#WAW Whip Appeal Wednesdays: Muscle Trucks
It’s been a minute since out last #waw but I’d like to highlight some of my favorite Classic Trucks. Now I have always been appreciative of car culture, from beautiful foreign luxury to more modest makes and models. But there is a big warm place in my heart of some good ole American Muscle, and more specifically Hot Rods Trucks.
Hot rods are typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed. The origin of the term “hot rod” is unclear. Roadsters were the cars of choice because they were light, were easy to modify, and could be bought for a low price. The term became commonplace in the 1930s or 1940s as the name of a car that had been “hopped up” by modifying the engine in various ways to achieve higher performance…The term can also apply to other items that are “souped up” for a particular purpose, such as “hot-rodded amplifier”.
The Hot Rods that I am talking about though are the 1955 Ford F100 and the 1952 Chevy 31000 Pickup ¨Fat Fender¨ Truck. ¨Fat Fender¨ basically meaning, a really wide fender (front bumper).
Chevy 3100 Pickup Truck
Just the detailing, the wide fender and the beautiful round body of the 1952 Chevy gets me excited, but the fact that over all these years, this is one truck that holds true to its original form. From its inception, it really hasn’t lost its shape or style. Even in modern remakes or customs you still get that nostalgic feel, it doesn’t feel watered down or totally modern. I am drawn to its old charm.
“The new models were a big departure — literally — from the previous generation. The welded cabs — not bolted together — were a whopping eight inches wider and seven inches longer and had adjustable bench seating for three across. The higher and wider cab doors were more user friendly, and the bigger windows and windshield gave much greater visibility than ever before.” See more at: http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/car-of-the-week/car-of-the-week-1952-chevrolet-3100-pickup#sthash.WC5fVidK.dpuf
Photos Courtesy of: About.com
The Advance-Design Truck stuck around for quite a few years and by the mid 1950s Chevy was well versed in consumer appreciation that its wide, round body design stayed until a new truck was born in 1955. But I wont get into that. My joy however is that they knew what the customers wanted and stuck with them through the years. I hate car companies that have good ole classics and then fuck it up by making cars that people just simply don’t like. But that’s another story for another day. But kudos to Chevy for making a truck that has lasted literally for generations, and still manages to be popular to this day.
Ford F-Series Truck
Part of the First Generation F-Series trucks, the Ford truck has been its fair share of overhauls and upgrades since its inception. When the war ended, Ford rolled out its first series of new trucks and offered a new body style and more comfortable than its previous vehicles. This was about style and overall comfort, and Ford offered more choices to its car owners than before. Drivers could rest comfortably in wider cabs with wider windows for unobstructed views, new dashboards, and by making it a beast of a truck,it could handle anything and be the workhorse that people needed. Literally, they coined this new cab, a “Five-Star Cab”
“The design of the F-Series truck changed very little from 1948 to 1952. One one the design changes included the grill. From 1948 to 1950 it was a series of horizontal bars, with the headlights set into the fenders. For both 1951 and 1952, the headlights were connected by a wide cross piece with three aerodynamic supports. Also, the rear window was a little wider in later trucks and the dashboard was slightly redesigned.” – From Yesterday’s Truck.
Today, you see the new beefier F-Series trucks, such as the F-150, F-250 and F-350, but the form factor is still there. They are still right on mark as far as design goes. The truck really didn’t change much through the years, only making slight changes to its grille and most notably performance. Now they are wider and handle a whole lot more.
My fav is the 1955, because well personally I like the grille a whole lot better. Overall, I think both trucks are beautiful and taking a look at the truck’s histories have put a lot of things in perspective for me. Design, styling, performance is all what makes great cars and trucks by anyone;s standards. I am just waiting until I can get my hands on one of these trucks. I am in the market. Imagine all the things I could haul, from paint canvas, sewing machines, old tables on the side of the road, and any of the other crafty shit I’m in to.
Sidenote: If anyone knows of anyone selling, please send them my way! I’ve love a look-see!
Here’s some eye candy for your viewing pleasure!
For more on my favorite classic trucks, check out Classic Trucks for a cool comparison of the 1955 Chevy Truck vs 1950 Ford F100.