Does anyone remember the TT atop the sign pole in Winnemucca? I saw it there as a youngster in the 70's. Some time later it was taken down but the truck stop still has the same name. The owner had sold the facility and gave the truck to musician Jim Bachman, Sr, who restored it with his son Jimmy here in Auburn. I have cared for it for some years now. It doesn't look anything like It did forty feet up that pole. Jimmy is also a musician, played bass for Merle Haggard until his death. Jimmy can no longer drive, and has given the TT to his brother in Fallon, Nevada. We are going to haul it up there and Fallon will welcome the truck back home to Nevada at their Labor Day parade. Should be fun. After that it's off to the Overland club.
Hi Erik - You know, I seem to remember that. I thought is was a casino but that's probably also true. I was a Navy pilot based in Fallon for a few years (yeah, there's a Navy base in the middle of the desert) and had friends in Winnemucca I visited a couple times. That would have been the early to mid 80s. The thing about a car in Nevada is - any rust issues would not have taken place in Nevada.
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Yes, Keith's was/is also a casino. I lived in Fallon for a short time 1990-92. My understanding was that the vast Stillwater reserve looks a lot on radar like the ocean and there is a big rock out there that comes up like a ship. Helps to train pilots. I used to work on some mining equipment in the area. Those Navy birds would pass through at Mach 1 plus and it would about knock over my truck after the plane was long out of sight. Awesome. NAS Fallon is now the Top Gun facility.
>>>Those Navy birds would pass through at Mach 1 plus and it would about knock over my truck after the plane was long out of sight.<<<
Wasn't me. I was flying helicopters at the time. Used to fly the Seals around in the middle of the night and did coordinated Search and Rescue exercizes with every air wing in the Navy. Fallon was your typical small American ranching town with legalized gambling and prostitution, where you could still find yourself sitting at a bar with an honest-to-God cowboy, surrounded on every cardinal heading by four big bombing ranges. Your tax dollars at work. It still fascinates me that there's a place like that in this country. I got a job in Cincinnati in 89 so it looks like we just missed each other.
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When I worked there I serviced trucks owned by ranchers, and all the locals. There would be a shotgun in the rack and a .44 mag hanging from the park brake release. When they picked up their truck they would roll down the street to Fat Jack's and have lunch, leaving the truck parked on the street with the keys and weapons in it. Fallon had a pretty low crime rate. I'm not sure it's still that way. I wish it was.
This brought back a lot of memories. After returning from Viet Nam I attempted to drive a 1929 AA flatbed from California to New York. Going great for 700 miles till I ran over an undercut by 3 feet railroad crossing that was being repaired and was unmarked. Truck did a Dukes of Hazzard imitation just fine but when it landed the brand new brakes worked so well it ripped the entire rear out from under the truck. A junkyard in Winnemucca hauled me in, let me use his shop and tools free of charge and ran this young Marine all over trying to locate antique parts. We finally got the truck back on the road but it was so badly damaged I didn't have the heart to continue and ran truck back to my dad's in California. Sure wish I could remember shops name to thank them again. I did get this neat cup and saucer from Keith's which I've kept every since.
Do you know how long that truck was up on the pole? We used to drive through Winnemucca a couple times every year or two to visit family in Eastern Nevada and Idaho. I remember seeing several antique cars and trucks up on poles as a kid. That may well have been one of them.
On the flight training in that area. My dad grew up outside Elko Nevada. During WWII, they saw almost every day as pilots and crews trained in their area. Many years later, they found out that it was the training for the atomic bomb drop that they were watching.
Another interesting WWII factoid from his youth. Many of the Navajo code talkers came from that area. Everybody in the area knew about it at that time!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Two weeks ago had lunch at the Pig BBQ across the street from the Model T Casino
A fella by the name of Harvey Cash from Winnemucca posts here on the forum.
First trip out there 1962, sure has changed !
Wayne, I am not sure about the timeline but I am guessing 1960's to 1980's, I will get more Info from Jimmy. Your post about the Cold War nuclear era has inspired me to share a story my dad told me about that time.
Erik B, I look forward to hearing/reading it!
Wayne, just posted the story of my dad witnessing a nuke test with his wood cab TT in 1954.
Good story. Very good story. Thank you.
Erik, I don't remember the TT truck stop but do remember the Model T roadster atop the pedestal at the Model T casino. When the current owners took over the place they sold the car to Walt Curtis, owner of Curtis Machinery here in Winnemucca. Walt is an avid Model T and A collector, very active in our car club the Koyote Kruisers and he is president of the local antique tractor club. His business yard is an antique vehicle treasure. The Model T casino was originally a Ford Dealership and hence the name. I have attached the only picture I have of the car at last Years Winnemucca Inn car show that was held in conjunction with Fifties Fever. He shows it at many shows complete with a picture history of the car. It's very kool. Harv.
My Dad's name was Harvey. My Mom always called him Harv. I remember his 55 Sunliner overheating in Tonapah. He taught me to drive in his brand new 65 Mustang on the road between Boulder City and Searchlight.
He passed away last fall. He was a Great Dad.
It's funny that just talking about a location can bring back so many memories.. Kirk did you have the ribs at the pig. When my sister comes to town that's the first place we go, best ribs ever. Winnemucca had their Fifties Fever event 2 weeks ago and the Coupe I built for my sister took first place in it's class, she got a nice trophy. Also on Saturday went to the show in Battle Mountain, about 50 miles east, took second place best in class. My sister is thrilled. Harv.
Keith Gumbinger should have that cup and saucer!
Tim, Funny thing, but I've been thinking the same thing!
Didn't have the ribs but the food was good and the service was excellent. The waitress and a local family sitting next to us were very friendly.
You have a nice looking coupe. I like the color combo.
Congratulations on your trophy.