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Remember Uncle Frank’s ’53 Chevy?

Do you remember seeing Uncle Frank’s Chevrolet (1953) when he was just putting the engine in?

Here’s what it looks like now after all the work  (love) he has put into it!  Shot from the passenger window- the interior.

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1949 Chevrolet Ambulance and Our Brother’s Birthday

My sister Mary sent me these photos she took on her phone in NYC.

She texted the year- 1949. a very good year!

A Chevrolet Ambulance.  Looked up definition for the word Chevrolet and found Louis Chevrolet “a Swiss Born American Race Car Driver of French Descent”

I’ve been saving the photos to post for our brother David’s birthday today, also Flag Day.  (You might remember how bad I am at sending out a card in time.)

Happy Birthday David.  Thinking of you and hoping you have a wonderful day.

Love from your sisters,

Ruth and Mary

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Side View 1949 Chevy

 

 

 

 

 

1949 Chevy rear view

 

 


Art Car Show in Garfield on Penn

Friday night I read about the Art Car Show in an article in the Post-Gazette.   At this show, there weren’t any cars like the Art Car in Columbus OH I posted a couple of years ago.

Steve and I ventured out Saturday afternoon and what started out as a gray, dark day became perfect

First, we met George and his 1973 VW Thing.  He came when the weather was good as his vehicle has no roof!  Made in West Germany and customized in Redondo CA, he bought it in Indiana and told me his goal is to have every car he thought was cool when he was a kid.  He has five cars and I should have asked him what the other four were but that question will have to wait for the Oktoberfest Car Show at the old VW Factory in  Westmoreland next Sunday, October 14th.

Jason Sauer of Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery was the host of the event and showed me his demolition car named DOA and “that’s what it is”  he said,”Dead!” That is why it was covered with a white sheet!

Parts of it have been torched out of the body and grace his Art Gallery walls and there is even a car pieces wind chime hanging from the tin ceiling of the gallery.    He was the host for the day. He was at an event in Texas and had Xerox Most  Wanted signs and people posed for the piece you see on the gallery wall. All the photos are on the trunk of a car, hanging on the gallery wall and the participants tagged themselves on FB.

Sam Thorp posed by the van she painted.

Steve bought a psychology book at Awesome Books a few doors down and he pointed out the giant sleeping cat in the front of the bookstore.   We had fun in Garfield Saturday afternoon.

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I Swear This ’57 Chevy Has a Face

(At least I think it’s a 1957 from the images I could find on google.  

If you think I’m wrong, let me know)

You can see why they made the Pixar movie CARS.  Two eyes and a nose and a mouth are perfect and lend themselves to being humanized, animated and given the ability to talk.

Just in case you need a little something to keep you busy on weekends.

It’s only a mile from my house and I keep seeing her look at me when I drive by.  Cars are female, right? Like boats?   (Except in the movie CARS there are a lot of guy cars)     But do you still  hear comments like, “She’s a real beaut!” or ” I got her up about seventy on the straightaway.”   when referring to a car.  How did boats and cars get designated female  and is that something old fashioned that is totally out of style?  Here’s some debate I was able to find on the subject at English Forums.

 


Ohio House Front Yard

The blog has been a real family effort since I have been on vacation. My DIL drove by slowly so I could shoot the giant flag and Mustang on the lawn.  This is one of those 100+ days we had in early July.  Already we are past mid July!  Oh my.

Now it’s drought conditions around here so the lawns are more brown. The thunderstorms just don’t provide enough precipitation


Uncle Frank is Seventy and a Day- By His 1955 Ford Pick-up Truck


Uncle Frank Put the Engine in the 1953 Chevy

It is an amazing skill Uncle Frank has- refurbishing old cars. Did you see his 1933 Buick?

The car he is working on now is a year younger than me!   He’s got the engine in now. I am fascinated by the ability to do such work.  Watch for future updates as he takes this baby on the road.

And the interior is from a Cadillac.  I wouldn’t know where to begin.  It is going to be a beauty!  Shot in his West Mifflin garage.


Eating Raspberries on Uncle Frank’s Running Board

1933 Plymouth

Maura and Michael sit on Uncle Frank's running boards and share raspberries.

The family has been in Pittsburgh a lot this summer.  A wedding, a family reunion, a funeral, and this weekend a bridal shower.

Lucky grandma.

Here are Maura and Michael sharing some raspberries while sitting on Uncle Frank’s 1933 Plymouth.  You may have seen the post where Uncle Frank and Aunt Linda were pulling out of the driveway to drive another bride to the church in this snazzy car.  It’s a beauty.

 


Uncle Frank Drove His 1933 Plymouth to Pick Up the Bride Today (6 images)

We were up at Aunt Linda and Uncle Frank’s today, seeing all the family in town for the wedding last night. Saturday was another wedding and Uncle Frank took his spotless 1933 Plymouth to pick up the bride. He has had the car since 1973 and it a beauty. He added a couple of Just Married signs on the sides and back. Michael(5) is photographing the scene from the porch.


Loading the 1950 BelAir, Rock Island, Illinois

Driving around with my sister, we were  looking for the Historic District and saw this scene.  BTW I am in Columbus OH not Illinois this weekend. One friend wrote and thought I was on a cross country trip and had stopped working.  The men were loading the 1950 BelAir behind the pick-up.

Watching the men load the 1950


My Sister Found the Two-Tone Cadillac

Driving to the Sunday Brunch at the groom’s parents’ home, we’d checked out of the hotel.  We were sitting at a red light.  Mary handed me the camera but I told her maybe the credits should read- photo by Ruth Hendricks with assist by Mary Hendricks.  Wouldn’t have gotten it without her! We had a wonderful wedding celebration in the Quad Cities and were sad to say so long.

Bettendorf Iowa- classic scene with vintage cafr

Anyone know the year for this model?


Why Movies Are Filmed in Pittsburgh

Not sure the year of this vintage auto-pre or post war?

10:48 AM Update: Uncle Frank has identified the car as Chrysler 1948 so post-war.


1953 Chevy Bel Air

Steve looks like he has just parked.

Steve looks as if he has just parked and gotten out of the car Uncle Frank is fixing up.


2 Dr Chevrolet Coupe, c.1947? (2 views)

Went online to try to match the car model, noticing the details like how the headlights are placed.  I took this at the red light at Howley St and Friendship Ave.  Drove around the block and got the side view, too. A real beauty.  Historic, vintage, restored cars like this one evoke childhood memories of the gray Dodge Wayfarer we had in Montclair NJ. This one the  color of whipped butter. Polished. Parked on the street, just waiting as me I drove home from Greenway School where we had training today. What a car! Scroll down for second view.

The owner must love driving this beautiful car.

What a surprise to find this historic vehicle on the way home from school. The car looks like it is smiling.


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