There's an awful lot that goes on when producing an issue of CLASSIC TRUCKS every 20 days or so. Photography, story writing, a fair amount of wrench turnin', and, of course, travel are all factors of monthly production. For years the travel part was by far the most exciting aspect of a career like this, and though the opportunity to meet and become friends with countless CT readers all across the country is great, after 15 years of travel I've realized that I miss sleepin' in my own bed and eatin' home-cooked meals more and more as time passes.
That said, a couple of weeks ago I got to accompany my pal (and CT Publisher) Tim Foss on a kind of field trip to pay a visit to our friends at LMC Truck (Long Motor Corporation) in Lenexa, Kansas. Tim asked me to come along because he was sure I'd enjoy putting some faces to names and, most of all, getting to see the LMC operation first hand. Tim had hinted that I'd be impressed when I saw the operation-and boy, was he ever correct! My trip to LMC was about the most enjoyable non-event trip I'd ever taken (under the guise of working, of course).
Now, I've had my fair share of dealings with the folks at LMC since I began my '57 Chevy project. In fact, it's probably safe to say that 90 percent of my rodstoration components have been/will be sourced from LMC, and I've found that above and beyond offering a vast array of parts and accessories the one thing the company didn't have was back orders! Each and every order has been shipped promptly and more importantly, in full! And once Tim got me there I immediately learned why. LMC is huge! I had no idea. Before arriving I assumed it was going to be a good-sized enterprise, but I wasn't ready to experience a warehouse roughly the size of six football fields filled with over 30,000 different part numbers! Heck, the sales department alone has literally dozens of customer service reps manning the phones over two shifts, and a full-on two-story garage filled with trucks of every description used to test-fit and develop new components! Needless to say, my trip to LMC was a high-point of my travels this past year and was definitely worth a hotel bed and a few more restaurant meals.