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Midlife Crisis

Yeah, I know it's a cliche. Guy gets in his mid 40's and dumps his wife for a younger chick or buys a Corvette. Well I'm not married so I don't have a wife to dump and I never really liked Corvettes. But I am buying a vehicle. A 1978 Ford F100 Pickup. My aunt Peggy has it sitting in a shed at her farm near Bowen, IL. It once belonged to my Uncle Mervyn Redinius who was one of my favorite uncles. I always had an affinity for my relatives who were farmers. And Uncle Merv was a farmer all his life. Even after he retired he worked for a John Deere dealer fixing small engines. When my brother and I were little we would come to visit Uncle Merv and Aunt Peggy and their 3 kids, Mike, Matt and Pam. Pam is nearly the same age as me. It was a great adventure spending days at their farm. We were small enough to actually ride pigs even though we got REALLY dirty doing it. Merv would lets us climb all the way up in the corn crib and push ear corn down for feeding the livestock. My cousins, brother and I would also make a game out of jumping off a grain silo into and big pile of hay. If we visited during harvest, Merv would let us ride in one of the grain trailers behind the combine and I can remember being covered with corn or soybeans and grasshoppers jumping all around us. Merv passed on several years ago as did my cousins Mike an Matt. Only Pam and Peggy are left now and neither has a working farm, just some land and their houses and barns.

Peggy has her own car. I think she kept the truck for sentimental reasons and because she thought she might need to haul things. But mostly it has just sat in the shed gathering dust. We talked about me buying it over Easter dinner. So if Pam can convince Peggy that it's not actually worth $3000 just because it's technically an antique, I'll soon have my mid-life crisis project to work on.

I plan to restore it to original condition. That will take some new door panels, upholstery and a tailgate at the very least unless I just get a new bed altogether. I'll have it painted the original Ford Orange and white. The engine is good and to my mind is one of the best engines Ford ever produced. The 300 cubic inch inline 6 cylinder. Once I have it all restored I'll drive it in local cruise nights or maybe drive it out to New Mexico for vacation sometime. It's good to have a project at this time of your life.




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Apr. 9th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Apr. 9th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
That is a great-looking truck. I love it. It is going to be fantastic when it's restored!
Apr. 10th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Nice and shiny before I drive it down gravel roads.

Apr. 10th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
She's not mine yet but she will be.

Apr. 9th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
That Indian pattern on the seats are original? Wow. I just can't fathom vehicles coming out with any personality anymore.

I like that shade of orange.
Apr. 10th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
I think that's actually a seat cover. The original vinyl has some rips and will have to be redone.

Apr. 10th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Ooo!! love it!

You had the best times as a child!! my father wouldn't let me do anything like that. I remember when we moved, some guy had a truck and my brother got to ride in the back, but my father wouldn't let me cuz I'm a girl (his words). If I'd ever tried jumping into someone's hay, he'd of whooped my butt. I used to dream of doing things like that.

Good luck with the truck, it's great!
Apr. 10th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
My folks had no trouble just dropping us off with one relative or another and trusting that we'd be safe as long as we did what their kids were doing. That's how we learned to water ski, parasail and smoke pot. All good clean fun.

Apr. 10th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
That's in really decent shape to begin with. You'll have fun with the resto. Parts are still available just about everywhere. Have fun, and take progress pics!
Apr. 10th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
The 72 Mustang I restored years ago wasn't running when I got it. This at least will run enough to take me around getting the parts for it. I love pickups that still look like a truck.

Apr. 10th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
As someone who did exactly that, at 44 dump the previous wife and get a young chick (she's right here, 15 years later), I'd say this: go for it! It is weird of course that a man recognizes his freedom so late, but it's better late than never! There are more important things in life than all the stupid considerations that limited our actions before we learned that the only true law is that which leads to freedom (that's what Jonathan Livingston Seagull said)...
Apr. 10th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I suddenly (well in the last year or so) feel so much more free than earlier in my life.

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