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Wheels of all kinds on display at show

May 17, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

SHARPSBURG -- Rick Yambor remembers the incident that inspired him to retrofit his 1984 Ford Bronco II.

"I rolled it over once with my family in there and I said, 'Well, that's not going to happen no more,'" Yambor said at the fourth annual Truck and Auto Show Sunday at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

To make his vehicle more stable in rough terrain, Yambor started lowing his Bronco's center of gravity by moving the battery to the rear of the vehicle.

The Martinsburg, W.Va., man made lighter parts for upper sections of the vehicle, like a sheet-metal hood, which reduced the hood's weight by about 50 pounds.

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Yambor then made tubular doors, which were about 100 pounds lighter than the regular doors.

"In case she does go upside down," Yambor installed a roll cage in the cab's interior.

Yambor's creation was one of about 50 vehicles shown at the event, which was designed to raise money for the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum on the center's property.

Just about anything went at the show.

"If it's got wheels, bring it," said an announcement for the event.

Yambor rebuilt his Bronco for just about any condition.

In case he drives it in a stream, a "snorkel" that extended from the engine and out the top of the cab allows air to continue flowing into the engine while it is underwater.

Yambor installed a Plexiglas window in the rear of the vehicle that is easy to remove for a drive through the woods on a nice, sunny day, and he cut another Bronco in half to make a trailer.

"It's a lot of fun. It keeps me out of the bars," said Yambor.

On another car lot, Joe Greathouse was trying to start his 1936 Chevrolet, two-door sedan.

The engine turned over and over. It started to fire up, sputtered a couple times and stopped.

Greathouse tried to start the car again and he throttled the engine as it came to life.

The original mohair interior, torn in some places, flapped in the wind from the car's open windows and the pavement could be seen through rusted sections of floorboard.

Greathouse, of Hagerstown, said he got the car from a friend who did not want it anymore. When his friend got the car, it was sitting in some weeds on a county property, Greathouse said.

"He'd drive it at Christmastime and put it back away," Greathouse said.

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