Wisconsin’s Zeb’s Auto Salvage
Joe Sharretts


This month I am going to try something different. I have been eagerly awaiting this blog because I have wanted for a while to include our readers in what I do here. This month I have that chance to supply you with a salvage yard in Wisconsin that I have personally only been to twice, and it was well before I was writing about trucks. It has always been my intention to jump all over the country to give our … Read the rest of the story…

A Blog in Review & A Recap of 12 Salvage Yards
Joe Sharretts


Not too often, but from time to time, I get questions and comments from readers. The questions usually start out as: “Where can I find parts for my… (fill in the blank)?” These inquiring readers may not know that this salvage yard blog is on its 17th post. (Some yards were reviewed in two parts). For this reason, I thought I would refresh everyone’s memory and review the 12 yards I have written about thus far. Yes, I will bring new … Read the rest of the story…

Finding El Caminos at Sundell Auto Specialties
Joe Sharretts


We already know that the El Camino made its debut in 1959 as Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Ranchero, which arrived in 1957. Finding an early Ranchero in a salvage yard is actually a pretty rare thing. In my 14 years of writing about salvage yards, I have only stumbled across a handful of Rancheros. About a dozen of them were from the 1960s, but only two were very early ones—a ’57 and a ’58. The ’57 is gone. It … 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…

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…

Pontiac Station Wagon – Rare, Regal, & Red
Bill Holder


The 1938 Pontiac Station Wagon that appears in the January/February 2015 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is owned by Joe Stout. Joe knew he had acquired something special, a notion that was affirmed upon discovering that the vehicle had previously been owned by Howard Earl Hoover of the Hoover Company. Today, Joe knows of only three 1938 Pontiac Station Wagons still in existence. … Read the rest of the story…

1928 Pontiac Series 6-28 – Pontiac Made a Truck?
Candace Brown

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The 1928 Pontiac Series 6-28 that appears in the July/August 2014 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is owned by Bob Johnson, who takes much pride and pleasure in keeping his great-grand-father’s legacy on the road. Originally a four-door sedan, the Pontiac Six was converted into a flatbed truck after World War II to be used on the berry farm owned by Johnson’s grandfather. … Read the rest of the story…