Although no longer 16, William E. Townsend, of Caruthersville, MO, still feels like a kid when it comes to his rides. Although he's 52 years past the legal driving age and has owned numerous hot rods over the years, this '48 Ford tops the list. Here's how it came about:
"In August 2006 I was attending the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, KY, in my '39 Ford Coupe. It was the last day of the show and my friend and I were making one more trip to the exhibit hall to look around. I'd been looking for a pickup, and we walked up to this yellow '48 Ford that was for sale. After looking it over and driving it, I struck a deal with the seller and bought the truck on the spot.
"The truck had obviously been a work truck and was only in fair condition. I took the truck to Tony Pease's hot rod shop in Lenox, TN, and he stripped most of the paint, massaged and beat the dents out of the bed and fenders, and re-painted it Ford Inspiration Yellow.
"Some of the modifications included: a custom bed cover from Gaylord's, Diamondback whitewall tires, removal of the vent windows, a Hagen gas door in the rear fender, stainless steel gas tank, and '50 Pontiac LED taillights installed in the original Ford housings. We dressed up the engine with lots of chrome and used Boss Hoss chrome motorcycle heat deflectors on the headers.
"Bill Calkin's Recovery Room in Bradford, AR, did the interior. He used a distressed tan vinyl with ostrich-and-tan wool carpet for the interior and bed floor. We also had custom interior shifter and dash knobs made by Koolknobs. The truck was finished in April 2007. I've driven the truck to many shows, and Goodguys picked the truck for the Hot Hauler award in Nashville."
Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Trucks is a snap, of the camera, that is. All it takes is a stack of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Send photos of your truck (no Polaroids or printouts) to: CCT, Readers' Trucks, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it.
Livin' The Dream
In 1969 Marvin Coats, of Lancaster, CA, came across a '56 Ford F-100 pickup in a farmer's field. Although it was his dream truck, he ultimately had to let it go. Though he may have let the Ford go, he didn't let his dream go. Five years ago he purchased this '55 Ford from a farmer in Nevada. Even though Marvin has been disabled and lives in great pain, he still managed to restore the truck by working on it these past four years. The truck was pretty beat, so he had to restore it from the ground up. First, Marvin restored the entire undercarriage back to stock specifications, due to the fact he wanted a perfectly restored pickup. When he bought the truck the original 223ci straight six still ran, but he wanted it brand-new like the rest of the truck. So he took the engine to Adams Metalizing, where they rebuilt the Ford motor and put it back to stock, including decking it out with original-style decals.
Marvin even left the straight-axle, drum brakes, and four-speed tranny in the truck for authenticity. The interior was done at Bill Dunn One Stop Upholstery Shop in Huntington Beach, CA. The seat and door panels were recovered in black and red leather, and the headliner in black wool. While at the shop, Chip Foose happened to drop in one day and notice the truck. To Marvin's surprise he not only signed the glove compartment door and took a picture with the truck, but he also helped adjust the hinges on the hood so it would close properly. Lastly, the truck was painted President Red, a '59 Edsel factory color. The truck rides on Coker whitewalls with stock hubcaps. The truck only has 312 miles on it since the restoration. This is partly due to the pain the truck inflicts when Marvin jumps behind the wheel. For that reason, as much as Marvin hates to admit it, he is going to have to throw an automatic tranny and power steering in the truck so he can log more hours on the road. Well, we hope to see ya out there soon Marvin!