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.

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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

 

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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