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11 hours ago, Jeb48 said:

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Hunting tree rats Memphis style. (drive by)

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Finnish soldier during the Continuation War

 

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On ‎5‎/‎31‎/‎2019 at 9:40 PM, Jeb48 said:

Any good captions?

 

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Judge Napolitano's grandmother.

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Young Theodore Roosevelt with his high carved tiffany hunting knife and rifle circa 1885

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4 minutes ago, Jeb48 said:

This one has caption possibilities.

 

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Are YOU touching my gun????

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14 hours ago, Jeb48 said:

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Thank God I packed the semiautomatic for hunting! 

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Just realized I posted a repeat so here she is all grown up.

 

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Yep did it again, I seem to have some duplicates to clean out of my files.

Here is a different Texas Ranger photo from a bit earlier time.

 

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I have featured this car before but I think these are new photos.

 

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Great photos! But that abomination may just be the ugliest Buick I have ever seen.

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6 hours ago, hipower said:

Great photos! But that abomination may just be the ugliest Buick I have ever seen.

Beauty is subjective.   And I think its beautiful.   If nothing else, just for what it represents.  Nothing like it would ever be built today.  



 

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El Kineño, the King Ranch’s 1950 Buick hunting car.

Built for avid outdoorsman, King Ranch owner and seven-term U.S. Representative from Texas’ 14th-congressional district Richard M. Kleberg, the car was reportedly a collaboration between Buick and GM’s Styling Section.

To better identify Kleberg’s requirements and expectations, GM sent a representative to spend a few days on the ranch with Kleberg, traveling in the spread’s existing 1946 Ford hunting car. The GM man found the Ford’s suspension primitive and rough-riding, and was amused that traversing sandy terrain required airing down the Ford’s tires, which were later topped off by a fire extinguisher and not a compressor. Certain that his employer could produce a better – and far more comfortable – ranch vehicle, the consultant returned to Detroit with a pad full of notes.

Like the Ford it replaced, El Kineño featured increased ground clearance and a front-mounted winch, but the Buick was built to an entirely different level of opulence (and hence, cost). Starting with a shortened version of Buick’s stoutest Roadmaster frame, the car received a custom convertible body with a canvas top and Plexiglas side windows. Thicker than average steel was used in the rear quarter panels (which also carried a pair of spare tires), but the doors, hood, and trunk lid were stamped from aluminum, perhaps to minimize weight gain.

For durability, the King Ranch Buick received heavy-duty suspension components and 15- x 8.9-inch, six-ply truck tires, likely to reduce punctures. The 320.2-cu.in. Fireball eight-cylinder engine and Dynaflow transmission remained stock, though cooling was increased from 16¾ quarts to 32 quarts to cope with the Texas heat.

In support of its mission, El Kineño came equipped with three rifle scabbards in each front fender, which also contained compartments for ammunition and a comprehensive first-aid kit. The right-front fender carried a “Wrangler’s seat,” which received the car’s only seat belt (though cabin occupants did receive grab handles), while the driver’s fender carried a U-shaped game mount. Tie-down eyes on front and rear bumpers, and running boards helped to secure large game, and an oversize trunk ensured sufficient cargo capacity.

Though the Buick lacked a picnic table, rear-seat passengers enjoyed folding trays and a bar, complete with the King Ranch’s Running W brand on the aluminum tumblers. Seats were leather, and horse skin was used in lieu of carpeting. Given Kleberg’s importance – and the King Ranch’s nearly incomprehensible 1,289-square-mile size – the Buick was even equipped with a radio telephone for field emergencies.

 

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4 hours ago, Capbyrd said:

Beauty is subjective.   And I think its beautiful.   If nothing else, just for what it represents.  Nothing like it would ever be built today.  



 

 

Yes...beauty is subjective. And in the eye of the beholder. lol

I won't deny the vehicle has a certain "quality and quirkiness, even an opulent utilitarianism" about it. A vehicle built of desires and "requirements" far beyond the norm. 

It is quite a unique vehicle and certainly part of the history and mystique of The King Ranch.

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