I had been looking for a 1956 Ford Pickup forever — every place we traveled, in the newspapers and trade papers and on the Internet. The day we returned home, I found an ad on the Internet for a Candy Apple Red 1956 Ford Pickup. It was listed in Fayetteville, Ark. After negotiating over the telephone, my friend, Russ, and I headed back to Arkansas. The story was sad. The young man that was building the truck had just sent it to the paint shop. Two days later, he was killed in a head-on accident. The parents put the truck back together and put it up for sale soon after. The truck, though, was a beauty. It had two coats of gold metallic, three coats of candy apple and three coats of clear coat.
Russ and I put it on a flat bed and hauled it home. It needed lots of work to modernize the front suspension, steering and brakes so Russ and I went to work. My wife and I joined the Rim Country Classic Auto Club and the truck was ready for the 2006 Beeline Cruise-In. We also took it to Show Low and won one of five Best in Show and also Best in Class. It will always be a work in progress but it is a labor of love.