A Davenport towing company has been selected to haul an antique crane across the country for “The American Gatherers.”
History Network’s American reality series – originally based in LeClaire — sought help from a family towing company JBA Towing and Road Service to transport a 30,000 pound antique crane from Davenport to Legends Motorcycle Museum in Springville, Utah.
Robbie Wolfe, brother of ‘American Pickers’ star Mike Wolfe, made the deal with JBA Towing after acquiring the 1971 American self-propelled crane from Davenport brothers Brent and Bryan Pollmiller – one of whom is an employee of Jack brake and alignmentthe towing company’s repair shop.
The Pollmiller brothers have always enjoyed collecting old work equipment and have a whole collection of antique cranes, vehicles and trailers at their land on Schmidt Road, according to a press release.
According to Brent, this passion made it difficult for him and Bryan to part ways with Crane.
“When American Pickers approached us to buy our crane, it was hard to want to sell as we had been collecting them for years. You could say they are kind of like our most prized possessions,” he said. “It’s so exciting to hunt and find these antiques that it’s hard to part with them, but knowing that this crane will be out of the elements and in good hands with the pickers at the Legends Motor Co. Museum for so many can benefit from it makes this business very rewarding.”
The JBA tow truck is scheduled to leave for its 7 p.m. trip to Springville early Thursday morning.
“When we received the request for heavy duty towing, we were more than happy to help. Our drivers have one of the best experiences in the towing industry and are certified for all DOT licensing requirements,” said said Terry Weipert, owner of JBA Towing & Roadside Service “Our drivers are always excited when we send them heavy duty tows and of course this one is even more exciting because it’s for ‘American Pickers’. “