Terry Lockard was looking for an old truck. He wanted something he could drive around the hills and hollows of Hardy County. He wanted something with a little character, a little history.
“I’d drive passed Auto Advocates at least once a week and see the old cars and truck sitting outside,” Lockard said. “One day on a whim, I stopped and asked if they had any old trucks for sale.”
Auto Advocates is located on Route 259 right outside Wardensville. Father/son owners Danny and Chris Boyce bought the business five years ago. They restore and retrofit antique vehicles. They also do paint and body work and custom fabrication. “We bought the business because we are very interested in old cars,” Chris said.
“He came in one day and asked if we had any old trucks for sale,” Danny said. “I asked him what he was looking for and he said something 1940s or 1950s.
“I told him we didn’t have anything at the moment, but there was an auction at a construction company up the road. They had an old truck. I told him to check it out.”
The date was Thursday, Aug. 28, 2019. Hott &Miller, Inc., general contractors, had decided to retire after 79 years of business in Hardy County. They were offering some of their equipment for sale through an online-only auction, beginning at 7 p.m. that day.
One of the items offered was a 1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck. “I saw that truck and knew that was the one,” Lockard said.
“I got a flyer with instructions on how to bid, put in a bid and a few days later I got an email saying I was the successful bidder. I was elated.”
Gerald Hott of Hott & Miller, Inc. said the truck was originally used to haul fuel for the bull dozers and other heavy equipment.
“Plus, it’s a little bit of local history and I think it’s important to save it.”