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PostWed Aug 22, 2012 10:54 pm 
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These are the two oldest cars I know of that are still sitting and rotting in the Middle Fork. Most of the junkers have been hauled out, but these are not so accessible. I know there's not much to go on in these photos, but I'm not a car-guy in any way and I'm clueless about how to figure out what models these are.

Car 1 is located along Granite Creek a ways off the Granite Lakes road. The grill still clearly shows that it was a Chevy.
Granite Creek Chevy
Granite Creek Chevy
Granite Creek Chevy
Granite Creek Chevy

Car 2 is down a hundred feet or so from the road at the Hardscrabble Lake trail. There are no manufacturer details that I could see. The body, engine and grill are in separate places, like a corpse that's been dismembered!
Hardscrabble wreck
Hardscrabble wreck
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Hardscrabble wreck
Hardscrabble wreck
Hardscrabble wreck
Hardscrabble wreck
Hardscrabble wreck
Hardscrabble wreck
Hardscrabble wreck

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PostWed Aug 22, 2012 10:56 pm 
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Crazy, I wonder how long those have been there.

I'm a car enthusiast, but my knowledge of various makes/models doesn't get rolling 'til the early '60s.  Those are '40s cars.

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PostThu Aug 23, 2012 7:45 am 
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The first one looks like an early to mid 40's Chevy Special Deluxe.  The second one looks like a 40's Plymouth Deluxe maybe?

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PostThu Aug 23, 2012 7:47 am 
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That Chevy is from the early 1940's...I am thinking 1941 because of where the Chevy label is located.

I am thinking that the other car is a mid to late 1930's ford coupe.  Edit...I am thinking a 1937.
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PostThu Aug 23, 2012 10:33 am 
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how did they ever get that car over the tree?
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PostThu Aug 23, 2012 12:36 pm 
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What's amazing is how much paint is left on the Chevy.
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PostThu Aug 23, 2012 12:42 pm 
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PostThu Aug 23, 2012 2:58 pm 
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Amazing what people know here, Thanks! With your clues I did some more focused searching and came up with these top candidates. AH - your id's were right on, but the Plymouth is a 4-door model.

Car 1
1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe
from myoldpostcards

Car 2
1938 Plymouth 4-Door Sedan Touring (maybe '36 or '37)
From wikipedia
The exhaust ports of the Plymouth engine even match what's sticking out of the ground
from a '36
from a '36

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PostThu Aug 23, 2012 10:44 pm 
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Nice work figuring those out.

Question:  How long has there been a Middle Fork road?

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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 1:07 am 
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It's complicated and I haven't been able to work out the exact timing yet. What we call the MFK road now started out as a railroad. In the 30s the CCC road was built as a way for trucks and cars to get up the valley. The railroad was pulled out in the 40s, then the MFK road was a gated private logging road for a while, maybe into the 60s. It was definitely open for the general public to drive by the 70s.

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PostFri Aug 24, 2012 6:52 am 
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Thanks.  The Middle Fork road, IMHO, would be a great topic for History Link.

I also have to wonder about the stories behind the cars that got there.  "Hey, what did you do with my Chevy?"  "Uhhh ..."

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