The Norman Transcript

Local news

May 4, 2013

Sturdy truck still running after six decades on the open road

NORMAN — After over six decades, Bob Thompson’s Dodge half-ton “job-rated” pick up isn’t going to win any beauty contests, but she’s not out of the race either.

“What I like about this truck is that it’s nearly

seventy years old and still runs,” he said. “People have suggested turning it into a hot rod but I don’t want to do that because it’s just amazing as is.”

The vehicle’s simplicity also appeals to the owner/operator of the Midway Grocery and Market, 601 W. Eufaula St. Even in its day the Dodge would have been considered unadorned. But in the 21st century, when some new rides have 30 pages in the owners’ manual dedicated to wireless connectivity, the 1947 truck is downright Spartan by comparison.

“There are no bells and whistles on it,” Thompson said. “It’s just a functional truck.” The cabin boasts a heater, a few essential gauges and a deep glove box. Top mount windshield wipers are vacuum-assisted. They’re nostalgically cute but would be useless in a downpour. Turn signals were added sometime years ago, back in that quaint period of time when vehicles had to pass street-legal inspection in Oklahoma to be licensed.

“It’s just rock-stock and geared low to do work,” Thompson said. It starts getting insufferably loud at 35 mph or above.

The old Dodge is lucky it’s not slowly rusting away in a rural pasture.

“My father-in-law Oscar Carpio bought the truck years ago before I met his daughter Maricha,” Thompson said. “The truck had been sitting out in a field.”

It didn’t have wheels or a bed but the motor ran and Carpio would start it on a regular basis. He restored the electrical system and the Dodge became a work in progress. Thompson admired the Dodge’s art deco body style and one day ten years ago Carpio bestowed it on him. New brakes, a relatively modern rear axle and new paint brought the truck back to life.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014

  • Moore City Council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount of street improvements needs to be done,” Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said. “This will be paid for with ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Crime briefs

    Woman charged with assault A Norman woman was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon Monday after admitting that she threw a knife at someone, court records show. Jamie Marie Rietz, 32, was charged in Cleveland County ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Jeremy Ryan Sellers, 20, second-degree burglary and malicious injury to property under $1,000 in concert and together with Ryan ...

    July 22, 2014

  • County want details of insurance coverage

    Cleveland County commissioners will formally request particulars on their insurance coverage from the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma Self Insurance Group....

    July 22, 2014

  • Stewart journeys from volunteer to director at Women’s Resource Center

    Kristy Stewart walked into the Women’s Resource Center as a volunteer 30 years ago. The volunteer work soon turned into a staff position, and that one into another and another and so on. Along with the new responsibilities came her ...

    July 21, 2014

  • garnervisit1 Family, friends recall Garner’s Norman roots

    Flowers started arriving at the James Garner statue at Main Street and Jones Avenue Sunday morning after residents learned of the famed actor and Norman native’s death Saturday night in California. Norman resident Roy Hamilton, who grew ...

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • James Garner James Garner dies at 86

    NEW YORK — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety....

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos