That Street Rod Show

More than a few years ago, this olelongrooffan first heard the phrase from some unremembered, unnamed oldtimer, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Well, it appears that our favorite go to Hooniverse may be headed for some changes but one thing will remain the same for as long as it fits into the overall scheme of things per the Overlords ultimate approval.

That sameness is this olelongrooffan and the sharing of my “Went There, Saw That” experiences here in the Hooniverse.

If my fellow Hoons would like to take in another one of those experiences, don’t hesitate to make the jump with this olelongrooffan.

As has been previously mentioned, a few weeks ago the “Powers That Be” up there in the Queen City of The Ozarks allowed we Hoons to cruise, once again, Kearney Street. The revival of those weekly now approved cruises coincided with the Mid America Street Rod Nationals held on that same weekend out at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. My fellow Hoons may remember the Longroof Edition of that show. This time, it is all, well nearly, about the trucks I spotted at that show out there.

As is usually the case when this olelongrooffan visits an old car show, trying to capture some of the more rare and uncommon vehicles was a major goal of mine. Sure, there are plenty of five window Advance Designs that I captured and this one is quite fit the bill, at least to this olelongrooffan.

This old woody really struck my fancy. From the license tag on its ass end to the baby moons out to the shade of paint applied to it, this beast truly shows some serious attention to detail. Now if this olelongrooffan had only paid enough attention to detail to remember what the hell is was. 37 International if memory serves me correctly. And there is no guarantee that it does.

But this bright red three door Burb really drew my attention. Sorry for not capturing an image of that red Elkie out front though. My nephew, NotSoLilJim, had a robins egg blue burb like this back in the day although it seems his had a tailgate with a roll up window versus these barn doors. And as NotSoLilJim is nearing 40 these days, back in the day would have been around the year 2000. Anyone else feeling old yet?

And that Burb’s older sibling also showed up. Although this one was restomodded with a modern interior and a huge power plant under the hood. Can any of my fellow Hoons identify it?

And if y’all thought this olelongrooffan was joshing about the prevalence of tri 5 bowties, check out what is just across the lawn in that first image.

To this olelongrooffan, there is not a truck more fond memory inducing than a near bone stock late 60’s Dodge Sweptline. My fellow Hoons may recall my adventures with one of these out on Haven Lee Farm when I was a mere youngster.

Parked on the same grassy knoll as that sweptline was this 5 window Advance Design. Much like the one seen in an earlier image in this post, this AD appears to have undergone some serious modifications. However, in this case, it looks like the body was transplanted to a late model four wheel drive one ton chassis. Given the grille style, this olelongrooffan is pretty sure it is a 1954 model, the same as Bus_Plunge’s old short bus. This one is a work horse and I would not be surprised if that old dude works this beast on a daily basis. I know I would.

After leaving that grassy knoll, I passed by the metal barns and such that serve the true uses for these old fairgrounds and headed over to the grove of old oak trees where the swap meet was. Almost immediately upon arrival, I spotted this old couple with this sweet old Advance Design GMC. On its door, this olelongrooffan spotted something I had heard of but not previously seen. “HydroMatic.” Yeah, an automatic transmission in a 53 or so GMC pickup truck. I struck up a conversation with the old couple having a sammich under one of thejeepjunkie’s beach canopies. Pops mentioned he bought this truck new and that it did have a HydroMatic. However, a few years back he put a modern drivetrain under it and that auto went by the wayside. Yeah, sometimes even the most rare stuff gets replaced once it has passed its prime. He did keep the eight and a half foot bed though. We got to talking about its value and he mentioned that he had been offered a cool $100,000 for it, but “she wouldn’t let me sell it.” “How could we replace it and its memories?” the Missus responded. Well, she has a point there. But damn! A cool hundred grand? I just can’t make this shit up.

I had to capture an image of this one as Bus_Plunge has a similar year bowtie dumptruck that he uses to haul grass clippings to recycling.

This olelongrooffan would have loved to have seen the dump truck from which this one was derived.

Round about this time, this olelongrooffan heard a clap of thunder and as I was standing under the tallest trees in the area, it was time to get while the getting was good.

On the way out, I spotted a couple more rare vehicles to share with my fellow Hoons. Anyone else remember when Levi’s sponsored a bunch of different cars and trucks?

And the only vehicles I was aware that possessed this lug nut configuration was old VWs.

Trust me, that cash register was full of swap meet cash just a bit earlier in the day.

And that black sedan delilvery imaged above? In the day, those were classified as trucks.

As my fellow Hoons can see, there were plenty of Advance Designs around this meet this day. As this olelongrooffan has previously mentioned, that body style seems to be the most desirable round these here parts. This olelongrooffan? Well, this

old Dodge milk truck has a pretty elevated place on the truck desirability scale for this olelongrooffan, as well.

Images Copyright Hooniverse 2017/longrooffan

  • outback_ute

    Some interesting stuff there. It looks like the black GMC (?) has also had the body dropped on a newer chassis.

    The red AD has a real giveaway in the amount of castor with the wheels turned – no way that would happen on a 1950’s truck!

    The Ranchero was not sold here in Australia – they skipped the 57-58 body style completely, but updated the 55-56 which as a bit more practical being less longer/lower/wider. Rear overhang could be an issue, when cars had ground clearance and SUV’s didn’t exist, so they got taken everywhere!

  • Lokki

    A great report, marred only by 12 (twelve) uses of ‘olelongrooffan’;

    • bus plunge

      Listen, I grew up with ‘olelongrooffan’ and I can tell you sincerely that that ‘olelongrooffan’ moniker is a lot nicer than what we used to call ‘olelongrooffan’ when he was just knee high to me and BBB –BBB is, of course, ‘olelongrooffan’s Big Brother Bob. ‘Olelongrooffan’ bestowed that identifier on BBB because, well first of all he’s ‘olelongrooffan’s big brother Bob (BBB) and two, when you have, like ‘olelongrooffan’ does, four male siblings (of which ‘olelongrooffan’ is the fourth of five) , it helps to know to whom you are speaking. In birth order then, BBB aka Big Brother Bob, Bus_Plunge–that’s me, Horsefarmer, Olelongrooffan, and Jeepjunkie. My son is referred to by ‘olelongrooffan’ as notsolilJim.
      Now, pardon me for a moment while this 1949 vintage Bus_Plunge clears up some alternative facts ‘olelongrooffan’ managed to insert in his discourse above. Oops, this Bus_Plunge made the mistake, not ‘olelongrooffan’. On first read I thought ‘olelongrooffan’ had confused my 1954 3800 series Chevrolet dump truck with a same vintage Ford dumper on the trailer above. As this 1949 vintage Bus_Plunge is sure ‘olelongrooffan’ remembers, I DID have a 1955 F800 Grain truck…. any how, this here Bus_Plunge was wrong and ‘olelongrooffan’ scored one in the plus column. omg. no. tell this here Bus-Plunge it’s not happening! Bus_Plunge has somehow assimilated ‘olelongrooffan’s writing style, that semi-Ozark-ese third person rambler type talking … if you care to, “don’t hesitate to make the jump with this olelongrooffan.” I mean this Bus_Plunge!
      Incidentally, ‘olelongrooffan’, in 2005 or so, in Billing’s MO, at the Dairy Queen, I saw a 1954 GMC one ton….a sister truck to my ’54 (both trucks had grain beds). As I was admiring the truck, the owner came out and told me all about it, in an ‘olelongrooffan’ type of cadence,,,it too had a hydromatic. I took pictures but lost them when the computer crashed.
      Enjoyed the tale, glad to see you’re back, ‘olelongrooffan’! (I’m never sure, is the “O” in ‘olelongrooffan’ supposed to be capitalized as in ‘Olelongrooffan’ or is it just plain ole ‘olelongroofan’? Well, I got 19 ‘olelongrooffan’ mentions in there… .oops, 20!

      • bus plunge

        I can’t count worth a hoot…. 22

      • Lokki

        Needs more cowbell

        https://vimeo.com/121869713

      • longrooffan

        Enjoying that Tito’s tonite are we Bus_Plunge?

        • bus plunge

          As God is my witness, ‘longrooffan’, I thought your name was ‘olelongrooffan’…..it’s Lokki’s fault.

    • Alff

      You can take the boy out of The Stick but you won’t never take The Stick out of the boy.

    • caltemus

      Looking for relevant info in the captions is like wading through a third person bog of old-man speak

  • Alff

    Maybe my sense of modestly has been destroyed by a life of impropriety but that Ranchero needs to lose her skirts.

  • dukeisduke

    The black Suburban is a GMC – they usually had “General Motors Truck” on the sides of the hood, until probably the ’50s. The division was called GM Truck and Coach, and also made the buses.

    I couldn’t zoom in on the picture, but I’m pretty sure it says “GMC” on the front.

    I love those wheels the guy put on it. They look retro and modern at the same time.