prune picker

This is the blog of a prune picker. (Native born Californian) Retired oilfield. I am an old man. (91) I blog a lot about my body and getting old. As I approach death life gets more interesting. More interesting is not good. I still drive. I attend sports, music, and civic events. I am writing my memoirs. I attend swim class three times a week. Some of my blogs might be interesting. A lot of my blogs are silly and trivial. None are very long.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

What is better? Ford or Chevy?

Early in my life (5 to 10 years old. From around 1930 to 1935 plus.) at any family gathering a big discussion (argument?) would take place on which was the better car, Ford or Chevy. My Father was not involved. He was born (1881) in the age of horse power. He had been an expert teamster. He plowed many a mile. I saw him using a team of horses digging out the basement for a building. Probably when I was around five (1930). My Dad was a heroic figure directing the work of powerful horses. He never did get much good with internal combustion engines.

The discussion on the Ford/Chevy was held by two opposing camps. The Ford camp was my brother in law from Taft, Marion Mott. His able assistant was my brother George. The Chevy camp was my bothers, Keith and Warren. The many other current cars (Buick, Studebaker, Plymouth, etc) did not get involved in the arguments. The Monsons were Ford/Chevy people.

Remember, this when the automobile was a recent invention. Exciting times. Every new model of any car was greeted with crowds of people visiting the show rooms. Much oohing and awing. Cars were an important part of our lives.

My brother Keith was famous for taking a Model T Ford apart and putting it back together. And it ran. He was only 12 years old at the time! Late 1920s. He was a mechanic all his life.

The arguments would cover all aspects of the cars. Starters, brakes, ignition, etc.

Here are pics of the cars.

My first car was a 1930 Model A sedan.

It was not that shiny. I paid 35 dollars for it and drove it for a year. The timing gear went out and I sold it in Fresno for ten dollars. The majority of my cars have been Fords. Mustang, Taurus, etc. Even my company cars were mostly Fords. I think that the present day Ford and Chevy are comparable. There is probably not a lick of difference.

Here are the front ends of a modern Ford and Chevy. I am just more comfortable in a Ford. After ten years in a Toyota I just bought a Ford. It seems like coming home

See any important difference? There could have been back in the 1920s and 30s but I do not believe there is now.

Happy Holidays!


  1. I've been a car nut all of my life, having owned probably 60 to 70 different vehicles (mostly used) since I was 16 years old. Quite a few Caddys, but the majority were Fords. My two brothers are "Ford guys" too. Right now, I own two Ford pickups, one GMC pickup, two Towncars, two Toyota Landcruisers, a Ford Excursion, a Toyota 4-Runner, and last but not least a 1948 Packard (not all are running).

    Merry Christmas,

    Bigfoot in TX

  2. Wow! That is a lot of horsepower! I would say that you are a car nut. Packard "ask a man who owns one" Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them.


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