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A couple weeks ago, I went to a farm auction that was about an hour from the shop. The sale bill listed lots of cool things including: tools, signs, and lots of Studebakers. I was hooked. As I arrived, I was surprised to see such a large crowd. I wondered if they were there for the signs or the Studebakers, and prayed it was the latter. As I made my initial inspection, I deduced that this farmer really loved both International tractors and anything to do with Studebaker vehicles. This was going to be interesting for sure.

As the auction began, I stood back to gauge the crowd making mental notes on who the buyers were. I was also amazed that people seemed to be paying attention to the things that I thought had very little value. With my luck, this usually leads to more heated bidding on the few things that I am looking for. It was a good thing that this was a very large auction, and by the time we came around to the Studebakers that I had interest in, it seemed everyone had run out of money. Or maybe no one really wanted to buy them.

Out of all these people, there were only a couple others who were wanting to buy any vehicles. In the end I was able to buy a total of eight. This is the most vehicles I have ever bought at once and I never dreamed of owning so many at one time.

The real excitement set in as I brought my newest treasures home. I found that two of the trucks actually started and were able to be driven! Believe me, there is nothing more exciting than to come to work in the morning and get to play with your new toys. Getting to start and drive two great, old trucks around the yard, bouncing along and grinding some gears. You breathe in the smell of old truck, a mixture of old gas and exhaust, with just the right amount of mouse crap thrown in for good measure.

These two trucks look cool sitting here but it’s time for them to move on to someone who will put them to work again. We’ve got them cleaned up, smelling good, and ready to sell!