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Shopping for my new car near the Addison airport, just north of Dallas, at a bunch of small, independent dealers specializing in off-lease cars. I passed by this stunning Chevy Apache pickup, and had to circle back to get these pictures. Turns out that this outfit, Twenty First Century Muscle Cars, was started in 2002 by John Page and Kerri Lingenfelter, daughter of legendary performance guru, John Lingenfelter, providing performance parts for Corvettes, Camaros, Cadillacs as well as Ford GTs and Dodge Vipers. They also have a handful of remarkable cars for sale. In any case, this is a great truck.
This very interesting third generation Ford F100 features factory four wheel drive. Before this, outside suppliers fitted the 4×4 system after truck assembly. Introduced in 1959, Ford beat GM and Dodge to this factory option. This particular truck appears stock except for a 4 cylinder Cummins 4BT 3.9 liter diesel powerplant. First available in 1983, the Cummins was widely used for delivery trucks to wood chippers, turning out 105 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. It’s a coarse-running motor with poor fuel consumption, and weighs about 800 lbs, about 175 lbs. more than the stock 272 or 292 cu.in Y-Block (Ford’s first OHV V8 engine design).
Recently, I took a drive in East Texas. In lovely Gladewater, there is a collector car dealer, Economy Automotive, in the smack dead center of town, and this 1942 Mack, model EHU, is his daily driver. Actually, it’s mostly a more recent one ton Chevrolet truck with this vintage Mack cab. Comparing it to the old pic, this fellow fabricated the front fenders and the grille bars. Nice truck, tho. (Here is an earlier post of a custom 1941 Chevy for sale by this same dealer.)
W.A. Swearingen founded this Ford dealership, later to became Leif Johnson Ford, with Jack Gray, an All American basketball guard at UT, and then UT’s basketball coach (1936-42, 1945-51). Gray changed basketball shooting technique forever by shooting with just one hand, the “push shot.” Multiple window signs say “Ford Leads the Way.” Two pictures show Gray as a player – in 1935, and then as a coach. The first two dealership pictures were taken in 1948, the last one in 1949, showing the classic Ford F1.