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1949 Ford Pickup Pro Street Sleeper - 'This Guy's Garage

Photography by Steve Campbell

Wachsman's Warehouse / Ventura, CA

Jim Wachsman got into cars when he was growing up in Glendora, California. Before he was 16, he owned a small fleet, including a'49 Ford pickup, a '48 Ford, a '53 Chevy, a '59 El Camino, and a '55 Chevy convertible. Most of them were beaters that ran on junkyard parts, but the pickup was powered by a '55 Olds V-8 backed with a Hydramatic tranny, and Jim liked to drive it hard-so hard he earned 39 traffic citations between the ages of 16 and 18. When the law finally figured out who that stack of tickets belonged to, they yanked his license. He's calmer now. He owns, of all things, a portable toilet business, with more than 5,000 johns to choose from. His daughter, Robin Lynn, 28, and his son, Jamie, 32, are partners in the business, though Robin is also a nurse. Each of the kids has one car in Jim's warehouse garage in Ventura, California. Everything else you see is his except one of the fire engines. And you thought there was something wrong with being in the toilet.

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