Back in 2011 on my way back from my daughter’s wedding in Georgia, I passed through Key West aka the Conch Republic, and while there, of course, I couldn’t help stopping at Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas, where here, I wrote about first hearing of “chugs” and seeing one.
Given that and given the fact that in a few days south of the Florida Strait, I saw about one percent of the 60,000 or so vintage US automobiles, many with Soviet pollution-rich but said-to-be economical engines such as Volgas, let me in the spirit of truckster share a few here. Chug was the sound many of them made, and between the leaded fuel and absence of pollution controls, that chug-chug-chug was palpable. I’ll identify what I can, but most of my years/makes are guesses.
And here we are back to the 1949 Chevrolet, with the
Volga engine, i.e., this is a Cold War hybrid. Click here for an insightful article which calls Cuba the “Galapagos Islands” of cars.
More soon, if you wish, before I get back to tugs and other workboats.
All photos taken by Will Van Dorp, with one at least by his camera.