Slipped Under the Radar… Until Now
Joe Sharretts

junkyard

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…

20 Years A Watchdog
Al Rogers

Al Rogers, the Lensman

Some people rely on an old four-legged guard dog. However, a clever muscle car owner in Georgia relies on his weathered four-wheeled pickup truck to protect access to his prized possession. In early January of this year, I received a phone call from a good friend, Jason Thompson. He’s a car and truck enthusiast from Tennessee. Our friend Floyd Garrett, owner of Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee, had a lead on a significant muscle car barn find. … Read the rest of the story…

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

junkyard

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…

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…

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…