While rifling through the stacks of Classic Cruisers submissions in my file I came across a letter and images from Pierre Cadrin of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Pierre wanted to share a bit about his father and his father’s F-100 project. Mr. Cadrin originally found the pickup parked in a field where it had been slowly rusting away for nearly 30 years.
Upon acquiring the Ford, Mr. Cadrin began a complete frame-up rodstoration. The chassis was upgraded by the addition of a Volare front clip and a Dana 35 rearend equipped with 3.52:1 ratio gearing along with fresh rear suspension components. For motorvation Mr. Cadrin dropped a fresh 400hp, 358-cube small-block Chevy backed by a 700-R4 transmission between the framerails.
Not far into the project Mr. Cadrin was diagnosed with cancer, but even while bravely battling his condition he moved forward with the project as best as he could. With the chassis and running gear handled, body and bed restoration was the next step. Needless to say, this put a lot of stress on his family, but somehow, between cancer operations, treatments, and learning to live with his situation, Pierre’s dad found the courage and energy to complete his project.
The last stages of the project took several years, but didn’t stop him from completing the project (doing everything but the upholstery himself), nor has it stopped him from regularly attending classic car shows and winning several trophies, including a Best Truck trophy presented to him by Dennis Gage, from Speed Channel’s My Classic Car TV show. Mr. Cadrin’s devotion to his family and his classic truck project is an inspiration not only to his son and family, but to all of us as well. Congrats Mr. C! Hope all is well and you continue to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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