EXCLUSIVE: Vintage Trucks from the Georgia Collection

As part of the large Georgia collection we’ve featured here on Barn Finds as an Exclusive, I wanted to create a post specific about some of the vintage trucks that are available. The trucks tend to drive the most interest, and most of these have not been featured before. The truck above is a very patina’d Chevrolet panel van that would look quite slick parked in front of a restoration shop or restaurant business, in my opinion. Take a look at some of my other favorites below and be sure to scroll through the gallery to see additional photos.

This 1953 Chevrolet pickup is an interesting hybrid, as it rides on a late-model 4WD chassis and features additional upgrades, like power steering and power brakes. The motor is a running/driving Chevy 350 with a four-barrel, and the interior is in great shape as well. There’s some minor rust at the common trouble spots by the bottom of the fenders, but the floors are solid and the Stepside bed is in great shape as well.

Here’s another early 60s Stepside, complete with the fancy spare tire mount. This is a truck I had not spotted on my previous visits to the collection, and it’s perfect candidate for a rat-rod build, in my opinion. The motor is believed to be original (but this hasn’t been confirmed) and the interior is in decent shape despite the window being down. It features a manual transmission, and while there is some rust in the doors and fenders, it would look awesome with the cosmetics preserved and the mechanical components restored.

This GMC pickup appears to be a late 70s Stepside bed model, a variant I can’t recall seeing too many of. The Chevys, sure – but the GMC twin is less common. This one does need a motor but comes with a manual transmission. The body is quite nice, probably one of the better projects in the collection if you want to avoid repairing rot.

This White 3000 tractor cab is in need of love, but what a cool rig. It features the standard six-cylinder Mustang motor, which did run and drive when parked. There is some rust to contend with, but the glass is all there and the truck remains un-messed with compared to the one we recently featured – no cut brake lines or broken driveshafts here.

This 1958 Chevrolet Apache is one we’ll be extricating in the coming weeks. It is incredibly solid, with no significant rust and all glass and trim still accounted for. I hadn’t spotted it on previous visits, but with the leaves down, this one was instantly recognizable as a desirable early-model pickup. Please take a look at the other photos below, and use the contact form to reach me and specify which truck you are interested in. Thank you!

If you have a classic that needs a new home and would like to sell it here on Barn Finds, you can read more about getting it listed here!

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  1. Ken

    I noticed you used the word “motor” four times. Motors run on electricity. The word you’re looking for is “engine.”

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    • CCFisher

      I was curious, so I looked it up: Per Miriam-Webster,

      Definition of motor (Entry 1 of 3)
      1 : one that imparts motion
      specifically : PRIME MOVER
      2 : any of various power units that develop energy or impart motion: such as
      a : a small compact engine
      especially : a gasoline engine
      c : a rotating machine that transforms electrical energy into mechanical energy
      especially : AUTOMOBILE

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      • Jeff Lavery Staff

        I had a science teacher in 7th grade who made the same argument, repeatedly. He wasn’t popular, and apparently, he wasn’t right, either.

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    • Kilroy396

      Didn’t MOPAR originally stand for MOtot PARs?

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      • Gaspumpchas

        MOPAR Means: Mostly Old Parts And Rust.

        Sorry couldn’t resist. Motor or engine its the same to me.


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    • Tony, Australia.

      Beg to differ Ken, do you drive an ‘ENGINE CAR’ or a ‘MOTOR CAR” or MOTOR VEHICLE? Not often you hear of an ENGINE VEHICLE !!
      I think you guys have a Department of Motor Vehicles, (DMV), not a Department of Engine Vehicles, (EMV)!! Perhaps the state governments got it wrong, if not well ‘shut my mouth’ !

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    • Carl

      You are actually correct. An Engine takes in many combustion components to make it run, change them, and produces motion. A motor uses energy only…. one item… that takes that one imput and produces force through rotation. MOTOR= one input. Engine = cimbining more than one thing to produce power. The dictionary is amended each year to include acceptable slang terms into definitions of what the populace commonly uses to talk about items and things. Hence the change in definitions over time. A motor is usually electric with one input. An Engine combines more than one thing, and more than one sub assembly to combine items to produce rotational forces usually through combustion and reaction to combustion to produce rotational energy.

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      • TODD W

        So to be correct what everybody calls a steam engine is in truth a steam motor.

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    • Johnny

      The terminology depends on where you are at. We are not in school now. We are grown up and wished not to be corrected by a teacher or someone who thinks they know it all.

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  2. Beatnik Bedouin

    That Apache is a cool find, Jeff. Hope the rest of it looks as good as the photo you sent. Look forward to your updates.

    I think the ‘patina’ on that Chebbie panel truck is spelled: r-u-s-t ;-)

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  3. Gaspumpchas

    72 ranchero falcon…cool stuff in there…

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    • boxdin

      By 1972 the ranchero was based on the mid size Torino.

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  4. Gaspumpchas

    yea boxdin I left out a comma, 72 rancho and a falcon parked behind it. Cheers


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  5. HoA Howard A Member

    In the 1st pic, I wonder what the red truck is in front of the Chevy panel?

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    • Mike

      It’s not a GM, so it didn’t get it’s picture taken….or am I the only one that noticed this?

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  6. Spridget

    Jeff, have you considered calling Tom Cotter and Hagerty to come check this out? Perhaps having this on the Barn Find Hunter show can raise interest in the collection.

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    • Jeff Lavery Staff

      No. Seller is extremely private and wants nothing to do with anything in the way of a spotlight. He’s not that interested in the money that he wants his privacy blown up.

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  7. j liu

    Hmmm…just a suggestion but taking a broom to the pine needles and removing old water heaters, pumps, and trash from truck beds might raise interest. The seller should rent a gas powered pressure washer, set it on the lowest pressure and set about removing the black mold, fungus and dirt from these vehicles. Then, each vehicle should be pulled out and placed where photos can be taken from all sides. There are probably some gems in there but the pictures featured will probably scare most folks away. Authors on here are frequently scolding sellers for not cleaning their cars…the same applies here.

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    • HoA Howard A Member

      What, and remove the “patina”?

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      • Leo

        GOSH!!! I hate that word!!! No such thing as patina where I am. I sold my 56 Chevy 2 dr. post I had for 43 years. Everyone loved the “patina”….. That was where I would address the surface rust with some left over paint from some custom paint job I had done. Yes!, while making others cars and bikes look like a million for their owners, I would only keep mine from rusting anywhere. But!, everyone knew my car from all others. If seen they knew who was driving it. No “patina” just years of saving a ziebart body on the out side.

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    • Jeff Lavery Staff

      While I agree with you 110%, I’ve also reiterated several times some of the barriers we have here:

      1.) Seller is elderly with two bad shoulders. Not possible to do a lot in the way of heavy lifting, and he normally has to pay his brother an hourly rate to get it done.

      2.) Per conditions in bullet #1, he doesn’t want to incur this cost for anyone other than serious buyers, which is where I come in – if someone sees something they want, is willing to be very detailed in what they need, talk about price and their ability to pick up or have the vehicle picked up – he will make that effort.

      3.) I am not local – and only visit the seller once every three or four months (in-laws live there) and am the only person he has entrusted with the privilege to shed light on this collection. And even then, when I do visit, I have about three hours max to cover the property – which means I’m either taking 200 photos of 100 cars, or I am power-washing two vehicles that some people *MIGHT* be interested in.

      So there you have it. Again, I can’t stress enough that for SERIOUS buyers, I will move heaven and earth to get the photos you need and any extra details. But I do not have the luxury of putting in the “extra” work for people who just want to kick the tires.

      Every one of the buyers I’ve worked with has been willing to speak by phone multiple times and negotiate a fair price, along with getting the required photos. Not rocket science.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Agree j liu, As Jeff says ‘He’s not that interested in the money’. It shows. Better money for better presentation. We all know what wet leaves and debris do to a vehicle. Not seeing what is underneath is a mystery. Cool stuff though. I give you credit Jeff for helping out. As far as helping my Brother, cost is a couple of beers. Thats for all day of help. They do have to be cold beers though.

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  8. Mark Evans

    Someone should tell GMC-General MOTORS Corp.

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  9. j liu

    Understood. It’s a complicated sale.
    Why not pull out one of the most desirable and then feature and advertise that one?
    One or two at a time. Slow but sure.
    Any thought given to having an auction company handle the whole thing?

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    • Jeff Lavery Staff

      The seller does not want that level of activity on his property. And the fees charged by auction houses would be too extreme for the value of this collection.

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  10. Dan B.

    Sweet Gladiatot. Any older Willys trucks or Wagons?

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  11. Woody

    Ranchero looks like a GT,would like to know what Ford power is between the fenders!

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    • Jeff Lavery Staff

      351, Woody – it is a GT.

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  12. Comet

    If you look at the pic of the GMC tailgate/truck, it looks like there’s a purple Falcon in front of it. Now if you look REALLY closely, there may be a black Porsche 914 beyond the Falcon.

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      that’s a fiat x1/9!

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      • t-bone Bob

        Could be. And there’s a Maxda RX-7 to the right.

        Kudos to Jeff for doing this.

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  13. lbpa18

    Given the limitations you list, I would imagine this collection will remain the way it is today until the elderly owner has passed. Then the whole collection, one at a time, can be towed to a spot where brooms and pressure washers can do their jobs. Then they could be better photographed and exhibited for an internet sale to good homes.

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    • Jeff Lavery Staff

      While I don’t wish to think about the passing of my friend, it may come to this – but that decision will be left to his spouse. I’m merely a ship passing in the night as it relates to any stake or claim here. Helping out how – and while – I can.

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    • JBP

      To ibpa18 Sorry to think, or say this, but for the cars, u can only hope that will soon happen.
      Again sorry, but its a shame to see all these nice projekt cars rot away

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  14. Little_Cars Little Cars Member

    @Jeff, “thank you for your service” to the elderly owner. I’ve done this for 3-4 cars that someone wanted me to peddle on eBay. You are to be commended! :) You may have covered this in other postings so forgive me for asking — what sort of help, if any, can be provided locally to extract these vehicles from their current resting place? If I use the form to express interest in a car as you suggest, what happens if I want to come and get it within a few days? Sounds like you are the one doing all the tree cutting and airing up of the tires. I live near Nashville and could be a serious buyer for the smaller stuff like the X1/9. But not if I have to load my whole shop of tools and tractors to retrieve the vehicle!!! Thanks again.

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  15. Casey

    The Chevy panel appears to be a one ton 3800. Can’t tell if it has vent windows or not. 49-53 vintage regardless.

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