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Geary Roberts' Private Collection

Bringing Together Some Classics

Leroy Drittler - August 01, 2011 09:00 AM

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This 1955 Chevy post is a restorable car and has had some body work already done on it.

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A 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 two-door hardtop has the factory combination of a 390 cid engine mated to a standard three speed transmission.

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The “plain Jane” ’62 Biscayne definitely benefits from the attractive body side sculpturing of the full-size Chevy. This one has an automatic transmission and 283 cid engine. 

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This 1958 Chevy Del Ray is equipped with the standard six-cylinder engine but has several factory options including two-tone paint and an automatic transmission.

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A ’57 Ford Ranch Wagon is rough, but still has its six-cylinder engine and three-speed transmission.

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The Customline series was the intermediate trim level and best seller for the 1954 Ford. This one has the Fordomatic transmission linked to a V-8 engine.

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This fastback Ford Galaxie 500 XL hardtop is commonly referred to as a ’63½ since it was introduced mid-year. Roberts says it runs and drives and he has the rear bumper for it. The interior needs redone and then it would make a very nice cruiser.

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The only independent in the yard is this 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytona hardtop. This one has an automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes.

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One of several ’54 Fords in the yard is this top of the line Crestline Victoria hardtop.

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Roberts rebuilt this ’79 Chevy Silverado 10 long wheelbase years ago, and then used it as his swap meet truck until it was replaced with a later model. It has an automatic transmission and 305ci engine.

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A work in progress is this 1954 Chevy post. It is on a Cutlass frame, has an Olds engine, power steering and power disc brakes.

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A ’54 Chevrolet pickup (yep, it’s a ’54) is on a Nova front clip. The front cap is from a ’51 Chevy pickup. It has a late model rear end, a 350ci engine and turbo automatic transmission. The interior needs to be redone, but a tilt steering column has already been installed.

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The full-size Chevrolet was completely restyled in 1965, moving away from the square body look to a rounder shape. This Chevy Impala hardtop comes without an engine or transmission.

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A 1960 Chevy Impala hardtop is missing its hood, but still has its 283ci engine with automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes.

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A yellow 1965 Chevy 20 has a four-speed transmission with granny low. Roberts says the color is original.

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A restorable 1954 Ford Crestline hardtop has a three-speed manual transmission with a V-8 engine.

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The motor and transmission are gone from this 1958 Ford Custom 300. It does have an aftermarket under-dash air conditioner.

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Some parts have been removed from this ’60 Chevrolet Impala sedan, but it still has some good ones remaining.

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A ’63 Oldsmobile Holiday Super 88 is a complete car with its engine and transmission still in place.

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A rough and rusty ’67 Chevy four-door hardtop still has its engine and transmission.

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Roberts says this 1963 Chevrolet was driven to the yard and parked. It is a local car that was damaged during a severe windstorm that knocked a hole in the windshield and damaged the roof.

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Roberts keeps this ’69 Olds Cutlass S convertible inside out of the weather. It is fully loaded with power windows, power brakes, power steering and air conditioning, and it has an automatic transmission and 350ci engine. It runs and drives.

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Geary Roberts, an automobile body shop craftsman, retired a couple of years ago from building late model wrecks. His dream of working on his own cars is now being fulfilled. He considers it a hobby, and also loves to attend swap meets and car shows.

Many times through the years, Roberts has taken a load of parts or a couple of vehicles to swap meets to sell or trade. He likes to talk old cars and is very knowledgeable about them. While working full time, he bought, sold and traded a variety of vehicles in his spare time, ending up with the 75 or so he has at the present. He is always on the look out for more.

Roberts has several projects underway including restoring a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop. If the vehicles are in really good condition, Roberts restores them as original. Some of the rougher ones are rebuilt as customs or street rods. Some of the vehicles acquired through the years are salvage cars suitable for parts only.

Roberts has a few of the better vehicles stored away in barns and garages. One particularly very nice vehicle in storage is a 1959 Corvette that he’s had for 45 years and used at his wedding. It has the rare color combination of Classic Cream and Snowcrest White, of which only 89 were built. Others include a couple of customized pickups – a ’69 Chevy with power disc brakes and a ’46 International.

As with most yards, vegetation is an ongoing problem. A pair of 1957 Pontiac parts cars are completely covered over with vines, briars and brush. A group of 1956 Chevys nearby have the same problem. Roberts and a friend plan on cutting the brush and moving the vehicles to an open area soon where they can be accessed. Roberts says all the vehicles are for sale as complete units only, including the parts cars.

 

About the Yard

The yard is not open to the public and unescorted browsing is not allowed. If you would like to look at a vehicle, contact Geary Roberts at (479) 497-1530 to make an appointment. Roberts can also be reached by mail at 329 Old Highway 64, Hartman, AR 72840.

 

1 This 1955 Chevy post is a restorable car and has had some body work already done on it. 2 A 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 two-door hardtop has the factory combination of a 390 cid engine mated to a standard three speed transmission.

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