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.


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.


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.


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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