In February of 1972, I was honorably discharged from the United States Army and when I arrived home, I saw a brand new Ford pick-up in the garage at the home place. My Stepfather had just purchased the truck and drove it until 1993. As he aged, his strength began diminishing and finally, he was unable to turn the steering wheel since it was not equipped with power steering. He asked me if I wanted the truck and I said, “yes” without hesitation. The truck was now my truck, with 49,000 actual miles, being fully stock. I drove the truck on occasion but put the truck in storage in 1995 and there it stayed, dormant, for the next 22 years. In 2017, I finally pulled the truck out of storage and began working on the truck in an effort to get it up and running. Finally, the day came when the old 302 came to life and the rest is history. It is factory stock, including the paint and will remain as such as long as I own it. It is my pride and joy and I am ever grateful for my stepfather for giving this truck to me. My advice to those who own a collector vehicle or any vehicle for that matter is to “take care of it, and it will take care of you and keep you the road.” And if you got it, drive it.
Steve O.'s 1972 Ford F-100 Ranger