7 September 2016

Swap to Street 2016: Someone help us, we’re doing it again

We’ve undertaken some questionable projects here at Hagerty over the years, but last year we finally lost it. Conceived in a moment of insanity – and likely over a couple of beers – someone had the novel idea of building an entire car over four days at the AACA Fall Hershey Swap Meet, using parts sourced on the grounds, while streaming our potentially epic failure live to the world. “Genius!” we agreed, fully immersed in our collective delusion, which we dubbed “Hagerty's Swap to Street Challenge." And, if that wasn’t enough, we decided that upon completion, we’d immediately drive the thing nearly 750 miles home to Traverse City, Mich.

So, we dragged a crumbling, beautifully patinaed 1946 Ford half-ton commercial pickup out of the northern Michigan mud, where it had been reposing since 1962, got it titled for insurance purposes, and trailered it to Hershey. For the task we needed Hagerty employees who were talented enough yet foolhardy enough to volunteer, placing our bets on Parts Finder Davin Reckow, Social Media Analyst Matt Lewis, Staff Writer Tara Hurlin and Client Relations Manager Brad Phillips.

Despite a few nail-biting days spent searching for a running engine, fabricating a last-minute oil pan and braving a torrential downpour, they managed to bring our 1946 Ford back to life – live. The pickup made the Hershey-to-Traverse-City drive with few problems, and after a brief shakedown, it toured the country via POSIES Driven Dirty Tour, traveling from Michigan to Las Vegas.

Overall, our gamble was a success.

This year, we’re upping the ante. Where our pickup came with a dilapidated cab and a few other parts, this year’s vehicle is nothing but a rolling chassis. We’re shaking up the team, too: Davin and Brad remain on board, but we’re introducing two new builders – Brett and Randy. Meet them here.

Stay tuned for weekly updates on the team’s preparations and more details on our new vehicle at www.hagerty.com/swaptostreet. Though we may be crazy, it's a good thing we’re not superstitious – the last three digits of our new project’s serial number are “666.”

For anyone planning to attend the meet, stop by and watch the build. For those of you watching from home, we’ll stream the entire process beginning Tuesday, Oct. 4, at noon. Subscribe to the stream here: www.YouTube.com/Hagerty/live

11 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Dave Conrad St louis September 8, 2016 at 17:09
    no comment
  • 2
    Paul California September 8, 2016 at 20:02
    At least you chose a Model A Ford (from the looks of it). Good work! Now, please, please build it stock and not a hot rod. Stock Model A kharma is real. If you need help with parts, there are plenty.
  • 3
    Holly Neiswenter Oregon (OR) September 8, 2016 at 20:12
    Boy I would love to watch that one live,,have fun ;-)
  • 4
    Jeffery Warshawsky Mchenry,IL September 8, 2016 at 21:18
  • 5
    Glenn Washington State September 9, 2016 at 17:12
    What is the chassis from (car, truck, year)?
  • 6
    Bill Stratford, Ont. Canada September 9, 2016 at 07:13
    What became of that great '46 Ford pickup? I really like it and I too was born in 1946
  • 7
    Howard sharp N y September 9, 2016 at 08:44
    Good luck see ya at Hershey
  • 8
    Rocky simmons Woodward Oklahoma. September 9, 2016 at 21:14
    If you chose a model a chassis, good choice. Any model a body should fit. I will be eagerly watching with critique. I watched all of the 46 ford build. Loved it.
  • 9
    willis briggs Troup,TX September 11, 2016 at 16:16
    didn't learn from first project, but good luck anyway.
  • 10
    Brad O'Neal Lancaster, Pa September 15, 2016 at 14:54
    Have a stock Model A Tudor in driving condition. Love to help build one of them. Love Fords.
  • 11
    Gene Green Field, GAI 18-19 September 23, 2016 at 18:43
    Alright, you TOLD me it was going to be a '46 CHEVY pickup- and I brought all these parts! Now what? I guess I'll have to sell them to other fellers. Good luck, you'll be competing with HAMB'ers for the Model A stuff.

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