Friday, November 28, 2014

Making waves, junkyard-style, in a vintage Glastron Carlson boat


Junkyard boat detour. This new thing we discovered leads to questions. The questions lead to answers, and the answers lead us wanting to buy this boat. Right? Isn’t that simple? I get it. When we think of cool, vintage cars, we think of design victories and groundbreaking, body styles. Well, imagine that cool thing (insert car of your choice), pulling this cool thing!

  Behold! A 1982
Glastron Carlson! These neat-o boats are so cool! We stumbled upon this one, and after a closer examination, found ourselves in love with this glittery refugee of 1970’s styling. So, we began thinking... and that never gets our tribe anywhere logical, and always far from ‘normal.’ The thought began with picturing this boat (above) being pulled behind my 1972 Oldmobile Vista Cruiser. That alone, is enough reason to buy it, right?
 

A closer look
  The original-owner gave us the 50-cent tour of his C512 Glastron boat. During the first ten years-or-so, it was on the water a lot. The lakes, the rivers, and maybe even a trip to the coast. He shared a scrapbook of outings with the boat and the good times it provided. Judging from the pictures, the five-passenger boat was usually filled to capacity. Smiling faces, of the captain and several shapely women, made up the bulk of the photos. 
  “Did the Glastron come standard with the pretty women,” I asked, “or did you have to pay extra?” 
  “Oh, I paid alright,” he replied. “Boy, did I.” 


 
Volvo power
  This Carlson boat is powered by a Volvo 4 cylinder engine. Our research has uncovered several engine options that changed with the times rather than the hull size or model. 
  Further evidence that this boat was made for us? Dig the trailer! The aluminum slotted mags on the trailer were factory equipment. Be still, our hot rod hearts. Did we have a relative at Carlson? The excessive metal flake paint was perfect for the body. The glittery seats just sealed our fate, even though they need re-working.



  The formative years for the Carlson Glastron were the same years we here at Junkyard Life adore from automobile industry. Mainly, from 1969 through the early 1980s, where they, like us, apparently found themselves stuck in the 1970s. Speaking of 1970’s – these guys also built a model called a Scimitar that had a roof design emulating the very fad and hip T-Tops!


  This cool boat is as close to a floating Trans Am as I have ever seen. This boat begs to be pulled by a Trans Am – like a black and gold Special Edition or a Nocturn Blue, WS6 or a Silver Anniversary – just to name a random few, for no specific reason. Any resemblance to cars we, at Junkyard Life, may own is pure coincidence. For all we know, there may have been a law in the late 1970’s – if you owned a Trans Am and were in the market for a boat – you had to look at these. 

  It may have been a law that I just made up, but you don’t want us to be law breakers, do you?


  We really like these boats, now. Remember the famous 1973 James Bond “Live and Let Die” movie and the boat-jumps-everything-scene? That was with a Glastron Carlson! That doesn’t help our logic at all. It is an indication that all safety-minded boaters should stay off the waterways until Ron, Anthony, and Jody figure out that the poor boat cannot actually do this.

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In green? That is so perfect for us Junkyard Life weirdos.
This beautiful baby, whose color resembles Sunset Orange Metallic was sold recently. Lucky, new owners, we envy you.

 

 
This 1979 Model CVX-18 seats five, runs great and promises a ton of fun.


New plan

  So, now that we are
Glastron Carlson crazy, I have a new plan. Rescue one of these (hopefully this one), pull it with something cool and vintage, and hit the water. The history, the design, and lines of these Carlsons are made for us. I must make one more mention of the trailers with aluminum slotted wheels. 
  It was Carlson over-excitement for me. If we got your attention, check them out. I found a lot of friendly forums and a wealth of information from like-minded, vintage boat junkies. 
  If you walk into the Junkyard Life shop and see 1970’s Pontiacs, and other street machines, then spy a boat in the midst. Before you ask yourself, “which of these is not like the other?” Look again, that boat may fit in perfectly.
 

Ron Kidd
(The Water Roaming Car Guy)
— Junkyard Life



Ron Kidd loves green on everything with an engine.

T-top glory in a 1981 Glastron-Carlson Scimitar advertisement. A Trans Am on the water!


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Barn Find: 1932 Buick uncovers original 1969 Camaro Z28 DZ 302 engine, Corvette rear end

Rust-free 1932 Buick sedan barn find with DZ 302 parked for 39 years in Alabama

Monster of a barn find. Heard this one before? A Ford guy walks into a local, Alabama feed store for his morning cup of coffee and winds up buying a 1969 Camaro DZ 302 engine bolted to a 1932 Buick sedan with a Corvette rear end.
  Huh?
  It wasn’t that easy, but the facts are simple. This beefed-up, barn find Buick had been tucked away since 1975. Now, the family wanted it gone. That’s where Jerry Weber got some hot coffee and a lead on this monster in the barn!


Complete DZ 302 engine sitting between the frame rails of a mothballed 1932 Buick. Holley carb, Winters intake, and finned valve covers all correct ’69 issue.

Are you kidding me?
  As unbelievable as it sounds, this Franken-Buick received a DZ 302-V8 heart transplant, 43 years ago. A resourceful, north Georgia, hot rodder scored the engine from a junkyard in 1971. He managed to yank a complete, DZ-stamped engine from a totaled, Daytona Yellow, 1969 Camaro Z28. To complete the 1932 Franken-Buick make-over, he added a Turbo 400 transmission, Rocket brand wheels, and a complete, independent rear end, including disc brakes, out of a 1965 Corvette. Hurst motor/frame mounts were also used.


Jody Potter, Ron Kidd, and Keith Lively check out the 1965 Corvette rear end, disc brakes under the 1932 Buick.

 
Really, it hits the fan
  As it turns out, this Georgia, junkyard super hero was building the hot rod for his sons. Somewhere along the way, between 1971 and 1975, he moved his family moved from Georgia to Alabama with the ’32 project in tow. The Buick was road worthy for a couple of years before the sons lost interest and went away to college, around 1975. 
  In the name of hot rodding, or busting knuckles, so to speak, the fan blades hit the radiator. Despite successfully grafting parts onto the Buick, including a Mustang II front end, a destroyed radiator spelled doom.
  That unfortunate event parked the project for the next 39 years. Blame the flex fan, if you must, but that sacrificial radiator helped preserve a low-mile, original DZ 302 engine. The body on the ’32 is also rust-free.

 
Franken-Buick was hauled to his new home in as-found condition. The hood, grill shell, and other parts were removed 39 years ago when the project went on hold.
 
New owner gets coffee, more
  Back to the guy who wanted some coffee. Somehow, things ran off the track when the Ford guy, Jerry Weber, was told a 1940 Ford coupe would soon be for sale. Weber left the feed store, with a phone number, ready to meet the owners and make a deal on the 1940 Ford. 
  Weber found out that the family, who owned the ’40 Ford, was planning an estate sale to liquidate the assets of the man who built the 1932 Franken-Buick. The family wanted to quickly clear out all the buildings, including structures that housed cars that had been untouched since 1975. 

Love at first sight
  The ’32 Buick Model 57 caught Weber’s eye. The owners, more concerned with preparing for an estate sale, knew it was once a hot rod. They confirmed that they knew it was a 302-V8.
   Without batting an eye, Weber and his son-in-law, Keith Lively, were loading up a 1940 Ford and the 1932 Buick sedan with the DZ 302 engine. 
  A second lease on life for two, great American classics!


Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life


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1932 Buick Model 57 barn find features a body by Fisher with wood and steel.
Much has changed on this 1932 Buick Model 57 except the 114-inch wheelbase.
1965 Corvette independent rear suspension, disc brakes found under the 1932 Buick
1965 Corvette independent rear suspension, disc brakes and differential casting #3830303 found under the 1932 Buick.


Original 1932 Buick rat rod, from 1975. Evidence that art imitates life.

1932 Buick barn find still has original body trim tag, Model 57S
1932 Buick body tag details.

Much of the interior of this 1932 Buick barn find has changed except the wood dash.
The interior of the ’32 Buick has undergone some modifications. Wood dash is original.

Fisher was known to build quality cariiages and eventually automobiles. A lot of wood in these 1932 Buicks.
Fisher Body construction utilized wood and steel on 1932 Buicks.

Low mile 1969 DZ 302 Z28 engine rescued in barn find 1932 Buick
Must be less that 30,000 miles on this DZ 302 engine since it was rescued from a wrecked Z28 in 1971 and parked. The engine spun over freely and looked free of gunk.

Scallops on center of 1932 Buick fenders make me wish modern cars had this attention to detail.
Beautiful detail on the 1932 Buick fenders — and rust-free.

Flex fan fiasco parked the 1932 Buick and preserved this ride.
A Mustang II front end made its way under the 1932 Buick between 1974 and 1975.

Close watch of the gauges when you have a DZ 302 engine under the hood.
A tilt steering column and aftermarket gauges were added to the hot rod 1932 Buick.

Front air scoop also opens at front of 1932 Buick hood.
Large vents including front air scoop opens on redesigned 1932 Buick hood.


DZ 302 engines featured a Winters aluminum high-rise intake with their snowflake logo.
DZ 302 engines featured a Winters aluminum high-rise intake with their snowflake logo.

Wood panel support center section of 1932 Buick roof.
Wood panel supports center section of 1932 Buick Model 57 roof.

1932 Buick barn find features Delta tires and Rocket 5-spoke wheels
Rocket wheels and Delta 60 tires, rear, Delta 70, front.

Straight 8 power propelled Buicks in 1932.
An inline 8-cylinder powered Model 57 Buicks in 1932. That’s 230-cu. inches – a Buick favorite.



A DZ 302 engine found its way between the frame rails of this 1932 Buick in 1971.
After spending decades in locked away, the 1932 Buick is moved, to you guessed it – a barn.


Delta raised white letter tires spread the Hot Rod word on 5-spoke Rocket wheels.
Delta 60, raised, white letter tires spread the hot rod mojo on 5-spoke Rocket wheels.

Camaro Z28 fans speak reverently of the DZ 302 and know it packs a 350-400 hp punch
Camaro Z28 fans speak reverently of the DZ 302 engine, knowing it packs a 350-400HP punch, not the underated 290HP advertised.

1932 Buick barn find monster or Franken-Buick lives again!
1932 Buick barn find monster or Franken-Buick lives again!



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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Old Car City USA Tour, Part 2: Museum or junkyard? (video)





Part 2: Old Car City USA tour. The Junkyard Life crew, consisting of, Jody Potter, Ron Kidd and Anthony Powell, continue their mission to see "The World’s Largest Junkyard," also known as Old Car City USA in White, Georgia. We had only 2 hours to cover Dean Lewis' legendary 35-acre, wooded playground of rusty relics (follow us in the video above).
  We found decaying carcasses of wrecked muscle cars stacked like ramshackle woodpiles. 1968 Camaro SS, 1969 Mustang Mach I, 1968 Pontiac GTO, 1973 Dodge Challenger, 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, 1968 Mercury Cyclone and 1972 Pontiac Trans Am examples were just some of the derelict, dream cars discovered beneath the pines in north Georgia. 
  It was impossible for us to see all of the 4,000-or-so, classic cars and trucks from the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s along the 6-mile trail.

Price of doing business
  Dean Lewis’ outdoor, automotive museum attracts customers. Dean charges $15 per person. $25 if you carry a camera. Children ages 7 to 12 are $10. Children under 6 years old get in free. 

Museum, eye candy
  Old Car City USA is a treasure trove for those who love hunting classic cars and parts. Discovering models you never knew existed or just admiring a wide variety of automotive designs at your own pace is heaven for junkyard junkies. Witnessing Old Car City in person will definitely get your junkyard dream wheels spinning. 
  If you can’t wait to get home and find your own project car, several complete, restorable classics can be found for sale near the front office at Old Car City. Save the ones in the junkyard for future visitors.   


  Check out the Part 2 video, above, and see if you can spot your dream car in the rough.
  

Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Old Car City USA Tour, Part 1: Museum or junkyard? (video)




Tour Old Car City USA in White, Georgia and you may wonder if it is a junkyard at all. Touted as "The World’s Largest Junkyard," this gear head destination is located 50 miles north of Atlanta.
  The Junkyard Life crew, consisting of, Jody Potter, Ron Kidd and Anthony Powell, found ourselves, in a rush to witness the spectacle first-hand. With only 2 hours until closing time, we forked over the entry fee and set out on a mad dash to see if this was the world’s largest junkyard or an outdoor museum of American automotive history. 

  The three-legged dog, known as Junkyard Life, toured Dean Lewis' legendary 35-acre, wooded playground of rusty relics in 2012. We found muscle cars, hot rods and classic cars along the 6-mile trail. Also, signs, bicycles, piles of parts and hubcaps could be found everywhere.

Question?
  A big question loomed. Is anything for sale? 
  “Everything is for sale,” said owner, Dean Lewis.
  We quickly realized that his prices would be hefty. Breaking up a part of Dean’s automotive collection meant spending several thousand dollars.
$3,000-$5,000 seemed to be the normal price for Old Car City’s junkyard jewels.
  A tough sell when your looking at what appear to be parts cars, at best. Viewing miles of rarely seen American iron in massive waves was satisfying. I only wished we had more time to linger. Several complete, restorable cars were also for sale near the front office. Those prices were higher, as you would imagine. 
  I can’t blame him. One man’s junk is Dean’s treasure.

  Watch the video, above, and help us look for the diamonds in the rough before they get any rougher.
  

Also, stay tuned for more photos, video from Old Car City U.S.A.

Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life

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A giant billboard pitches Old Car City U.S.A. to passing motorists.

Anthony Powell, Ron Kidd, and Jody Potter take in the sights at Old Car City U.S.A. in White, Georgia.


Details:

Old Car City U.S.A.:

Address:
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, GA 30184

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

1955, 1956 Pontiac Safari two-door wagons lure junkyard nomads into the woods

Two rare, 2-door, Pontiac Safari wagons were discovered rotting in weeds.

Dibs on the ’55 Safari! Do you remember when you learned the definition of “dibs”? I always understood this to be a gentleman’s agreement that future possession was being claimed. Do you remember when you learned that not everyone knows what calling "dibs” means? I do. It happened when I discovered, and exclaimed, “DIBS!!!” on two, Pontiac Safari wagons. 

  Actually, I only claimed “dibs” on one. The blue and white, 1955, two-tone, beauty (above, left). I even agreed to let someone else assume ownership of the hollow-eyed, 1957 Safari sitting right beside it. 
   Junkyard Life brother, Bill Jones, knew an older fellow who, somehow, had two, special, two-door, Pontiac wagons parked on his property. Jones knew of my wagon addiction and led me on a Safari scavenger hunt.

Two, rare, two-door Pontiac wagons were stashed on some wooded property in Alabama. A Pontiac Safari scavenger hunt led to negotiations with the owner to buy the rare wagons.
Almost twin, 2-door, Pontiac Safari wagons make for an irresistible “junkyard find” in the woods. The blue and white 1955 model, left, and 1956, right, were produced in fewer numbers than the Chevrolet Nomad.


Safari So Good
  When I laid eyeballs on two of the flashiest wagons that
Pontiac ever built, I nearly jumped out of my skin. Both 2-door, hard top wagons were original, even wearing all the stainless trim and hubcaps. Although, one was a bitten a bit worse by the rust bug. 
  I decided I had to have the blue and white ’55! Negotiating a deal for the Safari was all but done and I had several things on my side. Let us review them:
  1. I knew Bill Jones who knew the Safari owner.
  2. The owner really liked Bill Jones.
  3. The owner said things like, “I want it to go to someone like you who will fix it and appreciate it.”
  4. The owner accepted my offer. (good money, too!)

What happened?

  The owner decided, for unexpected, sentimental reasons, that he wasn’t ready to sell. Yet.
   Thus, my declaration of dibs was really where I went wrong. Because, obviously, the owner didn’t understand the concept of “dibs.” He sold the wagons to someone clearing land behind his property. 
  I still remember the heartbreaking call from Jones. It ended with me still trying to reason this out. 
  “But, I had dibs.”

The 1955, 1956 Pontiac Safari shared the same roof, windshield, windows, doors, tailgate, and seats as the Chevy Nomad.
The 1955, 1956 Pontiac Safari shared the same roof, windshield, windows, doors, tailgate, and seats as the Chevy Nomad.

Seen any 1955-56 Pontiac Safaris?
  I wish I had more pictures. Really, I didn’t realize I had the ones I’m sharing here. Maybe I was trying to forget the whole thing. It was no big deal. It was just a station wagon, right? A soccer mom, grocery hauling, vacation machine, right?
  No, No, No. You couldn’t be more wrong. But thanks for humoring me.
This was a special wagon. This was a two-door wagon. Wow! The Pontiac Safari shared the roof and glass with the Chevrolet Nomad Wagon. It appears the same, but the Pontiac has seven more inches of wheel base. Chevrolet had some major success making their Nomad the most expensive model on the line, other than the Corvette. That being said, Pontiac’s wagon was even more expensive, but was being outsold, left and right, by the Nomad. 

  Fast forward to now, and it is easy to reason why there are even fewer Pontiac Safaris, than Nomads on the planet. How many have you seen? This one should have been mine. Rats.  

Two rare, 1955-1956 Pontiac Safari, two-door, wagons were located in the Alabama woods.
This 1955 Pontiac Safari was one-of-3,760 built. All were two door wagons. Check out the wide white walls and original hub caps.

Better than a Nomad
  1955 was the year Pontiac introduced their 287 cubic inch-V8 to the masses. They referred to it as a “Strato-Streak V8”. I trusted that the engine was still in the blue and white ’55 Safari, but if it was or wasn’t, I had plans. I would have dropped in a Pontiac 400 engine with an overdrive trans. I also would have shed the white walls and opted for a red line tire or even a black wall BFG. Factory colors and interior would have been fine. Although, I would have splurged for aftermarket air conditioning. 


This 1956 Pontiac Safari, two-door, wagon was a bit rusty but still a rare piece of automotive history.
The rusty, 1956 Pontiac Safari was one-of-4,042 built. This was the final year that two-door wagons wore the exclusive “Safari” name. All wagons, including the four-door models, received the Safari name in 1957.

Shoulda, coulda, woulda
  I know not of the current whereabouts of this fab, fifties, wagon, but if I see it, perhaps, I can just explain to the current owner that I had the original “dibs,” and he would understand. He would probably apologize profusely and insist that I immediately take ownership of the 1955 Safari. 
  I’m a reasonable guy. I would accept his apology and ride off into the sunset in the Pontiac that should have been.

Ron Kidd
– Junkyard Life




1955 Pontiac Safari ad highlights the forward slant of the roofline of the 2-door wagon and decorative flash of the tailgate trim.
1955 Pontiac Safari ad highlights the forward slant of the roof line of the 2-door wagon and decorative flash of the tailgate trim. I almost had one!



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Monday, September 1, 2014

Barn Find: 1970 Boss 302 Mustang in Sweden

1970 Boss 302 sold in Sweden after 30 years of storage.

Boss 302 barn find. Sweden’s Thomas Rosenborg, whose automotive exploits have been documented on Junkyard Life previously (1971 Pontiac Trans Am, 1972 Pontiac Trans Am), shared evidence of more vintage, American, muscle cars in his homeland. This 1970 Boss 302 Mustang, equipped with a 4-speed, was recently found and purchased by a fellow, Swedish gearhead.


Sweden is home to many American muscle cars. This rare, Boss 302 Mustang has been in storage for 30 years.
1970 Boss 302 Mustang hits the highway, albeit on a trailer, after lengthy hibernation.

Fastback fun
  This Competition Yellow 1970 Boss 302 Mustang arrived in Sweden during the 1970s and had been in storage since the mid-1980s.
  The Boss appears mostly complete. Rear window louvers, or Sport Slats, are still in place, but both, front and rear, bumpers are missing. Even without the optional Shaker Hood Scoop, this fastback Ford commands attention. 
  Designer Larry Shinoda’s flashy, reflective stripes, "Boss" name, and functional styling cues were the perfect compliment to the high-winding, 290-hp 302-V8 engine.
  Great design never goes out of style. I hope this classic returns to the street soon.

Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life



Competition Yellow Boss 302 were the most popular color choice for 1970 Boss 302 but that still means less than 1,500 were built like this one.
Ford built just over 7,000 Boss 302 Mustangs in 1970.


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Monday, August 11, 2014

1963 Chevy C10 Panel Truck a time capsule for family-owned florist


  Simpson’s Florist in Decatur, Alabama is now the official florist for Junkyard Life! Why do we need a florist, doing what we do? Well, for one thing, we stay in trouble, a lot – and what gets a guy out of trouble? 
  Flowers! 
  We also encourage others to rescue and obtain vintage, motorized toys. So, we may have a hand at causing strife in a household, whose matriarch was unaware such a purchase has been made. Flowers. Ron and Jody’s Junkyard Life relationship advice for the lovelorn and car-adorn? Forgiveness is easier than permission, and what is a segue to forgiveness? Flowers. (Editor’s note: This is the first time on Junkyard Life that love advice has ever been offered) So, check out this find!


1963 Chevy Panel truck ought new and still owned by Simpson’s Florist in Decatur, Alabama.


   We found this 1963 Chevrolet Panel Truck with Simpson’s Florist logos on the side, and then realized we were behind Simpson’s Florist and we were looking at living history. This truck was AWESOME! We knew there was a great story to be told. We were right!
   Simpson’s Florist opened in Decatur, Alabama in 1957. Things were in full swing by the early 1960s and therefore a trip to the local Chevrolet dealer was in order. Hick’s Chevrolet was also in Decatur, Alabama. Back then, area businesses were loyal to one another. Mr. Simpson walked into Hick’s Chevrolet and ordered up a work truck. He probably knew Mr. Hicks!




Flower Power. This Chevy work horse needed an engine as reliable as the straight 6, but powerful enough to move a vehicle stuffed with flowers. That doesn’t sound heavy, but it is! Also, it needed to be powerful enough to not strain the motor with factory air conditioning blowing cold to keep the flowers fresh in Alabama summers. Mr. Simpson chose a 283-V8. The proven, mouse motor had been around a little while by then. Actually, the 283 made its debut the same year Simpson Florist opened their doors… 1957. How cool! 

   Mr. Simpson could have saved more of that flower money on the standard three-speed, manual transmission. That sounds like a good idea, but remember that a few people were subject to drive this truck anytime. Not everyone can operate a “three-on-the-tree,” so he opted for the easy to drive Power Glide. Mrs. Simpson did not drive. Perhaps, Mr. Simpson may have been thinking the automatic would not be so scary for her if she ever did attempt to conquer the roads of North Alabama. We here at Junkyard Life could not resist driving a truck like that. She resisted.


   Now that he had the motivation for Simpson’s new delivery vehicle down, now for the details. The new truck was going to be a blank pallet for the Simpson’s business lettering. The truck was adorned in paint code 502 Sea Mist Jade. Perfect. If you factor in the chrome bumper package at extra cost, this truck is starting to get pricey. 1963 was also the first year amber parking lenses were included. Prior to 1963, they were clear. Now about that big order you placed… no problem.


Notice how perfect the grill is and that perfect chrome bumper. This truck really is perfect just like it is-paint patina and all. Perfect.


Family ties 

  Do you know what the best part is? Despite not having children, the Simpson's managed to keep this business in the same family for three generations. They turned the business over to their favorite niece and nephew, The Bentley's, in 1980. Like we said about area business loyalty, they kept the Simpson’s Florist name and enjoyed the same success. Then in, 2008 turned the place over to their son David and his wife, Kristen. 
  David said, “Okay, we have a deal, but the truck comes with it.” 
  We at Junkyard Life would have done it just for that part! And the extra, way cool, fluorescent sign in the front. David plans to resurrect the truck and run for the roses once again. If you ever order flowers and two strange looking guys in Junkyard Life t-shirts show up in that mega-cool 1963 Chevrolet, don’t panic. We somehow talked David Bentley into letting us do some rose running of our own. Thanks, David!
 

Ron Kidd
— Junkyard Life


The a/c kept the flowers cool during hot Alabama summers.
Freeze your Daisies off with under dash air. A necessity for flower delivery during Alabama summers.


Simpson's Florist, Say it with Flowers!
Say it with flowers, but then see the great design of this truck. We love the lines of the 1963 model. We also love the rear double door. Perfect.



Vintage 1963 Chevy panel truck hasnt been used for flower deliveries in some time.
Dog dish hub caps cover the wheels on the ’63 Chevy flower truck.

Original down to the factory 1963 paint.
Seamist Jade paint covers the all-original 1963 Chevy Panel truck.



Pun times with the 1963 Chevy panel truck
  • “Run for the roses as fast as you can” – Dan Fogelburg
  • “No daffodil-ing around, we got flowers to deliver” – Ron Kidd 
  • “Chrysanthe-Mums the word on how great we would be as delivery guys” – Jody Potter
  • “Let those Junk Yard Life guys drive after all those bad puns? Don’t hold your baby’s breath, guys” – David Bentley



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