At Executive Auto Shippers we ship vehicles all over the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. But it’s rare that we actually get to meet our customers face to face, or see the vehicle ourselves. So when we found out we were delivering a 1950 Studebaker 2r Truck just up the road, the owners of EAS decided to go check it out. The Kellogg Historical Museum gave them a wonderful tour, as well as backstory on the truck that was delivered there.
Located in the town of Kellogg Iowa (about 45 miles east of the capital, Des Moines, and 25 miles from our office in Monroe), the museum consists of eight buildings. Each helps set the stage for when the town was the “end of the line” for the railroad in the early 1900s. The Studebaker was owned by Ralph Breen, who donated the vehicle after his passing at the age of 92. Thanks to a referral from his friend, Tay, we were able to arrange for an enclosed auto transport from California back to its new home in Iowa.
“Ralph and my dad were good friends,” said David Fairclothe, president of the Kellogg Historical Society. He told us that Ralph’s dad had originally bought the truck while he was living in Kellogg. “James and Mary Breen lived south of the railroad tracks, what was considered rural Kellogg at the time,” added Fairclothe. James was a worker on the railroad. Fairclothe also stated that although Ralph moved to California, he still has relatives in the area.
The truck is now located in the barn of the museum next to their 1944 LA John Deere Tractor. It’ll be there until they have finished work on the carriage house. “[The truck] has been our highlight during the 2016 season,” said Fairclothe, “we’re excited to have this addition with such a great historical connection to the area.” Along with the truck will have a display of the Breen Family Genealogy. The Kellogg Historical Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.
After such a great story, we were even more excited to have helped transport the 1950 Studebaker 2r Truck from California to the Kellogg Historical Museum safely per Ralph’s request. We truly enjoyed hearing the story behind the truck, and all the stories we get with the vehicles we ship. Next time you ship your car with us, we’d love to hear yours!
Owning a classic car can be an investment or fuel your love of great automobiles. Either way, you will find the need to take care of it as best as you can. One way that car owners fail at protecting their car is by not properly storing them when they are not in-use. It is especially important for seasons with extreme weather (i.e. summer and winter) that your car be put away so that its exterior does not suffer/
Prior to storing your car away for a period of time, change the oil and filter and run the engine to circulate the new oil. Fresh oil will aid in the prevention of corrosion. You will also want to fill your gas and the recommended amount fuel stabilizer and drive around for about 15 minutes. This will prevent gum and varnish buildup which can ruin your fuel pump.
Raise the vehicle on jack stands and lower the air pressure. All tires will develop a “flat-spot” while in storage which is why you will want to place them on jacks to save them from damage. Some tires can come back from a flat-spot if they were only sitting for a few months but if left for a half a year, the spot can become permanent.
While your car can be safe from the elements while in a garage, it may not be safe from furry little creatures who can make their way in. Rodents love hiding inside the exhaust or heating system. Prevent them from entering and wreaking havoc by plugging the exhaust system and the air filter. Do not forget to take them out when you finally drive your car again.
Inevitably your battery will drain but if it becomes overheated or freezes, it will need to be replaced. Simply disconnect it and store inside your home and connect a battery maintainer to your vehicle.
Whether you are making a move, participating in a car show, or selling your vehicle, it is important that it remains protected during the journey. At Executive Auto Shippers, we provide the shipping services you need to keep your vehicle safe. Enclosed shipping will be your best bet to keep exterior safe while traveling all while not putting excess mileage on your car. Schedule your shipping today.