A good question to ask yourself before you begin a major project is “why”? In this case, why should you restore or rebuild a vintage Ford truck. The answer to this question can be short or quite involved.
The short answer can be reduced to one word – fun! Although make no mistake: while restoring or rebuilding a vintage Ford truck is complicated and sometimes frustrating work, it is also entertaining and provides hours and days of interesting and satisfying activity.
A more complicated answer to why you would want to restore a vintage Ford truck involves not only the truck and all of its parts, but people.
Inevitably when you begin this project you will also begin interacting with people, some whom you already know and others whom you will be meeting for the first time. For example, restoring a vintage Ford truck can be a project with in you can involve members of your immediate family. You and a brother or sister my take on this project together, or you may invite your son, daughter, or wife/husband to be your partner in the work. If you choose to have a partner, you will not only learn a lot about him/her, you will also learn a lot about yourself with regard to patience, perseverance, and other virtues.
You will also be visiting parts stores, and perhaps repair shops while the project progresses. You may have to have the brake drums turned, for example, or have work done on the springs and suspension, so you will take the vehicle to the shop or simply take the part. Either way, you will most likely end up discussing your project with the shop personnel and may even interest them in pursuing a similar project. You can be sure they can tell you of other restorations with which they were involved and may even have fascinating stories to relate about the vehicles and characters they have met through the years.
Swap meets, where you swap or buy parts to vintage Ford trucks, is another time to meet and greet new people who have a similar interest. While you browse for parts, you will be sure to strike up conversations with other Ford truck enthusiasts and perhaps make some new friends. You may also discover restoration tips and shortcuts to aid you in your efforts just by communicating with other restorers and rebuilders.
After you have finished restoring/rebuilding your vintage Ford truck, other opportunities open up to meet and greet new people when you enter your vehicle in car/truck shows. Here you can show off your work and compare it to what others have accomplished.
Car/truck clubs also get you together with people and other vintage Ford trucks. Attending meetings presents opportunities to socialize and interact with real people who have restored, driven, and maintained vintage vehicles.
There are many reasons for you to consider restoring/rebuilding a vintage Ford truck. While the main reason is simply having a beautifully restored vintage Ford truck, which you can drive, maintain and show; beyond that, there is the warm feeling of being in contact with others who share your interest. People spend hours restoring their vintage Ford trucks, and they enjoy talking about their experience and sharing their feelings, insights, and concerns with those, like you, who now understand. So look into the joy of working on a vintage Ford truck, including seeing the vehicle go from perhaps an abandoned, sad discard to a show-room new vehicle that in realty is decades old. And remember the other aspects of rebuilding and restoring – getting to know yourself and others on entirely different levels, expanding your horizons, thinking new thoughts and feeling new feelings.