Dave’s Car ID Service

Dave Burge
Automotive archeology, sociology, and anthropology
Created 16 Jul 2021
  • DCIDS Issue #20: Thank You Santa!
    23 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 9 5
    Most of the fare on this Substack is concerned with adult sized vehicles, but you know what? Christmas is for kids. So in the spirit of the season I want to share a special holiday treat with you: the...
  • DCIDS Issue #19: War Orphans: Detroit's 1942 Models
    07 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 18 7
    “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan… No matter how lo...
  • DCIDS Issue #18: Rarities (Part I)
    27 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 5
    Obviously I love old photos featuring cars and people. For the most part the stars of the the most interesting ID request photos I get are the people, who lend a funny or poignant air to the scene. Th...
  • The Real Acme
    05 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 10 3
    This article first appeared in Garage Magazine #14 (2007). Most of us, at one time or another, have heard the old urban legend about a friend of an uncle of a friend of a cousin of a guy who stole a J...
  • DCIDS Issue 17: Attack of the 5000 Pound Beasts
    30 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 2
    A happy Halloween week to all DCIDS readers! In lieu of my normal fare of beguiling and sentimental reader photos from yesteryear, I am compelled by the occasion of All Hallows’ Eve to treat you to a ...
  • DCIDS Issue #16: The Wild Ones
    19 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 5
    He wore black denim trousers and motorcycle boots And a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back He had a hopped-up ‘sickle that took of like a gun That fool was the terror of Highway 101 Or so ...
  • To the unstumpers go the spoils
    06 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 3
    Thanks to all of you who chipped your well-reasoned two cents to solve the mystery car that had me stymied enough to run a contest. After much consideration and pondering, I have declared a winning 3-...
  • Contest! Unstump Dave
    01 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 8 27
    I always try to make it clear in my car identification efforts that I am not infallible or unstumpable. I don’t really consider myself an expert, as I know countless people in the old car world — AACA...
  • DCIDS Issue #15: Gunslingers
    28 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 4
    One of the more retrospectively shocking aspects of pre-1990 childhood, at least by contemporary standards, was the widespread enthusiasm (and encouragement) for toy firearms and organized gunplay. Ha...
  • DCIDS Issue #14: Be a Clown, Be a Clown
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 1
    When you look through as many old photos as I do, you can’t help but notice how people’s expressions changed over the course of the 19th and 20th Century. Pre-World War I the typical photographic subj...
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