Rick Anderson's Rust Bucket
After searching in fields and junkyards across three different states Rick Anderson finally found his dream truck in Jerome, Idaho. When he brought home the hulk of a '48 Ford back in 2001, his wife and kids thought he was crazy and couldn't believe that he actually paid money for "that old rust bucket."
"My brother Danny owned and operated a diesel shop and offered me a corner of his shop so I could start my project. We cleaned, organized, and painted the shop floor. I moved my toolbox and welder in and was ready to start. I was very lucky to have access to all his equipment and help when needed. I worked on the 'rust bucket' there for two years, working late nights and weekends until he sold his business.
"My wife put up with me not being home after work or around for weekends for a long time. She would often tease me about having to come to the shop to take a picture of me to remember what I looked like since all she saw was my dirty laundry. We decided to build a bigger garage so I would have somewhere to work, finish my project, and be closer to home. My wife, kids, and grandgirls could come and visit me anytime. Often, my two granddaughters would want to help. I would set them up with a dust mask and sandpaper and they worked right along side of me. They worked longer than I thought they would!"
Rick started the build by installing a Total Cost Involved Mustang II IFS kit up front and a Ford 8.8-inch rearend out back. A Ford Racing 302ci long-block was dropped between the framerails, topped with aluminum GT-40 heads and an Edelbrock induction system. An AOD from an '83 Lincoln Town Car was bolted up behind the 302, rebuilt by Rick and his brother Danny.
When it came time to get the body nice and straight, Rick was aided by Jesse Read and Allen Levi. Together, they repaired any rust on the body, filled the firewall and dash holes, etc. before spraying the Canyon Red Pearl at Allen's shop in Elko, Nevada. Rick replaced the stock vent windows and side glass with one-piece glass and a new oak bed wood kit before shifting his attention inside the cab. D&M Upholstery in Bountiful, Utah, gets the nod for the gray leather and velour upholstery that covers nearly every square inch inside the cockpit. VDO gauges sit in a ball-milled panel where the stock units once resided and a chrome tilt column and billet steering wheel replaced the stock Ford items.
While many trucks don't see the light of day until they're finished, Rick managed to not only take his unfinished truck out for some mid-build fun, he won a few awards while he was at it. We'll let Rick explain.
"My first car show that I entered was in 2003 in my hometown of Carlin. I had the frame, cab, front fenders, and lots of solar air conditioning to the Carlin Show 'n' Shine. I entered in the unfinished class and took Best Unfinished.
"In 2004, I entered the Unfinished class again at the Carlin Show 'n' Shine. This time it was all done, except the interior, paint, and wiring. I took Best Unfinished. That same year I entered in the Elko Modrodders Car Show in Elko, Nevada, and took the Under Construction class.
"In 2006, my truck was complete and I was able to enter in a Pickup Modified class and took the Mayors Choice in my hometown. That same year, during the Modrodders show, I entered in the Pickup Modified class and took that class!"
Nearly 41/2 years from the day Rick brought home that rusty F-1, he reports that the newest addition to the family garage is a '56 Ford Customline for his wife, Kandi. Sounds like somebody's got the car bug and passed it along to the rest of the family!