Wouldn't it be cool to have something fun to make a run to the parts store, haul stuff home from a swap meet, or go garage hopping on the weekends? Sure, street rods are fun, but they're not exactly utilitarian. Maybe its time to think about a parts chaser—something unique, but useful. At the 2014 Portland Swap Meet we went looking for such vehicles.

We've always thought station wagons were cool, all you have to do is look at an old movie or television show to see how common they were in the ‘50s, 60s and 70s. Back then station wagons were available in models ranging from plain grocery getters to chrome trim-laden, country club status symbols. Similar in design, but more utilitarian in nature, are sedan deliveries. Less room for passengers, but lots more space for stuff, and thanks to the lack of windows, all your treasures are out of sight.

Another group of parts chasers we've always been intrigued by are those pickups that aren't really trucks, El Caminos and Rancheros. The beauty of these light-duty gems is that they ride and handle like a car, but can still carry a reasonable load. Add to that the fact that just about any aftermarket or performance part that fits the car version of these vehicles is adaptable to the "sort of a pickup" version as well.

We found a number of vehicles that were perfect parts chasers, and judging by the number of sold signs there lots of other street rodders that also think they're pretty cool. Take a look and see what you think.