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Old 11-09-2009, 11:38 AM
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Found Dads old truck! Hows this for documentation on my 78 Lariat 4x4?

My Dad ordered a new 78 Lariat 4x4 short bed F150 in 78. He had the truck until 1982 when he sold it to my uncle in east Kentucky, my uncle parked the truck in 1987 with 60,000 miles on it. It sat there until my uncle had a stroke on 2001, my aunt sold it to someone out of the family. I tried tracking the guy down but never could. I knew the guy lived in a little town called Olive Hill, so everytime I was in KY visiting family I would take time to drive around Olive Hill and look for Dads old truck. I finally lucked out, a junk yard knew the guy that had it when I mentioned it was a double trim black and silver lariat! He gave me the guys name and I went to see him. The guy that bought it from my aunt died and his brother in law sold it to this guy. The guy that had it took me right in his garage and showed me the truck but would not sell it, he wanted to use the cab on a show truck he was building. I finally talked him into selling me the truck if I could find a perfect cab with a/c. So, I bought a texas cab and put all the factory a/c on it and painted the cab (I own a body shop), I then hauled it the 400 miles to KY in hopes he would still take the cab and sell me dads old truck. He loved my cab! I gave him the cab and a grand and hauled the 78 back to Indiana with me. After I got to working on the truck my Dad showed up one day with a vanilla folder full of paper work for the truck! The pictures below are what was in the folder: Original dealer order form and price, the brochures he got the day of ordering the truck, receipts of the $100. down payment when ordered and the final payment when it came in, a receipt when he got it ziebarted, the original title (it had been lost and they got a new titile when sold), and a letter from fomoco getting involved on the dealer not being able to fix a vibration after months of messing around. The truck to this day only has 65,000 miles on it. I thought you guys might find this much documentation and the fact that I actually found this truck interesting. Have a great day, Tim.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:16 PM
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Great read and great domcumentation. But how about some pics of the truck when it was new and some current pics? Sounds like a nice truck. I see the front traction lock too, nice.
 
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Blown 331 View Post
I see the front traction lock too, nice.

When I went to order mine. I ordered an F250 4x4 with the Dana 60 front axle as an option. I tried to get the front traction also, but was told it would take a year to get one with the 60 and trac-lock both. I told him I wanted my truck quicker than that.
 
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:17 PM
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That's so cool! Though my truck was not a family truck, I too have the documentation from the day it was purchased, including the original sales invoice and build sheet (along with the thousands of $ worth of receipts for work I have had to put into it in the last 10 years! :-)

Yeah,... where are the pictures of the truck?
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:28 PM
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was that last document under the seat?
 
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:38 PM
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Wow thats amasing that you found all that stuff and the truck itself!
 
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yes pictures would be nice!
 
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Originally Posted by Hmann View Post
was that last document under the seat?
Yes, you can tell by the spring marks on the paper.
 
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That is awesome! And your dad paid cash? Dang!

What was the deal with the correspondance with Ford regarding fixing something? Interesting choice of words they used in the letter.

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Old 11-09-2009, 09:34 PM
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Dad is going to look for some old pics of the truck when it was new, below are a few pics of when I picked it up in KY this june and during the last couple months working on it. It looked pretty bad when I picked it up with the original paint peeling off and getting surface rusty. The cab, doors, and front end were however surface rust only- no holes anywhere. The bed was junk, I bought a rust free texas bed that I'm finishing up right now. The truck is pretty much done except for the bed at this point. The interior is dirty from being in the body shop but is in amazing condition. Dash pad has no cracks, carpet, headliner, doorpanels are very nice too. I've got all the trim on now, it's really starting to take shape. As a few mentioned, the dif lock front and rear is cool, I'm glad the old man ordered that! The warranty problem with the truck was a severe vibration from day one, the dealer swapped driveshafts, wheels, tires, rotors, drums and all kinds of stuff all summer with no results. Dad finally got fed up when the dealer said ''it's now your problem to take up with ford, we are done working on it''. Dad got a lawyer to send a letter to ford (hence the letter posted from ford) Another dealer had it fixed in a matter of hours! It came from the factory with the wrong blocks on the rear end, I think long bed blocks that were not tapered?? And yes, I got the build sheet from the seat springs. I'll get some good pics when it's all done and cleaned up.
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Soooo,... is dad getting his truck back?
 
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The shoe is on the other foot now. He will be begging me to drive the same truck I used to beg him to drive 30 years ago!
 
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nice... nice to see an old truck come home again
 
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:36 AM
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nice truck! that kind of original paper work is priceless keep it safe!
 
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by miottimouse View Post
nice truck! that kind of original paper work is priceless keep it safe!

Not only that, but it is a GREAT story to track down and bring the truck back into the family!! To me that makes the truck that much more special. I know you will keep it for the rest of your life.

Thats just cool, congrats, good luck and enjoy!!
 

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