Hagerty readers and Hagerty Drivers Club members share their cherished collector and enthusiast vehicles with us via our contact email, firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re showcasing some of our favorite stories among these submissions. To have your car featured, send complete photography and your story of ownership to the above email address.
Today’s featured vehicle is a 1975 Ford F-150 XLT. The 1973–79 trucks represented the sixth generation of Ford’s F-Series, which brought the Styleside pickup box—fitted to today’s truck—in addition to the Flareside option, which dated back to 1953. Though Ford didn’t stray too far from the aesthetic set by its fifth-gen F-Series trucks, the sixth-gen sported side markers and turn signal lights that, for the first time, were mounted higher than the headlights. You can also distinguish these trucks from the previous generation by the more prominent vertical bar in the center of the grille.
This particular truck belongs to Bob Evans, who discovered it left for dead behind a local Shell repair station in his home town of Toronto, Ontario. The truck wouldn’t run—it needed a completely new engine, in fact—but Evans was determined to rescue it, so he bought it from the shop and took it to Davies Auto in Mississauga, which specialized in older vehicles. “They were tickled to be the ones bringing the pickup truck back to life, and so was I!” Evans writes.
After several dead ends, Evans unearthed a 390 FE four-barrel pickup truck motor from 1975, the same year as the truck. The shop swapped the healthy engine into the truck, which was remarkably rust-free underneath, thanks to spending 10 years in a police impound: “Rumor has it,” Evans writes, “that this truck was stolen and recovered by the Ontario Provincial Police.”
The truck, newly christened Lucille, has been successfully resurrected and is rumbling happily down the roads of Toronto.