My Grandfather's pick-up

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  1. OrthmannJ

    OrthmannJ Hillbilly Deluxe

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    As many of you know I own my Grandfather's 64 Plymouth station wagon. He bought it new and it has been in the family ever since. It has hauled more kid than most minivans will ever dream of. It worked hard all of it's life, and though it was well maintained, it has it's share of wear.

    The other vehicle he bought new is a 1969 FORD F-100 pick-up. Unlike the wagon, it was used mostly for camping and hauling things when needed. Over the past few years he has used it less and less and I put a bug in his ear that if he ever wanted to sell it, I was his man.

    Well, he turned 93 a few weeks ago and he deiced that if he had use for a truck he could ask my dad or myself or one of my brothers for the use of our truck. So he gave me a call and said "Jeremiah, I've decided I'd like to sell you my truck"

    So naturally I almost tripped over myself to get to his house as quickly as I could (I didn't want to seem to eager :90: )

    It is incredibly clean. It has 51 thousand original miles. The interior is mint. Like I mentioned before he takes good care of his stuff.

    As it sits right now it has a camper canopy which I plan to remove, but keep for occasional camping outings, like vintage trailer meets. With a good washing and buffing I think it will shine like the day it rolled of the assembly line.

    I am very excited about it and happy to have an old truck back in the fold. Now I have my Grandfather's car and his truck. I feel pretty fortunate.

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    nitoh Well-Known Member

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    Congrats! Nice truck!!!
     
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    Congratulations on the truck! I'm sure your Grandfather appreciates that you love his old vehicles as much as he obviously does. I would bet that's why you got the first call. You do appreciate what you have. Just watch, though. When he needs a truck, YOU will be his first call, so he can borrow his own!
     
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    Sweet truck. That is a jewel.

    mike
     
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    Wow!
    Great story and great truck.
    Love the color combo!
    Congratulations.
     
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    Stormin' Norman Well-Known Member

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    Neat story. Funny how family and vehicles deepen the connection. She's a beaut!(y)
     
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    Congrats! Great story. The truck looks amazing.

    My Dad has my Grand Dad's '67 Chevy truck, that he bought in '69. It will be mine one day. And, I plan to hand it down to my son. I've got fond memories of riding around town with my Grand Dad, in that truck.
     
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    Fat Tedy Island Red Neck

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    Epic score:dance:, congrats.

    love the wood wall tires:D. What other plans do you have, keep it all stock steel wheels included or....?
     
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    That paint is gonna buff up and look like new. Good score. Post more pictures, please.
     
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    Awesome truck and even better that it gets to stay in the family.
    Enjoy the ride :)
     
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    Congrats! Everyone loves old pick ups!
     
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    Nice truck! How's it equipped? F100 right? My Dad had a '74 F100 Ranger long bed, 360 auto, AM radio, white walls, heater. It was 2 tone like that one, white on bottom and roof and green on hood, top of bed. Great truck but :naughty: gas mileage,lol.

    He drove it 8 yrs then sold it to a co worker that had a farm, we saw it out in the field years later still working.
     
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    That is a clean old bugger! Congrats it's quite a beauty! (y)
     
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    Thanks Guys.

    It hadn't been started since last summer so I went over there on Saturday and got it running.

    There wasn't hardly any fuel in the main tank, which I was happy about. It has been real damp and foggy for the last few weeks, so I am sure there was moisture in the fuel, along with the fact that it was older gas. I dumped about 5 gallons of fresh gas with stabilizer into the tank.

    Many years ago Grandpa bought a Life Time Battery from JC Penney's. I think it has finally given up the ghost. I had to jump the thing to get it started, and after having the battery on a trickle charge it still wouldn't even crank. Just for kick's I'm going to call up our local JCP and ask for their automotive section.

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    Tedy, the plan is to go with the original steel wheels powdercoated in their original color and either repaint the hub caps (which are painted grey)or go with some chrome FORD caps.
     

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    OrthmannJ Hillbilly Deluxe

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    Thank you. Yes, it is a 69 F-100 Camper Special with the 360/auto. It has the AM radio and A/C.

    I couldn't care less about the MPGs on this truck. I know what to expect and I am absolutely fine with that.
     

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