Tanner F 1949 Ford F-1 1/2 Ton 2dr Pickup

Best Birthday Present Ever

Two or so years ago my wife and I were driving through a small town nearby and came upon an classic car/truck cruise-in. We passed a really nice 49 Ford F-1 and I remarked that it was just like the one I drove as a teenager and man would I love to have one again! About a year later my wife told me she wanted us to visit a friend's body shop/restoration facility to see a restored "General Lee" that was ready to ship out. Upon arrival, our friend Jim stated that we just missed the General Lee but since we were here he had a new arrival that we might want to see. He took us back into a warehouse and there sat a really beautiful green '49 F-1. "Man, that is a beautiful truck! How much is it?" I asked. "It's not for sale", he replied, as he reached into his pocket, came out with the keys and handed them to me- "It's yours, Happy Birthday from your wife!" After hugging my sweet wife, I hopped behind the steering wheel and started it up with tears running down my face.

As it turns out, this had been a well kept secret for several months while Jim and my wife were searching the U.S. for a suitable '49 F1 flathead V-8 like the one my Dad owned and let me drive. They located this one, bought it and brought it back home all without me having a clue as to what was going on.

Now my daily driver,it continues to get a lot of attention and many thumbs up, smiles and favorable comments from people we pass on the road or meet at the many cruise-ins we now frequent. Seems like just about everyone enjoys seeing an old truck still driving along.

And Yes, I do have a very sweet and special wife!!

9 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Becky Lake Norman July 12, 2014 at 13:21
    I guess after being married 47 years he deserved it!
  • 2
    Nancy Sipe Lake Norman July 14, 2014 at 21:06
    Love the sound of that motor going to and fro in front of my house. It's a beauty!
  • 3
    Rick Sipe Lake Norman July 14, 2014 at 21:09
    A man, his dog, his truck, wife rides in the back :-)
  • 4
    Shelley Charlotte July 16, 2014 at 14:39
    Love the dog in that beautiful truck! What a great picture!
  • 5
    Bud NC July 16, 2014 at 11:02
    Nice truck, Great wife!!
  • 6
    Alison Charlotte July 17, 2014 at 14:10
    Perfect birthday present!
  • 7
    Becky Gilbert, AZ July 17, 2014 at 17:53
    What a great gift from a loving wife to a wonderful husband! The truck is just perfect! Had to be the best surprise EVER!!
  • 8
    susan Mooresville July 17, 2014 at 05:55
    Beautiful truck and such a thoughtful wife!!!
  • 9
    Tom Gilbert, AZ July 17, 2014 at 18:11
    What a nice gift. Maybe my new bride will buy me my dream car--but I want a Bentley! I don't think that's in the cards. I had a powder blue '50 Ford pickup at one time, sold it for a tidy (and quick!) profit.

Join the Discussion