A very old, dusty pickup

A very old, dusty pickup

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    A very old, dusty pickup

    A long time ago, grandpa bought the remains of a 1925 Model T pickup and began to restore it. I was quite young at the time, but I remember watching him working steadily away in the barn, sanding things, grinding things, and screwing things back together on the rusty heap. Eventually, with a lot of hand cranks, sputters and wheezes, out of the barn rolled a half-assembled Model T. The grandkids piled in, and down the back road we puttered.

    Puttata-tuttata-tutatta-plunkata

    The horn sounded like, "OOooooga!"

    The last pieces eventually fell into place. Grandpa rebuilt the bed of the pickup and he bought a reproduction soft top, and next thing you know, the little T was turning heads in local parades.

    The last time it ran was in an Easter parade in 1996. The Easter Bunny was in the back of the truck, waving at the crowds. Afterwards it was parked in dad’s warehouse, where it quietly sat. And sat. And then grandpa got sick with Lou Gehrig’s and died shortly before I graduated college. The T was left to dad.

    I asked dad to donate it to Lane Motor Museum here in Nashville, and my father-in-law even offered to buy it to re-restore it and show it in parades. Dad refused both offers, so it still sits in his warehouse, slowly dry-rotting.







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    Wow,...Still looks to be in pretty darn good shape!

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    Cool old truck..........thanks for the pics.
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    It's a shame to let it go to waste, It needs to be restored and cared for.

    I watched my grandfathers 1963 Ford Galaxy rot away under similar circumstances.
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    Very nice, Too bad it isn't being cared for.
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    I'd keep it too if I were your Dad. It is to bad though that it is not enjoyed more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    I'd keep it too if I were your Dad. It is to bad though that it is not enjoyed more.
    I certainly understand that thought, but I think both of us agree it wouldn't be rotting if either of us had it.
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    Sounds like a father/daughter project to me! Go get him motivated & spend some quality time with dad....He's probably waiting for a little help.....
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    If nothing else get it back on the road.
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    Its just fine where and as it sets. When your dad is ready with that memory he will .
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    Maybe dusting it as an act of respect for Grandpa? Not to get it driving, perhaps, but just a bit of care. That might start the ballrolling.

    I'm not sure about this, though; it could be that the dust itself has sentimental attachments. The hardware store owner nearby has a truck his dad used for liming fields, that hasn't been driven since he died. The dad's gloves are still in the front seat, and I certainly wouldn't encourage anyone to move them for fear of hurting the fellow deeply. Maybe ask your mom?

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    I think my mom have had a hand in keeping it collecting dust there - she refuses to let anything go (except the garbage) and their house shows it. I'm going to se if I can at least get dad to dust it off, put some protectant on the top/seat/tires/wood, and cover the T in plastic.
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    Over new years, I went to the annual Horseless Carriage run in Pasadena, California (by the rose parade). there were around 250 or these old cars and they were fabulous!

    They were a great group of people, look them up, if you have trouble with a repair, need some parts, or decide to sell it, there is a community ready to help.
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