If you've ever had a back-burner project, you'll understand. This ol' farm-find pickup has actually been set up on the same wooden ramps for well over a year now. Although it does receive attention, it goes in spurts—usually short spurts, as customer jobs must take priority. My son-in-law who owns the truck has been very patient so there's no problem there, but a torn-down ½-ton, longbed pickup takes up a bunch o' valuable shop space. The only solution is to get the job done. It's time.
Roughly 300-some miles away in Tulare, California, Highway 99 Hot Rods proprietor Don Dillard birthed a notion that would solve problems for us both. Don is a good friend, he's an all-around crafty builder and he's no stranger to "back-burner burnout." We decided to help each other over our personal project humps. First I'd spend four days helpin' out at his shop; then he'd reciprocate here in ours, like a labor exchange program of sorts. Here's how it worked.