The Mother Road – Route 66 – turns 100 in 2026
In 1920 Snap-on Tools pioneered the idea of interchangeable sockets and wrench handles. The company manufactured and marketed ten sockets that would "snap on" to five interchangeable handles, a concept that revolutionized the tool industry. In the 20s, metal cabinets hung in local hardware stores that you would open and select the sockets and handles you wanted. In the 30s and 40s salesmen brought the product straight to the customer by way of a sedan or sedan delivery. Post war the industry saw the use of the first “walk-in” display van as a way to bring the product to the people, a practice that is still used to this day.
This is Domenic Valentino’s version of the 1951 International Metro - Snap-on Tools delivery van.
“I have been all Snap-on tools basically ever since I got out of the U.S. Navy. So when thinking about my next restoration I thought what could be better than to pay homage to the company that has allowed me to live the life that I've lived for over half my life. I found the truck in Lake Tahoe and it was being used as a sign for a carpet warehouse. Chained to a pedestal for the past 25 years so no one would steal it. After two years of help, a lot from my customers especially Paul Morton, we created a period-correct Snap-on Tools delivery van.”