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Classic Car Corner - More Trucks

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

MORE TRUCKS. In my most recent column I noted that I had just bought two Willys trucks and was building another roof to cover more cars so I thought I was done buying for now.

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Classic Car Corner - Another Willys

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

As previously written, I was searching for a Willys pickup to replace the one I sold several years ago but found and bought a 57 Willys Forward Control pickup instead, a totally different model.  Two weeks later I accidentally discovered a 1954 Willys pickup just like I had been looking for in Olympia and couldn't resist buying it also. I’m now building an extension to one of my buildings to house both of them. My new pickup is a bit rustic looking.  It appears to have original green paint (what’s left of it) that’s protected by a layer of what looks like yellow pollen and a white roof that’s missing a few chunks of paint. The body is mostly dent free and not rusted through  (it spent most of its life in dry Eastern Oregon) which is a priority for me. I will probably just clean it up and call it good, the patina look is very popular these days. Another reason I had to buy this truck was that it appears to be completely original. Most of these 4-wheel-drive trucks get beat up offroad and have lift kits and newer, bigger engines installed. I prefer original condition and that’s what this truck has. As they say “It’s only original once.”
My new Willys pickup had not been used much in the last few years.  When that happens the first thing to go is the brakes. When I test drove this truck they were bad enough that I almost crashed. I budgeted myself enough to get the brakes done and buy a new set of tires but the brake bill came in at double my budget so I guess the antique tires will have to do for now.
The brake system required virtually all new or rebuilt parts and these old trucks don’t come apart too easily. My thanks to Mike for his great work on this one.  Now if it will start I can be confident it will stop.

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Auto Review: Mitsubishi fails to impress

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

If memory serves me correctly, Mitsubishi has produced vehicles that are fun to drive. However, the two latest we tested were not my favorites, by far. For some reason, I feel bad giving cars poor reviews. They got me, and my passengers, from A to B safely. Unfortunately, I was left guessing where the value was, compared to other vehicles in the same price range.

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Classic Car Corner: Trucks

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

More trucks – Last year I sold one more vehicle than I bought so I figured I had room for one more this year.  I have several trucks but none that I could actually haul much in so I thought I’d look for a newer truck (like 60s or even 70s) that I could haul stuff around in without worrying about damaging it.

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Auto Review: A tale of three Mazdas

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

We had the opportunity to test out three different Mazdas. It felt like a Goldilocks story. Which one was “just right?”

If you’re set on a Mazda, deciding comes down to how much space do you need for you or your family, what will you use your vehicle for the most, and what’s your budget? The three models we tested were all Grand Touring, aka, top of the price chart models. Don’t fret, each has a base model with fewer bells and whistles and a price drop.

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