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Doors and Miscellaneous Car Parts Under the Weekend Skies

This week, as always, Dan looks for pictures of doors for his #Thursday Doors Challenge. Cee turned this week’s Fun Foto Challenge into a wonderful fountain of fotos for me at the Martin Auto Museum. I couldn’t wait for her challenge to finally publish!

Martin Auto Museum #4

Vince’s favorite car

“Peace, brother.” I’m not sure how the peace sign goes with a flaming red car. I love red cars and he doesn’t, so I was a bit shocked when he picked this out as his favorite! It was probably the bench seats. Bucket seats were a bad invention for teen boys just beginning to date.

suicide doors on this 1957 Eldorado Brougham Cadillac

Vince could hardly wait to climb into the first car we saw in the museum. As he reverently opened the door, he solemnly pointed out all the defining coolness characteristics. Suicide doors definitely made this car cool as did the brushed stainless steel roof.

suicide doors

The number and brightness of the lights in this museum make the reflections off these vehicles like seem like looking into a serene lake at high noon. The chrome of the door handles almost disappears into the sparkle.

Other cool parts of the Eldorado

What is your favorite part of the car? What makes it cool to you? As we drive down the road and Vince says, “That is such a beautiful car,” sometimes I think it looks like any other SUV. I have to ask him what makes it so different. For Vince, often coolness starts with the word aluminum.

How many parts of a car can you name? You might surprise yourself. Do you know the name of the pointed piece on the bumper?

plastic seat covers, chrome door handles, wing windows

I had to laugh at this one. Yes, the seats were perfectly protected, but my first husband had an aunt who had every piece of furniture in her living room covered with plastic. So inviting. The furniture went out of style before it even had a stain. Then she went into a nursing home. Her furniture probably went into a furniture museum. It was quite the fad.

cute little storage door
Woody doors, fenders, and white wall tires

Woodies get my vote for the most beautiful doors. The polished wood shone almost as brightly as the chrome door handles.

Woody door, chrome handle, and split-bench front seats

I can’t imagine driving this car to the beach and ruining it with sand and salt air. Maybe this one had plastic door covers at the time.

Hammad’s Weekend Skies Last Weekend

We all hope that the Monsoon season will begin soon in Arizona. We have four major forest fires burning right now that I know about, three of which are six miles from Flagstaff and one near Tucson. We depend on the Monsoon season to bring us water.

Last weekend, I thought the clouds held the promise of rain. As you can see in the last picture, a few sprinkles were the extent of our precipitation.

The Pipeline Fire is currently 22,888 acres with 31% containment and the Haywire Fire is estimated at 5,065 acres with no containment.

As a comparison, here are the stats from Dan’s post about the Squire’s Tavern and People’s State Forest in Connecticut.

Peoples State Forest is a Connecticut state forest occupying 3,059 acres along the West Branch Farmington River opposite American Legion State Forest in the town of Barkhamsted.


I hope you enjoyed this week’s different take on #Thursday Doors, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – car parts, and Hammad’s Weekend Skies. Sorry, this is one of your old posts, Hammad. I couldn’t find the most recent.

Ongoing at Always Write

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  • WQW #22 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Hot June Holidays: Father’s Day and Juneteenth” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time. Try the new InLinkz link.
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And that’s it, folks. Here’s to a very rosy week for you.

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    • Mine did not either. Our house was not spotless, nor is our home now, though I work at keeping it nice. Plastic covers have never been part of the regime! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Beautiful photos of cars. My favorite part of a car is the brakes, followed by the steering wheel and the headlights. Stop, go, see clearly… the essence of driving!

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  2. Those plastic seat covers are serious protection
    And I had to laugh at your story about your aunt’s furniture too!
    Love the car photos for doors and so much more !

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  3. Great post!! My ageing brain coughed up Jim Croce’s song, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”–re the Eldorado! So sorry about the forest/wildfires–I don’t look forward to summer here in WA, as they cause a lot of damage. Sending up prayers for serious rain relief!

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  4. I love these car doors. The close up shots are my favorites, including that bumper. Those bring back very nice memories. Today, almost all cars look the same. These were special.

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  5. Oh that’s funny, your weekend sky link was linked to my wordless Wednesday post, Marsha! But thanks, LOL! Love that red car Vince is sitting in! I remember the bench seat in certain cars and trucks BITD! I was really nervous on a date when I was 16 wondering if I should sit on my side or smack up against the driver. No seat belts, etc. Great images for Thursday Doors!!

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  6. Love the cars, Marsha!! Where’s this museum? There was a museum in Cleveland that had lots of great old cars and even an airplane or two (small ones obviously.) I had to laugh at your comment about the plastic-covered furniture. A relative of my mom’s had all their living room furniture covered in plastic which, in the heat and humidity of Omaha (or the winter cold), would have been really uncomfortable. Fortunately, we children were relegated to the basement to play and not allowed to sit on it. I realize now what a good thing that was. ๐Ÿ™‚


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    • What a funny story! I hated how sticky they were when you wore shorts! Then your legs had plastic marks for the next 20-30 minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The museum is at 4320 W Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306.

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  7. I love the cars of that era. Thank you for sharing some of your pictures! We have a huge woody show here in August which is fabulous.

    I hope you get your rain soon… and send some this way if you do. I think we are going to have a pretty hot summer with little or no rain ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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