Montpelier Urban – March/April 2012 Cover Story
Pete Costisick

1951 Montpelier Urban

The 1951 Montpelier Urban that appears on the cover of the March/April 2012 issue of Vintage Truck magazine was rescued from an Idaho prairie by local historian Alan Benjamin who commissioned its restoration to Body Works of Montpelier, Ohio. It was his way of honoring Montpelier Manufacturing’s former workers and calling attention to a manufacturing concern that was a vital part of the local economy from 1927 to 1965. What else is in this issue? Features 1948 Pilothouse Dodge A … Read the rest of the story…

Chevrolet – Old-style Wrecker
Ray Hoffman

1929 chevy wrecker

The 1929 Chevrolet wrecker that appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is owned by Richard Sorrels of Columbia, Missouri. Richard believes the original owners, the Skinner Brothers of Atlanta, Missouri, bought the Chevy as a cab and chassis and added the aftermarket Weaver Auto Crane unit built at Springfield, Illinois. … Read the rest of the story…

Ford LD6-4 – Mysteries and Missing Pieces
Erin McCarty

1942 Ford Schutt

The 1942 Ford LD6-4 that appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is owned by Bob Schutt of Queensland, Australia. After many years of research, Bob believes his truck was on its way to Netherlands East Indies (N.E.I.) to help defend Dutch colonial possessions and was most likely “on the water” when the Japanese over-ran N.E.I., then the ship it was on would have been diverted to Australia along with 30 or more other ships originally destined … Read the rest of the story…

Chevrolet Ambulance – A Modest Professional
Bill Siuru

1951 chevy ambulance

The 1951 Chevrolet ambulance that appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is owned by Michael Della Gala of Glendale, California. Originally a sedan delivery, the vehicle was converted into an ambulance by Guy Barnette and Co. in Memphis, Tennessee, and used by Masonic Home Hospital in Utica, New York, as a patient transport and paint shop and maintenance vehicle until 1975. … Read the rest of the story…

Jeep’s Tornado of an Engine
Bill Norris

jeep engine

The 230ci single overhead cam “Tornado” 6-cylinder Jeep engine that appears in the March/April 2012 issue of Vintage Truck magazine was the first modern mass-produced overhead cam engine in the United States. Chief engineer A.C. Sampietro and developmental engineer K.G. Matthews were called upon for the creation of this engine. … Read the rest of the story…