Abandoned Car of the Week

Rusting on the rails



This railroad equipment is seen rusting on a side track in a small eastern North Carolina town, a product of Safe-Trac, Inc., of Clinton, Ky. (
Photo by Jim Meachen)

Ready to be moved



This large diesel Army truck, which we think is from the decade of the '60s, was found on a trailer in Florida, perhaps headed for the scrap yard? An air conditioning unit sitting over the cab indicates this truck was used for hauling things (or people) that needed a cool interior.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Farming in the '20s



The McCormick Deering steel-wheeled tractor was popular for use on the nation's farms in the '20s and '30s. Manufactured by the International Harvester Co., the McCormick Deering name was used until 1948, when this line of tractors became McCormick. This McCormick Deering tractor serves as yard art in a southern Virginia farmyard.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Dodge 440 languishes



From 1963 the 440 was separated from the new, smaller Dart range and now featured a 119-inch wheelbase. It was available as a 2-door sedan, 4-door sedan, 2-door hardtop and 4-door station wagon. During 1963 and 1964 model years, the Dodge 440 was the mid-range model and featured less chrome and a plainer interior than the top-trimmed Polara. Measuring 210.7 inches in length, It cane with a V-8 making 230 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. Mileage was measured at 12 mpg. This example was found along U.S. 301 in Florida.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

The remains of a Plymouth



This used up 1963 Plymouth Savoy wagon was found locked behind a fence in northern Florida. The '63 Savoy 5-door was outfitted with a 145-horsepower, 6-cylinder engine making 215 pound-feet of torque mated to a 3-speed automatic. Published 0-to-60 time was 13.9 seconds with a 99 mph top speed. The full-sized wagon measured 210 inches in length with a curb weight of 3,538 pounds. Combined city/highway fuel economy was measured at about 15 mpg.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

A used-up Plymouth wagon



In 1949, Plymouth changed the U.S. station wagon market by introducing the industry's second all-steel body station wagon, the Suburban. From 1950, it came in two-door and four-door configurations with two wheelbases, 111-inch and 118.5-inch. The model was powered by a 97-horsepower six-cylinder engine. This abandoned circa 1950-1952 wagon was discovered in Arizona.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Chevy heavy-duty workhorse



This 1956 Chevrolet tow truck was found in retirement in an Arizona salvage yard. A Chevrolet ad proclaimed "each 1956 Task-Force truck has the distinctive styling that is best suited to its proportions and the work it is designed to do."
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Ford work truck



This fifth-generation 1971 Ford F-Series truck was found in northern Florida minus a few necessities such as headlights, bumpers and side trim. The 1971 F-Series had a variety of six and-eight cylinder engines. Transmissions included 3 and 4-speed manuals and a 4-speed automatic.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)

Throw the top back



This early circa 1970s Fiat 124 Spider was found in retirement in an Arizona salvage yard. It appears from the scrawling on the windshield that the owner thinks the relic is still worth $1,500. The original two-seater was built by the Italian company from 1966 through 1985. The first 124 was powered by an inline four-cylinder engine making 89 horsepower.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

A Florida Wayfarer



The Dodge Wayfarer two-door sedan was built from 1949 through 1952. In 1950, it received a facelift as did the entire Dodge lineup. And for the 1951-52 model years the Wayfarer got another upgrade with a new hood and new front fenders. The 195-inch long Wayfarer was outfitted with a 230 cubic-inch Dodge straight six. Published 0-60 time was 17.4 seconds. This circa 1951 model was discovered in northern Florida.
(Photo by Jim Meachen)