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NOTE ESPECIALLY THE '53 AND (edit--1978?) DODGES, AND THE '58 JEEP! AND DON'T FORGET THE 1956 POWELL (PLYMOUTH?!) Exhibit open now through April 6, 2014!

I find this show to be timely, given the revival of sales and competition in the truck market, and given the big questions of where Chrysler and the industry will go in terms of future opportunities of this segment and its offshoots!!!
Exhibit Title, "Pickups: The Art Of Utility".

"Created to be a functional workhorse, the pickup truck has evolved into a high profile means of personal expression. The Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibition, Pickups: The Art of Utility illustrates how vehicles with such modest and practical beginnings have matured to become everyday high-tech luxury vehicles for some and indispensable tools of the trade for others. Vehicles on display include: 1909 International Harvester, 1932 Ford B pickup, 1934 Hudson Terraplane pickup, 1938 American Bantam, 1941 Studebaker Coupe Delivery, 1941 Chevrolet ½ Ton, 1942 Crosley, 1948 GMC, 1952 Ford (Marmon-Harrington-4-Wheel Drive), 1953 Dodge Swivel Frame, 1956 Powell, 1958 Ford Ranchero, 1958 Jeep, 1959 Datsun, 1968 Volkswagen, 1968 pro-touring Chevrolet C-10, 1980 Dodge Little Red Express, 2000 Ford Ranger EV and 2002 Isuzu Axiom XSR."

Here's the exhibit link: www.petersen.org/exhibitions/pickups ENJOY!!!

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Here are some Jeep items from said exhibit (Want a reasonable bed space with a short, go-almost-anywhere, maneuverable wheelbase? Check out the 1958 Jeep Forward Control!--Just don't have a head-on collision.):


 

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I swear i saw a Jeep just like that in the new superman movie.. o_O
 

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You mean the movie "Manic Steal"? My fav one has always been George Reeves, the TV one....

BTW, you could probably photoshop in a crumple zone on a Forward Control, if anyone could!

Edit: Belated congrats on your HANDSOME PERSONALIZED DART!!!
 

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I have actually ridden in that very Swivel Frame Power Wagon, it's a cool truck that belongs to a friend of mine.

As for the "crush zone" on the FC, you were so high above the opposing car that you would likely ride over the top. Never felt unsafe in my Dad's '59 FC170, but your feet would not likely survive a head-on.
 

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Yep, that one. ;)
 

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Did you ride offroad in it, or anywhere/any way challenging conditions? If so, can you tell us about it? Plz!
 

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Jeepophile said:
Did you ride offroad in it, or anywhere/any way challenging conditions? If so, can you tell us about it? Plz!
Yes, we were offroad at Hollister (site of the Top Truck Challenge)
It's a Willock Swivel Frame. They were designed to overcome the limitations in articulation of leaf springs, as you can see, it has plenty of articulation!
It can go just about anywhere it's 60 year old motor can pull it. ;)












 

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Including Dodge's (unhitchable chain) analog of your disconnecting anti-sway bar? Your knowledge/experience/words greatly supplement the museum's:

 

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More eye candy from the Petersen exhibit (THIS TRUCK IS REALLY STACKED!)---

The high perrformance Dodge Li'l Red Express was introduced in 1978, when most trucks were exempted from increasingly-stringent emissions/fuel economy standards. Tested by Car and Driver magazine, the Li'l Red Express was the quickest VEHICLE (new production) in the zero-to-100 sprint in 1978.
 

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Seeing and reading about vehicles on allpar.com is one great thing, but seeing these "artifacts" in person is another. Witness this 1955 Powell pickup, using 1941(?) Plymouth frames/drivetrains from wrecking yards, and amply covered previously in allpar, but appearing in the flesh---er metal, etc.---now at the Petersen:



Anybody for stowing big blueprints in that handy right rear fender compartment? Interesting predecessor of the RamBox, no?
Note also the Compton , California "build site" reference at the bottom of the Powell badge. How about his vehicle as a re-use/recycle/re-purpose, budget-priced pickup? (station wagon was available, too.)
 

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There is a Powell here in the area, that is in pretty good shape and owner still drives it!
 

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[SIZE=10pt]Into re-use/re-purpose/recycle/re-invent, etc.? Check out what they did in the 1930s/40s with then-upscale cars that had served out their prestige duty, but still had power/durability to GIT ’R DONE when converted into a pick-up! In this case, behold such a 1929 Chrysler Model 75 Roadster (owned by a Santa Paula, California-area miner back in the day) shown now at the Petersen “Pickups” exhibit---[/SIZE]


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[SIZE=10pt]Elephant skin rifle holder barely-visible at left above spare tire cover....don't shoot the messenger.[/SIZE]
 
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