Welcome from sunny Southern California. This is my 1951 Ford F1 pick-up I purchased at 17. Yes, it's unrestored, but new glass, wiring, and a water pump here and there. I purchased /saved it from below a billboard that had 2 inches of pigeon nuggets for $50. Towed it home and began unearthing what I had purchased in 1979. I was also able to purchase one of the three studio trucks used in the Sanford & Son TV series (red one on the trailer in the photo), as living in a city that movies are made, this was parked behind a set builders garage. It had no engine or trans (studios tended to cut up the mechanicals to get a running vehicle for filming), and the frame was cut away for whatever power plant they had laying around that ran. I subsequently sold it to a coworker who wanted a project. As life gets in the way and raising a family becomes priority, it was parked in 1982, so I could attend college full time, then purchasing a home and getting married. Fast forward to 2017, it was time to stop pushing it around the yard, and put it back on the road. This was the convincing story of a close friend whom just finished a 3 year restoration of a 1966 Mustang. So we dug in, and did all the basics, boil out radiator, gas tank, flush the flathead V8, lubricate all the zerks, go thru the brakes, etc. Today it has much more "Patina" than it did in 1979, but it gets a lot of attention, because it's unrestored. At one show, a little 5 year old girl walking with her dad, asked, "If I touch it will I need a Tetanus shot?" Its a lot of fun to drive, even though it doesn't exceed 50mph, it brings me back to my youth. I do get asked when I'm out driving it, if I'm going to restore it, I say, "No, it original like me!" I get more thumbs up for it being original, than restoring it. That we be left to my son, who it will be his toy to do as he pleases when I'm long gone.
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