Friday, January 20, 2012

"Rust in Peace"

It was a cold winter day and I entered the small town from a different direction than I normally do. Turning my head to see what appeared to be some old cars and trucks a couple blocks from the road, my eyes focused on the potential treasure hunt that lay ahead of me. Since I was due for a lunch break, I decided to swing by this place and have a look around. First impression had me believing that this was a salvage yard that had closed down and was no longer in business. But there was no fence, no sign, and no office. Just an old metal trailer house and a couple of run down garages. The place looked abandoned and empty of people. Since I didn't see any signs telling me to keep out I walked around to pursue my photography hobby. This was my kinda place indeed.....
Lots of old trucks and some heavy dirt moving equipment too. 
Mid 50's Ford big truck with V8 (Y block) emblem on the grille...
Old GMC from the 40's.....


potential yard art here....


and the sad remains of a 30's Chevy sedan built with too much wood to survive mother nature's abuse after some 80 years or so...


and how many times do you find a horse drawn pony training cart while on your lunch break?
or maybe you prefer a 40's Pontiac sedan with Silver Streak trim sitting beside a very stylish 59 Pontiac 4 door hard top ?
I liked them both...
and although they are not fun to drive, I do like to see old stepvan delivery trucks that may have been used to deliver milk, bread or perhaps some other product of the day...
 and speaking of delivery trucks....have you ever seen a Studebaker panel truck? I have not until now. Is it factory built or has it been customized? I don't know but it is strange.....


and also very hard to find in this part of the world is this mid 50's International Travelall "suburban" with windows and seating for alot of folks. Maybe it is an old school bus....not sure.
and another view of that 59-60 Pontiac "flat top"
and a big old early 60's Caddy...
and a 59-60 Ford fuel truck that could be titled "out of gas"
and the variety of this collection made it even more fun as I spotted this cool old flathead Ford V8 homemade portable power unit. Might have been used to provide power for air compressors, conveyor belts, portable lighting, irrigation, or etc.  I bet it sounded good back in it's running days...

next up is this very long bed Ford winch truck...

and a 20's or 30's Ford pickup truck bed...
or how about an early 50's Ford half ton pickup with custom tail lights, custom tailgate and a vintage bicycle in the back? I like that...
and sitting next to it was this "shoebox" Ford sedan...
and then an early 50's Chevy sedan sat close by...
and a mid 50's Ford half ton pickup that was very cool...

and as you might have guessed, I have saved the best photos for last... a pair of 39 and 40 Ford half ton pickup trucks that are very rough but desirable nonetheless...



Actually I have now visited this site 2 times and have asked around to see who owns this place. Turns out that the owner is much like the old vehicles...elderly and fading away in the final stages of life. This is just part of his vast collection of "junk" and his son also has a huge stash of muscle cars. If time allows I will get to know these fellows and learn some history to share. There has to be some interesting stories involved with all of this stuff. Is any of it for sale? Would it be priced affordable? Probably not or it would have been gone by now already. Will I try to find out? Yes...stay tuned and someday we will find out...
Thanks for joining me on my never ending search for the quirky sights of vanishing Americana. 



2 comments:

  1. Once again, you hit another one out of the park. Thanks for taking us along on your lunch break.
    Mike

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