1918 Tulsa Four Oilfield Runabout Truck

tulsa car 5We found this one in the Tulsa airport. The placard reads:

Very few motor vehicles were ever manufactured in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This fully restored light pickup is believed to be the only remaining Oilfield Runabout in existence.  It was assembled using components from other trucks, with the rear rack designed to carry oilfield drill bits.  Only 4 or 5 vehicles of this type are known to have been made. Jim Leake and his father James found this runabout in ravine on an Okmulgee County farm in the 1970s.  They restored it and sold it to Mac McClumpy for $19,000 in the 1980s for display in McGlumphy’s Tulsa car museum.  The collection wass old at the 2004 Leake Collector Car Auction.  Arvest Bank Tulsa President Don Walker assembled donors who bought the Runabout for $37, 800 and transferred title to the Tulsa Historical Society.The Society thanks the donors for their generosity in preserving and protecting Tulsa’s history and heritage.

The Greater Tulsa Automobile & Truck Show

Florence L.J. “Bisser” Barnett

The Walton Fmily

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Dodge Trucks in Southern British Columbia

fargosNestled in the south Similkameen Valley, somewhere near Cawston, B.C. we came across a cache of Dodges and their Canadian cousins: Fargo. Export Dodge trucks were sold as Fargo; in Canada, these were very similar to the U.S. models.  Overseas, at various times, the Fargo name adorned some very different vehicles, including some that weren’t Mopars at all (like Turkish Fargo).

IMG_7553Dodge trucks were common in Canada, too, being sold there in addition to Fargos as well as coming across the border in southern B.C. This one is the 1939-47 style – it’s a pre-war model, judging from the design of the center chrome part of the grille, which was wider at the bottom in post-war models.

1941 Dodge Truck Ad-02

1941 Dodge Truck Advertisement

The Dodge Power-Wagon was derived from military 4X4′s produced by Dodge for the U.S. Army, and for export to China during the war. These guys look like earlier examples, possibly late 1940s vintage.


1949 Dodge Power Wagon-01

1949 Dodge Power Wagon Brochure

038Further along in our journey, near Kaslo, B.C., we came across this 1955 (?) Dodge set up with a drilling rig. Back then the Dodge and Fargo trucks came in 1/2 ton to 2-3/4 ton sizes similar styling. We’re lucky enough to have a selection of these in brochure form on the Old Car Manual Project site. Note that the 6-cylinder trucks in this series used the globe emblem on the front of the hood, while the V-8 trucks shouted out with a big V-8 badge.

1955 Dodge 1½ ton Model G-01

1955 Dodge Truck Brochures


1960 Ford Frontenac

1960 Ford Frontenac“Canadians will find in the Frontenac a six passenger automobile offering significant operating economies and increased handling ease without sacrifice of style, passenger comfort or convenience.”
It will be powered by a modern design, short stroke six cylinder engine producing 90 horsepower.
Gas mileage for the Frontenac will be superior to any conventional North American-type passenger cars now being produced. Latest company continent-wide road tests of pilot models have revealed an average gas mileage of 32 miles per Imperial gallon. These tests represent a combination of city and highway driving in which the driving habits of the average driver has been simulated as closely as possible. At constant highway speeds the tests showed a better than 32 miles per gallon average, while constant stop and start city driving resulted in a slightly lower average.
The Frontenac is equipped with 13-inch wheels, a 12-volt electrical system, parallel operating windshield wipers which eliminate “blind spots” in the centre of the windshield, a luggage compartment with 24.5 cubic feet of space (20 per cent more than the average for the most popular imported cars), a deep-dish safety steering wheel, standard-car size instruments and controls and seat covering resistant to scuffing, tearing, staining and dirt penetration.

(From the Alberta Automotive Retailing News, November, 1959)

1960 Frontenac-01

1960 Ford Frontenac Brochure

Slick Row

slick row

Deep in the heart of British Columbia’s remote North Thompson River Valley, just off the vast Yellowhead highway lies Slick Row, one man’s trucking passion and last refuge of some classic Ford iron.

There’s a note taped inside the window of one of the trucks out front along with a notebook for visitor’s comments:

Welcome to Slick Row.

My collection of these trucks started 30 years ago when I traded the second truck on the left (1961 F100 Short Box Unibody) from my Younger Brother Miles who passed away in 2010.

Everyone and their dog has a Chevy so I decided to start collecting these slick 60′s Fords and Mercury’s…

Have a great day and please enjoy my collection as much as I enjoy sharing it with you.


Marvin, the curator of this collection, lives on site and is building his dream there – a restoration shop where some of his charges will be returned to their former glory for future generations to enjoy. The day we stopped by, he was pouring the concrete foundation of this Field of Dreams.

Here are a few of the residents of Slick Row:

1961 Ford F100 Styleside shortbox

1961 Ford F100 Styleside shortbox

The 1961 Ford Styleside is a rare example of Ford’s brief experiment with a truck-ute hybrid. The cab panels are integral with the boxsides,so there’s is no gap in front of the bed.

Unfortunately, body flex when loaded was an issue and the design was dropped in mid-62.1961 Ford Truck Ad-01

Ironically, this ad touts the greater strength of the one-piece cab-and-body design.

The four-wheel drive versions mentioned in the ad did not use the one-piece design – they went with a conventional, separate box layout. This was because of the additional twisting stresses that might happen in off-road use.

More ’61 Ford truck ads, including the Falcon Ranchero and Econoline Pickup are here.

59 Ford F350


Besides the pickups lined up out front, there is a variety of other cool Dearborn iron around, including this 1959 Ford F350 flat deck.

“Go FORD-WARD” was the slogan for 1959 Ford trucks, said to give 25.2% better gas mileage than the other guys.

Apart from all the cool trucks, there are some great restoration candidates of the car variety, like this 1962 Ford Falcon wagon.

1962 Ford Falcon Two-Door Wagon

1962 Ford Falcon Two-Door Wagon

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Lambrecht Chevy Auction


By now, most old car guys have heard about The Ultimate Barn Find in Pierce, Nebraska. Up for sale on September 28th and 29th, 2013 is a collection of 500 collector cars, including a number that have never been sold – brand new, essentially, but for a few decades’ storage – with as little as 1 mile on the odometer. At the Old Car Manual Project, we’re into tech information, especially stuff that isn’t widely available on the internet, so we thought that rather than repeat the news stories widely available on this topic we would highlight some of the information that might be useful if you were fortunate enough to be bidding on one of these rare gems coming out of this Nebraska time machine. (The entire auction inventory is here.)

cameo-2001958 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup VIN 3A58K118014, 1 mile on the odometer (!)
This was the last year for the Cameo of which 1405 units were produced before being dropped mid year in favor of the Fleetside pickup. The VIN on this one decodes as 3A = 3100 series, 58 = 1958, K = Kansas City, MO, sequential production number 118014. Full specifications and number decoding is here. If anyone has original brochures or advertisements for the Cameo or other ’58 Chevy trucks, we would love to add them to our collection. Drop me a line if you can contribute.

1978 Chevrolet Corvette-01

1978 Corvette Brochure

1978 Chevrolet Indy Pace Car Corvette, 4 miles

The RPO code Z78 “Indy Package” added special high back seats, front and rear spoilers, P255 60R15 Goodyears, glass T-tops, leather or leather/cloth upholstery and decals (which could be deleted) for $13,653.  At more than $4000 over the base Corvette price, the car attracted 6501 buyers compared to the regular car’s 40271.

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1978 Corvette Ads






1965 Chevrolet-01

1965 Chevrolet Brochures

1965 Chevrolet Impala 2dr HT This was the first year for the 396 cubic inch Mark IV big block, which featured the new Rochester Quadrajet carburetor -  # 7025200 with the new-to-Chevy Turbo-Hydramatic 400.

We’ve got illustrations from the 1958-1968 Chevrolet Parts Catalog, 1957-65 Chevy wiring diagrams as well as tune-up specs for 1963-68 cars.

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1965 Chevrolet Ads







1929 Durant Ad-01

1929 Durant Ad

1928 Durant Sedan This one isn’t new old stock – it’s used and in rough shape, but it is rare to find one of William Crapo Durant’s progeny from his post-General Motors years for sale in any condition. Durant Motors produced the Star, Eagle, Flint, Princeton, Rugby, Durant and Locomobile from 1921-1932. Production was suspended in 1927 and resumed in 1928 until the company finally succumbed to the Depression in early 1932. A total of 20, 261 Durants were built in 1928. We’ve got the Repair Parts List for the 6 cylinder Durant from early 1930 as well as some magazine ads. As always,we welcome new contributions.


1928 Durant today


And there are nearly 500 more in this remarkable collection

History Road at the Reynolds Alberta Museum

If you’re ever in north central Alberta, you don’t want to miss the Reynolds Alberta Museum. It’s a massive collection devoted to all kinds of moving machines, especially cars, trucks and aircraft.  June 8th and 9th this year was the History Road show, which had cars lined up by the year starting at 1903 and heading up into the 80′s. Vehicles were on hand from the museum’s vast collection as well as many enthusiast entries from all over western Canada – around 600 in total.

This was a great chance to see some of the lesser-know makes and models. While there was plenty of Detroit muscle around, some of the highlights were historical gems like the stalwart General Motors Truck, the luxuriant Locomobile, the Harley Earl finned masterpiece ’48 Cadillac and many more that helped make the 20th century American car geist.

1936 GMC 3/4 Ton

For working machines, patches, repairs and parts change-outs make the notion of “original” a tricky concept.  Suffice to say, this 1936 General Motors Truck (we call ‘em GMC now) isn’t the same as the day it rolled off the line in the year the Hoover Dam was completed, though it wouldn’t have been too far out of place.

1913 Locomoblie

Next to the $550 Ford, the 1913 Model 38 Locomobile at $4300 was very expensive indeed. Even so, this was the smallest, cheapest Locomobile that year. It featured a 477 cubic inch six of 43.8 horsepower, electric horn and electric lights. The particular car shown is thought to be the first car in Alberta equipped with these electric features. It’s been restored, but the leather upholstery is original.

1948 Cadillac

Harley Earl, head of the GM Design Studio, ruminated on the tailfins of the P-38 fighter until new designs could be produced after the war. His vision was borne out in the 1948 Cadillac, the first of a dozen-odd years of finned wonders.

We’ve got a bunch more pictures from this show here. Besides the static displays there were various moving vehicles to see. One of my favorite displays were these old-timers – a couple of Model T’s and a Massey-Harris:

More information:

Locomobile Vintage Print Ads

1948 Cadillac Brochure




The Blues Brothers’ Bluesmobile

The Bluesmobile

BDR 529. That’s the license plate of the Blues Brother’s (nearly) indestructible 1974 Dodge Monaco, the Bluesmobile, which starred in the 1980 Blues Brothers film. As Elwood said to Jake:

It’s got a cop motor, a 440-cubic-inch plant. It’s got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas.

We spotted the real thing recently in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Well, maybe it wasn’t the actual car from the movie, but it was a real cop car with all the right stuff including the police ‘Pursuit Vehicle’ badge.

1974 Dodge Monaco police car

Pursuit Vehicle badge

More than just a replica, this car looked like it might have chased down a few perps in it’s day, judging from the original equipment inside, including the SCMODS (State County Municipal Offender Data System) display:

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Note also the 140 mph speedometer. More info on 74 Monaco cop cars is here.

140 mph speedo in bluesmobile

Best of all, the Blues Brothers were there for the car show.  Well, almost… they were a really cool tribute act by the name of Blues Brothers Too. Check them out live at the car show:


Car and Truck Shop Manual Downloads



At The Old Car Manual Project, we don’t sell manuals.  Everything is available to view or download for free.

All of our material is sourced from original scans that we’ve done ourselves or that have been contributed.

One place where good quality downloadable manuals can be purchased (in case you can’t find them on our site) is www.oldcarshopmanuals.com which has pdf ebook format manuals for General Motors products from the thirties to the early seventies, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet cars and trucks, Corvair, some Corvette, Oldsmobile and Pontiac.

Another place, which also has some pdf versions of manuals on our site, plus other materials is www.carmanualsource.com.

French Army 1936 Buick

Frédéric wrote to us from Dijon, France about his 1936 Buick:

Here are some pictures of my Buick8 of 1936.
It is being restored, but there are very few mechanical parts in France!
It was commissioned by the French army before WW2. In 1940, the Germans would have captured this car. In 1944, the U.S. military recovered the car and given back to the French army in 1946 … !
The speedometer is in kilometers / hour and not miles / hours.
There are currently only 5 models in Europe. I am looking for sponsors to help me restore this lovely car!

It’s a fascinating bit of history on wheels.  If you would like to contact Fred, please drop us a line and we’ll pass the message along. Click on any of the pictures for a full-resolution view.

The Old Car Manual Project has the 1936 Buick brochure here and some 1936 Buick ads here.

1936 Buick ad

My Rochester 2G Runs Too Rich

At the risk of becoming overly repetitive, I’ll deal with another common carburetor problem.

Typical inquiry: “My Rochester 2GC runs too rich; I suspect the jets have been changed to a larger size.”

This does happen from time to time.  If your carburetor looks like it has missing pieces or has otherwise been modified, there is a good chance that someone has monkeyed with the internals.

Years ago, carb rebuilders would mostly find that 4-barrels had been messed with – QJets, Holleys and so on.

In recent years, since 2 barrel carbs have become socially acceptable, especially in the form of Tri-Powers and other multi-carb set ups, we in the carb business have found more and more “funny” Rochester 2 bbls in circulation.

What to do?

Go to our website with the Rochester carburetor manual: www.newagemetal.com

Here you can look up the specifications for your 1932-1979-ish Rocky carb.  For example, if you had a ‘71 Chevelle, you would go here: http://newagemetal.com/pages/Chevrolet/71/index.htm.

You’ll find scanned pages from the manual with part numbers listed against carb numbers.  If you want to know what jet is correct for your ‘71 Chevelle with a 7041114 carburetor, you would find (http://newagemetal.com/pages/Chevrolet/71/pages/63-69Chevy0112_jpg.htm) that the part number for the jet is 7002658.  The last two digits of the jet part number are the size in thousandths of an inch.

From the factory, the installed jets varied a bit for a variety of reasons. For the most part, 2Jet carbs should be within 1 or 2 thousandths of the size in the manual. Sometimes there were mid-year changes in calibration that weren’t recorded in the published manual, and in some cases it had to do with the nominal size and flow.

Rochester jets are calibrated against a standard jet.  In other words, there is a master jet with an orifice of exactly 58 thousandths to which every other jet is compared. The idea is that every jet labelled as ‘58′ will flow the same as the master jet.  This is why you might measure the hole in a ‘58′ jet and find that it’s smaller or larger.  The ‘58′ refers to the nominal flow, not the size.

Once in a while a jet with a different marked size would get installed in place of the nominal jet.  In other words, you might find a ‘60′ where you  expect a ‘58′ but that might be because the ‘60′ really flowed ‘58′.  Follow me?

In any case, if you have a single Rochester 2-Jet with a reasonable jet size and it runs too rich, you should check the following:

1) Ignition.  Always blame the carburetor last.  There is more on this here.

Check the timing.  If you have a Chevy engine with a harmonic balancer, be aware that the timing mark on the balancer may not be accurate.  As the rubber ring in the balancer ages, the outside hub will mover (“precess”, technically) so that setting the timing with a light gives you retarded timing. I’ve seen these be out by 20 degrees!

If you have points, check the dwell.  This should be 29-31 degrees on a V-8.  Also, check the play in the distributor shaft.  If it’s noticeable, you won’t get good ignition.

At this point, most folks these days go out and buy a new electronic distributor.  It’s not necessary, though, as all you need to do is rebuild the distributor with new bushings.

2) Vacuum.  A vacuum gauge is mandatory when working on old iron.  If your stock Chevy small block doesn’t pull close to 18″ of steady vacuum, you have a problem.  This is a subject for another long post!

3) Carburetor stuff.  If the jets are the right size and it still runs too rich there are a few more things to check on a 2G.

- float: on all carbs, a sinking float will cause flooding.  If the float is brass, shake the float to check for gas sloshing around inside.  If that’s the case, get a new one. If it’s a plastic float, replace it with a brass one.  The black plastic (nitrophyl) floats last 10-20 years and then are done.

-needle/seat: if the needle shows a scoring line where it fits into the seat, get a carb kit.

-power valve: rarely, the 2G power valve will leak.  If your power valve looks like it’s been butchered with a dull screwdriver, you may want to get a new one.  These are not part of a carb kit.  You can order them at here.

-accelerator pump check ball: if the accelerator pump discharge check ball is missing, or if it doesn’t seat, the 2G carb will sometimes siphon fuel through the accelerator pump circuit.  This ball is under the venturi cluster.

-wrong throttle body gasket: in most 2G’s from the late 50’s to the mid 60’s the gasket between the float bowl and the throttle body should have vent slots. Without these the carb might have a hot-soak flooding condition.  Note that marine carbs never use these.

I think that pretty much covers it for single carb applications.