About Jim Carter, Classic Chevy
and GMC Truck Parts
Jim Carter Truck Parts and OldChevyTrucks.com is one of the world's leading suppliers of quality restoration parts for your 1934 - 1972 Chevrolet or GMC Truck. Our trained and knowledgeable staff is ready to answer all your technical questions and help process your order fast and efficiently. Most orders ship within 24 hours.
Jim Carter Truck Parts employs approximately 20 qualified staff members totally devoted to this specialized GMC and Chevy truck market. Their experience will help you with most of your restoration projects. Our inventory has over 10,000 parts with new items added daily. We also warehouse one of the largest selections of restorable used parts brought to us from all over the U.S.A.
Here are a few reasons why you should choose Jim Carter Trucks for all your Chevy or GMC Needs.
Large enough to stock most all classic Chevy & GMC Truck Parts - Small enough to give you that extra personal service. We charge only Actual Freight...No handling charges or surprise up charges. Our shipping system selects the lowest price between all major shipping carriers.
Order Lines are available 24/7.
Rush orders are top priority. Next Day, Second Day or Third Day Air plus Saturday deliveries are all available.
- We are registered with General Motors to produce their logos and trademarks. No outlaw parts here!
- The company owner and founder (Jim Carter) works full-time in the business. Jim Carter has been a dealer of antique vehicle restoration parts for over 30 years and has personally been involved in truck restorations!
- We enjoy meeting our customers on a one to one basis! In 2009, we set up at over 10 swap meets coast to coast.
- Our 24 hour Fax line is ready when you are. Saving you money as well as time, Our Fax line is toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 1-800-262-3749, United Kingdom at 0-800-89-5813, Germany at 0130-815630, Australia at 1-800-123-510, and New Zealand at 0-800-449196 (other overseas customers, fax us at 001-816-252-3749).
- We are in the Heart of America. This, with our fast service, gets parts to you with limited transportation time.
Meet Some of the Staff
Our Staff is Dedicated to meet your needs!
The owner and founder! Business began as a part time business about 1981 in his home garage selling 1950's GM bed strips and wood planks. The hobby soon became a full time operation as older truck popularity grew. He remains on the premises full time, involved in the various departments. Jim is at all of our many swap meets out of state, works daily with the many suppliers, develops new parts to have manufactured and keeps his eye on the many company departments
Jim has tackled most all the jobs over the years and has grown with the company!
This is our company Vice President. His talents are the best in handling our company finances. He watches our companyís profit and loss trends daily, carefully keeping track of all financial movements in our operations.
Dave‚Äôs 30 years management experience include being the Chief Financial Officer of one of the largest retail jewelry stores in the country. We are fortunate to have Dave‚Äôs experience.
Lynn is our General Manager. With over 29 years of extensive experience with our company, Lynn has the necessary understanding to develop leadership qualities that fit our management requirements. Much of her time is spent on the phone with our many vendors, suppliers and customers having extra needs. Lynn handles interviews with potential employees, decides who remains with our company, manages most all company meetings, takes outside classes, etc. She even arranges our five catalogs before printing. Actually, she knows almost all that happens in our company. As business booms, Lynnís duties are never done!
Jimmy answers our customer phones, waits on people in our front lobby, and takes care of core or merchandise returns. We keep giving him new extra responsibilities so he is a very busy person. He has become very talented in locating, evaluating and recognizing items in our large used parts inventory.
He has been with us eight years and handles himself well. His knowledge of early trucks is amazing. Jimmy's talents with older vehicles relates to his earlier years. For 17 years he drove his 1969 Pontiac Firebird. He was personally involved in all the repairs as well as total engine rebuilding. During this time he also owned and did major repairs on a 1965 Chevelle and 1963 Impala. His brother's 1962 Chevrolet ¬Ĺ ton also received many of Jimmy's talents to keep it on the road.
John is one of our most experienced sales people. He has been with us managing our front counter since October 2012. When you enter our front lobby, John is the first person you will see. In between waiting on our drive up call in people. He is so good with our buyers, we do not dare move him from his current important position.
He owns a calmer auto now, however in years past, some great memories come from driving a 1978 Firebird. Those were the days!
About Jim Carter, Classic Chevy and GMC Truck Parts
The Jim Carter GMC & Chevy Truck Parts Story...Past, Present and Future
Our Showroom a few years back
The Jim Carter Truck Parts Company has been providing Chevy and GMC truck parts and helpful information for many years. Although many of our customers are miles away and even in other parts of the world, we still maintain a modest showroom where people can come in and visit when they are in town
The Early Years
Jim Carter Truck Parts is a company that grew from a life long interest in older American vehicles. The roots were set in the mid-1960s with a strong appreciation of the Ford Model A. To supply parts for a total restoration of a 1930 Ford Coupe and to help with college expenses, a small in home used parts business began.
|Ford Model A
The part time business was supplied with used parts from Midwest salvage yards, swap meets, and occasional finds of New Old Stock items. Well placed national ads provided the needed customers and business took off!
|Model A Ford||1957 Metropolitan|
|1957 American Motors Metropolitan
After my college years, I obtained employment with a national corporation where I worked for 15 years. I finally dropped the Model A business. However, I kept my original Model A, but began a hobby collecting and selling related special interest vehicles. I was in love with Chevrolet cars of the '40s, Studebaker, Avantis and early Ford Thunderbirds. One day in 1978 IT happened! I had a 1957 American Motors Metropolitan for sale. A potential buyer wanted it, but lacked adequate cash. We finally negotiated the sale. I took partial payment and his 1950 Chevrolet 1/2 ton truck.
Hard Work & Dreams
While having a new home built the next year, the '50 became my "trash truck". I hauled construction scrap daily to a local dump. It was a great little truck. It was always ready for work and never failed its duties. A year later the house was finally completed. Now, I needed to find something I really wanted to do. That little truck had been growing on me. How about a complete restoration like I did on the Model A during my school days?
The Rest of the Story
While restoring the truck I found many other truck owners with the same needs. They required rubber parts, bed wood, tailgates and straight sheet metal. While on parts hunts I purchased additional Chevy truck parts for other truck owners "Parts Wanted" lists. This made the restoration much less expensive and I now found myself in a very small, but growing truck parts business. This was almost like the old days with the Model A parts operation.
Then, I got daring. After a few well placed ads selling bed parts in national magazines, I knew something was starting to happen. Items sold and people requested other parts. I found myself back in salvage yards on Saturdays and attending local swap meets. Next, I needed to hire a part time employee and then made the BIG decision. I refused my company's request to transfer to a growing city 1,000 miles away. This made me look as if I did not want to grow with them, and maybe I didn't. I quit!
Now, I had to either get other employment or try harder in the General Motors truck parts business. Yes, you guessed it - I was totally committed to the new business - sink or swim!
Since jumping out of the "security nest" in 1981, I never looked back. I spent my time learning, researching and providing the personal touch that our customers love. Growth soon required two additions to the barn behind my house and buying some local rental houses for storage. I even had to hire a local body shop do the final touches on the original little '50 1/2 ton. It is now in our showroom.
Here we are many years later. Our 15 year old large two story building has had a major addition. There is a separate structure just for bed wood production. We have 18 employees five days a week, eight phone lines plus five special fax order lines from overseas countries, and several UPS trucks and U.S. mail pickups each day. Oh yes, we still do the used parts thing! A salvage yard three miles away has about 40 GM trucks from 1936-71 for finding those special requests.
Look What We Found!
In some stored papers we found this front page newspaper article for our
local paper in 1995.
The Examiner Evening Edition
Independence MO, February 20, 1995
Jim Carter has found a niche selling parts for old pickup trucks, a business that grew out of his longtime hobby.
A 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck bought to haul trash ended up as Jim Carter's vehicle on the road to success.
Carter took the half-ton pickup 16 years ago as partial payment for a 1957 American Motors Metropolitan he had restored.
"I was building a house the next year, and it became my trash truck," said Carter, a life long Independence resident. "I hauled construction scrap daily to a local dump. It was a great little truck. It was always ready for work and never failed its duties."
That little truck still doesn't fail its duties.
In fact, it has helped turn a hobby into a business, one of five mail order companies in the country that supplies parts for 1934 to 1972 Chevrolet/GMC pickups.
Restored with all original parts and polished to a shine, the 1950 pickup sits in the showroom of Jim carter's Antique Truck Parts, 1508 East Alton St., as a reminder that where there's a will to fix a truck, there's a part.
The roots of the business were set in the mid-1960's with Carter's appreciation of the Ford Model A. To supply parts for a total restoration of a 1930 Sport Coupe and to help with college expenses, a small in-home used parts business began, supplied by materials from Midwest salvage yards.
After college, Carter worked as a safety engineer for a national corporation for 15 years. While working there, and after building his house, he began looking at that 1950 truck in a different way.
"It really grew on me," he said."I decided I'd like to make that truck look a little cleaner and a little neater."
While in the process of restoration, Carter had some extra bed wood so he advertised in a couple of national magazines.
"Before you know it, I'm selling bed wood," he said. Carter bought more chevy truck parts for other owners while looking for his own.
"This made the restoration much less expensive, and now found myself in a very small, but growing truck parts business."
Soon after that, he refused to transfer with his company to another state and jumped full time into the parts business.
"I just decided I needed to do something different in life, and I've never looked back." he said.
Why should he? Thirteen years later, Carter employs 24 workers, stocks 4,400 parts, mails 400 catalogs every two weeks and doubles his business every two years. His customers are located throughout the United States, Germany, England, Australia and Canada.
Growth required two additions to the barn behind Carters' house and buying some rental houses for storage. He later moved to the two-story building on Alton, where he's started a second major addition.
"I'm not rich, but I'm stirring up smoke," he said. "Trucks are really in. There is something going on in this country that is making old trucks hot."
When Karla Howard, purchasing agent, began to work for Carter, she remember thinking "there couldn't possibly be that many old trucks out there."
"There are," she said. "We have six incoming lines, and they all ring every day of every week of every year. People are finding trucks in old fields, buying them from old farmers..."
When people call, she said, and find out the company has a part they're like "You're kidding, I've looked all over."
"He kind of has the corner on the market for certain parts," she said. "very few deal in used trucks. You just can't find parts for '30 and '40s anymore except here.
"Everything you see here on this (1950) pickup, you can get here.... We have old radios restored, we have the old speedometer... ever thing down to a knob."
Howard explains people's attraction to old pickups as this: "It's the macho man thing. It's the guy in the old Chevy. It's the big fat crown fenders. Old vehicles have always bee neat, whether you're young or old."
Parts for 1947 to 1953 trucks are the most requested, Carter said.
"People tend to get more excited about the type of vehicle they had when they first started to drive," he said. "
We are registered with General Motors to reproduce their trademarks and logos on all parts that require it. We hold the hundreds of other parts we reproduce to the high standards as when the GM factory produced them.
When you need restoration items for your 1934-1972 Chevrolet or GMC, please give us a try. The solid growth of our company relates to the trusted reputation we have earned, and the quantity of new and used merchandise we stock. We are here when you are ready for us. Call Today! 1.800.842.1913