March 14, 2012
Antique Tow Truck For Sale: 1948 Ford F6 Tow Truck with Holmes 515 Traffic King
This classic tow truck has been stored in our warehouse in Seattle for more than 12 years and is ready to find a new home. It was intended to be a restoration project and an addition to the Storer Antique Tow Truck collection, but the project was never finished after other trucks in the museum took priority and the owner Mark Storer died unexpectedly. When the truck originally came to Seattle it was running & driving but the wrecker unit was only partially operational. The Holmes wrecker has since been repaired so that it is fully functional and a replacement cab in excellent condition was purchased and stored with the truck. The truck has not been started in several years, but was running without problems when it was last parked. Now the truck & wrecker (along with the replacement cab and some spare parts) are up for sale. Included with the truck is the original title, sales brochure, and a copy of the instruction manual, which includes a parts list, unit specifications & measurements, etc. This truck will soon be a fantastic project and when completed, will be a beautiful show truck! Listed below are photos and information about the unit.
Approx. 8,800 Lbs.
Call: 206-243-6252 or Contact Us Online
1948 Ford F-6
- Original Flat Head V-8
- 66,000 Miles on Odometer
- Original Title
- Original Ford VIN ID Plate
- Engine, Transmission, Rear End are in Good Condition
- Includes Replacement Cab in Excellent Condition
- Original Upholstery
- Stainless Steel Grill Bars
- Dual Rear Wheels
- Spotlight on Drivers Side
- Red Rotating Light on Top of Cab & 1 Spare
- Motorola Radio Parts
Holmes 515 Traffic King Twin Boom Wrecker with Hi-Speed Cradle
Serial # TE83865
- Fully Functional Ernest Holmes Co. Model 515 Tow Unit
- Includes Hi-Speed Towing Cradle
- Original Holmes Sales Brochure
- Original Holmes Wrecker ID Plate
- Copy of Holmes Wreckers Instruction Manual with Mounting Spec’s, Parts List, etc.
January 22, 2012
Back by popular demand, the Airport Towing 8.5″x11″ wall calendar has a new and exciting look for 2012. This 13 month calendar covers January 2012 to January 2013 and is artisticly decorated with images from the Storer Antique Tow Truck Collection with touches of color scattered throughout the new monochrome theme.
Airport Towing & Burien Towing calendars are all printed & assembled in the USA. Tow Trucks featured in the calendar are the familiar classic rigs from 2011 and prevoius years, with a totally new look and some never-seen-before shots. The entire collection of antique trucks is housed at Airport Towing in Burien, WA near Seattle.
Now in its 8th year, Airport Towing calendars are becoming well known around the Puget Sound region and within the Towing & Automotive industry. Come by our office to claim your calendar today at 817 SW 149th St. Burien, WA 98166. If you would like to have a calendar mailed to you simply call our office at 206-243-6252 or Contact Us online. The 2012 calendar features the following trucks & settings:
February: 1925 Ford Model TT @ Burien Towing Co. Warehouse
March: 2007 Peterbilt 378 Heavy Duty Tow Truck @ West Seattle
April: Row of Antique Trucks & 2004 Chevrolet SSR @ Burien Towing Co.
June: 2008 Kenworth T-300 Medium Duty Tow Truck @ Normandy Park
July: Airport Towing Tow Trucks in the Burien Independence Day Parade
August: 1928 Ford Model A Roadster @ Fremont
September: 1935 Ford @ White Center
November: 1933 Ford @ Kerry Park, Seattle, WA
December: 1935 Chevrolet @ Seatac, WA
January 2013: 1966 Ford F-350 @ Airport Towing, Burien, WA
August 12, 2011
On a recent outing, Seattle seniors took to the drivers’ seat of hot-rod & classic trucks that were once built for work but are now a symbol for fun & nostalgia. The smiles told the story of the group’s one-of-a-kind trip down memory lane.
July 7th, 2011 Seattle Parks and Recreation visited Airport Towing and Burien Towing to explore Storer Enterprises unique tow truck museum. The Storer Antique Tow Truck Collection began in September of 1997 when founder Mark Storer, purchased his first classic truck. Shortly after the purchase of the 1925 Ford Model TT, Mark developed a passion for the history of the towing industry as he worked to restore it into a classic tow truck.
Since that time restoration projects have been continuously ongoing in the Burien Towing warehouse, which currently houses 13 distinctly different show vehicles.
Seattle Parks and Recreation brought 27 energized senior citizens to the Burien Towing warehouse to stroll down memory lane of through the display of several vintage tow trucks each of a different era. Many were in awe and excited to take a picture inside the 1925 Model TT. Many others were astonished by the 1935 Ford hotrod tow truck with flames painted on the hood. After examining the tow trucks, many of the guests were excited to see a 2004 limited edition Chevrolet SSR with hidden strobe lights that were a custom modification installed by Storer.
As the entire group walked the premise of Airport & Burien Towing they were delighted to see a 1932 Ford Model BB un-restored to compare the large efforts it takes from scratch to finish. One comment was, “what is the next tow truck Airport Towing will be restoring?” Kenny Savage, General Manager responded, “When the time is right, we might be considering restoring a 1979 Ford F-350 Indy tow truck.” The unique background of this truck was being one of the four official tow trucks of the 1979 Indianapolis 500.
Airport Towing has begun photo shooting and calendar development for the year 2012. The calendar features the tow truck collection at different recognizable locations in Washington State. For more information please click here for a tour of our online museum. If you are interested in touring Airport and Burien Towing in person please contact us online or call (206)243.6252.
December 16, 2010
Hot off the press and ready to hang on the wall is the latest Airport Towing Tow Truck Calendar for 2011. These calendars are 100% original, featuring trucks owned and operated by Airport Towing, and photographed around the greater Seattle and Puget Sound area.
In it’s 7th year, the calendar has primarily become well known as an antique tow truck calendar, but also features some of our heavy duty working trucks like our new 16-ton Kenworth featured in this year’s cover shot. Other working trucks captured in settings around the Pacific Northwest are our 35-ton Peterbilt tow truck and our 3-axle carrier which has a GVWR of 50,000 pounds.
Not surprisely, the trucks that get most people excited are not the day-to-day work trucks, but the antique show trucks which makes Airport Towing’s calendar a one-of-a-kind work of art. From a classic 1925 Ford Model TT with vintage Weaver crane to a thundering 1935 hot rod set ablaze with sizzling flames these trucks all have personalies of their own.
Featured trucks include a 1935 Chevrolet truck with a Manley Wrecker set on an original wood platform, a 1933 Ford low-rider, a rare Holmes wrecker mounted on a 1937 Dodge Brothers chassis, a beautifully powder-coated 1929 Ford Model AA tow, and a soon-to-be classic Chevrolet SSR convertible truck.
The fan favorite has always been the “Rust Bucket” tow truck that sits original and unrestored on October’s pumpkin page each year. One of the new additions to this year’s display is a 1966 Ford F-350, appropriately named “B-Unit” in honor of Brian Storer who was memorialized with the complete restoration of this truck.
B-Unit is white with bold red racing stripes, flames, a checkered flag, brilliant lights, gleaming chrome stacks, artistic pin-striping, and a tough Holmes 450 wrecker unit, all created to mirror Brian’s traits and personality. Brian Storer was part of the reason Airport Towing exists, as the company was built by his father to support the family. The towing company was born when Brian was four years old and it continued on after Brian’s death at twenty-four years. Brian spent each and every year of his life in love with tow trucks. Among his passions was the desire to see this truck (which sat dusty in the back of a warehouse waiting for Brian to find some free time) restored. Truck #83 (Brian’s driver number) is complete and on display for everyone to see; both in this year’s 2011 calendar and in person at Airport Towing.
To receive a 2011 “Trucks” calendar from Airport Towing featuring antique tow trucks and brilliant photographs by Ron Storer, simply contact us by email or call by phone. For any of our beloved neighbors in the Seattle metro area, come visit us in Burien and pick up a calendar directly from our office.
December 18, 2009
“B-Unit” #83 is a tribute to Brian Storer. The lean, mean, Ford racing machine is being restored for one reason: It was Brian Storer’s dream to revive this this truck and make it his own.
Shortly after purchasing the truck, Mark’s youngest son and employee Brian (driver #83) made known his interest in the truck. He immediately saw the potential, and he loved that the truck would rumble and roar when he stepped on the gas pedal. The truck had custom chrome exhaust stacks (though they were heavily rusted and in desperate need of replacement).
Its frame supported a Holmes 460 wrecker: One of the most celebrated tow units of it’s time; popular for it’s twin boom feature that would allow one side of the truck to anchor to a stable object and the other side to swing out and recover a vehicle. Even today, Holmes is known for producing some of the most unique towing equipment on the planet.
The company’s founder, Ernest Holmes, is famous for his most popular invention: The world’s first tow truck! Holmes originally mounted a chain and pulley to the frame of a 1913 Cadillac and went to work as the first ever tow truck operator in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Nearly 100 years later, Brian Storer found himself inspired by a beat up old Holmes unit. He loved everything about the truck and vowed to restore it. He even collected a few parts along the way. The find he was most proud of was a red bench seat in near perfect condition, brought in to replace the previous upholstery which was torn and tattered. A couple of years went by as the truck sat in Mark’s warehouse awaiting restoration and eventually, the unthinkable happened. Mark and Brian died in a sudden plane crash. One of Brian’s dreams would never come true. He would not get the opportunity to tear the Ford truck to the ground and build it back up again in all the glory of it’s hay-day.
The Storer family has spent the past year-and-a-half recovering from the tremendous loss in their family. As the days continue to go by, family members have come up with ways to pay homage to their loved one’s who have moved on into eternity. The greatest of which was most likely an idea that was produced by Lynette Storer, Brian’s mother and Mark’s wife. Lynette is now the President/CEO of Airport Towing and has been helping run the day-to-day operations of the company for nearly 22 years.
As you may have guessed, her vision was to restore the 66 Ford, exactly as Brian would have wanted it done. Even though it has proven to be an expensive and time consuming project, Lynette has pressed forward with the restoration. Despite a depressed economy, the love she has for her son is far beyond any monetary value. With the help of Lynette’s staff, she is determined to complete this project.
With the help of several employees and antique specialist Rocky Willis, the project has moved forward with great success. The truck was stripped down and sandblasted earlier this year.
Shortly after, individual pieces of the truck were sent to Huddleson’s Auto Color World to be painted red and white. Finally, the cab and chassis were sprayed and returned to be refitted with the original parts. Fresh paint on the old truck in traditional Airport Towing red and white have made it look better than ever. Meanwhile, custom chrome exhaust stacks were special ordered and the motor was removed for steam-cleaning and repainting.
The paint is now dry and piece by piece, the truck is being meticulously reassembled. Nearly every part on the truck needs to be reinstalled; from the hood to the fenders, the bumper, wheels and rims, doors, windshield, seat, motor, exhaust stacks, lugs, lights, mirrors, and much more. One challenge that complicates the project more than the average pickup restoration is the assembly of the Holmes tow unit on the back end. The unit requires technical expertise because it operates off of a power take off system that utilizes the transmission to engage and enable the boom and winch cables to operate. The old gear driven technology has been replaced with hydraulics in more modern equipment. The wrecker must be assembled accurately to maintain structural integrity if it is ever to be used as a working tow truck. To date, each piece has been sanded, painted, and some are awaiting reassembly. Some of the electrical wiring throughout the truck is still being completed.
The headers have been chrome dipped, enhancing the popular “Powered by Ford” slogan stamped into the metal. Afterward, the freshly painted motor was placed back into the truck.
The motor was repainted factory Ford blue and the tips of the fan have been painted red. The cab was also remounted onto the frame.
Much of the detail work is now being finished. The truck has been refitted with its hood, grille, bumper, beacon, marker lights, headlights, and windshield. After several months of work, it is starting to look like a truck again.
Most recently, the Holmes tow unit was reinstalled and there are now wheels under the frame.
Although the project may look as though it is near completion, there is still a great amount of work to be done. The truck is still awaiting doors and several other interior parts along with wiring and other detail work. Custom lettering and final striping will be added after the truck has reacquired all of it’s necessary mechanical parts. Completion of the 1966 Ford F-350 tow truck is most likely Spring of 2010. Work being done on the truck is ongoing though it is not being rushed so mistakes can be minimized. Once the 66 Ford is completed, it will be one of the most popular and definitely the most powerful tow truck in the Storer Antique Tow Truck Collection and no one will be happier to see its final completion than Lynette.
July 1, 2009
Millions of dollars worth of antique cars & trucks lined the streets of Burien last week for the annual Fathers Day Car Show, turning the the city’s downtown into a spectacular parking lot for car lovers of all ages. With a turnout of more than 200 vehicles crowding the city streets, participants proudly unveiled the fruits of their hard labor as onlookers came from all over the Puget Sound area to appreciate their pristinely shined mechanical beauties.
It was chrome and aluminum as far as the eye could see down 152nd street in the shadow of the new Burien Town Square, which includes a new 7 story condominium building, a 20,000 square foot City Hall and an 18 million dollar public library. The long line of displayed classics continued on down 6th Avenue Southwest and also along 4th Ave SW. Some car show guru’s who were unwilling to pay the entry fee participated in the show but were excluded from the competition by parking their project cars in legal street parking spaces around the perimeter of the exhibition. The official portion of the car show was hosted by The Discover Burien Association.
For Airport Towing the event was a tribute to it’s founding father, Mark Storer who birthed the company 21 years ago and remained heavily involved as the CEO until he died 1 year ago. Mark was a committed father of 3 children but also took on a fatheresque role to several towing industry professionals whom he trained throughout his tenure as the company’s owner. Today Airport Towing remains a family owned and operated business and the people employed are adopted as additional members of the extended family.
Mark was responsible for collecting 13 unique trucks that comprise the Storer Tow Truck Collection. Three of the trucks were on display for the annual Fathers Day car show:
- “The Dodge” is a 1937 Dodge Brothers 1 1/2 ton truck with a Holmes tow unit attached.
- “The 29” is a 1929 Ford Model AA tow truck with a Weaver crane and is said to be the most beautiful and valuable truck in the collection.
- “The T” is a 1925 Ford Model TT flatbed that was turned into a tow truck by Mark as his first antique vehicle project.
All the trucks in the Storer Tow Truck Collection have some historical significance in Airport Towing’s history and are the product of Mark’s passion for unique & beautiful treasures. The three tow trucks drew a steady crowd throughout the day as they were decorated with photos of Mark and his youngest son Brian who died with him in last years airplane crash. Showing the trucks was one of Mark’s earliest and most reliable employees, Rocky Willis, the tow truck driver / mechanic who was responsible for a vast majority of the restoration work to the antique trucks. Rocky began his career with Airport Towing in 1989 and continues to volunteer to drive the tow trucks in local car shows and parades. Next week Rocky will be driving the Model T in the Burien 4th of July Parade. The parade route begins at the Airport Towing / Burien Towing office and continues through downtown Burien.
May 28, 2009
We are finally starting to see some sunlight in Seattle, which means it’s time to get our hot rod’s outside and around town for some much needed fresh air and warm pavement. After a long and stormy winter we were finally able to open the warehouse door this month and roll out two of our most noticeable classic tow trucks. This pair of trucks that we sent to participate in the weekly car show at Bernie & Boys Market earned plenty of attention from onlookers and collectors alike thanks to their unique body design and custom graphics. Our 1933 Ford truck is a unique orange truck on a lowered chassis with chrome accents and powered by a 383 Stroker. The other truck we displayed is our purple 1935 Ford tow truck with custom hand painted flames, a Holmes wrecker unit, and a 305 small block V8 motor.
Classy Chassis Car Club of Burien is hosting the event every Saturday night from April until October. The car show is open from 4pm – 8pm to all car lovers/spectators and for those of you lucky enough to own our own classic car, custom hot rod, or any other type of show car we would like you to bring it by and be part of the display. There is no entry fee for cars or spectators; just an open parking lot where you won’t get towed for parking your pride and joy for a few hours. The event was formerly held at the Burien Fred Meyer parking lot on Wednesday night, but has now found a home just a few miles north (still on 1st Ave) in Top Hat.
Local grocers Joe and Tom Salle are the owners of Bernie & Boys Market (Home of the Live Butcher) and have always been heavily involved in local community events. They have invited Evergreen High School’s Booster Club to the event who will be on hand to provide food and drinks each night at a reasonable price as they work to raise money for their sports program.
Airport Towing will make an appearance with one or more of our classic trucks as much as possible this summer. Our founder Mark Storer created one of the largest and most unique classic tow truck collections in the world and in his memory we are planning on getting the tow trucks outside this summer for everyone to enjoy. Come join us for great food, music, and beautiful custom cars at the Classy Chassis Car Club of Burien Saturday Night Cruise-Ins. For information on the weekly show stop by Saturdays or call Bob at 206-935-2113 or Joe at 206-248-1916.
Classy Chassis will also be hosting their annual Snow-N-Shine at Bernie & Boys Market Saturday, July 25th. This is an all day event that costs only $15 to enter. All proceeds go to Child Haven of Burien. Call Bob at 206-935-2113 or Arthea at 206-762-3159 for more information.