If you follow me on instagram or facebook, I’ve been hinting around all weekend that we were going to pick up our biggest restoration project yet! I’m sure some people figured it was furniture. A couple of people said they hoped it was an Airstream. Well it’s not an Airstream, although their guess was in the right genre, if you will.
Some may call us crazy, others may call it awesome, but either way, he’s ours.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the newest member of our family and the official vehicle of All Things New. May I present to you……
Isn’t he cute! Both of them. 😉
OK, let me back up and tell you how this all came about. Tony has frequently told me that two of his dreams in life are to one day own a classic truck and a Porsche. You know, the dreams that you talk about in a “one day, I’d like to…” fashion? Neither of us thought that either of those dreams would possibly come true for many many years. Especially the Porsche! Let’s be honest… we’re looking at maybe 20 years for that one, although… after this experience… who knows!
Just for funzies, Tony started dreaming and browsing on Instagram and oldcars.com. He had decided that he really liked the Ford trucks from the 50’s. One afternoon, a couple of weeks ago, he saw a listing for a 1950 F-1, the exact truck he had been admiring….
Excuse me? Does it run? Yep. Is it all there? Yuppers. Tony got so excited he could hardly contain himself. After talking about it for a couple of minutes I said, “email them!” He did and said a little prayer that sounded a little something like this:
“Lord, if this is Your will, I pray that in the morning I will have an email from them saying it’s still available.”
The next morning, sure enough… there it was. A few hours later he was talking to the owner about the truck to get a little more information. Since the truck was in Colfax, not too far from where Tony’s dad lives, he asked his dad to go look at it a few days later. A few days later couldn’t come soon enough. Tony was waiting on pins and needles! The call we were waiting for came at 4:00 last Sunday afternoon. We heard that beefy engine running in the background and Tony’s dad gave us his stamp of approval. DEAL! We can come pick it up on Saturday!
So this past Friday, we headed up the long, dry, flat and boring road that is the 5 fwy, to the Sacramento area. Saturday was an even longer day. We left the house at 8:30, winding through the hilly streets of Colfax to meet Murray. We loaded him up on his dad’s trailer and the owners took us out to another property to pick up another cab, hood and a bunch of other fenders and bumpers they said we could have! Crazy! The deal just got sweetened! By the time it was all said and done and we were driving away with him, it was noon. As we looked out the back window, we could see his smile peeking over the bed of the truck. Tony looked at me and said, “We just did that!”
I won’t bore you with all of the details of picking up the rental trailer at Uhaul and how it took FOREVER. Or how our journey back home felt like we were crawling since we could only drive 55 with the trailer and 25 over the Grapevine. Ooooor… how we started overheating once we got to Pasadena and how it took 10 yours to get home. OK… maybe I am going to bore you with details.
But for better or for worse (we think it’s better) we’ve got ourselves a new (old) truck! I can’t tell you how cool it is to watch a dream come true for someone you love. Many many giggles were heard from that big bear of a man. 🙂 There are talks of putting our logo on the side and delivering our furniture pieces in that truck. He’s dreaming about taking me and our future kiddo to concerts in the park someday in this truck. But for now, he’s insistent that “the truck” needs a dog. Mmmmmm hmmmm.
And I’ve got plans for it too. Of course we’re doing our Christmas photos with Murray this year. And I’ve got some plans for Christmas mini-sessions so other people can get in on this goodness too!
So if you see us around town, say hi!