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Don't Worry, Be Happy, Retire Early
If you follow along with Lonnie Seabaugh's motto, "Don't worry, be happy, retire early," then you too might find yourself behind the wheel of a custom classic truck. As for Lonnie, he makes a wake in his '53 Ford F-100.
He found the truck in May 1999 in Bakersfield, California, then trailered it back to his home in Texas. From there, Lonnie spent the next three years building the truck. First up, Lonnie stripped the front of the truck down to the bare frame, then hacked the frame off at the firewall and installed a '79 Camaro clip and steering column. Between the Chevy 'rails is a '67 289 Mustang engine with a 600 four-barrel carburetor and Ford Racing valve covers. Behind the 289 sits a C-4 transmission with a Lokar shifter.
On the inside, Lonnie spared no expense, either. The seats are from a '93 Mazda pickup. With the seats lined up, the seat, headliner, and door panels were stitched up using a two-tone lambskin interior scheme. The matching dash is outfitted with Auto Meter gauges, and a Grant steering wheel sits above the GM tilt column. On the outside, the truck was painted PPG light teal, and Lonnie's motto was transcribed into the tailgate. Lonnie also hand-fabbed a custom bumper and rounded everything off with 15-inch Chevrolet Rally wheels.