The F-150 is still alive and well in Northern BC

Recently I did a trip up to my old hometown of Prince George BC and one of the things that instantly struck me was a number of pickup trucks. Now trucks are not an uncommon sight in Vancouver, but vehicles like the Ford Transit and the Mercedes Sprinter tend to be more plentiful. I suppose the narrow streets, high volume of traffic and limited parking all contribute to the humble pickup being the second choice for many urban dwellers.

When my brother, Will, heard that I would be up for a visit he was more than happy to show me his truck, a 1976 Ford F-150. I was more than happy to take a look.

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The winters in the north are long, cold, and salty. Just a few things that old cars do not like, so I was interested in how this old truck had stood the test of time. All in all, the 40 odd years had been pretty kind to this old truck; far from showroom condition, but with a well-worn charm to it.

Through its years of use, things were customized and changed to suit the needs of the time. The most obvious modification is the custom made box. At some point, someone decided the stock pickup bed was not up to the task of a busy northern life.

0008_17AThe classic F-150 shape was modified a little to fit the new bed.

 

0013_22AA few gauges were added to keep an eye on an aging motor.

These old trucks are incredibly simple almost to a fault. The dash is simply part of the body, painted the same blue and all.

0007_16ASimplicity is key.

0015_24ASome custom work right there.

 

0014_23ANice little details.

Whereas most modern vehicles substitute plastic for metal, in the name of weight or maybe safety, there was none of that in this truck. Besides the grill and a few odd trim pieces, the entire truck is made of metal. Even the badges are thick cast pieces. They dont make ´em like they used to I suppose (and maybe that´s for the best?).

0010_19AA boy and his dog (and truck).

 

0006_15AMuddy, not unusual. 

We were going to clean the truck but decided but decided against it. The truck spends most of its life covered in some amount of dirt so it was fitting.

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0003_12ADash ornament. 

This truck is far from perfect but, like many older cars it has a certain charm. It is almost impossible to see this old truck trundle down the road and not crack a smile. It is both practical and impractical at the same time. The room for cargo and ease of loading make it an amazing work vehicle while the lack of power steering, finicky carb and impractical transmission make it hilarious to drive on the daily. It is the perfectly imperfect old Ford.

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Special thanks to my brother and the rest of my family. All photos were shot on Fujifilm Superia 200 using an old Mamiya.

 

Welcome to 21 cents a litre

Welcome to 21 cents a litre.

I started this site to showcase the everyday classic, cars, trucks, scooters, or motorcycles that may not be worth half a million dollars or one of fifty made but are still, what many, would consider special in some way. Vehicles that are still used and loved long past the time most would have moved on to a newer, better model.

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Older vehicles are special to many people, the design and simplicity are things that are rare today. New vehicles are better in almost every measurable way, most new hatchbacks are faster and more fuel-efficient than almost anything made in the 1970s but new cars are missing something.  It could just be a collective sense of nostalgia for a time we didn’t really know, or simply a dislike for anything new and different, whatever the case there will always be people who choose the less practical option, and I applaud them.

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The winter rain and snow is keeping many of even the most dedicated drivers of older cars off the roads around Vancouver right now, but as the weather warms and the vehicles start to come out from garages and sheds I will try to document them and display them here.

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Thank you for the read and again, welcome to 21 cents a litre.