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

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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…

Mercury Trucks Dare to Be Different
Rich Truesdell

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As you continue to read this blog and become more familiar with it, you will find that I’m always looking for the unusual. I’m currently digging deep into the history of short-lived pillar-less hardtop station wagons for another publication. Did you know they were only built from 1956 to 1964? Can you name the first? The last? Last year, when covering the 2013 Fabulous Fords Forever show, I encountered something that I had heard of but had never seen—a Mercury … Read the rest of the story…

Celebrate Trucksgiving This November
Karen O’Brien

The Eventer

On October 12, I enjoyed a trip to the 28th Annual Lions Club Fall Classic Car Show in Morris, Illinois. This is the largest nonprofit show in the state of Illinois, and it featured nearly 1,200 show cars, 200 cars for sale in the car corral, and 650 swap spaces that could easily take the entire day to peruse. My dad’s buddies had been setting up in the swap area for years, and we all enjoyed a great day that … Read the rest of the story…

Welcome to Life in the Yard
Joe Sharretts

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Writing the first of any new series of articles always seems to be the tough one, so I am going to do my best to introduce all of you to the world of the vintage truck salvage yard. In this first blog post, I will simply go over where to find vintage vehicles, rules of etiquette while in salvage yards, what types of vehicles we find, and hopefully clear up a few myths in the business. Plus, I will throw … Read the rest of the story…

Pickups Prove the Affordable Auction Options
Rich Truesdell

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Back in August, after attending the events that comprise the Pebble Beach automotive week in Monterey, California, I was left with an important takeaway. While many would-be buyers focused on one-off Ferraris that went unsold at $23,000,000, there was a part of the collector car universe that was still affordable—classic pickup trucks. These trucks, to me anyway, fall into three distinct categories: prewar trucks that are restored to a high standard or are in original condition; postwar trucks in original … Read the rest of the story…

Prime Cuts from the Springfield Meet Market
Bill Holder

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Every Labor Day weekend, the Cars & Part Springfield (Ohio) Swap Meet and Car Show, held at the Clark County Fairgrounds, addresses everything automotive—old and new, big and small. The event always brings a number of used, and ofttimes abused, vintage trucks. Owners gave a number of different explanations about why they were letting their vehicles go, such as “it’s too much work” or “too much money,” or “my wife’s mad because I bought it,” and many others. Whatever the reason, here are six … Read the rest of the story…

Fall Boasts Bounty of Truck Shows
Karen O’Brien

The Eventer

Whether or not you own a vintage truck, getting out to a show is one of the best parts of this hobby because you’re sure to learn something new. Truck owners are quick to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with curious folks, as I learned a couple of weeks ago at the 42nd Annual Hoosier Old Wheels Car Show & Swap Meet in Plymouth, Indiana. The show featured antique cars, rods, customs, and trucks. It’s not every day that you … Read the rest of the story…