Dodge D100 Town Wagon & Town Panel – May/June 2016 cover story
Al Rogers

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The 1964 Dodge D100 Town Panel that appears on the cover of the May/June 2016 issue of Vintage Truck magazine joins a 1964 D100 Town Wagon in Michael Bilello’s collection. The panel is a “true survivor” and has not received a frame-up restoration like the Town Wagon did. What else is in this issue? Features 1929 International Six Speed Special 1948 Ford F-1 1959 Chevrolet El Camino 1948 Dodge B-1-B-108 Woodie Departments Chevy Talk – 1963 Chevrolet C-10 Delivery Designs – Boyertown Merchantvans For Ford Fans – 1936 Ford 1½-ton Granny Gear – 35 … Read the rest of the story…

Parts Aplenty at Columbia Too Auto Wreckers
Joe Sharretts

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In 1968, Nadie and Paul Hill purchased the existing Columbia Auto Wreckers in the town of Port Murray, New Jersey. They decided instead of renaming the new yard, they would simply add the word “too” between “Columbia” and “Auto,” so the existing name would carry on. The name still exists to this day. The focus of the yard is and always has been Cadillac as this brand makes up well over half of the inventory. The Cadillacs sit in two … Read the rest of the story…

International Harvester Ambulances: An Unfinished Story
Rich Truesdell

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One of the great things about producing this blog is that I get to write about nearly anything I want so long as it has some connection to vintage trucks. Those of you who follow me here know I am attracted to the strange, unusual, and in most instances, rare. Some blogs generate a large number of comments, such as the one on the Canadian Mercury trucks, and others don’t. It’s really a toss-up. When I sit down at my … Read the rest of the story…

The Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens with a New Face
Rich Truesdell

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While this is my least vintage truck-centric blog I’ve posted since commencing News on the Street, it is nevertheless, the most newsworthy. The Petersen Automotive Museum, founded in 1994 by the late publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen (Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Car Craft, and dozens of other magazine titles), has just emerged from a two-year, $90-million makeover. The results are, in a word, stunning. Situated at the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax on Museum Row in Los Angeles, in what … Read the rest of the story…

New Jersey’s Friendship Used Auto Parts is Your Truck Destination, Part 1
Joe Sharretts

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In the past 10 years, New Jersey has been hit pretty hard by vintage salvage yards clearing out their stock. Most of these possible gems were lost prior to my discovery. The good news is that as long as I’m at work, I’ll keep searching, and every once in a while, I strike gold and find a new supply that was previously only known by the locals. Friendship Used Auto Parts in Tabernacle, New Jersey, has become better known than … Read the rest of the story…

October Filled with Car and Truck Show Treats
Karen O’Brien

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Shows that have been around for a while thrive because the people behind them are running a good event that participants and spectators enjoy returning to year after year. My dad ran a car show in our hometown for 10 years, so I’m more than familiar with the year-round process of organizing it down to the smallest details. Everything from creating flyers and making sure that the DJ has a sufficient power source to establishing trophy classes and scheduling enough … Read the rest of the story…

Stewart Criswell & Sons Inc.—Pennsylvania’s vintage truck mother lode, Part 2
Joe Sharretts

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In my blog post last month, I highlighted one of the first salvage yard I ever covered— Stewart Criswell & Sons Inc. Simply put, Criswell has every style, make, and model truck you can think of, from heavy-duty trucks to light pickups. I saw all brands on my visit, including some fairly uncommon makes like Studebaker, Diamond Rio, Corvair, GMC, and so on. I also noticed an overwhelming presence of 1950s delivery vans. There had to have been at least … Read the rest of the story…