During our first trip along Rout 66, I photographed the impressive 1948 Ford work truck at Gary’s Turner’s Gay Parita, which stands in all of its restored glory west of Springfield, Missouri. For a work truck, it’s glam and gorgeous, and I can never resist a gleaming (or rusty, but keeping on…) vintage automobile.
Granted, Gary’s is a much, much nicer example, and a 4×4 (flathead or no) truck is not exactly my style—then again, cleaned up it would probably make a nice farm vehicle or be good for fishing trips for the fellas. Even so, it was neat to see. Based on the auction page, it doesn’t look as if anyone bought the vehicle—rare or no, I have to wonder about the price tag on a vehicle in its condition. Considering the $21,000-ish average for ’49 F-series trucks, that’s probably why it didn’t sell—and I’m guessing those aren’t all project cars like this one included in the average.
What do you think? If the Ford were in better shape, would you buy it? How would you fix her up (other than replacing that windshield), assuming money is no object and it’s just for fun? For my part, she’d be cleaned up, painted in her original yellow-and-black scheme—honestly, it looks great on these old trucks—and as I said, use her as a farm vehicle and for running to the farm market and such…And probably hauling great vintage finds home in. What about you?