T n T Auto and Recovery
Leroy Drittler - January 10, 2013 10:00 AM
1 This ’67 Chevelle Super Sport used to be Triplett’s daily driver. It now has a non-original hood. Triplett says he will sell it for the right price.
2 A 1952 Chevrolet Coupe on the front row is in great restorable condition.
3 Triplett commented that this 1971 Pontiac with automatic transmission “is a true GTO”.
4 A 1940 Studebaker coupe is not going to lose its doors, hood and truck lid as they are tied to the body with straps and ropes.
5 A 1962 Falcon station wagon with ’50s style lake pipes has an interior full of miscellaneous parts. It is primered, but the original color was Sandshell Beige.
6 A 1958 Cadillac two-door hardtop is partially protected from the elements under a shed. It has the power window option, which added $108 to the sticker price.
7 This 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon is rough but rare because of its three seats and nine-passenger seating capacity. The engine and transmission are still in place.
8 The bright rose colored paint job makes this 1960 Cadillac stand out in the yard. Options include factory air and power windows. Triplett says it runs.
9 A Chevy II Nova 400 Super Sport with automatic transmission is in a row with six more Chevy IIs.
10 The engines have been removed from these two 1967 Malibu two-door hardtops. The one on the left is a Super Sport that came from the factory with Bolero Red paint.
11 A pair of Metropolitans are on the front row. The one on the left sports a trunk lid so it’s a 1959 or newer model. Access to the trunk of the other one was awkward, as you had to get in the back and swing the rear seatback forward.
12 The grille and rear window are among missing items on this 1973 Mach I Mustang. The data plate shows the original color was Medium Chestnut Metallic with a white interior.
13 It’s now white, but the warranty plate on this 1964 Thunderbird shows it started out in life painted Patrician Green and had a turquoise vinyl interior.
14 Someone has fashioned a Plexiglas rear window to protect the inside of this 1959 Ford Custom 300 two-door sedan.
15 A 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman wagon has rusty floors and may be best suited as a parts car.
16 This 1962 Studebaker Lark wagon has great glass and is restorable.
17 For El Camino lovers, here’s one that will make your pulse beat a little faster. The 454 engine is still under the hood of this 1971 Super Sport.
18 The floors are rusted and gone from this two-wheel drive Jeep panel delivery. Faded lettering indicates that it was once used by a painting contractor.
19 This 1965 Comet Caliente was running when parked. It has a 289 engine and automatic transmission.
20 Rare for a 1956 Chevrolet is factory air conditioning, but this station wagon has it.
21 Parts removal is in progress on a 1970 Mustang Fastback with bucket seats.
The Mississippi Delta is known for its historic plantation mansions, blues and jazz music, and delicious food, including BBQ, crawfish and fried catfish.
Visitors come from everywhere to be a part of all that, plus to go to the many casinos in hopes of striking it rich.
There is also another place in the Delta where others might find treasure. That place is T N T Auto and Recovery in Moorhead, Mississippi. The business features several rows of antique salvage and parts cars that are visible from the highway. The yard is well maintained and free of brush and briars.
According to owner Jack Triplett, car lovers from every state and several foreign countries have stopped in to look at the vehicles and sign the guest book. Triplett also owns several other businesses at the same location. There is an auto body restoration, mechanic and paint shop, an upholstery shop, and a hardware and building supply store. The upholstery shop specializes in convertible tops and car interiors.
Triplett says he’ll give you a great price on any car if you contract with him to restore it. Even though most of the cars of the auto business look like salvage yard cars, Triplett says he does not operate a salvage yard. No parts can be removed from any car at any time, but every car is for sale as a complete unit. The recovery part of T N T features three sizes of wreckers and 24-hour service.
Triplett has been in the auto business beginning in his high school days and old cars have always been his passion. The business currently has approximately 250 vehicles, which are on computerized inventory. Triplett says he furnished a 1955 Chevrolet pickup for the movie The Help.
About the Yard
Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The physical address is 1082 Highway 82 West, Moorhead, MS. The mailing address is P. O. Box 769, Moorhead, MS 38761. The business phone number is (662) 246-5096 and Triplett’s cell phone number is (662) 207-7176. Triplett also maintains a website at www.triplettantiqueandclassiccars.com.