After buying the camp and selling the truck because the rest of the camp badly needed the funds far more, Fried has spent the past 15 years searching for Camp Agawak’s beloved 1941 Ford 1.5-ton Transport Truck, and now it finally will soon return home, to the 260-acre camp on beautiful Blue Lake.
“I’d go through old photos, and there were lots of pictures of the truck,” Fried says. “Our former campers would always talk about the ‘Open Air.’ The counselors took it camping, hauled canoes, and they’d transport the girls back and forth to the lake.”
About 15 years ago, Fried decided to add “some history to the walls” of Camp Agawak, and one of the photos she chose was a black-and-white image of several girls climbing out of the truck, canoe paddles in hand. She enlarged the photo and hung it above “the slide” in the cafeteria, where the campers grab a tray for their meals. So every camper saw the photo three times a day.
Well, Mike Wolfe of American Pickers found and bought the truck, and flipped it, selling it to the Old Crow Speed Shop in Burbank, who kept it a couple years before selling it on Bring A Trailer, where it was spotted by the brother of one of the alumni campers who had spoken of the camp many times, as of course anyone would who'd had a great summer at camp. He saw the truck, told his sister, who immediately alerted Mary Fried the camp owner, who then had to win the online auction to get the truck back.
$28,000 is a good indication of the inflation in the last 32 years for old trucks, and it's proof that cool old trucks can still be affordable too.
Camp Agawak needs counselors by the way, and the camp is focused on 1st through 10th grade, June through August