1965 GMC C10
Eric & Nancy Brolund
Dave Brolund just recently finished this good-looking GMC in memory of his dad who passed away in 1987. Eric’s dad had owned a ’66 Chevy pickup that Eric was lucky enough to inherit. Unfortunately in a fit of temporary insanity he sold it a few years later. In 2007 he ran across this bone-stock GMC that reminded him of the ol’ Chevy so he decided to buy it and rebuild it as he would liked to have done to the original pickup.
Dave completely redid the GMC from top to bottom, installing a 385-horse 350 backed by a 700-R4, power steering, disc brakes, air conditioning, fresh bodywork and paint, and brand-new bed wood and strips – all on his own (with his better half’s blessing) in his home garage.
1950 Ford F-1
Dave White found this baby on a back road while out for a cruise with his dad and brother. He’d jokingly said before they went out that he might happen to see an old truck on the side of the road that he’d just have to buy. Dave swears that no less than 10 minutes later they stumbled upon this F-1 with a for-sale sign in its window. They asked a guy on the property if it was his and he said “No, but the owner will be here any minute!” Guess it was meant to be, so Dave bought it the next day. So far, Dave’s done basic maintenance stuff: fluid change, brakes, tires, and as a bonus he added the cool retro-style door graphics.
The pickup still runs an 8BA 239ci flathead, four-speed straight-cut gearbox, and the stock rearend. Dave says everyone asks when he’s putting in late-model running gear. He answers, “How many trucks do you see these days that HAVEN’T had the motor swapped?” That said, he has tossed around the idea of restoring it, but it has so much character he’s just gonna enjoy driving it as it is.
1967 Ford F-100
Ever since Robert Walker first set his eyes on this 1967 F-100 at an egg farm in north Alabama nearly 30 years ago, he was determined to become the next owner of this classic. In November of 2011, his dream came true. The yellow farm truck was for sale and Robert quickly became its new proud owner. Within weeks, he placed his truck in the skilled hands of Jerry Williams, a longtime classic car restorer.
During the next several months, the pickup underwent a complete frame-off restoration and was repainted in its original Springtime Yellow color. To complete the restoration project, Robert took his prized pickup to owner Edwin Bellew of Highland Auto Service in order to replace its worn-out 360 V-8. Edwin easily convinced Robert that his ’67 “deserved” a quality engine that mirrored the quality bodywork. Needless to say, within a few weeks this yellow beauty was upgraded with a 390 V-8 Jasper powerplant. Now, Robert’s truck is alive and well inside and out!
1956 Ford F-100
Upstate New York
In October of 2006, Dave Bodak purchased this ’56 F-100 (an Arkansas native that’d made its way to New York state about 25-30 years ago). When Dave got his hands on it, it had already been treated to a new paintjob and some minor mechanical work, but there was still much to be done. With a lot of help from a few relatives, he installed new brakes, fuel lines, wheel bearings, and tuned up its original Y-block V-8 – good enough to allow it to be driven for a couple of years.
Dave planned on rebuilding the truck a bit at a time. For example, one winter he removed springs, hangers, tie-rod ends, kingpins and more, all of which were rebuilt or replaced with new. Next time he completed a total engine rebuild, installed a rebuilt two-barrel carb, and performed a quick rebuild of the three-on-the-tree tranny.
It was in between a couple of these projects in October of 2008 that Dave found the second love of his life. About a year and a half later, he and his girlfriend took the pickup out for a drive with the usual fishing trip in mind. After an enjoyable drive, the pair found a fairly remote spot and began to fish. A little while later, with neither of ’em getting any bites, Dave told his girlfriend to reel in her line so he could change her lure – without her seeing, he pulled out a rather large and obnoxious-looking engagement ring, one that had been used as a party favor, attached it to the end of her line (no way he was going to risk having her toss the real one into the water), and recast it. A short time later she reeled it in again, saw the faux ring, and asked what was up – Dave then pulled the real ring out of his pocket and popped the question.
Their wedding took place July 23, 2011, and after much planning and preparation Dave realized how much he wanted the truck to be a part of their special day so his final project before the wedding involved a new interior. After new padding and seat cover, a rubber floor mat, a few heater parts, and some sandblasting and paint, the F-100 was ready. His bride arrived at the wedding with her father behind the wheel and Dave said he couldn’t have been happier to see the two loves of his life – his F-100 and the woman he now calls his wife.
1970 Ford F-100
Here’s a look at Don Castle’s ’70 Ford F-100. Don bought it new in October 1969 (one of the first of the 1970 production run). Don says the Ford has been used as an everyday driver, getting him to work and back, plus weekend duty pulling his boat, his race car, and the occasional hunting trip as well. Heck, the ol’ girl was even used to teach both of his kids how to drive. At the time it was equipped with a 302, a four-speed, and a 9-inch rearend. Along the way, Don gave it to one of his sons to drive when he was 18. He got it back seven years later in 2000.
A few years after that Don decided it was time for a bit of an update. As often happens, the update turned into a complete frame-off restoration. Don’s F-100 now sports a fresh big-block Mopar and four-speed pirated out of his race car. The new paint is House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl highlighted with ghost flames. While he was at it he replaced the old oak bed with custom juniper wood he had cut by hand. Now at 70 years old, Don and the family enjoy showing it at local show and shines, cruise nights and plain old cruisin’. By the way, Don’s pickup shows a bit over a half-million miles on the odometer.