Hi Riz, Every time I read one of your pieces on your latest project, I get a great chuckle. While I find your information and techniques to be useful, the laugh comes from looking between the lines, so to speak. By this I mean the background of your photos. It seems you and I share a malady common to many car and truck enthusiasts: I call it AADD, for Automotive Attention Deficit Disorder. In the February issue, in which you’re installing the engine in your pickup project, I see the Pontiac in the background, obviously in pieces. I recall you writing that it was going to be a daily driver for your wife; you described getting it back from its purchase in Colorado and doing just enough to make it dependable. And wasn’t it supposed to replace that cool little T she was building for STREET RODDER? I love it! Common ground for all of us who get something started, and then get sidetracked onto another cool project. My wife thinks I’m the only one who does this; I frequently point to you as an example. Currently in my shop is my ’63 Ranchero, which is getting a Heidts front end and V-8 upgrade; outside is the ’61 Econoline van, a ’64 Econoline pickup that’s almost done and drivable; tucked in the back of my garage is my ’61 Willys mail van, and next to the shop is my latest acquisition a ’63 Rambler American. If you’re counting, that’s five project vehicles on a fairly standard sized city lot. I’ve also somehow managed not to irritate City Hall with all this, though I’m definitely skating on thin ice where the eyesore ordinance is concerned. My email has no real point, except to say that I appreciate knowing that I’m not alone with my AADD; is there a support group for this? Thanks for the articles, and keep up the good work.
Hi Bruce, thanks for the kind words and the realization that there is indeed an actual malady (AADD) suffered by more than just me. I have to admit, though my yard is not quite as full as yours (right at the moment at least) I am trying my best to winnow it down even further to keep the peace (unlike you, I HAVE been contacted by the local city busybody bureaucrat regarding the display of my treasures). If you get a chance I’d love to see some pics of the Econoline. RIZ
Riz, after reading your editorial in the February 2012 CLASSIC TRUCKS, I thought I would tickle your bent for ’48-52 F-1s. I fell in love with this body style after I returned from Vietnam, was stationed at Camp Pendleton and living in Carlsbad, California. My neighbor, also in the Marine Corps, acquired a white ’49, stock with flathead V-8. I had a ’31 sedan delivery at the time, non-stock with a Merc flathead V-8. We took my neighbors to Tijuana in early ’67 for a black tuck ’n’ roll upholstery job—I think it was less than $100 at the time. Over the next 40 years and 60-plus vehicles, I thought often of this truck. A few years ago, after finishing a ’74 Land Cruiser 350 with overdrive conversion to tow my ’65 Arrow 10 trailer, (just ruminating now, I’ll get back to point), I found this ’50 F-1 for sale nearby. It was stock with a flat-six and three-speed. It now sits with a dual quad ZZ4, TH350 with Gear Vendors OD and a 3.25:1 9-inch and a mild forward rake. Not quite your ideal, the paint is about 30 years old, gold metallic teal green, and it has a recent black tuck job; a whole lot of other baloney that has been fun to do, and a few months ago I increased the rake. Unlike most of your correspondents, I do not care if my truck makes it into your magazine I just thought I would share it with you in light of your editorial. I do all of my own work, for more years than I can count, the last twenty years have been in my 14x40-foot, mini shop that is also home built. Hope you enjoy it.
Hi Paul, thanks for sharing your F-1 with us, I can never see too many of ’em and each and every time I do I’m reminded how stupid I was for selling my last one. I’m impressed with the fact that you’re a real-world do-it-yourselfer as well. Maybe someday I’ll be in the position to build myself a real shop rather than working out of my two-car garage—but I’m not gonna hold my breath. Anyway, thanks for dropping me a line and for including the shot of your F-1, too. RIZ