Ford Model 46 – March/April 2016 cover story
Patrick Ertel

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The 1934 Ford V-8 pickup that appears on the cover of the March/April 2016 issue of Vintage Truck magazine was one of three Model 46 trucks that Bob Rayot built from his immense collection of 1933 and 1934 Ford truck parts. Rayot added a red stripe on the cab and red color to the wheel, which were dealer options during that time period. What else is in this issue? Features Jeep DJ-5 Dispatcher History 1965 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1930 Flxible Model 17DL 1947 Studebaker M5 1959 Ford F-100 Custom … Read the rest of the story…

The Cure for February Cabin Fever
Karen O’Brien

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Swap meet season is in full swing, and there isn’t a better cure for cabin fever than to pick a few local events and head out to scrounge up some of the parts on your wish lists. The colder climates have a lot to offer hobbyists this time of the year, provided the weather cooperates just enough to get you safely to your destination, and I’ve discovered some swap meets this month that are sure to be enjoyable outings. So … Read the rest of the story…

Parts Aplenty at Columbia Too Auto Wreckers
Joe Sharretts

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In 1968, Nadie and Paul Hill purchased the existing Columbia Auto Wreckers in the town of Port Murray, New Jersey. They decided instead of renaming the new yard, they would simply add the word “too” between “Columbia” and “Auto,” so the existing name would carry on. The name still exists to this day. The focus of the yard is and always has been Cadillac as this brand makes up well over half of the inventory. The Cadillacs sit in two … Read the rest of the story…

International Harvester Ambulances: An Unfinished Story
Rich Truesdell

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One of the great things about producing this blog is that I get to write about nearly anything I want so long as it has some connection to vintage trucks. Those of you who follow me here know I am attracted to the strange, unusual, and in most instances, rare. Some blogs generate a large number of comments, such as the one on the Canadian Mercury trucks, and others don’t. It’s really a toss-up. When I sit down at my … Read the rest of the story…

January Ushers In Swap Meet Season
Karen O’Brien

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As you know by now, I’m always on the lookout for interesting vintage trucks, and I’m especially fond of those still being used as work trucks or daily drivers. On a recent trip to southern Illinois, I discovered this sharp 1966 Ford F-250 Camper Special parked in the lot behind Dixie’s Cup Café (best breakfast in town, the biscuits and gravy are really good) in Pinckneyville, Illinois. It was in too nice of shape to be a work truck, but … Read the rest of the story…

New Jersey’s Friendship Used Auto Parts is Your Truck Destination, Part 2
Joe Sharretts

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In my previous blog post, I covered the history and basic inventory of Friendship Used Auto Parts in Tabernacle, New Jersey. This month I will talk about specific finds, rules of the yard, and safety tips. Let’s start with a better description of what you will find there. First off, I recommend you plan a visit in person. It’s easy to spend all day looking around, and you will probably need all day to do it. Friendship prefers not to … Read the rest of the story…

The Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens with a New Face
Rich Truesdell

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While this is my least vintage truck-centric blog I’ve posted since commencing News on the Street, it is nevertheless, the most newsworthy. The Petersen Automotive Museum, founded in 1994 by the late publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen (Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Car Craft, and dozens of other magazine titles), has just emerged from a two-year, $90-million makeover. The results are, in a word, stunning. Situated at the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax on Museum Row in Los Angeles, in what … Read the rest of the story…