Future Collectibles, 1969-1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer & GMC Jimmy
Rich Truesdell

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The cover of the April 1969 issue of Motor Trend heralded the introduction of an entirely new automotive category—the two-door sport utility vehicle based on a shortened full-size pickup truck. The vehicle was the Chevrolet Blazer and, from its introduction in 1969 until its successor, the two-door Chevrolet Tahoe was discontinued in 1999, it was often the best-selling vehicle in its class. It took Jeep (Cherokee) and Dodge (Ramcharger) until 1974 to respond with two-door models of their own, and … Read the rest of the story…

April Brings Shows, Both New and Old
Karen O’Brien

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As impressed as I am when I find a car show or swap meet that has been around for a half-century or more, I’m always pleased to see new events springing up around the country. The shows I’m featuring this month are a perfect example of how this hobby reveres its established traditions, while remaining eager to create new ones. Two events are in their first year, one is gearing up for its sophomore event, and another is celebrating 51 … Read the rest of the story…

Salvage Yard Stories Gone Bad
Joe Sharretts

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People tell me all the time that being paid to visit salvage yards must be the greatest job ever. I have a great time doing what I do, and most of the time it has been pretty great. But, with every high point in a job, there must be some lows, so I’ve decided to use this month’s blog to tell you all about those times where it isn’t so much fun to be me. In my writing career, I … Read the rest of the story…

March Shows Are Back in Full Swing
Karen O’Brien

The Eventer

Don’t let those frigid temperatures fool you—spring really is right around the corner, and there are a lot of events happening in March. It seems like everything except cruise nights are back in full swing across the country, and you won’t have to look far from home to find a great weekend event. Roanoke, Virginia Head over to the Berglund Center (710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24016) on March 6–8 for the 35th Annual MDA Car Show. Hosted by the … Read the rest of the story…

Slipped Under the Radar… Until Now
Joe Sharretts

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It’s amazing how if you don’t call every single salvage yard within 200 miles of your home, the one you missed is almost certainly the one you are looking for. Years ago, I undertook such a project, and, after several yards told me that there was nothing in the area at all anywhere, I gave up on the Pottstown area of Pennsylvania. Also, Pottstown is only about an hour from where I lived, so I figured that if there were … Read the rest of the story…

Vintage Salvage Made EZ In A U-Pull-It Yard
Joe Sharretts

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A few years ago, I was going to choose a large “u-pull-it” salvage yard at random to blindly enter and see how many vintage vehicles had made it into the mix of thousands of cars and trucks. This style of yard is starting to pop up all over the country, and the way things are run at these is totally different than anything we are normally used to. For my experiment, I called EZ Pull and Save Auto Parts of New … Read the rest of the story…

The Short History of U.S. Hardtop Station Wagons
Rich Truesdell

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Being a fan of the traditional rear-wheel-drive station wagon, the once staple of postwar American suburban driveways, I always love it when examples of the original crossover sport utility vehicle appear in Vintage Truck magazine. And, like me, many baby boomers all seem to have fond memories of facing the cars behind them—un-belted and from a rear-facing third seat. There’s one small sector of the station wagon genre that is often overlooked, and that is the pillarless, hardtop station wagon. … Read the rest of the story…