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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York father and son teamed together for a unique restoration project that brought back memories spanning both their generations.

Ron Boltz started his hobby of restoring old army radio equipment when he came upon a discovery: it was impossible to restore the equipment to its original state without restoring the vehicle it came in.

Once his father moved to York from Florida the father and son began a new restoration project, which is still going on today.  They decided to restore army trucks so they can house the rebuilt radios.  They have already recreated a U.S. Army radio communications truck and are now restoring a truck from the post-Korean War era.

When completely restored,  the 1952 Army truck will look just as it did when first put into service, housing a communications shelter with working radios.  It's the same kind of gear Boltz used with the Army signal corps during his time as a radio operator. His father, a veteran as well, fought in Vietnam and then joined the National Guard as a military policeman.

Boltz began this project because working on the radios reminded him of his army days.  When he takes the trucks out he is always surprised with all the people who look and wave.  

The restored trucks are also shown in veterans parades and functions. Both father and son say the reaction from others makes their labor of love worthwhile.

John Shelton contributed to this report.

 

 

 


 

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