On one of the wife's hay getting trips, I happened to notice some old metal on this fella's place. At closer inspection I realized that that "old metal" was several antique vehicles. The one that really caught my eye was this Model AA Ford. This fella grew up on this farm, and it turns out this pick up belonged to his father, who bought it new and parked it in this exact spot 40 years ago, after 30 some years of hard farm work!!
The truck still has the original,aluminum,flathead 8/ 21 bolt engine in it. This apparently was the first of the flathead 8s. The engine still ran when the truck was parked, but it was getting tired and after 40 years open to the weather, who knows if we'll get it going.
It seems everything is still here with the truck. We pulled it up the other day and the wheels turned, and the steering worked and by gosh the brakes worked too. The fella of the farm didn't seem too surprised..."It did all that 40 years ago when we parked it there, I don't see why it wouldn't all still work!"
The metal is in great shape and there isn't any rust! The plan is to restore the old buggy.
The original owner has died, but his wife is still alive and kicking, and very excited that the old Ford is going to get redone. The son that we buy hay from is glad to see the old truck get a new home. it was taking up space in the cow pasture! Those are cow trails around the truck and we even got a scenic picture with the cows and the Purcell mountains of the Creston Valley in the background.
It'll take a while, but keep checking back for updates on the rebuild!