Jerry Hickey from Surrey, British Columbia, is one of them fellows who always thought he'd never buy anything over the Internet, but when this '55 big-window Chevy popped up, his views changed.
He looked at the truck everyday for two weeks before he actually phoned up the truck's owner down in South Carolina. For the next month Jerry talked to the owner several times, taking in more and more information on the truck. As it turned out, he decided to buy the truck on the spot, and unseen at that.
Since the previous owner had to sell the truck due to the fact that he ran out of money, the truck was pretty much complete, so Jerry was excited to jump in the beast and hit the road. After a month of waiting on the transport company, the truck finally showed up at his door. Cruising down the road four hours later, the motor's bottom end gave way! Being that he waited this long, he immediately began to work on the truck. He had the 350 motor rebuilt and brushed up a few other items as well. As luck would have it, not only did Jerry get his dream truck, but he also got the truck done just in time for his daughter's upcoming wedding this past May.
Surprise, It's Your Truck
Check out this story from Mike Evans in Cypress, California:
"For years I kept an old '53 Flathead engine in our garage. One day my daughter asked me if we could build a hot rod using the old Flathead motor. Of course, I said yes! I asked her what she wanted to build, and she said a truck. Julie located her truck on the Internet; it was in Texas, and the selling price was $5,000. We drove to Texas and picked it up-it was all in pieces. After seven years of hard work, she ended up with a beautiful truck. Because Julie is a girl, all the parts houses bent over backward to help her find the different parts we needed to finish the project. Flathead Jack in Northern California was especially nice to Julie, helping us get all the parts to rebuild the engine.
"Here is what we did to the truck. The engine is 3/4 race, using an Isky 3/4 race street cam, new pistons, valves, heads, intake manifold, and four-barrel carb. We also rewired to a 12-volt system with an alternator and electronic ignition. We installed a C4 tranny and a 9-inch Ford rearend. The color is '99 Cadillac Indigo blue metallic with blue pearl in the clearcoat. Of course, there are ghost flames to keep with the '50s look. It also has the old '50s tuck 'n' roll interior, chrome reverse rims, and baby moons. Oh, almost forgot electric doors. When she took it to her first show, she won Best of Show. By the way, Julie doesn't know that I wrote this letter, so if you do decide to print this, it will be a total surprise."
Surprise! It's in print. By the way, killer truck, Julie.
Thunder From Down Under
Check out this '48 Ford Freighter yellow stunner from Down Under. It comes to us by way of David Reece clear over in Sydney, Australia. Yet instead of us laying down the gospel about the truck, we're going to let David take the reins. So have at it, mate.
"In 2002, my wife and I moved from Brisbane, Australia, back to Sydney for my work. For the first 12 months all I did was work, and my wife was an international flight attendant for Air New Zealand. After 12 months, my wife suggested, god bless her heart, that I needed a hobby. After careful confirmation that she was sure, I embarked on the journey below.
"My brother had completed a '28 Ford Roadster hot rod and purchased our grandfather's '29 Touring A, which he restored to better than the original. The '29 Touring A is a car that my grandfather had since it was brand new. He stored it during World War II, and then it was driven as my grandparents' only car until '67, so it is a very special car. However, being born in '71, I don't remember this car on the road because it was always in the garage, where my grandfather started it once a week. My father, uncle, and grandfather had a farming business and bought a '48 Ford Freighter, which became my grandfather's daily driver until he died in '83. I remember the truck vividly, and he drove it everywhere.
"In 2003, when my wife suggested I get a hobby, I could only think of the '48 Ford, so I went looking but was unable to find the original. We did manage to find the old Inverell Tow Truck, a business that was 40 miles from our original home in Bingara, which is in northern New South Wales, Australia.
"My father Lawrence, brother Robert, and my two young nephews Chris and Nick started to disassemble the truck. We spent many nights together learning, laughing, and joking as we worked on the truck. About 12 months later our father died unexpectedly at the age of 49. This rocked us, to say the least, but my brother and I continued with the build and spent a lot of time together that money can't replace. My brother was the fabricator and I the apprentice. In the end, we ended up using the entire running gear from a '78 Series II Jaguar. We also installed a 350 Chevy motor, painted the truck Ferrari yellow, and covered the seat in black leather. Not to mention we installed a Billet Fast Lane steering wheel, and no, that photo isn't reversed, the Ford is a righthand drive.
"Thanks must go out to Larry at Blue Oval Truck parts, Jeg's, Obsolete Ford Truck Parts, Dennis Carpenter, Bill Hepburn, and my wife, because many parts were sent to her hotel and brought home via Air New Zealand."