Classic Ford Truck is Found and Brought Back Home

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Determination, luck, and social media helped reunite Ford enthusiast with his beloved dentside truck. 

We know what it feels like to have that gnawing in your gut over the one that got away. Yes, that car or truck that you let go…why? But one man decided he made a mistake, and decided to find his lost Ford truck and bring it back to its rightful home.

We came across the story on Reddit, where user Eluinight told the tale of his lost, then found, truck.

“My dad bought me this truck when I turned 15 and I drove it till I was 20 when I bought brand new Tacoma. I parked it then and only drove it occasionally. Fast forward a few years I get married, buy a new house, and do the married life thing…eventually my wife talks me into selling it so it didn’t rust away. I post it for sale and a young boy and his dad swing by to look at it and drive off in it.

His story with the truck pretty much mirrors mine. It changed hands a couple of times after he had it, and found its way to Georgia ( I’m in south Alabama). The guy in Georgia did a lot of work to the underside of the truck; new bushings, brake lines, gas lines, gas tank, steering box, new 4 speed tranny….The boy I originally sold it to got in contact with the Georgia man and bought it back….

About a year ago I posted a picture of it on Facebook asking if anyone had seen it, or knew who had it…and some time later the boy I sold it to got back with me and sent me pictures and let me check it out. He wasn’t interested in selling it then, but promised I’d be the first one he contacted if he decides to sell. I guess fate as looking out for me… he and his wife were pregnant and he decides to clear some toys out and calls me up to see what we could do. It still took the whole pregnancy before he could finally part with it, but a couple of weeks after the baby came I swung by and made the deal, paid the man, and drove away.

I’ve been on cloud 9 since. I plan to fully restore it and do some custom woodwork for the bed (I’m a woodworker by trade). The memories alone are what makes this truck so great. I mean, I had it during my “formidable years.” I had a host of firsts in this truck. The fact that it was something my father purchased and gave me also makes it sentimental. I hope to pass it along to my son one day.

The truck has the 351/400 m engine with a 4 barrel carb and a 4 speed manual tranny with 35×12.5x15s.”

We love this story, congrats to Eluinight for bringing his beloved and very awesome truck home. Hopefully we’ll see more pictures of this solid pickup as he fixes it up.

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S.J. Bryan is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online and Harley-Davidson Forums, among other auto sites.

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