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05 July 2009
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From Luke :
I live in New Hope, Minnesota. I bought my truck about two years ago in a small rural town in Northern Minnesota. From what I know, I am the third owner. The first one was a farmer in Dent, MN, and the second was the dealer I bought it from in Parkers Prairie, MN.
After I made the trek up North to pick up the pickup, I proceeded to make the two-hour drive back to Minneapolis. What an experience! I made it home only to find the water pump was shot, the brakes were a mess, the fuel gauge no longer worked, and the signals installed did not function.
The truck is pretty much stock with a later model 235 straight six and a 4 speed manual transmission. This truck is no trailer queen, I use it!
Since then, I have managed to repair the brakes all around. I'll be replacing the master cylinder soon. I fixed the gas gauge and replaced the water pump-twice. But that's another story.
The truck was named Lucy by my wife, who does not understand why a man needs a 60 year old truck, but lets me have one anyway. It's called Lucy -- like the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." It was her wedding gift to me. She got a diamond engagement ring, and I got the old truck! Can't beat that!
My plan is to keep tinkering with it and to drive it whenever I get the chance. People LOVE these old trucks. I am a young guy (26) and I enjoy hearing peoples' stories about how they had one on the farm, or learned how to drive in a truck like mine!
Here we are on the drive to Minneapolis from up North. Here is an Opened hood shot in the garage and another picture of the engine. And lastly, the bed wood.