Storage Lot Classics: Part Two – More Good, More Bad, And Much, Much More Ugly


A couple of weeks ago I posted a bunch of pictures from the storage lot that I use for my trailer.  Several of the comments seemed to ask for more, so as your humble and ever-so-faithful servant, I made the trek back to document what I had skipped over previously.  I even gained access to one of the buildings and discovered some treasures within.  It’s hot out, so without further ado, let’s get going.


This late model Toyota Dolphin camper is in remarkably good condition.  While I still notice the older models sort of regularly, these newer ones seem to be seen less often.  This seems to be one of the larger models and actually still looks fairly contemporary today.


Not so this Dodge, which looks a little rougher around the edges.  The whole top assembly appears to be fiberglass and that is an immense A/C unit up on top of it.  The sunshade looks like it has an image of a current Challenger on it, so at least the owner is keeping up the “Mopar or No Car” mantra.


I found out that this Chevy is the “lot truck” that the attendant uses to move trailers around when needed.  It fired right up and sounded in good fettle, these seem to be becoming quite desirable trucks and while it certainly could use some cosmetic work, mechanically it seems sound.


This lot doesn’t just have old iron, there is also newer stuff, although I am not familiar enough with RV’s to date them correctly.  While newer I believe this is still maybe early 90’s at best.  Titled in South Dakota I am not sure why it is being stored down here.  Once they reach this size, they are more accurately known as “coaches” but I am not sure what they would be powered with.


Last time we seemed to have a preponderance of Ford products, however here is a Roadtrek 210 on an extended body Chevy Van 30-series chassis.  Being the heavy-duty version it is probably more suited to a camper conversion than the old Toyota trucks were, what with their problematic dually rear axles.  Roadtrek is still in business and is generally considered to build a fine conversion.


And the Chevrolet’s keep on coming, another pickup filled with equipment but a 2009 registration.


This cutaway camper is a Mobile Traveler, also on a Chevy Van chassis.   I do not believe Mobile Traveler is still in business and this one appears to be from the late 1970’s.


Another Chevy Van, this time a 20-series.  For many years I loathed the styling of these, nowadays I am starting to like them more and more.


More than these Econoline’s anyway.  I’ve flip-flopped Ford vs. Chevy for this particular era.  That graphics package does it absolutely no favors nowadays but back in the early 1980’s I’m sure it was just the thing to be driving while wearing Dolphin shorts and a Members Only jacket.

I know Jason Shafer would love this thing if he were about a decade older than he actually is, I recall last time he was practically begging for more info and pictures on these types of vehicles.  It would have certainly provided more comfort on the side of the road than his old Galaxie did.  Just think, he could have been enjoying old Miami Vice episodes on the built in VHS while sipping an a Bartles&Jaymes wine cooler until the tow truck showed up.


TranStar is another brand that I have not seen around as of late, this looks like another fiberglass conversion on a heavy duty platform.  I’ve wondered if these would or could look any more modern if the graphics were removed and the whole thing just repainted in a solid color.  Or black with a red diagonal stripe and make it the A-team’s RV.


Here’s just the thing for cross-continent touring.  A Challenger coach.  I believe this a 1971 MCI but I know that at least Paul can give us much more detail.  The destination tag reads “Niner” which is a local mountain bike company so it may be theirs.


This was the largest vehicle that is currently being stored here.  And this one sports the mother of all luggage racks as well.


Here is something a lot smaller, an early 40-series Toyota Land Cruiser with tow bar and jerry cans for extra fuel.  These are still somewhat plentiful, but usually not with hubcaps and the skinny tires.


Finally we have arrived at the most interesting vehicle here, a Chevy bus that has mated with a Dodge A100 van.  The pictures pretty much say it all.


I did find it interesting that they chose to cut the Dodge body within the headlight housing, a more natural cutline would seem to be just above that.


Of course, around back the builder went for a more rustic theme, even including a rear gunner perch with shingled roof.


Across the aisle last time I ignored the Malibu wagon.  Once ubiquitous, now rarely seen, this one seems in acceptable condition with the horizontal surface rust often seen in relatively dry but sun scorched parts of the country.


I know you guys can tell the exact year and probably the engine based on the grille and hupcaps, and I’m sure at least one of you used to own one as well.  All four hubcaps are still attached and the whitewalls look in good condition as well.  I wonder what the story behind this one is.


Just behind the Malibu is this solid hunk of iron that I believe to be a 1956 GMC 100 pickup.  This one also has what a commenter on the previous post believed to be the original Colorado historic plates.


This is a much newer Chevrolet truck from the late 80’s, 1988 perhaps?.  Aside from the generous helping of patina, it still looks ready to go to work.


Last time we had a sad little Mercedes 190E, this time we have this equally sad E30 BMW.  I want to say it’s an early 318i, but could just as easily be a 325e, it has the little spoiler on the back but I can’t tell if that was added on or not.

The wheels are aftermarket and without wipers this critter is not going very far around here given our summer afternoon monsoons.  This one even seems to have a tanline, it looks like a bra (bikini top?) protected the front end to some degree from the massive sunburn that the rest of the hood has.


Alright, I know this one but just can’t place it.  I was raised in 1980’s California, these were not plentiful there anymore by that time so forgive me.  Tell us, what is it?  The grille screams Chevrolet to me but without identifiers I have no idea.


Here’s a very nice old Dodge Club Cab (200-series?) with a camper on top.  This one appears to be four wheel drive and I love the green color, it goes very well with the license plate.  By the way, you guys were right, I have been regretting giving up the Dodge Ram truck that came with the foreclosed house I got a few years ago…I could have stored it here, it would have fit right in.


Remember the yellow Corvette from the previous post?  Well, here is the other one I alluded to back then.  I have no idea what the appeal of keeping this cab section would be.  The rear bodywork was literally torn away.  I assume that the suspension inside is from the front of this car, I see at least one yellow Bilstein shock.


Here is a closer look at the trailer full of frames beyond what’s left of the Corvette.  Any guesses?


Another Dodge Sportsman RV, again in period white with orange/brown/burnt umber color scheme.  I’m sure this was someone’s pride and joy at some point, I wonder how long it was been here.


Here’s a 1968 Dodge D100, it appears to be a longbed, yet another truck with the bed being used as outdoor storage.  I see a bench seat in the back as well as a grille.  What vehicle does that grille belong to?


A regular cab short bed Chevy from the mid-80’s.  Hard to believe that this configuration was once so common.  How did it take so long for the manufacturers to see the benefits of the double cab?


Of course as soon as I write that here it is, the crewcab equivalent.  I really did forget I shot this until I clicked to literally the next picture I shot after writing the previous sentence.  A Custom Deluxe 20-series, this is the 30-year old equivalent of what nowadays seems to be all over the place, a rarity back then purchased mostly by municipal fleets as opposed to the general populace.


Two weeks ago we saw two Firebirds, well, here is a third hiding behind a shed.  It looks to have been pieced together from several donors, if for sale, it would undoubtedly be listed as “99% complete”


Right behind the Firebird is a nice Ford flatbed.  The tall weeds precluded me from venturing any closer.  The searchlight on the A-pillar is interesting though and I like the grille a lot.


Someone asked how large the lot is.  This picture is from one of the ends of the lot (standing just in front of the Crewcab Chevy) and you can see the other end in the distance.


This picture is the other dimension, I am standing near the Corvette midsection and looking at the administration trailer which is right by the front gate.  I am terrible at judging distances so this is as good as it gets.


Yes, I got into one of the buildings! (I got permission, don’t worry).  This Ford F-100 Ranger is in great condition down to the original hubcaps and aftermarket but nicely matching topper.


I believe this is a 1976 Oldsmobile Toronado.  Well, I know it’s a Toronado, I think it’s from ’76.  Sorry about the shaky shot.  No, I was not overcome with emotion and swooning over it.


I did get very excited for all of you Broughamistas out there when I saw the interior.  Buttons.  Velour.  Patterns.  Brown.  Pillowtop.   I think this one ticks all of the boxes.  And the condition of the interior is absolutely remarkable.  I mean, I get the Brougham fetish but let’s be honest, for most of our regular viewers it is difficult to imagine the appeal.  Seeing one that is showroom fresh does wonders to help one understand it and rekindle the faith.


This one’s a local, having been sold by Reynolds Olds right here in Fort Collins.  They aren’t around anymore (Reynolds I mean), but this car appears to be driven regularly and has just gotten its historic registration renewed to 2020 (5-year cycle for those).


For the Ford lovers here is a nicely preserved 1966 Mustang.  I think I can see a 289 marker on the front fender.  I’m not sure why the trunk lid appears to be bowing a bit, there didn’t seem to be any obvious damage.

Well, that’s pretty much everything.  There were a few more rusted hulks in the deep weeds and I didn’t get into the boats or the other storage sheds (this time, ha!) but I hope you enjoyed our second lap around the old storage lot as much as the first one.