Bits and Pieces from Peter in Australia April – June 22 Edition

Peter is a “photographic observer” who is living in Australia. Today’s collection of photographs from Peter are of some very interesting Bits and Pieces of photos that he has taken here in the US and in Australia. I like that we get to see how Peter shares his views of the hobby here in the US and in Australia. Remember that some of Peter’s photos are of automotive coincidences.

In 2019, Peter found a bit of humor along with a coincidence of seeing a car that he has photographed before. Here is a bit of humor from 2019.

Peter had photographed the 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass that delivered the “Best Chicken Around” from The Chicken Shack in Hermosa Beach on previous trips and was pleased to still see it in service. But, by chance a 1973 El Camino stopped at the stop sign on the esplanade and Peter captured this appropriation.

I did Photo edit it a little.

These 1955 and 58 Mainline UTE’s along with the 59-60 pickup showed up this week-end, the dealer delivery ute is a unique throwback to the past The 58 is missing rear bumpers but has rare Canadian star hubcaps.

This is Peter’s friend John’s “Fun Buggy” as he calls it and has had it for many years. It is a 1942 Willys MB 1/4 ton 4X4. It is “authentic” but not “disciplined” (no spit and shine) and John adds on or removes things as he needs. I can see a 12 volt battery. To keep the tread pattern meant for the vehicle it meant for a modern wheel change and size. The power plant is an original Willys L134, 134 cu in “Go Devil” with a few exceptions as needed to get John where he needs to go.

So much to say about this one but, Peter did not talk to the owner of this 1946 Ford UTE or its custom built utility bed or what its special purpose was used for. So he won’t venture any guesses. According to Peter It is a 46 because that is what the hub caps, parking lamp say along with the trim around the window. It is in great condition, so Peter liked it for that reason. All these 1946 to 48 fords had the 1941 dashboards.

Peter believed that the tray top (above) and this 1946 Ford Convertible (below) belong to the same people. But, don’t quote him on that. Their condition speaks for themselves. Peter took these photos in 2018.

This is a 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner, Retractable hardtop. They tend to draw a crowd as they always did since they were new. It is only the second car in history to be mass-produced with a retractable hardtop. There was a total of 48,394 built for the 3 production years from 1957 – 1959. The original MSRP was $3,059.00.

Peter was going through some old negatives and he salvaged these old drag racing photos. He was on leave and his family was living in Oroville, CA at that time. Peter hopes that someone likes old school drag racing photos. He noted that there were no roll bars seen here. Very basic equipment for the day boxed Xmas starting lights and sweep down brooms for cleaning the track between runs.

1957 VS 1956 Chevy
1955 VS 1959 Chevys
1955 VS 1963 Chevy

Peter has sent Mall Raffles in the past and they always seem to be Ford Mustangs. This 1967 Mustang GT is still a Left Hand Drive (LHD). According to Peter the interior looked OK though there were some signs of ware.

Thanks Peter for sharing your photos, stories, and continents. Thanks for riding along. Frank