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"Labor Omnia Vincit"-Labor Conquers All Things...the motto of Oklahoma...a delicious slice of Americana!
Photographed at GoodGuys 3rd Spring Nationals 2012
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Red Oak II is the brainchild of artist Lowell Davis who grew up in the "real” Red Oak, Missouri, about 18 miles northwest of the "new” Red Oak II.
This nice little "ghost town” includes a Phillips 66 station, an old schoolhouse, feed store, diner, town hall, jail, and several homes. Two buildings that were important in Davis' life are the blacksmith shop, where his great-grandfather once practiced his trade and the General Store, that was run by Lowell's father and where he learned to sculpt and paint. Both buildings were moved from the original Red Oak townsite. Situated throughout the property are numerous Davis sculptures and old vehicles. Frozen in time, a walk through Red Oak II is a vivid stroll through the past.
Thought I would post this without the lettering. It's such a nice Jimmy !
A beautiful 1952 GMC truck at the Tulare Antique Tractor Show in Tulare, California.
Advance Design Chevrolet Panel Truck Street Rod, 47-53, at the Back to the Fifties car show in St Paul, MN last June. As it passes a Model A Ford Sedan and looks like another Model A pickup in the background.
I used a water color paint effect here from PhotoScape.
50s GMC school bus in Cawker City, KS. Owned by Bill Brummer who had a ton of neat old vehicles for sale.
I put this was a 1951 Chevrolet, I don't think it was a GMC they have a different grille. Note the name of the store, Rods Liquor. Pretty wild ride and a lot of fun to cruise around town in I bet. I have seen a few of these customized over the years. There is a Ford that goes to shows also and John Force had one made by Chip Foose that was a 1956 Ford School Bus.
Vehicles come from all over the US to the Back to the Fifties car show each year in June at the MN State Fairgrounds. This nice '51 Chevrolet pickup hails from Scobey Montana. Apparently part of their fire dept there. Or at least was at one time.
All I did to this one was to "posterize" the background.
For sale on Ebay last month. Looks like a small winch truck.
I am sure this gave the owner as much fun as a $250,000 Winnebago. Somewhere way out east in Vona, Colorado.
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Advance Design was the name GM gave to their trucks from '47 thru '54. They were extremely modern by '47 standards but by '54 they were looking quite dated. With only minor changes thru those years, this one is a 1950 or older because of the left side cowl vent.
I'm not 100% pleased with this one because I couldn't figure out what to do with the window area. Whatever I tried looked wrong so I just left it.
For the background, I did a very tight crop of the fender area and then re-sized it for a 'tan' texture and used that texture over the front view of the truck and then that became the texture I used over the side view of the truck. To which I erased it over the truck.
Truck was originally photographed at the Back to the Fifties car show in St Paul, MN
I used Rustoleum paint to repaint this diecast truck then I clearcoat it.
A very cool scale model of a Chevy "Advanced Design" 1950 Pickup truck rat rod. Complete with a Mexican blanket on the seat, rust and signage on the door. I didn't build this model, just took a photo of it.