Tinkering on an Old Ford Truck Gets Expensive for This FTE Forum Member

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1969 Ford F-100

Ford-Trucks.com member makes the mistake of keeping a list of parts he’s bought for his old Ford, and hilarity ensues.

We’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of our readers have no idea how much money they’ve spent on their Ford project trucks. And quite honestly, that’s probably a good thing. We don’t track our expenses either, for a number of reasons.

For one, we don’t want our spouses to know how much we spend on our beloved projects. Also, we don’t really want to know, either. But Ford Truck Enthusiasts member Fleetwood271 made the mistake of listing everything he’s bought for his 1968 F-100 recently, and it turned into a rather humorous thread that we can all relate to.

“I took delivery of my ’69 F-100 on Jan 29 this year. I wanted a truck that was already in running condition so I could drive it. But also one that had not already been redone. I wanted something to tinker with on the weekends. Little did I know tinkering is expensive!”

1969 Ford F-100

Tedster9 is the first to remind the OP that in this case, keeping a list isn’t usually a good idea.

“I don’t think you’re supposed to keep track, for this reason…ha ha.”

For Lrrr-RulerOfOmicronP, conveniently “forgetting” some items is a way to maintain his sanity.

“I only track the big items. Tracking the little things would be a good way for me to need a mental health provider. I also never plan to make my money back. Enjoying the build and driving the vehicle is value. Installing a newer transmission really helps an older vehicle become more fun to drive in my opinion. So I say go for it! It’s only money, you can always make more!”

1969 Ford F-100

And hey, it’s hard to argue with all of that sound logic. With the support of his fellow members, the OP soon decides that he might as well keep on tinkering, no matter what the cost.

“Yeah, let’s go ahead and add the Tremec TKO 500 trans to my tinkering list. Ordered it today. Ships from a location only about 3 hours away. Should be here tomorrow or Wednesday.”

If nothing else, let this be a lesson to everyone working on an old Ford truck. Don’t keep a list, especially a comprehensive one! And just remember, it might cost you a fortune that you’ll never get back, but can you really put a price on happiness?

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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