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1948 Federal 16M Truck
This image is a composite of four photos. The cargo area of the truck was created by combing part of another truck and recoloring it. Details in the truck cab were enhanced by opening it up the Shadows and Highlights in Photoshop. Cloning and painting removed undesirable relections and extrainious elements.

Canon 5D Mark 2 24-105mm 1:4 lens
Photoshop CS6

The truck was photographed in West Springfield MA, USA.
The Background is from Smith Rock State Park in Oregon, USA

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indian, motorcycle, federal, truck, red, antique, transport, 1948

The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • flyrod
    flyrodover 1 year ago

    INDIAN WIELDING GUNN’S

    In Orange County New York there’s a little town called Montgomery that’s gained a lot of notoriety in recent years as the home of a dysfunctional family of motorcycle builders named the Tuttle’s. They are a highly creative and skilled father and son’s team known for their complete lack of anger management skills. They’re not however the only motorcycle family from Montgomery to make headlines. You have to go back about sixty years to revisit the hell-bent clan that sparked a debate that rages on to this day. In a seedy part of town there was a rundown shack across the railroad tracks were the Gunn family lived. Lucius Gunn and his five sons were a filthy bunch of alcohol-fueled renegades who lived like savages and preyed on the local population. They robbed and pillaged their way across Orange County and built a reputation as the most feared motorcycle gangs in the Northeast.
    In 1949 the Gunn’s expanded their criminal activity to truck hijacking. Their biggest score came on the moonless night of August 25 when they held up a 1948 Federal transport truck coming from the Indian Motorcycle Company in Springfield Massachusetts. The truck was carrying crates containing Indian motorcycles including a half dozen Scouts and a couple of Chiefs. After ruthlessly beating the driver they stole the truck and escorted it back to their compound on the edge of Montgomery. What happened next was a crime so despicable that it’s details are still shocking to this day. The Gunn’s tore those Indians to pieces and cut them down into open wheeled choppers with a rumble that could be heard from five miles away. Citizens lived in fear as the Indian wielding Gunn’s sparked a crime wave that crisscrossed the state. They were so hatted by the local population that most people felt, “the only good Gunn is a dead Gunn”.
    The “Indian” problem in Orange County was out of control and something had to be done. The Governor sent in state police to confiscate the Indians, but the Gunn’s thwarted their attempt by hiring a powerful attorney named Dewey Cheatham. He stated that under the Second Amendment of the State Constitution the Gunn’s had the right to own Indians. The population was divided on the issue. Many law-abiding New Yorkers also owned Indians and enjoyed them as a hobby or for sport. At a hearing at the State House in Albany one citizen stated, “I just feel safer with my Indian around”. Another stated, “I’ve owned Indians all my life and the only way you will take them is forcing them from my cold dead hands”. Anti-Indian groups argued that Indians were not safe in the hands of the mentally ill, and gas tanks should be limited to ten gallons to curb their range.
    The National Indian Association, a powerful lobbying group, gained influence by lining the pockets of most of the states politicians. They argued that the only way to overtake an Indian wielding Gunn was with a bigger Indian. They coined a phrase that can still be seen on bumper stickers to this day. It states, “If you outlaw Indians, only Gunn’s will have them”.

  • BigD
    BigDover 1 year ago

  • Much appreciated BigD

    – flyrod

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...over 1 year ago

    Now THAT is some red sir and oh, what a beauty.

  • Thanks CLT
    I had to keep up with that red beauty you posted last week.

    – flyrod

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 1 year ago

    You had me for most of the tale… Great metaphor, it is a metaphor? Superb work!!!

  • Well John, in this case the truth may be crazier than the fiction. So far I’ve resisted the pier pressure to buy an Indian. Thank buddy.

    – flyrod

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    I am always amazed by how seamless your composites look! Wonderful! As for the story, I just love the way you have woven in the gun control controversy. Bravo!

  • Thanks very much Dot. I try to avoid touchy subject but I thought in this context it would be OK. The real life controversy is actually crazier than the story I wrote. Entertaining world we live in isn’t it? I don’t own a gun but I do own a Canon. Go figure.

    – flyrod

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 1 year ago

    Excellent work !

  • Thanks my friend.

    – flyrod

  • Stuart Row
    Stuart Rowover 1 year ago

    Love the image and enjoyed the story even more.

  • Thenks very much Stuart. I try to avoid touchy subjects but I thought in this context it would be OK. The real life controversy is actually crazier than the story I wrote. Entertaining world we live in isn’t it? I don’t own a gun but I do own a Canon. Go figure.

    – flyrod

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 1 year ago

    Clicking the image takes you to the group where you can support fellow members.

  • Thanks John.

    – flyrod

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 1 year ago

    Just too cool – the photo is amazing and the story is priceless!

  • Thanks Monnie. I try to avoid touchy subjects but I thought in this context it would be OK. The real life controversy is actually crazier than the story I wrote. Entertaining world we live in isn’t it? I don’t own a gun but I do own a Canon. Go figure.

    – flyrod

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoover 1 year ago

    Awesome image and totally believable story! and Gunns WILL always have Indians!

  • Thanks Bill. I try to avoid touchy subjects but I thought in this context it would be OK. The real life controversy is actually crazier than the story I wrote. Entertaining world we live in isn’t it? I don’t own a gun but I do own a Canon. Go figure.

    – flyrod

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