Wisconsin Rust Trip: 1950 Chevrolet, 1951 Plymouth

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A couple weeks back, I drove across Wisconsin, en route from my cousin's wedding in southeastern Minnesota (ancestral home of the Martin clan) to my SO's family vacation cabin on the Door Peninsula in Wisconsin.

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My parents abandoned Minnesota for Northern California when I was six, so my memories of mosquito swarms, May snowstorms, and rusty quarterpanels aren't particularly vivid. I'd assumed that I'd be seeing nothing but late-model Buicks in my Wisconsonian travels. Not so!

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What a find! A beater '51 Plymouth sedan with an IHC Milwaukee Foundry sticker on the bumper!

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This fine machine was providing some vintage ambiance to Milty-Wilty's Diner, located on State Highway 21 in Wautoma. With a name like Milty-Wilty's and an old Plymouth setting on four flats, we had no choice but to stop.

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Good move, too, because David Lynch appears to have designed Milty-Wilty's decor; check out this plywood sign, beckoning kids to the "play area" in back! My first impression was that I was suffering from Grain Belt Beer and cheese curd-induced hallucinations, but it was all gloriously real.

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Later on, at an art gallery near Sturgeon Bay, I caught sight of this '50 Chevrolet in the bushes. The Eau Claire dealership emblem just beckons to be photographed.

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At this point, the old Chevy serves mostly as a yellowjacket breeding facility. I spoke to the property's owner, and he said that they'd discovered the Chevy hidden in the weeds. They cleared enough of the undergrowth that visiting artists could see the car and be inspired by its lines. I'm pretty sure that a LeMons team with a hundred bucks could make this car their own!


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Oh my, the '50 Chevy strikes my heart, Murilee, your playing with my heart again!

My dad has a very nice rust free 1950 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe in storage. Black, Stove-Bolt 6 with ta 3 on the tree. There is a pill bottle (Glass) in the glove box from 1964 too!

It was his grandmothers I believe. When she died, he was driving it back from South Carolina to Houston TX, when the motor died in Georgia. Trashy gas (Old, and just crap pump gas), and the lack of driving before my dad was able to get it (Sat for many years) caused a valve to stick and it locked up. I think it stayed with an uncle of my dad's for a few years until my dad was able to drive a tow truck all the way from Houston to Georgia to pick it up. I grew up in Dallas with it sitting in my driveway, usually under a car cover. Back when I was young it was hulking, massive, and reminded me of the Bat Mobile. In 2001 when we moved back to Houston it went into storage. I wasn't over 10, so the car was still huge to me. About 2 years ago, we went into the storage lot to pull some parts for the CST10, and I decided to pull some of the covers off it. Hadn't seen it in nearly 7 years. Boy, Hun's car was a lot smaller now. I never got a good picture of the whole car (Only the one attached above), and lost the others I had when the Hard drive on my PC froze, but if someone wants I can go dig up the photographs and scan them, if murilee can post them, That'd kick ass. A 20 year old DOTS set of photos.

Currently it sits holding old car parts in the trunk, and a built TPI 350 under the nose, but only as an oversized engine stand, that was for another car of my past. A certain '78 El Camino.