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1961 Plymouth

Scrap yards are filthy dirty places, full of dangers and populated by big brawny men in grease soaked clothing, dudes you give lots of room. They roam around in “road warrior” service trucks, hammers, wrenches and cutting torches at the ready. This is where old vehicles, machinery and anything that’s cast, alloyed, rolled or forged goes to die, to be recycled, chopped up or parted out. It’s a treasure chest. Turn a corner and it’s something rare or unusual, other times it the everyday and mundane, leftover bits of of steel, copper and aluminum from whatever. You never know. For Team BIGDoer…it’s heaven.

This particular yard, the county where it’s located in the title of the post, is well spread out, bigger than most and stuffed full of goodies to inspire any photographer. It’s not just cars and trucks, although there’s no shortage of either, most of them vintage, but a sampling of everything you could possibly imagine that is or could be made of metal. It’s amazing and endless. While looking completely chaotic, there’s a strange order to things. It might only make complete sense to those who work here, but it’s an order none the less.

Stettler County Collection – Part 1: spending the day in the company of some wonderful scrap metal. Researched, written and photographed by Chris Doering and Connie Biggart (

This will be a two-parter, the second to follow in a few weeks or so. Still, there was enough in this yard to fill three or four good sized postings, no, maybe even more. We simply ran out of time this visit. The place is pretty big and varied so there was no way to avoid it. Perhaps we’ll return some day to continue the series. They’ve given us a open invitation…

But enough talk, let’s see the collection…

1) An early 1960s Ford F700 that once worked for the scrap yard. These guys have been at it for a looong time. A big and burly work truck, you’ve got to love that grill. Mad Max approved!

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2) Fargo Trucks were sold at Plymouth dealers in Canada and were not available in the US. Because of this the marque is pretty rare overall, especially for the larger trucks in the line, like this one. They were simply re-badged Dodges. This is an LCF (Low Cab Forward) model outfitted with a grain box (this is rural Alberta you know). The trim on this one tells us it’s a 1960-1968 model. The last year for Fargos here was 1972. The last year for the LCF overall was the mid-1970s.

3) An International Loadstar. This model was produced over a long period of time, 1962-1979, in huge numbers. We see so many of them in farm country, we rarely give them a second glance. This one was a grain hauler (like that’s a surprise?). Lots of big tanks, like on the left, scattered about this yard.

Ford F700

1) This early 60s Ford F700 once worked for the scrap firm here.

4) Farmer’s are cheap-ass buggers. Proof? Just look at this wagon modified with rubber wheels. They simply cut down the wood spokes and bolted them to an old car rim. Not sure how strong it’d be, but clearly it’s straight out of the Frugal Farmer’s handbook. We heard there were kits for this, but this one looks more home made.

5) The thing seen is essentially a huge fire extinguisher on wheels. More of them in behind too. You got to wonder where they came from? You might find them in a factory or some such place.

6) I dare say, the most common pickup truck of it’s era (late ’40s/early ’50s). This is a Chevrolet “Advance Design”. GMC versions were near identical. Hate to admit, but we usually don’t pay these models much mind (but should, I guess).

7) One of the more odd things found, playground equipment. As we wandered about, it came to us, this scrap yard had at least one of everything made of metal. Case in point here. In fact there were a couple swing sets here. Remember as a kid, you’d go so high one of the legs would come out of the ground, your mother looking on in horror? Of course you do!

8) Some workers filling a bin in back – they make their money selling metal here after all – their beaten-into-submission Chevrolet yard truck in the foreground. It’s a 1970s model. Pretty certain it won’t pass inspection. These men grumble under their breath, making hard to judge if they’re pissed off or if that’s just their normal everyday selves. Strong, and dirty from head to toe, not ill mannered but still very hard to read, at best, it seems they tolerate us guys with the cameras. Accompanying them is a “junk yard dog”. Stereotypes here, right out of a movie…

9) From another chapter in the “handbook”, this home made tractor. Love how farmers can take what ever is lying about and make something useful and productive out of them. They’re heroes!

10) A HUGE pile of cans. Food cans – Chef Boyardee Beefaroni, peas, baked beans, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, that wonderful canned gravy stuff (LOVE!), Fancy Feast Catfood, evaporated milk (BARF!) – it’s ALL so strange. How did they ever collect that many?

11) Scrap yard camping! Lots of old motorhomes and RVs in the yard. This is a 1990s era Pace Arrow…we think. The fellow in front has lost his head. But don’t we all at times?

12) Damn, cars were boxy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I mean, zero curves, all flats and angles. This is a ’79-’82 Ford LTD. This was the biggest car Ford made in the era, and typically the most luxurious.

13) The Seaman Company made tractors, not ones used on the farm, but for industrial use. Pulling road building machinery was one application. We’ve never actually seen one before, in fact never even heard of the company, so this was a first for us. There was a second one here too. The company seemed most active in the 1950s, so we’ll venture to guess the one seen documented here is from that era.

14) Old cars! Ahh, there’s our fix. Now we’re getting somewhere. Two early 1950s GMs, one a Pontiac (Chieftain?) the other a Chevrolet (a Bel-Air, we think). Nice old metal! In case you wonder about the “?”, even after all these years, and a gazillion vehicles seen, we still can’t ID a car to save our lives.

15) A ’49-’52 Chevrolet (Deluxe?) and peeking out behind it is a 1960s Chevy Pickup.

16) The aggressive grill of an early 1950s Ford Pickup. It MEANS business. Post WW2 pickups are quite common to find in rural Alberta. This was a boom period.

17) Another early ’50s Pontiac. Nature’s got the upper hand here. It’s being swallowed up! This make was once very popular. Considered a step up above a Chevrolet in trim and options, they went out of business not all that long ago.

Fargo LCF Medium Duty

2) A Fargo “LCF” (re-badged Dodge), this a 1960-1968 model.

18 and 20) A (very) baby blue 1961 Plymouth Fury. In design, it really stood out as unique when compared to it contemporaries, but perhaps was a bit too radical for many buyers as sales were modest at best. Not everyone was taken by that “furrowed” brow look. Next model year, things would be toned down a bit. In our world, unconventional rules so we love it! It appears complete mechanically. Thinking out loud….hmmm…project car.

19) Tail fins! Big fans of them, the taller and sharper and more pronounced, the better. This 1958 Dodge (Royal or Custom Royal) does pretty well with them. Nice looking car, very “futuristic”! Fins, just like a space rocket! It also looks complete and is a nice break from all the GM stuff we’ve seen so far.

21) A Ford C Series. This truck was produced over a long period with minimal change, 1957-1990, and was a volume seller. Suitable for all kind of yeoman work – here it’s outfitted as a bucket truck – we still see a lot of them around, some even still on the job. The cab tilts as you can see, which allows access to the drive train for maintenance and the like.

22) Lame artsy photo attempt!

23) A “Ram” logo seen on a mid-1950s Dodge truck. Note the 73 license plate. Over fifteen years a driver, I’d say the owner did okay. The logo and what it represented was so important to Dodge that in recent times they renamed the line to Ram Trucks.

24) Another early ’50s Chevy. Tried to read the mangled license plate, but it was too far gone.

25) Two old International (IHC) Pickups. Was wondering when we’d see some – they were always common in farming areas like this. The one facing is a ’72 or ’73 model, the one beside it, from the 1950s. IHC would quit making pickups in the mid-1970s, and by 1980 ditto for it’s “SUV” line, the “Scout”. I heard these things were near bullet proof.

26) Some strange stuff in this yard, including this collection of helmets. What the…what’s the deal with the numbers? Clearly they all came from the same place. Bloody curious to know.

27) This early 1950s Plymouth was last plated in 1961.

28) Here we go! Good stuff! A 1950s era Studebaker – hoping we’d find a less common model – and beside it, in front, a late 1930s Dodge or Plymouth. We looked all over it for an identification mark but found none. Every time I see a ’30s era car, I can’t help think gangster. Seen too many movies I guess.

29) A work of art if you ask us (and no one ever does), a 1949-197 era White 3000. Look at that design! This is the first we’ve seen in person. They were not all that common, here at least. It’s done up with a grain box. The keys were inside – just drive it away! Okay, here come the calls – “I want to buy it!”

30) An REO from the early to mid-1950s. This make was never all that common in Canada, so it’s a real treat to find. They lasted until the 1970s. By then they were Diamond-REO.

31) A very common, 1948-1950 era, Ford Pickup. In case you’ve wondered what’s up with those big “S” letters seen on many of the vehicles documented…it means save, don’t scrap. Every now and then, they “clean” up the yard, sending off the junkiest of things the most mangled metal to get recycled. And when I say clean up, before or after, it’s still a junk yard. By nature they’re always a mess no matter what. Not sure if they sell parts off these old vehicles, our just simply collect them. Could never get a straight answer. I suspect, like anything, it’s for sale if the “price is right”. Come on down…

32) Another White 3000. Wooo-hooo, the second we’ve seen. These were made with little change over the span of production. More calls expected…

33) A “Belarus” tractor from the Minsk Tractor Works in Belarus (formerly of the USSR). We think this is a 7xxx series from the 1980s. The sticker that tells that info was too faded to see. We see this make from time to time. Good socialist tractor, strong like ox. The firm is still in business.

International Lodestar

3) The International Loadstar was produced in huge numbers (1962-1979).

34) A 1957-1967 era Allis Chalmers D17 taking refuge in the shade. A pretty unremarkable, work-a-day, farm tractor. The make was not as common as others around here, but still not all that unusual.

35) There was a time when all good Buicks had “portholes” similar to this. If there were three it was a lower model, and if four, higher. This beast is from the early 1950s. Nice car, with an impressive grill, which will be seen in part two of this post.

36) An engine-in-the-trunk second generation (so 1965-1969) Chevrolet Corvair, GM’s answer to the VW Beetle. The car was sullied with a bad reputation early on – mostly fixed by the time this one was made – which doomed the model. The second generation was the last.

37) On the way home, taking back roads as we always do, we see this range rider’s cabin as twilight falls. The tall tree was no doubt a sapling when they built a structure. The stories the place could tell. That same thought enters our mind each time we see an old or abandoned dwelling.

38) Not far away – a Cat with wet toes. This old D7 (1960s or 1970s model, we think) in quiet retirement, its last job done, likely to never move again. So peaceful. Then that cheeze-fest 1970s film Killdozer comes to mind…and I give it a wide berth. Hmmm…it looks waiting to pounce.

There we have it, part one, in the can. Stay tuned the second instalment, it’ll come soon enough. Wasn’t this fun?

The second half…
Stettler County Collection – Part 2.

More like this…
Crowsnest Collecton – Round 1.
Lakefront Collection.
Old Iron (SK edition).

If you wish more information on what you’ve seen here, by all means contact us!

Date: October, 2016.
Location: Stettler County, AB.
Article references and thanks: Scrap Yard Guys, Henry and Mac, the other fellow who I was scared to talk to, Film Photographer Rob Pohl who was hanging with us this adventures, all, a big thanks.
This yard is private property. visited with permission.

Wagon Wheel Conversion

4) Straight from the “Frugal Farmer’s” handbook.

Chemical Fire Hand Cart

5) A dry-chemical fire hand cart.

Chevrolet Advance Design

6) A very common late 40s/early 50s Chevrolet Pickup.

Old Swingset

7) One of the more odd things found.

Scrap Yard Truck

8) Brawny men working in back. Load up that bin!

Homemade Tractor

9) A home-brew tractor – from another chapter in the handbook.

Mountain of Cans

10) A mountain of cans!

Pace Arrow Motorhome

11) Scrap yard camping.

79-82 Ford LTD

12) Boxy cars were a thing when this 79-82 Ford LTD was made.

Seaman Tractor

13) An industrial tractor from the Seaman Company (1950s?)

Early 50s Pontiac and Chevy

14) Two GMs from the early 50s, left a Pontiac and right a Chevrolet.

49-52 Chevrolet

15) A 1949-1952 era Chevrolet.

1951-1952 Ford Pickup

16) The aggressive grill of a early 50s Ford Pickup.

Early 50s Pontiac

17) Nature’s winning here – an early 50s Pontiac.

1961 Plymouth

18) A baby-blue 1961 Plymouth.

1958 Dodge

19) Tail fins! This Dodge is a 58.

1961 Plymouth Fury

20) The 61 Plymouth again – quite a stand-out design if you ask us.

Ford C Series

21) The Ford C Series “Tilt Cab” was made from 1957-1990.

Old Truck Light

22) Let the sun shine through…

Mid-1950s Dodge Truck

23) An early Dodge “Ram”.

Early 1950s Chevy

24) Lots of 50s era Chevys in this yard.

International Pickup

25) This International Pickup would be a 72-73 model -1950s IHC right.

Old Helmets

26) Okay…

Early 50s Plymouth

27) Last driven in 1961?

1950s Studebaker - 1930s Dodge/Plymouth

28) A 1950s era Studebaker, in back, and late 1930s Dodge or Plymouth.

White 3000 Truck

29) The White 3000 was made from 1949-1967. The first we’ve seen in person.

REO Truck

30) An REO Truck from the early to mid-1950s.

1948-1950 Ford Pickup

31) A 1948-1950 Ford Pickup. “S” means save (don’t scrap).

White 3000 Model Truck

32) A second White 3000.

Belarus Tractor

33) Good strong Belarus Tractor, from Minsk.

Allis Chalmers D17

34) 1957-1967 era Allis Chalmers D17.

Buick Portholes

35) Buick’s trademark portholes.

1964-1969 Corvair

36) A second generation (64-69) Corvair, Chevrolet’s answer to the VW Beetle.

Range Riders Cabin

37) One the road home – this Range Rider’s cabin…

Old Caterpilar D7

38)…And a Cat with wet feet.


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32 Comments on "Stettler County Collection – Part 1"

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Bernie Nemeth
Bernie Nemeth

Thanks, Chris and Connie for capturing, documenting and sharing this great old collection.

I hate to admit it, but I remember so many of these from when they were shiny and new.


Scott Spencer
Scott Spencer

We had a 58 Plymouth Belvedere in the same color scheme. This brings back some memories!

Simon Steffen
Simon Steffen

I love your articles, always so much fun…

Charlie Spence
Charlie Spence

Love it when I see these posting come up. Such interesting photos!

Martin Aliphon
Martin Aliphon

Fondly remember several junk yards like this growing up.

Denzil Ross
Denzil Ross

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Can anyone give me the location of this yard please?

Martin Stierlen
Martin Stierlen

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Tail fins rules!

Richard Roberts
Richard Roberts

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Got 2 fin New Yorkers here, 56 and 59.

Keith C. Williston
Keith C. Williston

My dad had one of those (White 3000) as a P&D truck, manual steering. I drove it starting at 16. Made a man out of me.

Mike Ray
Mike Ray

Please let someone restore them, don’t let them turn to dust. Mike, Edmonton.

Pravit S
Pravit S

Playground for me!!! Take me there!!!!!

Murray Willis
Murray Willis

…there are so many awesome cars that so many people would love to have.


Great photos, I love the 50’s era cars. My first car was a 1980 Pontiac Lemans…I don’t recall seeing too many of those around anywhere. It was ugly but fast. Keep up the great work!!

Marty J Hayes
Marty J Hayes

Love my Studebakers!

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Funny how back in the day most of these were just another car, but today are something rare and special.

Ron Baker
Ron Baker

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There are 2 (White 3000s) in Tappen B.C.