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Ford Fairmont Meets El Camino as a Durango

Ford Fairmont Meets El Camino as a Durango

1980 Ford Durango

Photo Courtesy of Consumer Guide

You might think of the Ford Fairmont as one of Ford’s snoozers from the 1970s and 1980s, but there is one model that still can create a little excitement: the Ford Durango. No, this is not the precursor to the bold and beautiful Dodge Durango; rather, it is a close cousin to the Chevy El Camino. The Ford Fairmont Durango was a special edition car/truck like the El Camino and the Ford Ranchero.

The Legacy of the Woodies

The Legacy of the Woodies'51 Buick RoadmasterThe last of the real Woodies were made by Buick, in 1953. The Buick Roadmaster Woody was built to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary. They paid homage to the classic beach cruiser, but added a powerful V8 engine. Their creativity and flawless design made the 1953 Buick Roadmaster a hot collectible. But, the 1953 Buick Roadmaster Woody is not the only beautiful Woody on the market today.

Using Wood to Replace Much-Needed Steel

Classic Studebaker Trucks

Classic Studebaker Trucks

StudebakerWhen you think about American automotive manufacturing the area in and around Detroit, Michigan is going to immediately come to mind.

Although the Motor City has indeed been the epicenter of automotive manufacturing in the United States, throughout the history of the industry some other cities have played a roll as well. Perhaps surprisingly, one of them is South Bend, Indiana.

Most people will immediately think of the University of Notre Dame when they hear South Bend mentioned, but classic car fans are going to think Studebaker when they hear mention of the city.

Dodge Ram Trucks: The First Generation

Dodge Ram Trucks: The First Generation

Pickup trucks are something truly special, and people who are dedicated pickup drivers would never consider getting behind the wheel of anything else.

Some individuals rely on their truck for work and without question we would be in a difficult position without work trucks to carry their share of the load.

Others don’t need a truck for work but they enjoy the freedom that goes along with owning a reliable workhorse. Anytime you want to move something or tackle a certain type of task your truck is standing by ready to help you get ‘er done.

Ford Model T Pickup

Ford Model T Pickup

Ford Model TThe name Henry Ford is a truly iconic one, not just in the field of auto making but in American business as a whole. A large part of his legacy lies in the fact that he wanted to of bring automobile ownership within reach of ordinary people.

In the beginning, motor vehicles were made individually by hand. As you might imagine, this was very time-consuming and inefficient and the costs involved in the manufacturing efforts were passed along to consumers. In addition, because the going was slow the supply was limited and this drove up the prices as well.

Where Do You Find The Right Classic Truck?

Where Do You Find The Right Classic Truck?

Ford Pickup TruckOne of the things that makes a collectible car or truck collectible is rarity. This can seem like an instance of overstating the obvious, but this can make it difficult to find the right classic truck.

It’s not like you can go down to any car dealership in your city of residence and take your pick among dozens of different vehicles. You are limited by the relatively small numbers of classic trucks that fit the category you are interested in.

2012 Great West Truck Show

2012 Great West Truck Show

Having a passionate interest in something outside of work really enhances your life on a lot of different levels. This is true for classic truck fans who have the opportunity to indulge their interest in classic trucks in a number of different ways.

One of the advantages is that you can circle your calendar each year and identify events of interest to classic truck aficionados. Many people will plan their vacation schedules around events that are going to draw like-minded classic truck enthusiasts, and this can give you a number of things to look forward to throughout the year.

International Harvester Trucks

International Harvester Trucks

InternationalWhen the average person thinks about classic American trucks they’re going to immediately flash on the Detroit “Big Three” offerings. Without a doubt, Dodge, Ford, and Chevrolet/GM trucks are true classics that have helped make America what it is today.

However, many classic truck collectors will tell you that International Harvester trucks played a big role in the history of the truck in the United States and many of them are highly sought after by people in the know.

Early Haulers Truck Club

When you are a big fan of classic trucks you speak a language of your own, and there are a precious few like-minded souls who speak the same language. It is a lot of fun to be able to interact with people who understand what is so special about classic trucks of days gone by, and one way of doing this is to find a classic truck club in your area and join in on the fun.

The Ford Ranchero

The Ford Ranchero

Ford RancheroMany of the trucks that collectors are interested in are particularly unique in one way or another, and the classic Ford Ranchero would certainly fit this description.

Trucks that were built for work and nothing but work back in the day were typically not especially pleasing to the eye because that wasn’t the point.

Ford RancheroBut at the same time, there were consumers out there who wanted the utility of the truck bed without having a need for something truly heavy-duty. They wanted the ease and comfort that comes with driving a sedan while having the option of hauling things that needed to be hauled in the bed. The answer that Ford came up with to fill this niche was the Ford Ranchero which more or less provided the best of both worlds.