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I saw this great car, took pictures, then the owner came out and we had a chance to talk. He is justifiable proud of his 'Vette, but also excited about his latest acquisition, and invited me around back to see it:
Unfortunately I could not get most of the shots I normally want. The bench seat was a separate purchase. Amazing to think that both of these vehicles were designed by the same company and produced in the same year. Love the tiny windows behind the front doors. And oh that flat windshield!
I ran into the tag limit again on this post.
One of the owners told me that in Japan there are small fire stations scattered at regular intervals throughout the countryside, each equipped with a small truck like this.
This one came as a fully functioning firetruck, with hoses, clothing, tools, etc however it is now used for hauling building materials, so all that had to be removed. Apparently there are a number of these in the Lower Mainland, and I have seen a few about.
The owner says that he has had the original anemic engine replaced with a more modern and powerful V8, plus assorted restoration.
I have to admit that despite my ... umm ... distaste ... for Corvettes of the late 70s / early 80s, I enjoyed seeing and taking pictures of this car. There are lots of interesting shapes which can be extracted from it, and the red is really Red. It almost made me revive the "guilty pleasure" tag.