Get Your 2012 Tow Truck Calendar

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 2012 Wall Calendar Monochrome Front

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.

2012 Airport Towing Calendar Rear View

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:

January: 1929 Ford Model AA @ Galvin Flying, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA

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.

May: 1937 Dodge Brothers @ Safeco Field

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

October: 1932 Ford Model BB @ Bo Colello’s Produce, Seatac, WA

November: 1933 Ford @ Kerry Park, Seattle, WA

December: 1935 Chevrolet @ Seatac, WA

January 2013: 1966 Ford F-350 @ Airport Towing, Burien, WA

Cruising Memory Lane by Tow Truck

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.

1925 Ford Model TT Tow Truck VisitorJuly 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.

2011 Seattle Parks & Recreation Senior Tour Storer Antique Tow Truck Collection & Museum Group PhotoSince that time restoration projects have been continuously ongoing in the Burien Towing warehouse, which currently houses 13 distinctly different show vehicles.

1935 Ford Hotrod by Airport Towing with VisitorsSeattle 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.

Storer Antique Tow Truck Museum VisitorAirport 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.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Lifelong Recreation 2011 Guide

1966 Ford Nearly Restored

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.

1966 Ford F-350 Tow Truck with Holmes 460

Mark Storer, CEO and founder of Airport Towing started collecting antique tow trucks in 1997. Since then he has built up a collection of 13 classic trucks. One of them is a 1966 Ford F-350.

Factory Ford V-8 MotorShortly 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).

Holmes 460 Tow UnitIts 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. 66 Ford InteriorThe 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.

Brian Storer & Lynette StorerThe 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.

1966 Ford F-350 with Holmes 460 Tow Unit in Restoration

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.

1966 Ford F-450 Restoration of Cab & Chassis

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.

Holmes 460 Wrecker Body Freshly PaintedShortly 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.

1966 F-450 Painted Hood, Doors, Fenders, Chroms Exhaust, WindshieldThe 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.

Powered by Ford Chrome Headers 1966 F-450 V-8 Motor

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.

Restoration Process of 1966 F-450 View of MotorThe motor was repainted factory Ford blue and the tips of the fan have been painted red. The cab was also remounted onto the frame.

1966 Ford F-350 Tow Truck Paint Job White & Red CabMuch 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.

Cherry Red Holmes 460 Tow Unit Restored

Most recently, the Holmes tow unit was reinstalled and there are now wheels under the frame.

Ford Truck Interior in RestorationAlthough 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.

View of Holmes 460 Wrecker & Wire Rope from Rear of Tow Truck