Saturday, March 20, 2010

Consolation Prize

Friend of GOSP (and intrepid vintage car scout) Dbdubya alerted me to the fact that a pristine 1940 Chevy was parked on El Centro this morning. But by the time I got there... it was gone. I drove around to see if I could find it but this old truck found me, instead.

16 comments:

Judy Williams said...

Love that pop or orange/red!! I found a similar truck parked in a metal building when I was driving around one morning in an older part of Round Rock - right outside of Austin.

The Orange Truck

The grill almost looks like a cartoon. :) Nice fine, Laurie. The composition is wonderful.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Sweet!

when I first got together with Mr V he drove an old chevy truck (red with gear shift on the wheel) a mexican blanket over the seat and bailing wire holding up the headlights. I was impressed

altadenahiker said...

What you won't do for your art...

Sharon said...

This makes such a great shot with the old truck and those powerlines.

GoMiami said...

Funny! Didn't know you were on call. I was thinking of emailing you one day when I say 4 Nuns throwing a ball around at Garfield Park.

dbdubya said...

I'm sorry you missed the Chevy, Laurie. It was a beige sedan, all original, and in pristine condition. I much prefer old cars that have not been customized. The old girl looked like it must ahve when it came from the factory. She had rear fender skirts and a window shade, or whatever you call the shade that hangs over the windshield. I've never seen it before and will let you know next time I spot it.

Nice catch with the red/orange truck. I think it's about a '48 Dodge that's been lowered, no bumpers, and custom wheels. I'm guessing that with those wheels it doesn't have it's original 6 cylinder engine. It's also got a new paint job that, based on the fact that the door handle was painted along with the rest of the truck, looks like it was done by Earl Scheib where "I'll paint any car any color for just $29.95." I got an Earl Scheib paint job for my first car, a '61 Chevy Impala. It was originally white and I had Earl paint it an odd shade of green. It became known as the "turquoise turd." The problem was that if a bird pooped on it and it wasn't cleaned up right away, the paint came with it. So by the time I sold the car it was turquoise with white polka dots.

Laurie said...

Good morning, everyone!

GoMiami, welcome! I'd have loved to have seen the nuns throwing a ball around. I can't count how many weird and wonderful shots I've MISSED around here.

One rainy day I saw two teenaged girls in capes and Italian painted masks. They were just strolling with umbrellas in the rain by the library and it was such a Fellini-inspired shot that I almost had a fender bender getting to the curb and trying to find my camera. But, like all faerie folk, these two disappeared before I could get the shot.

Another time, I saw an amazing pink fru fru dress with a HUGE circle skirt and petticoats on a girl having her quinceanera at Garfield Park. But my camera bag was at home. Arg!

I've missed the shot of a pristine Model T, of a man walking down Fair Oaks juggling fire wands (!!!!!) and of another man walking down El Centro dressed as a giant rabbit.

THe nice thing about South Pas -- and SoCal in general -- is that if you miss one weird thing, there will be another one shortly so just keep your eyes open. I love this town!

Laurie said...

Judy, I LOVE that shot of yours! THe truck looks like he's smiling! (Little Bit has me finding faces in everything now.)

Everyone, click her link and see a great, high contrast shot of another beautiful old orange truck.

Pasadena Adjacent, when I met Jon he drove an old red truck, too. THe shocks were blown so it was like riding on a roller coaster most trips. His beat up old jacket from the Navy was draped across the passenger seat. Sigh.

Judy Williams said...

Laurie- remember Nertz?? When you were describing the lack of shocks on Jon's old truck, I couldn't help but think about that turquoise Dodge that I bought you for $300!!

I'm with you, DW, about old cars. I don't mind a clean paint job but when you take a classic and over customize it, it sure loses some of the appeal for me. Used to be that the modified cars didn't do that well at auction either, but the tides are turning and some of them bring more than those that have been kept original.

We just sold our 69 Camaro and it is now in its new home near Napa Valley. Funny, cause the 70 Z28 we got in November is from California.

This orange truck really makes me smile. Keep finding those vintage jewels, Laurie.

Los Angeles Suburbia said...

What a beautiful and nostalgic capture. I love the way old trucks look...

ryanpainting said...

What is it about that juncture at the Metro Goldline on Indiana Avenue, that attracts the most historically appropriate car sitting?

Thit truck MUST have pulled out of the alley 6 homes to the north and is headed to one of those laid back but well-established neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

kat said...

You really are a classic car fiend! I'm glad a few have rolled your way in South Pas!

My favorite shot(s) that I've ever missed were in Rome. I saw a group of priests in full, conservative cossacks crossing a street smoking cigars. It was an incongruous look and a great shot-- and I missed it. :(

Of course, whipping out my camera and rudely taking a picture might have also been frowned on...

Margaret said...

Great color.

Laurie said...

Thanks, everyone!

Petrea said...

I'd say it's a decent prize, and I love what you did with the telephone poles.

Laurie said...

Thanks, P!