The More Things Change: Trucks At That Street Rod Show


More than a few years ago, this olelongrooffan first heard the phrase from some unremembered, unnamed oldtimer, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Well, it appears that our favorite go to Redusernab may be headed for some changes but one thing will remain the same for as long as it fits into the overall scheme of things per the Overlords ultimate approval.
That sameness is this olelongrooffan and the sharing of my “Went There, Saw That” experiences here in the Redusernab.
If my fellow Hoons would like to take in another one of those experiences, don’t hesitate to make the jump with this olelongrooffan.


As has been previously mentioned, a few weeks ago the “Powers That Be” up there in the Queen City of The Ozarks allowed we Hoons to cruise, once again, Kearney Street. The revival of those weekly coincided with the Mid America Street Rod Nationals held on that same weekend out at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. My fellow Hoons may remember the of that show. This time, it is all, well nearly, about the trucks I spotted at that show out there.

As is usually the case when this olelongrooffan visits an old car show, trying to capture some of the more rare and uncommon vehicles was a major goal of mine. Sure, there are plenty of five window Advance Designs that I captured and this one is quite fit the bill, at least to this olelongrooffan.

This old woody really struck my fancy. From the license tag on its ass end to the baby moons out to the shade of paint applied to it, this beast truly shows some serious attention to detail. Now if this olelongrooffan had only paid enough attention to detail to remember what the hell is was. 37 International if memory serves me correctly. And there is no guarantee that it does.

But this bright red three door Burb really drew my attention. Sorry for not capturing an image of that red Elkie out front though. My nephew, NotSoLilJim, had a robins egg blue burb like this back in the day although it seems his had a tailgate with a roll up window versus these barn doors. And as NotSoLilJim is nearing 40 these days, back in the day would have been around the year 2000. Anyone else feeling old yet?

And that Burb’s older sibling also showed up. Although this one was restomodded with a modern interior and a huge power plant under the hood. Can any of my fellow Hoons identify it?
And if y’all thought this olelongrooffan was joshing about the prevalence of tri 5 bowties, check out what is just across the lawn in that first image.

To this olelongrooffan, there is not a truck more fond memory inducing than a near bone stock late 60’s Dodge Sweptline. My fellow Hoons may recall out on Haven Lee Farm when I was a mere youngster.

Parked on the same grassy knoll as that sweptline was this 5 window Advance Design. Much like the one seen in an earlier image in this post, this AD appears to have undergone some serious modifications. However, in this case, it looks like the body was transplanted to a late model four wheel drive one ton chassis. Given the grille style, this olelongrooffan is pretty sure it is a 1954 model, the same as Bus_Plunge’s old short bus. This one is a work horse and I would not be surprised if that old dude works this beast on a daily basis. I know I would.

After leaving that grassy knoll, I passed by the metal barns and such that serve the true uses for these old fairgrounds and headed over to the grove of old oak trees where the swap meet was. Almost immediately upon arrival, I spotted this old couple with this sweet old Advance Design GMC. On its door, this olelongrooffan spotted something I had heard of but not previously seen. “HydroMatic.” Yeah, an automatic transmission in a 53 or so GMC pickup truck. I struck up a conversation with the old couple having a sammich under one of thejeepjunkie’s beach canopies. Pops mentioned he bought this truck new and that it did have a HydroMatic. However, a few years back he put a modern drivetrain under it and that auto went by the wayside. Yeah, sometimes even the most rare stuff gets replaced once it has passed its prime. He did keep the eight and a half foot bed though. We got to talking about its value and he mentioned that he had been offered a cool $100,000 for it, but “she wouldn’t let me sell it.” “How could we replace it and its memories?” the Missus responded. Well, she has a point there. But damn! A cool hundred grand? I just can’t make this shit up.

I had to capture an image of this one as Bus_Plunge has a similar year bowtie dumptruck that he uses to haul grass clippings to recycling.

This olelongrooffan would have loved to have seen the dump truck from which this one was derived.


Round about this time, this olelongrooffan heard a clap of thunder and as I was standing under the tallest trees in the area, it was time to get while the getting was good.

On the way out, I spotted a couple more rare vehicles to share with my fellow Hoons. Anyone else remember when Levi’s sponsored a bunch of different cars and trucks?

And the only vehicles I was aware that possessed this lug nut configuration was old VWs.

Trust me, that cash register was full of swap meet cash just a bit earlier in the day.

And that black sedan delilvery imaged above? In the day, those were classified as trucks.

As my fellow Hoons can see, there were plenty of Advance Designs around this meet this day. As this olelongrooffan has previously mentioned, that body style seems to be the most desirable round these here parts. This olelongrooffan? Well, this

old Dodge milk truck has a pretty elevated place on the truck desirability scale for this olelongrooffan, as well.
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