Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ever since my buddy Dave bought a 1967 Ford Pickup a few months back, I've had the itch to buy something old, rough, and cool.  I've been fighting the urge to pick up a 2nd 'project' for a few years, every spring I get depressed that it's been ~5 years since I had something cool to cruise.  I also have zero knowledge of anything carburated or American made, and the best way to learn is to jump into a project. 

Well this weekend I found what I was looking for on Craigslist.  It wasn't a whole lot of money, not too far away, cool, old, unique, running and driving, and rough as fuck. 

After a few text messages, I was convinced this was the truck I was looking for.  So I borrowed a trailer, picked up my buddy Fro, and we set off on a 4 hour drive to Eastern West Virginia.

1962 Ford F-100 Unibody pickup. These unibody trucks were only produced for a few years, and I think they're really cool!  It's a shortbed 2wd model with "three on the tree" manual trans and inline 6.

I think the badass keychain sealed the deal.

I bought it from a guy named Glen, who builds pretty sweet custom bikes.  He had a few in his basement, this one was my favorite.  I don't know a whole lot about bikes, but this is an old hardtail Triumph.

This thing was super clean!  I was super impressed with the attention to detail and build quality.  I don't know how this guy ended up with such a shitty old truck... but then again I bought it too, so I suppose we have a lot in common.

He also had this cafe style Suzuki on the lift under construction, and another Harley in the back.

After talking about bikes for a little too long, it was dark before we got to load up.

I waited until this morning to unload everything, it was freezing cold last night!  But it was snowing today, which wasn't much better.

It has a sweet cherry bomb exhaust!

You can see the original color in the door jambs... possibly.  It also may have been white, it's not really clear.  If you look closely you can also see drywall screws, aluminum flashing, giant holes, silicone RTV, rust...


I found this mess of chicken wire, tape, foam, and bondo holding up part of the rear fender.

114 horsepower. 

Fro, Woody, and I all fit!  

Everybody keeps asking what my plans are... and I don't really have any.  I need to get it legal first, then I will probably pursue the cheapest, fastest way to lower it to the ground.  Right now I'm leaning toward a Crown Vic front clip with power steering, disc brakes, airride, and 20" Detroit Steel smoothies.  I think I can make that happen without using much money or time.

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