I'm always on the lookout for new sources of abstracts for my Metal and Glass Portfolios. The problem is, I've almost run out of local places, having thoroughly scoured the Motor Transport Museum in Campo, the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, and the Techatticup Mine near Nelson, Nevada.
One day, while driving to one of my favorite haunts, I happened upon Freddy's Truck Farm. This is private property, so I can't disclose where it is, but the owner, Freddy, was very nice and invited me to take all the photos I wanted.
While I'm mainly interested in cars and trucks, Freddy is a collector of all sorts of metal things.
Freddy's Truck Farm in nestled in the hills of Southern California.
There are complete cars and truck, and parts of them as well. Freddy has collected these from all over the county, and some collectors buy from him as well.
Some of the vehicles are almost drivable, despite their age.
Freddy collects all sorts of spare parts for his cars and trucks.
He has a spacious workshop.
Freddy came from a Navy family, and they were constantly moving. At a young age, Freddy started tinkering with engines, and fell in love with fixing cars and trucks. He's been doing it all his life. In the city, he wouldn't be able to store his projects in view, but out in the country, he fits right in.
No cramped office space for him! File storage is out in the open for easy access.
Small parts are easy to get to, as well.
I had a great time there, and afterward Freddy invited me an and introduced me to his wife. They're both very nice people.
Thirty or forty years ago, places like this might have been common. But these days, everything is "modernized." Rusty cars and trucks disappear almost immediately. So I was especially thankful to come upon this treasure.
Freddy invited me to come back, and I think I'll take him up on it!
ABSTRACTS FROM FREDDY'S TRUCK FARM