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Tom Millard's Garage - This Guy's Garage

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Tom Millard / Daleville, PA
It would be a very boring world if everybody was into the same things. So when Tom Millard sent us his This Guy's Garage submission, the sheer uniqueness of his collection made our decision pretty easy. You can understand how a guy could be into '80s Oldsmobiles, a '64 Impala, and even a '26 Model T. But where this eclectic collection takes a hard left turn is with the Brockway Trucks. Tom and his father, Tom Sr., have already finished the red and white one and are about to embark on the resurrection of a second. The Brockway company started out as the Brockway Carriage Works in 1875 and built trucks for 65 years beginning in 1912. As Tom mentions, there is an annual truck show in Cortland, New York, and the town has now embarked on an ambitious effort to build a Brockway museum. It's all about the love of the machine, isn't it? We'll let Tom tell the rest of the story.

Just In Time
"Brockways were made from 1912 to 1977 in Cortland, New York, and were very popular on the East Coast. Around 1999, a group of people got together and decided to start an annual Brockway truck show. The show starts with a parade that begins in Homer, New York, and ends in downtown Cortland. They section off two full blocks of Main Street for the day to park the trucks. The show has grown every year, and this past August they had 140 Brockways in all. My goal was to get our truck ready to make the '08 Cortland show, and by early summer we were very close. We hustled all summer, and the last hurdles were the front fenders. The original fenders were beyond repair, and the only other pair I had were in very rough shape. With a little bit of luck, I found a decent set about a month before the show, so we did the metal repair, had them sandblasted, and started the bodywork. The Tuesday before the show, we painted them, the following Thursday we mounted them, Friday we washed the truck, and at 4 a.m. on Saturday, my dad and I left for Cortland in the truck with my wife and 2-year-old son following in my pickup truck with a bed full of tools. Up until this point, we had never driven the truck. It went around my yard a bunch of times, but it never saw any road time except for a quick trip for gas. We were determined to make it to Cortland, and 31/2 hours later, we pulled into the parking lot where the parade starts. What a great feeling of accomplishment and relief when we pulled it in the lot!"

A. "The red '79 Olds Cutlass was my first car; I bought it in 1988. I narrowed the bumpers, shaved the door handles, and removed the Landau top. It has a 403ci Olds engine, a 200-4R from a Monte SS, and an 8.5-inch rear from a Buick GN that's fitted with 4.10 gears. The car runs low 13s."

B. "I bought the black '86 4-4-2 when I graduated from college in 1994. The car had 15,000 miles on it when I bought it and now has 60,000. It only gets driven during the summer on nice days. It's a nice car to drive but virtually bone stock with the 307ci Olds, 200-4R trans, and 8.5-inch 10-bolt with 3.73 gears."

C. "The Goldwood yellow car is a '64 Impala SS that has been in my family since 1984. My dad and I spent six years restoring it. We finished the car, and I drove it to my senior prom in 1990. It has a 327 with a Muncie four-speed and is almost identical to the car my father bought when he got out of the Army in 1964. The car had 4.10 gears in it but I replaced them with 3.36s so I could drive it to the Goodguys Columbus show. So far it has made the trip six or seven times over the past few years, eight hours each way."

D. "Up on the rack is a '26 Model T two-door sedan. This is my next project-a traditional hot rod. I have been collecting parts for it over the past few years. The car will be unchopped but channeled over a Model A frame and fitted with a 292 Y-block from a '56 Ford pickup, an Edelbrock three-deuce intake with three Holley 94s, a four-speed trans, Guide headlights, a '30 Model A grille shell, and no fenders or hood. I have this car built in my head. Now all I need is time!"

E. "The cab in front of the '55 is a '70 E361T Brockway, which is our next project. The truck started off as a tractor for Sears Oil in Rome, New York. We're going to add power steering and RideTech suspension to make it a nice driver, and we are keeping the original 671 Detroit Diesel. We hope to be done with that for the '11 show in Cortland."

F. "The red and white truck is a '55 155W Brockway. My dad drove a truck for a living, so we decided to restore one. We also spent six years on this project. It started life as a dump truck and wound up as a township truck. We added a fifth wheel to convert it to a tractor and rebuilt the original motor and trans. The motor is a six-cylinder, 427ci, Continental flathead with a five-speed trans and a two-speed rear. This truck gets driven, and I've put more than 1,000 miles on it in two years. It tops out at 55 mph, so I try to stick to the backroads. Once a year, I drive it to Cortland, New York, where Brockways were originally built."

G. "On the far right is an '03 Skidoo Legend snowmobile. That keeps me busy during the cold winter months here in Pennsylvania."

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