General Motors

Full Throttle Thursday

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Today's call out vehicle is the Chevrolet 3800, the largest of their "light duty line" delivery and pick-up trucks. The sheer size of this vehicle makes the idea of calling it "light duty" a bit unlikely, but who are we to judge the good people at General Motors for doing what they do? This impressive vehicle was engineered so that it could carry one ton of material without a problem, and were issued in designations from 3100 to 3800.

When the United States got involved in World War II, the government forbade most industries from civilian production. For four years, GM and all the car companies at the time, concentrated their effort on fighting the war with no concern for what would happen after peace was accomplished. The transition back to civilian life after the war ended in 1945 was rockier than anyone might have anticipated, with such companies as Ford teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. It was not until 1947 that Chevy introduced this truck, their first new design for peacetime purposes after the fight. It was popular enough to remain in production until 1955, with operators able to specifically request different specialty bodies for their specific needs. 

Full-Throttle Thursday

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We're taking the bull by the horns today and getting ourselves behind a real vehicle, a tough vehicle - the kind of truck you definitely want to make sure you give space as it's coming down the highway.  It's the Chevy 38 Apache, and this truck is all about business.  The business of power. The 38 Apache was part of General Motors' Chevrolet Task Force series, which was part of their Advanced Design series, which was in production from 1955 through 1959.  Smooth, rounded sheet metal replaced the old pontoon-style fenders, and large wrap-around windshields offered greater visibility for the driver.  It used the 8-cylinder Trademaster engine, which was one of the most powerful that Chevy offered, and boasted 160 horsepower.  

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The Apache was new to 1958, the year of the truck we have displayed here, and signified it was for light-duty use. It included a painted grille and front bumper, which could all be upgraded to chrome.  Driving the Apache meant you were in business, and were not to be messed with. Ours is a refrigerator truck used to transport meat in and around the community of Hereford, Pennsylvania.  If you are from the region, and remember A.G. Kriebel, Butcher, we would love to hear your stories!

Full Throttle Thursday

Cars.  We love cars here at the Treasure Tour.  And we love all sorts of cars - even the occasional foreign car (but don't tell anyone about that!).  One of the more unlikely cars we have displayed in our Toy Box is the Woods Mobilette - a part of the short-lived "cycle car" fad of the early 1900's, the idea behind cycle cars was to make them cheaper than other four-wheel vehicles on the road, but more stable than motorcycles, the cheapest form of motorized vehicle out there at the time.

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Cycle cars tended to not only be cheaper, but also more fuel efficient - something people didn't give all that much thought to in the nineteen-teens.  They were much tinier than other vehicles on the road, too, which turned into something of a disadvantage.  Because the axles were narrower than other cars, they actually didn't fit in the wheel ruts in the dirt roads.  And, if you'll notice in our picture, the two seats don't sit side-by-side.  They're catercorner.  Alas, the cycle car era ended in the late-nineteen-teens, in no small part thanks to the price wars between Ford and General Motors.