A pickup in the snow

February 25, 2015

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After the wife went to work I was out shoveling
the fluffy white winter love from above that fell
on us for a good part of the day when I heard a
vehicle approaching from behind me.

It had glasspacks and sounded like it had a really
healthy cam in it. I stepped to the side of the
alley to let it pass and noticed it was a rather
plain looking pickup truck.

Just then, after coming down the grade of our
alley, the driver turned uphill onto the street.
And that was when all hell broke loose. It sounded
like a wheelbarrow full of quarters dancing around
inside a clothes dryer! Crash, clunk, bang. Crash,
clunk, bang.

He wasn’t making a lot of headway up the hill so
I caught up and asked if there was anything I could
do to help. He claimed his rear-end was going out,
he was just trying to make it home it home, and he
didn’t need any help. I know when I’m not wanted
so snow removal became job one once again.

You could hear the rear-end clanging over the
glasspacks and about every third revolution of the
axles the truck would limp forward about a foot. He
made it to the top of the hill and turned onto the
level street then idled out of hearing range.

Don’t know if he made it home or not, but I did
finish shoveling the fluffy white winter love from
above off our front sidewalk.
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Is it real?

February 4, 2014

Back in the caveman days after they found
out how to use fire, they used to gather
around the fire and ask the unexplainable
questions.

And I’d bet one that was top on their list
had to be “will Buick ever build a pickup
truck?” Well rest easy friends because we
have found the answer to that question.

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After seeing these pictures on the Sloan
Auto Fair website from their 2011 event I
started researching the vehicle.

So did Buick make a pickup in 1940?

In 1940 at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint,
Michigan, Buick Engineering brass
requisitioned 4 completed Roadmaster Coupe
bodies.

They then took the bodies to the
experimental shop within the plant where
the magic may have happened.

Documentation isn’t available as VIN
numbers weren’t common practice at the time
and vehicles built by the experimental shop
were destroyed when no longer useful.

The vehicles were never titled by Buick.
The rumors say that this one was saved by a
Buick Engineering manager who hid it in a
barn where it sat for over 30 years.

Of the four trucks built, three were black
and used for general hauling duties around
the plant, and one was red. The red one was
used by the plant fire department.

The truck shown is reported to be the last
of the 4 built and only one known to exist
today.

It changed hands a few times with the
first restoration being finished in 2008.
It was shown and seen at cruises in the
area before tragedy struck in 2009.

The building the truck was being stored
in was destroyed by fire and the owner
believed the truck was gone.

But quick thinking firemen pushed the
truck out of the building and it was saved.
It was also completely covered in melted
roofing tar.

It was restored and shown again when the
restoration of the restored truck was
finished. As mentioned before, the pictures
are of the vehicle in 2011 at a car show.

If it isn’t the real deal it is still a
good looking truck.
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