The Adventures of Peanut Butter
This is the story of Peanut Butter, the 1977 F-150 Ranger XLT. My great-grandfather, Papa Bobby, purchased this beauty fresh off of the lot in 1977 from Charlie Ruth Ford in Henryetta, Oklahoma. Papa loved that truck like no other vehicle. He spent many afternoons taking Peanut for a stroll with his favorite pup, Pepper, cruising with the windows down. The truck was well maintained by him and always kept clean, no matter the weather. If any service had to be done, the best of care was always provided.
My great-grandfather was diagnosed with dementia in 2006. His dementia developed into Alzheimer’s by 2009. He passed away a few years later in 2013.
Peanut Butter came into the hands of my great-grandmother after Papa Bobby passed away. Peanut was then given to my uncle, Travis, to keep her on the road and give much needed TLC. Travis kept amazing care of the truck, letting Peanut’s life live on. Peanut had many upgrades while staying with Travis; new shocks, exhaust, stereo, speakers, and many more items. The list could go on for miles. He spent countless hours, working and getting her to the best she’s been in a long time.
This past summer, in early May, I was very anxious about driving on my own. I was going to turn sixteen just a couple months later. One afternoon, I received a phone call from my uncle. He offered me Peanut to start driving. I was more than excited! We spent many summer nights out in the shop working together on the truck. Peanut was getting all of the little details finished up and looking amazing.
I will never forget the first time I got behind the wheel to take her for a spin. It was the most thrilling thing I had ever done, and I will definitely never forget that experience.
Peanut has been a blast so far. I am looking forward to all of the future memories I will make in it and letting the legacy of Peanut Butter, the ‘77 F-150, live on for many more generations to come!