I’ve mentioned my hubby’s vision of having John Deere equipment before. I, too, have a vision. Part of this vision is having an old farm truck to run into town in. I’ve wanted one for a while now, but what really got me looking was seeing one for sale at a local Ford dealership. I started to dream about driving to the hardware store, running to get gas for the tractor, hauling hay around….all in my little old farm truck.
Then, the visions started to get a little two dreamy…..I dreamed about taking my little farm truck down to the farmer’s market and selling my home grown veggies out of the back. Never-mind that I have nothing resembling a vegetable garden right now. Told you I got a little dreamy….
I didn’t think the farm truck vision would come true any time soon. I looked at classic trucks online and the prices were insane! Holy crap! These cars in terrible condition cost more than they did new! So, I continued to check Craigslist, ebay, and other web sites. I started telling people I knew were into classic cars to keep their eye out. Hubby kind of watched me out of the corner of his eye, but I think he also thought this truck thing was a ways off.
Then, this weekend, we were visiting with my Aunt and Uncle who were in town and I told them I wanted an old farm truck. My Uncle said he had a 1972 Ford if we wanted it. They are moving and don’t want to move the truck. Oh, and it was my Grandfather’s before him and he bought it NEW! Um, lemme think….a truck that has been in my family for longer than I’ve been alive….uh….YA I want it! There is a catch, though….we have to evict a family of wasps…..and it is apparently sitting where it has been sitting for a couple years….ever since the brakes went out. But, I’m still super excited.
Yesterday, hubby was driving to a job site and spotted another truck. An ooooollllllddddd truck. You see, hubby got bitten by the old truck bug after visiting a classic car show over the weekend. He contacted the owner and learned she was selling the truck for an extremely reasonable price. EXTREMELY reasonable. I guess getting divorced makes you sell stuff cheap…..we got the tractor from a guy getting divorced, too.
After a 1 1/2 hour drive, nearly 2 hours of pulling and winching….refilling the tires every few minutes, and another 1 1/2 hours back….we are the proud owners of this beauty…
Near as we can tell, it’s a 1941 Ford 3/4 ton F-1. It’s a mess, we don’t have time to deal with it, it will sit for a few years in the barn before we can even think about doing anything to it…but it’s all ours!
In a couple weeks, we’ll go get the other truck and hopefully have it running without too much trouble. I’m thrilled about both trucks, and really excited to get the ’72 home. The thought of my Grandpa picking that truck out off the lot when it was new just makes my heart soar. I hope he would like the thought of it being out here on the farm, being driven to the hardware store, getting gas for the tractor, and hauling hay. I don’t think I’ll be selling vegetables out of it at the farmer’s market any time soon, though…..