Somehow an affair with a classic truck only seems to get better with age when you get a chance to look back at your life's experiences that came about thanks to that cool piece of vintage steel you spend so much time with. Whether it was a cross-country cruise, a hop to the local doughnut shop, or hanging out at the beach with good friends, your hauler was always there.
For Ric Wrenchey of Clermont, Florida, 12 years and almost 50,000 miles can tell some great stories when you sit down to have a cold one and think about it. It must have been all the time spent with dear old dad, Bud, while frequenting his best friend's garage that prepared him for one wicked journey that embroiled him in the hobby ever since he fell hard at age 12 for a '41 Ford pickup his Dad dragged home one afternoon. As he moved on, he never forgot that truck, even when he was crewing for the Lewis & Rolstad Saturn V A/A Fuel dragster during the '60s in Seattle, Washington, as a teen. While his personal time spent racing included a wild '59 Volvo C Altered that constantly ran in the 10s thanks to a built 289-inch Ford with Webbers and Mondello heads, trucks were always a mainstay in his life ever since he purchased his very first '49 Ford before he could even drive.
Having loads of trucks in his rearview mirror as the years passed, it wasn't until he was living in California in '95 that he came across his personal holy grail. Locating a respectable '41 Ford wasn't easy for Ric, even being on the West Coast, but when he answered an ad for one up north in Redding, he came away with a truck that would let him flex his capabilities as a builder as he worked to bring it to the next level.
After tweaking it enough to use as his daily driver till '97, when he relocated to Florida, the combination of a 289 Ford linked to a C-4 proved to have too many issues, causing the fatalities of four transmissions in a short timeframe. This was enough for Ric to decide it was time for a total teardown and redo to build the truck the way he had always envisioned it.
With everything finally apart, Ric began focusing on the Ford's tired old spine. He decided to fully box it to add additional strength while updating all the suspension components with help from his good friend Dan Porter, who helped out with much of the critical welding.