Three years ago, Lance Wetteland found a very blue '47 Ford near his hometown of Winchester, Oregon.
"It was painted all one color: Ford Navajo Turquoise. The grille, trim pieces, wheels, bumpers, everything ... just plain monotone. Not my style."
Lance decided to have all of the trim pieces and hardware refinished in a "near chrome" powdercoat process while the wheels were powdercoated a Ford Blue. Briz Desoto aluminum bumpers were made to order as well.
Inside the truck, Lance decided to hand it over to Diamond Lake Auto Upholstery for a complete makeover that included door panels with gray tweed and blue-vinyl accents.
Every external part on the Ford 302 engine was replaced, including new chrome valve covers, exhaust manifolds, powdercoated Offenhauser intake, Edelbrock carb, and an all-new wiring harness. Power is delivered through a C4 transmission routed to an 8-inch Ford rearend. Up front, a Mustang II IFS gives a very stable ride.
A Rhino Lining was applied to the running boards and a blue-tinted version sprayed on the bed floor, topped with steel bed slats.
When the conversion was done, Lance had replaced or modified just about every square inch of the old pickup.
Lance says that it was basically love at first sight when he saw the old Ford sitting on the used car lot three years ago. It was as if fate had dealt him his hand; after all, both he and the Ford were born in 1947.
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