F-150 Dubbed ‘Old Yeller’ Snatched from Loving Community

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The bright yellow, veteran F-150 pickup of  Omaha’s Gifford Park was recently totaled when hit by a drunk driver.

Most of us would agree that a Ford truck isn’t just a truck. It’s a symbol of work, a symbol of freedom. Primarily though, it’s a tool which allows us to do what we need to get done. Hopefully, such thing includes helping others.

That’s exactly the case of a 1994 Ford F-150 nicknamed “Old Yeller,” whose touching story was recently featured on Omaha.comIt all started when the bright-yellow pickup was discharged from Peter Kiewit Corp’s construction fleet and purchased by Chris Foster from Omaha, Nebraska. Equipped with slight reinforcements worthy of a truck destined for heavy-duty work and a trailer hitch, the F-150 wasn’t much of a city cruiser.

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Foster knew this, so he made “Old Yeller” available to his neighbors of Gifford Park. The local outlet reports that, in his eyes, the truck was meant to serve a purpose, and not just sit there. 

Old Yeller may have legally belonged to the new-found real estate runner, but, really, Old Yeller was everyone’s. Whether it was neighborhood cleanup day, farmer market weekends, or simply helping someone move an old couch — the F-150’s keys were loaned to everyone.

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You’d imagine the sadness that overcame the neighborhood, but especially Foster when on a Monday afternoon “Old Yeller” was involved in a multi-car collision while parked. A driver allegedly under the influence collided with another vehicle with such strong force, that it rammed said vehicle into the Ford pickup.

After a detailed inspection, the truck which is valued at $1,000 by the insurance company would cost upwards of $6,000 to fix. In other words, it’s totaled and not road worthy. Even more unfortunate, is the fact that Foster can’t quite shell out the $28,000 a comparable, newer truck would cost — nor would it fill the void Old Yeller left behind.

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To this day there isn’t a clear resolution. The bright yellow truck of Omaha’s Gifford Park remains untouched, unmoved. Maybe Foster’s fortunes will change, and a new, aching-to-be-loved pickup truck will drive into his life.

What a damn shame.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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