Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari


GMC Suburban Carrier Pickup

GMC Carrier Pickup


The GMC Suburban Carrier and it’s sister the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier pickup truck were revolutionary in their time. They were one of the first to have full length styling to the back of the pickup box. The car type rear taillights were quite the departure from the plain taillights and rear ends of previous models. These trucks included full width styled front and rear bumpers. The fenders were also unique. They were made from fibreglass, at the same plant that made fibreglass parts for the Chevy Corvette.

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1950 Chevy 5 Window Pickup

1950 Chevy 5 Window Pickup


One of my favourite pickups, the Chevrolet Advance Design series speaks to me of the post-war era. It was GM’s first major redesign project after World War II in 1947, and the same basic design family was used for all of Chevy and GMC branded trucks. True aficionados can tell by minor changes to small items as to what year these pickup were made. Column shifters instead of the floor, hood emblems, driver side cowl vent, vent windows, push button rather than twist door handles, and in the penultimate year (1954) a one piece windshield.

Black and white seemed to be the way to go with this all black pickup. Even the white wall tires pointed the way for post processing.

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El Camino!

El Camino!


El Camino, Spanish for “the way”, Chevrolet’s car-truck speaks of the open road. Based on the Chevy Chevelle, the El Camino is mostly a two door Chevelle minus a back seat and trunk, replaced with a pickup box. Introduced in 1959 to compete with the Ford Ranchero, they were only produced for two years. Brought back in 1964 the El Camino remained in the Chevrolet line up until 1987. They had the versatility of a pickup and the nicer ride of a car.

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Ahead Of The Crowd

Ahead Of The Crowd


Early Pontiacs were famous for their Indian head emblems and hood ornaments. The brand, named after Pontiac the eighteenth century Indian chief, was known for Indian related car names and insignia. The mid 1950’s saw the adoption of the airplane hood ornaments and by 1959 the Indian head motif was retired in favour of the new Arrowhead design. The Arrowhead logo was used until GM retired the entire brand in 2009.

The owner wasn’t around when I took this picture but I later determined that this one is a 1937 Pontiac.

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Model A Temp Gauge

Model A Temp Gauge


In a world of multitaskers, this deserves a least an honourable mention. It is an aftermarket product available for your Model A Ford. It is a fancy looking hood ornament, the radiator cap and the coolant temperature gauge. Of course it screws down on top of the radiator, and the white line that you can see on this side is actually a thermometer that drops down into the fluid. The driver can read the scale from the other side to see how hot the engine is operating. There are a number of hood ornaments Model A owners used but I think this one is the most useful.

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