SOUTH OGDEN — Ogden pharmacist Alfred Barrack loves flexing some U.S. military might.
The father of five does it by collecting and restoring old military vehicles, and then eventually reselling them when he needs to buy another.
“It is a symbol of American might,” Barrack said of his infatuation with the vehicles that offer amateur mechanics like himself an opportunity to repair and restore the models based on the simple mechanics behind the machines.
“It is amazing, the condition of them,” Barrack said of the trucks. “It is a hobby. I like to restore these. I’m into these trucks,” he said.
Barrack recently restored and is now selling a 1990 5-ton 6×6 U.S. military truck he picked up at a government auction on Hill Air Force Base last November.
Barrack is a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, which was established in 1976 to provide an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors.
The truck wouldn’t start until he replaced a fuel filter and a mechanical fuel pump, Barrack said. Because everything in the old military vehicles is run off of mechanics, rather than a computer system, he is able to repair and restore the trucks despite not being a trained mechanic, he said.
“This one has the troop seats in the back,” Barrack said of the soldier transport truck with less than 16,000 miles on the 240-horsepower Cummins engine.
“There are a lot of uses for these trucks,” Barrack said of the diesel-fuel vehicle that can tow things, provide multiple construction uses, or just be put to use in Moab.
But Barrack doesn’t hide the fact the truck gets between 8 and 10 miles per gallon.
Barrack owns two other military vehicles, a 1986 expansible U.S. military cargo truck, often used for portable medical purposes, and a 1996 light utility truck. But he is selling his 1990 truck because he just needs “to get some capital back” in order to buy another military truck.
The listed sale price of the vehicle, which when new retailed for $67,000, according to documents, is $19,700 or best offer, with 5 percent of the sale to go to the Wounded Warriors fund.
Barrack said he never served in the military, but he continues to be one of its staunchest supporters.
However, when he sells this particular truck, Barrack said, he fears he may have seller’s remorse because the truck has been a favorite of his children. “They have a lot of fun riding in it,” he said.
To prevent his odd hobby from annoying his neighbors, Barrack parks all of his collectible vehicles on a commercial piece of property in South Ogden.
But when he does take the vehicle home, because of its standard military-camouflage paint job, he said, it does blend with some of the tree-lined streetscape.
And what does his wife think of his hobby?
Barrack said he has learned to never try to surprise his wife by buying and bringing a new collectible home without first checking with her.
The truck does not come equipped with a CD player, but it does have air brakes and air-conditioning, the latter of which can be created by pushing out the bottom of the front windows and opening air vent flaps down around your feet. It also has air-operated windshield wipers and an attached exterior gas can on the passenger’s side if ever needed.
“It really is a piece of Americana,” Barrack said.