Automotive swap meets are not only great places to find rare, rusty car parts, but are also social gatherings where crusty old car guys get a chance to renew old acquaintances and swap lies with each other.
You can find everything from a much-needed gas cap to a complete car, ready for restoration. And you can catch up on what everybody is working on in their garages during the winter months.
But you can also score some great old books and magazines about the car hobby, as Hub Harness discovered at this year’s Sunflower Swap Meet a couple of weeks ago.
He happened across a stack of old car magazines and spotted the February-March 1966, issue of Popular Customs, a national publication. He realized it would fill the gap in his collection of that magazine, although he initially failed to note that the cover headlined an article entitled "Restyling Secrets of Dave Stuckey," a fellow Wichita customizer.
"It was written by Roger Kilborn, who was a local pinstriper who also wrote articles for car magazines," said Harness.
When he flipped through the pages and saw the Stuckey article, complete with photos of customs and drag cars Stuckey built, along with a nice line-drawing of him, Harness snapped the magazine up.
"I was so excited about it, I showed it to everybody I saw, and they were excited about it, too. Everybody knows Dave Stuckey … he just accomplished so much," Harness said. He plans to show the magazine to Stuckey the next time he sees him, which will doubtlessly lead to another trip down memory lane.
It just goes to show you don’t always need a freight dolly to haul home a treasure from a swap meet.