DOTS: Mopar or No Car Edition! UPDATED with Storytime Twice!

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Yesterday was a good day for car spotting. The best thing I saw was probably this big old Plymouth. For the life of me, I can’t remember the model name on this one.

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EDIT: Thanks Dash-Doorhandle-and-Bondo for pointing out the Plymouth as a ‘72 Satellite with stripes from a Road Runner.

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But this thing was just mean looking. The characteristic side stripe looks pretty cool on the roof and contrasts nicely with the dark olive colored paint. The matching steelies are a nice touch too.

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The front end on these cars is just fantastic. The recessed quad headlights really complete the look. I wonder what those orange lights in the middle are. Blinkers?

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The rear end continues the look. I’m curious as to why it is not registered as an antique collector vehicle, since it has the standard issue Georgia plates on it.

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The car is a manual, but it had a strange looking shift knob that seemed to evoke the T handle style that you might find on automatics of the era.

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Continuing the Mopar theme is this Dodge Ram van, Mark III! I took the picture because those louvres are kind of funny and kind of creepy all at once.

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Speaking of vans, this Ford Econoline had been very sloppily spray painted not quite enough coats to be offensively pink. And yes, the windshield is duct taped all around. It also seemed to have been very poorly repaired. I don’t know what is going on here, but it isn’t good.

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Why are there so many International Harvester Loadstars around? This makes the third I’ve seen in as many months.

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Hey look, the logo looks like a tractor! Thanks, errr, who posted about this recently?

EDIT: Just Jeepin is responsible for enlightening us. Thank you. 

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Finally, one asymmetric boi. I don’t see them very often, but a few companies operate these. There are also a few Macks with the standard sized cab mounted way off to the side to allow the engine not to reduce the driver’s footwell size.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I saw a heavily modified Beetle doing stoplight pulls alongside me. I had trouble keeping up, which prompted me to ask the guy what he had in it. He said 5200 CC. 5200 CC! Does that mean he Subaru swapped it? That’s double the displacement of the stock engine. But it still sounded like an air cooled VW. Help me, I have no idea how that is possible.

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EDIT 2: I was in a parking lot following someone in front of me when they pulled across into a roundabout and stopped. Naturally, I had been following them and was then stuck blocking traffic. An old couple in a black C Class were mouthing off in an entirely disgraceful way while I waited for pedestrians to clear and leave me free to back up. I couldn’t hear a word, but they were shouting, pointing, making faces, just an absolute caricature of righteous indignation. I just gave them a big whoopsie shrug and backed up, but they continued to make the most vile gestures as they passed while the car in front of me stayed stopped for absolutely no reason. I just laughed, but I wonder what happened to put them in such a bad humor. It left a most unpleasant impression in my mind. It was childish in a way entirely unbefitting of their age.

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