WON­DER­LAND

We go In­side LMC Truck’s Head­quar­ters

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY JA­SON R. SAKURAI PHO­TOS BY JA­SON R. SAKURAI AND LMC TRUCK

We go In­side LMC Truck’s Head­quar­ters

IT WAS MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO WHEN THE LATE LEO LONG STARTED LONG MO­TOR COM­PANY AND BE­GAN SELL­ING IM­PORT SPORTS CAR PARTS, BUT IT WASN’T UN­TIL 1993 THAT A DIVI­SION OF THE COM­PANY CALLED LMC TRUCK WAS CRE­ATED. This set the stage for their growth in the truck mar­ket. Now, it takes three huge ware­houses in Lenexa, Kansas, to con­tain the more than 40,000 mostly truck parts in their in­ven­tory, and the com­pany pub­lishes 50 cat­a­logs just for GM, Ford and Dodge/ram trucks, SUVS and vans. What you won’t see at LMC Truck is huge sig­nage in front or on the build­ings pro­claim­ing you’ve ar­rived. One rea­son is that the com­pany is lo­cated within John­son County, one of most af­flu­ent in Kansas. With strict codes and or­di­nances on sig­nage and how busi­nesses may pro­mote them­selves, LMC Truck de­cided to blend into the ter­ri­tory. Also, the owner and man­age­ment of LMC Truck are some­what low-key, which is un­usual for a com­pany of this mag­ni­tude with mil­lions of dol­lars worth of in­ven­tory on hand.

LMC Truck doesn’t sell used parts, and all of their parts are ei­ther new or re­built. Re­man­u­fac­tured parts are no­tated with an -R or a -Z at the end of their part num­bers in cat­a­logs or on­line. An -R de­notes the part is re­man­u­fac­tured with­out a core charge, while a -Z tells you that the part is re­man­u­fac­tured and a core charge will be ap­plied then re­funded after LMC Truck re­ceives a re­build­able core.

We dis­cov­ered that apart from a few ve­hi­cles, such as LMC Truck owner Re­becca Han­ra­han’s ’54 Chevy pickup nick­named Baby B, or Miss Fire, the ’72 Chevy K-10 that at some point in its past ac­quired a bul­let hole through its cab, most of the com­pany’s col­lec­tion isn’t made up of the show wor­thy ve­hi­cles you might ex­pect. No, the ma­jor­ity is dis­man­tled to one de­gree or an­other for use in pro­to­typ­ing parts. Once the part has been pro­duced, it’s test-fit­ted to the truck or SUV to en­sure it’s an ex­act match. Lit­tle won­der that some of the most pop­u­lar trucks aren’t run­ning or are miss­ing the parts with the high­est de­mand.

The de­gree of au­to­ma­tion aside, LMC Truck has be­tween 350–400 em­ploy­ees ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing you with the restora­tion or mod­i­fi­ca­tion of your truck. The stages your or­der goes through en­sure that there are at least three peo­ple who scan and ver­ify the parts you or­dered, the

WHETHER YOU ARE RE­BUILD­ING YOUR TRUCK FROM THE GROUND UP, OR JUST ADDING SOME DIS­TINC­TIVE TOUCHES TO IT, LMC TRUCK IS PROUD TO GIVE YOU A HAND, AND EX­CITED THAT YOU’VE CHO­SEN TO MAKE THE COM­PANY A PART OF YOUR JOUR­NEY.”

com­plete­ness of the or­der, and that noth­ing is miss­ing be­fore it’s packed and shipped. The au­to­mated com­po­nent ex­pe­dites get­ting parts from one area of the build­ing to an­other, and saved steps trans­late into faster ser­vice. Our tour of all three ware­houses con­firms how long it would take to gather all of the parts, and LMC even has box vans used to move prod­uct from one build­ing to an­other.

Sheet me­tal is one of the most pop­u­lar items or­dered, and it could be eas­ily dam­aged at any point in the de­liv­ery process. To avoid this, LMC Truck uses a spe­cial cor­ru­gated liner ca­pa­ble of han­dling weight like a wooden pal­let, yet it’s some­what flex­i­ble and much more for­giv­ing. The lin­ers are added to cus­tom-made boxes, and it’s these small de­tails that tally up to greater cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion and re­peat busi­ness, par­tic­u­larly when you re­ceive fend­ers for your C-10 or a hood for your Dodge in pris­tine con­di­tion.

Polystyrene peanuts were at one time the in­dus­try stan­dard for ship­ping. How­ever, polystyrene is made from the chem­i­cal com­pound styrene, and ex­po­sure to it is as­so­ci­ated with cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem dam­age and skin, eye and res­pi­ra­tory ir­ri­ta­tion, plus de­pres­sion, fa­tigue and com­pro­mised kid­ney func­tion. Styrene may be a hu­man car­cino­gen, and while those who only oc­ca­sion­ally deal with foam pack­ing peanuts shouldn’t worry about ex­po­sure, we should be alarmed about the land­fills where most of it ends up. As the use of bub­ble wrap and anti-static foam re­placed peanuts, LMC Truck was an early adopter, even though these ma­te­ri­als are more costly, be­cause they value the health and well-be­ing of all of their em­ploy­ees.

An­other in­ter­est­ing factor about LMC Truck’s lo­ca­tion rel­a­tive to ship­ping prod­uct is their prox­im­ity to UPS’ main fa­cil­ity. As Kansas’ largest em­ployer, UPS is ev­ery­where in the Kansas City area, and hav­ing a hub across from LMC Truck means they can process ship­ments later in the day than most com­pa­nies, and it also helps when the un­ex­pected hap­pens with a lost ship­ment or if dam­age oc­curs.

Al­though many on LMC Truck’s staff are en­thu­si­asts them­selves, they ask that you keep in mind that they are not trained Asc-cer­ti­fied au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cians, and they re­mind all of their cus­tomers to con­sult with me­chan­ics re­gard­ing any tech­ni­cal ad­vice. Tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion can also be had in the work­shop man­u­als LMC Truck of­fers for sale.

Whether you are re­build­ing your truck from the ground up, or just adding some dis­tinc­tive touches to it, LMC Truck is proud to give you a hand, and ex­cited that you’ve cho­sen to make the com­pany a part of your jour­ney. The crew would like to see what you’ve done, and hope you’ll log on to Lm­c­truck­life.com to share your sto­ries and any pic­tures of your project.

THE ’54’S CUS­TOM IN­TE­RIOR IS KEPT IN IM­MAC­U­LATE CON­DI­TION AND A GOOD EX­AM­PLE OF HOW YOU CAN COM­PLETE YOUR TRUCKS’ IN­TE­RIOR WITH PARTS FROM LMC TRUCK.

WOODEN BED KITS IM­PROVE THE AP­PEAR­ANCE OF YOUR BED, AS IT DOES FOR BABY B.

RIGHT. HERE IS A SE­LEC­TION OF PARTS ON DIS­PLAY AT LMC TRUCK’S PARTS COUNTER.

LEFT. THESE ARE PARTS BE­ING ADDED TO LMC TRUCK’S EX­TEN­SIVE BACK STOCK IN AN­OTHER WARE­HOUSE LO­CA­TION.

THIS IS LMC’S MOST IN­VOLVED RESTORA­TION TO DATE, A ’54 CHEVY PICKUP THAT CAME OUT OF A FIELD IN TEXAS.

LMC TRUCK’S ’54 CHEVY WAS DEF­I­NITELY A HARD­WORK­ING FARM TRUCK IN ITS FOR­MER IN­CAR­NA­TION.

MISS FIRE, LMC TRUCK’S ’72 CHEVY K-10, GOT ITS NAME FROM A BUL­LET HOLE THAT PASSED THROUGH THE CAB.

IF YOU BOUGHT SQUARE-BODY PARTS FROM LMC TRUCK, THIS WAS LIKELY WHERE THEY WERE DERIVED.

SUBURBANS ARE ALSO A PART OF LMC TRUCK’S VAST REPER­TOIRE OF TRUCKS, SUVS AND VANS.

BEDSIDES ARE RACKED AND STORED TO MIN­I­MIZE DAM­AGE AND KEEP EV­ERY­THING NEAT AND AC­CES­SI­BLE.

THIS IS JUST AS POR­TION OF WHAT LMC TRUCK RE­CEIVES FROM ITS VEN­DORS ON A TYP­I­CAL DAY.

CON­VEY­ORS MOVE PARTS THROUGH THE WARE­HOUSE, SAV­ING TIME AND MAXIMIZING EF­FI­CIENCY.

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