A lot can happen over the course of 18 years. In that amount of time, the average human can go from a newborn to a high school grad. But nearly two decades sure seems like quite a stretch for building an old truck, doesn't it? It depends on who you are, but more importantly, it also depends on everything else that's going on during that period-it's a little something called "life."
Not everyone's particular lifestyle allows them the freedom to seriously partake in a hobby such as this. On top of requiring the necessary income to afford building-or even just owning-a car or truck of any substantial vintage, it takes a lot of dedicated personal time...time many spend raising a family, starting a business, or even finishing school. So, when you add up all the variables life has to offer an average middle classer (yeah, we won't get into the "luxury" side of the spectrum!), maybe 18 years doesn't really seem that long for someone like Dwayne Fietzer to finish a complete project. For many of us, the patience factor would ultimately dictate the outcome of that, but not so for this Michigan resident, who personally saw his '55 F-100 through from beginning to end.
It was way back in 1990 when this whole venture began. Actually, it all started as a result of Dwayne's failed attempt to buy his dad's old T-bucket back. The only consolation the current owner could offer was the mention of an F-100 a buddy of his was trying to sell due to a loss of interest). Then 22 years old, Fietzer apparently had the bug and was fishing for bait-and he bit! Though not complete, whether it was the eye-catching Corvette Yellow or something else, the '55 got the oil-infused blood pumping immediately and thus was the beginning of Dwayne's first project. But for whatever reasons, the blood flow wasn't strong enough to keep the project on the front burner for any substantial length of time, and as a result, the truck would end up going through multiple configurations during its extended residency in the garage.
Dwayne didn't go it alone with the "on again, off again" venture, though. From the early days, back when he says many aftermarket parts were more a rarity than originals, through till the final days, friends like Ed Everidge, Carl Cappuccio, Al Rogers, Ralph Hancox, Paul Latorella, Mike Migora, Will Martin, Mario Valmossi, Steve Gilmore, and Dave Hatcher lent their respective helping hands, all of which ultimately made for a successful outcome. Above and beyond that, what really made the most difference was not only the patience, but the support he received from his wife, Deanna. While many a gearhead's wife struggles with the average projects their male counterparts embark upon, Dwayne's endured a series of late nights and absentee weekends for 18 years!
This truly turned out to be a win-win situation for Dwayne. Not only was his marriage and family life spared from the hazards affiliated with long-term homebuilt projects, he also came out of it all with a pretty stunning truck, if we don't mind saying. From the unique choice of colors (we're most fond of the "baby poo" exterior) to the overall design elements, his '55 F-100 is definitely no run-of-the-mill Effie.