You have to find These old timers to get their stories about the wrecking business in the 1920’s. No Internet back then. Stories from the early days are hard to find. We really got excited when we found Tony Wirka, who was in the towing business along with his dad.
“We purchased it from his son at the auction,” said Skorohod. “His son is over 78 years old himself. We went to see him a couple of weeks ago and he gave us a little more of the story about it — a story that tells what towing was like in the old days when Tony Wirka was hired to do a job for the railroad.” published by oldcarsweekly.com
George Skorohod’s 1922 Model T Ford tow truck coughed to life with a “putt, putt-putt, putt-putt-putt” rhythm. It won a yellow ribbon for the most original vehicle at a car show. To drive the model T, you have to open up the choke and wrangle with three pedals. Old faithful rattles and sputters to the podium to receive the yellow ribbon. Unlike other old cars that are polished, painted (black) and restored with new parts, old faithful has clung to its rusty nuts and bolts for all these years. No wonder it won the people’s choice award out of 130 entries. You can see the old wooden planks have survived the test of time. The fellas said old faithful did a lot of work for the railroad. One time he had to move some cement blocks. Two burly men had to sit on the front fenders of this 1500 lb tow truck to keep it from lifting off the ground. The blocks were moved successfully.
Take a look at it ribbon on the front windshield.
This beauty hails from Rescue, Nebraska. It was build in Nebraska and was very useful in Rescue. A one filling station and repair shop town. Wirka did all the car repairs for the town. No one has lived there for a long time. It has become one of those ghost towns people talk about. It’s new home is in Lincoln, Nebraska at Skorohod’s garage where he has several tow trucks. Old faithful is more a less a museum piece. Just to have it around is really fun to look at and imagine what it was like back in 1922.
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