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


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


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…

Swap Meets to Beat the Winter Blues
Karen O’Brien

The Eventer

With December car and truck shows limited to the warmest sections of the nation, those of us in the colder climates know that shorter days signal the start of the winter swap meet season. Indoor and outdoor (when the weather permits) swaps are the perfect cure for the winter blues. Peotone, Illinois The first swap meet of the year for those in the Chicago area is hosted by the Strictly Street Rod Club at the Will County Fairgrounds in Peotone, … Read the rest of the story…

Les’s Auto Salvage Has Old Stuff
Joe Sharretts


Six years ago, when I originally thought about calling Les Helm to write a story about his salvage yard in Cars & Parts magazine, a guy told me: “Don’t go there. He doesn’t have any old stuff.” I took him at his word and let it go. It wasn’t until a few years later, after I hearing of a major parts car auction held by a local collector, where hundreds of Lincoln, Mercury, and Edsel cars were put up for … Read the rest of the story…

1950s Pickups Take to the Big Stage
Al Rogers

Al Rogers, the Lensman

  2014 goes down as a breakout year for the classic pickup truck at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s. My yearly car show/event coverage includes several concours d’elegance shows around the country. Usually things kick off with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida in early March. This year was no exception. I made my way to the event with a plan to cover the show and focus on the 10 Packard dream cars from the Ralph Marano … Read the rest of the story…

Chevrolet 3100 – Tearful Reunion
Patrick Ertel


The 1954 Chevrolet 3100 that appears in the January/February 2015 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is owned by Bruce Barnes who received the truck by way of his grandfather, Raymond Anderson, who was a bulldozer operator in the town of Girard, Illinois. Bruce surprised his parents with the restoration by driving it in a homecoming parade, a stunt that brought tears to his adoring mother’s eyes. … Read the rest of the story…

B&L Auto Salvage Has Got the Good, Old, and Odd
Joe Sharretts


For our first of many salvage yard profiles, I have decided to begin with B&L Auto Salvage located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. This is not one of those yards that you will see all over the Internet, or advertising in every magazine. It is a very small yard located way off the beaten path known only by the locals, but there you will find a great collection of unusual pieces. B&L was started back in 1960. It is currently owned and … Read the rest of the story…