My dad bought the truck in the early 70’s while he was in the Navy. It was to be his retirement project. After he retired in 1990 a year or two later he decided to have someone repaint it and get it running. It sat behind my granddads shop pretty much since he bought it. So after it’s painted and it’s running it just wasn’t very reliable and would stay broke down all the time. So from about 1993 to 2016 it never ran.
Says: Curt Boland
My mother told my dad to either fix it or sell it, she was tired of it sitting in the yard rotting away. He pretty much had lost all interest in the truck and said he really didn’t care what happened with the truck. So after discussing it with my mom her and I decided to restore it for him. We found someone willing to tackle the work.
So we call a wrecker service to haul it over to it’s new home for the next 2,280 days. The complete frame off restoration took longer than we had anticipated but well worth it. The first year my dad didn’t show much interest until I showed him a few pictures of the progress. Then every few months he would ask, when am I getting my truck back?
So the day finally come when I picked up from the Upoulstry shop and was finally able to give him his truck back. A more than fitting gift for 30 years of military service and being the best father he could be.
When he finally got to see the truck for the first time in almost 4 and a half years he was speechless. My mom, my sister and brother in law and I got to be there to see him smile and enjoy what seemed like a lifetime to accomplish. My dad will be 77 in October.