With Christmas just around the corner, the kids or grand-kids in our lives undoubtedly are waiting with bated breath to see what toys from their wish list they will find under the tree on Christmas morning. When I was a kid, going through catalogs and picking out things that I wanted was half of the fun. Fantasizing about all the cool gifts I could receive was exciting. Now that we are all grown up, why should we give up that fun?
I have a friend who likes to buy and sell old cars with extreme frequency. My kids and I always enjoy stopping by his place and seeing the new to him old American iron that he has in his garage. The last time I stopped by he had a 1979 Ford F-150 regular cab long box truck. The F-150 is a nice original truck with a solid body. It only has a few minor body repairs and one repaint. The original interior is nearly perfect and being originally from out west, the undercarriage and floors are in tip top shape, with only a light coating of surface rust on the chassis. Best of all, under the hood is a 460-4V engine which is backed by a C6 transmission and a Ford 9” rear axle; definitely some of Ford’s best hardware.
Seeing this truck invariably brought me back to my youth. My uncle purchased his 1979 Ford F-150 in 1980. Like my friend’s truck, it was a 460 powered regular cab long box truck. With the headers, side exit dual exhaust with glass packs, it was one mean and fast truck during its time. It was used for countless fishing and camping trips pulling a boat and hauling a slide in camper. My dad later bought the truck off of my Uncle and it became my dad’s winter driver and our family workhorse. Needless to say I have a lot of fond memories wrapped up in that truck, and I regret not trying to buy it from my dad when he sold it for peanuts.
As some may or may not have learned from my posts over the years at CC, I am pretty sentimental about my cars. Some people think of cars historical artifacts from the past. They should be preserved and we only are temporary keepers. For me, the most important cars are not the historical significant artifacts but those with specific meaning to me. These cars are rolling pieces of my personal history which can take me back in time but also capture new memories going forward.
Recently talking to my friend, he told me he has his ’79 Ford up for sale. I have to say it was pulling at my sentimental heart strings that I should really consider buying this truck. When would be the next time I’d come across a nice clean original ’79 Ford F-150 with a 460? Plus this one even has working A/C and an expensive gear vendors overdrive, which might make the mileage somewhat tolerable. My friend wants to move the truck, so he even offered to store it and gave me a good price. Alas, as much as I wanted to purchase the truck, reality kicked in. I don’t have long term storage for an extra vehicle, and my family comes first. That money would be better invested into some home renovations and going towards my kids schooling.
However, if I were to have Santa deliver me a gift on Christmas morning, today, I’d be asking for that 1979 Ford F-150. It may not be exactly the same as my Dad’s old truck, but close enough that it could be my new memory maker.
So, sit back, think for a few moments and decide what would be on your CC Christmas list? It can be new, old, expensive, cheap, practical or impractical. Don’t start worrying about practical things like where you are going to store it, or how you’re going to pay for maintenance and insurance. There are no restrictions; this is a Christmas list after all! So what Curbside Classic is on your Christmas wish list?