What makes us all individuals are our ability to think on our own, try different things, and simply not want to be cookie cut from the mold. Sometimes, however, we can be influenced by our friends to purchase or do something that we wouldn't normally. Movies and TV also play a huge part in making decisions we don't even realize. Take for example the Super Bowl and the advertisers who pay big bucks to run 30-second commercials just for us to see and make a purchase. For the most part when we see something we like more than once we tend to be more comfortable with it and want it more than when we saw it the last time.
With that said Mark Hanna from Orange, California, didn't want the stamped-out pickup he has seen in the past, so he went to the local sheriff's impound yard near his work to see what was new. At the time Mark was a firefighter and had a few days off in between the days he worked. Many trips to the impound yard took place but nothing stood out until one day one of the yard's employees drove in his '62 Ford Unibody. Mark immediately asked if the truck was available for purchase, and he said that it was for sale for $500. Mark responded that it was a good price, but asked if it runs. The owner said it ran but that the motor had a knock. Mark could not pass up the offer, so the two made arrangements to pick up the truck the following Saturday after Mark got off work. The owner lived in Compton, an area in L.A. that is not known for its friendly neighborhoods. Needless to say, Mark didn't have a problem with the people but rather the truck itself. Remember the knock I mentioned earlier? The knock was worse than Mark expected and, with a 40-mile trek back home, he decided to play it safe and stay off the freeway. With black smoke fumigating the drivers behind him up steep hills and the engine knock growing louder and louder with every mile, Mark was wondering if he was going to make it home. Luckily, in the cloud of smoke was fellow firefighter Cliff Houser, who volunteered to follow the newly purchased fire hazard home. Mark made the mistake of not telling his wife about the Unibody. When it came down to letting her know she found out before he even reached the driveway, with all the motor noise and smoke. It wasn't long until she forgave him, but it did take Mark four years to get the motivation of what to do with the Ford.
The time had passed and Mark picked up a few Classic TruckS magazines and saw a tech story on how to install a Fatman Mustang II frontend on a Ford and thought his buddy Houser and him would have no problem duplicating the install. The frontend was now upgraded to tubular control arms, and now it was time to make the stance even in the back. A set of Durant Enterprises rear monoleaf springs were bolted on and the truck now sat at the desired low hot rod look he was shooting for. They removed the housing and brought it over to Currie Enterprises for an overhaul and added rear disc brakes.
Then Mark lost interest in the truck once again, and traded Cliff for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine. The Unibody ended up with Cliff for a short while but eventually ended up back in Mark's hands. It was 2000 and Mark had enough of playing around with the truck. He wanted the pickup to be done by the time he retired from the fire department. The question was what to do about the motor and transmission. Mark ran into a guy at the Pomona Auto Swap Meet with a newer fuel-injected 4.6L Ford motor and made the purchase, but now would need a transmission to follow the motor. Once again life got in the way and Mark had to halt production and take care of some family business. Skip ahead to 2008 and the final go at the Unibody would be the most fulfilling. The motor and trans were now in and a Vintage A/C unit was installed as well.