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Stumbled upon this piece of vintage americana while hiking in the national forest today near Leadville Colorado.

Back half of a 4 door car, 20's or 30's era. Not a Ford or a Chevy. Whatever it was, it was big. Much wider than my Model A Tudor.

Any idea what this is?

The window crank gearbox had a chain, like a bicycle chain, hanging from it.
 

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Poor Buick. :(

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Don't know what make it was, but it is probably what was cut off a 4 door to make it into a pickup during the war years. Farmers could get more gas ration stamps for trucks, so a lot of sedans got cut off and wooden truck beds built on them.
 

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Don't know what make it was, but it is probably what was cut off a 4 door to make it into a pickup during the war years. Farmers could get more gas ration stamps for trucks, so a lot of sedans got cut off and wooden truck beds built on them.
Plus it made a worthless car a valuable tool.

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The thing that bothers me is the window crank mechanism. I don't believe BM used a chain driven lift mechanism. Also the crank handle and the escutcheon behind it are not correct for Buick. Perhaps a Durant Star? Billy Durant headed up Buick for a while. Perhaps we are looking at his influance in design.

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The thing that bothers me is the window crank mechanism. I don't believe BM used a chain driven lift mechanism. Also the crank handle and the escutcheon behind it are not correct for Buick. Perhaps a Durant Star? Billy Durant headed up Buick for a while. Perhaps we are looking at his influance in design.

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Interesting. But again, look at the square corners of the windows.. the one in the forest are square.. nor radius in the corners at all.

Maybe the chain was a farmer fix back in the day. Next time we hike the trail I'll check it out a bit closer.
 

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Interesting. But again, look at the square corners of the windows.. the one in the forest are square.. nor radius in the corners at all.

Maybe the chain was a farmer fix back in the day. Next time we hike the trail I'll check it out a bit closer.
I doubt that stamped cover was a farmer fix.The picture I posted is of a 1925. I didn't try to match exactly.
I think the answer is going to found by that window mechanism and the shape of the handle and escutcheon.

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