Auto-Biography: My ’66 F100 Finally Gets A Roof Over Its Head After Spending Its Whole Life Outside

Better late than never? In a sign of mellowing that seems to come inevitably with old age, I’ve become a bit less harsh on my cars (and people?). I was determined not to ever pamper my old truck, and see which one of us would expire first (the outcome was never really in doubt). But since I had to replace a section of my back fence anyway, I decided to have pity on it and get it out of the sun.

In the late fall, I will of course move it outside so it can continue to benefit fully from Oregon’s Healing Rains™. Got to keep the rust at bay.

Step one was of course the fence posts, but none of those wimpy 4×4 PT posts for me. I’ve been using these 6×6 pole barn timbers (not just 6×6 PT posts) that are treated to a much higher level and essentially good for a hundred years. So one can just easily replace the cedar fence sections in between them every 20-30 years, since the second growth cedar won’t last as long as the old growth stuff once did. The additional material costs of these pole barn timbers is very modest in the bigger scheme of things. Oddly, these measured a full 6″ on each side, which means I won’t be able to use 6×6 fence post caps; I’ll have to fab something up.

One more thing: I do not brace fence posts before I pour in the concrete; I just set them in fairly straight, pour in some stiff ready mix, then level them, and pour in some more. I avoid all unnecessary steps whenever possible.

The mock-up.

Here’s the fence . Since I own this lot next to it (it has a little rental cottage on it), I’ve been using this area for parking my truck for decades.

The framing is up. 4×6 beams and 2×6 joists. Oversized 16×16 concrete pier blocks.

1×4 purlins. I’ve been building these kind of shed roofs covered with galvanized steel panels for some time now, and I can bang them out quickly.

The galvanized panels go up in a flash. The gable end trim is missing yet; it arrives Monday.

Now if a vintage Porsche or VW were to enter my automotive household, the truck would have to bear the elements again.