Every Garage Needs a Shop Truck
A chance encounter with a 1955 F100 leads to the purchase of the official Jones Garage shop truck.
For years I’ve been thinking that Jones Garage needed a shop truck. For those of you who are not gear-heads, a shop truck is an old beater pickup that is used to pick up parts. Of course, Jones Garage is not really a working garage, so any shop truck would not really be used for hauling greasy parts. It just needs to look the part.
A few months ago my wife and I were hitting garage sales and saw a sign for “tools,” so of course I had to stop. Sitting outside the old man’s garage was a 1955 Ford F100. It was a failed project, but he had gotten close – the paint was fair, it actually ran and was pretty much rust-free. The biggest problem appeared to be a horrendous interior that included plywood door panels, a bedazzled dash and a torn-up set of bucket seats.
The 1955 Ford F100 is considered one of the best looking pickups ever designed. It has the curvy fenders and roofline of that era, a grille with a big V in the center to highlight the fact that Ford now offered V8s in their trucks, and it was the first year to offer car-like creature comforts, like a heavily padded bench seat and rubber floor mat.
I asked the old guy about the truck and he said that he needed to sell it, that he was getting too old to work on it. He offered a price and I told him I would think about it. Of course it didn’t take me long to decide that I couldn’t pass up a chance to own a ‘55 F100. Fortunately, I had just sold my Jeep CJ7 and had room in the garage for a new project. So I went back the next day and we cut a deal.
Our first project was to replace that horrible interior. My wife set out to remove the plywood and I took out the old bucket seats. We got extremely lucky and found the proper bench seat on Craigslist for just a couple hundred bucks. I installed seat belts left over from another project, changed the fluids and we were soon driving our new Jones Garage shop truck to the parts store. We even had a Jones Garage sticker made for the back window to make it official!
Jones Garage is a column by Kevin Jones, President/CEO of MIDFLORIDA and certified car guy, to talk about his cars and automobilia and the cars of MIDFLORIDA’s members.