Ford Model 46 – March/April 2016 cover story
Patrick Ertel


The 1934 Ford V-8 pickup that appears on the cover of the March/April 2016 issue of Vintage Truck magazine was one of three Model 46 trucks that Bob Rayot built from his immense collection of 1933 and 1934 Ford truck parts. Rayot added a red stripe on the cab and red color to the wheel, which were dealer options during that time period. What else is in this issue? Features Jeep DJ-5 Dispatcher History 1965 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1930 Flxible Model 17DL 1947 Studebaker M5 1959 Ford F-100 Custom … Read the rest of the story…

Parts Aplenty at Columbia Too Auto Wreckers
Joe Sharretts


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…

New Jersey’s Friendship Used Auto Parts is Your Truck Destination, Part 2
Joe Sharretts


In my previous blog post, I covered the history and basic inventory of Friendship Used Auto Parts in Tabernacle, New Jersey. This month I will talk about specific finds, rules of the yard, and safety tips. Let’s start with a better description of what you will find there. First off, I recommend you plan a visit in person. It’s easy to spend all day looking around, and you will probably need all day to do it. Friendship prefers not to … Read the rest of the story…

The Varying Vintages of Geese Auto Salvage, Inc.
Joe Sharretts


It was only two years ago that I discovered Geese Auto Salvage, Inc. in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, but, in fact, Geese has been in the same location since 1960. It has also been in the same family the entire time, and every generation seems to be on board with keeping the vintage car theme going. There are well over 1,000 vehicles in Geese’s yard and about half of that stock falls between 1960 and 1980. Many of these vehicles are trucks; … Read the rest of the story…

1971 AMC Jeep Cowboy—What Might Have Been
Rich Truesdell


Thirteen years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 100th anniversary of the Rambler at the spiritual home of American Motors Corp. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. My first car, in 1972, was a sporty 1965 Rambler American 440 two-door hardtop, powered by AMC’s 232 straight 6. Being a lifelong AMC fan, enthusiast, and historian, it was a real treat to see all of the quirky cars that AMC built over its 33-year history (1954–1987), before it was absorbed by Chrysler. … Read the rest of the story…

North Smithfield Salvage Yard Makes Parts Shopping Easy
Joe Sharretts


The best kind of salvage yard out there is the kind that makes your shopping experience as easy as possible for you. I have mentioned many times on this blog the many hazards of searching yards over a weekend where you may or may not even find a vehicle close to the one you own. Not many yards out there take the time to inventory the vintage stock, but North Smithfield Auto Recycling is one exception to the rule. This … Read the rest of the story…

The Enjoyable Local Truck Shows of August
Karen O’Brien

The Eventer

The soggy summer across the Midwest led to a number of show cancelations, but those adhering to a “rain or shine” philosophy offered plenty of fun for their die-hard patrons. One of my favorite summer events is the antique tractor and farm show hosted by the South Lake County Agricultural Historical Society, which held its 31st annual event at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana, from July 10–12, 2015. The fairgrounds were already soaked from the near-daily rains … Read the rest of the story…