I've always been attracted to old trucks, drawn to the wedge hood fat fendered rigs from the 40's & early 50's. The Ford F-1 from 1951-52 has always stood out to me as the ultimate hot rod pickup with it's round fenders, pointed hood, shark tooth grill (Merc lead sled & Corvette style), and overall stance. After looking at a couple rusting shells around my home state of Alaska, I was excited to run into one while on a cross country motorcycle trip with a couple close friends in Cooke City, Montana in August of 2008. After talking to the owner at a small coffee shop, I continued on with my trip only to call Drew a couple times over the next 2 years and finally made the decision to buy the truck in 2010. My original plan was to drive the truck home over the Alcan Highway, so in July of 2010, my 12 year old son Justin and I flew down on one way tickets. Once the truck was in my hands, I had it put on a lift in Billings, and discovered that there were a few issues that might leave us stranded in the middle of nowhere Canada... plans changed and we drove it to Seattle and shipped her home from there. In August I entered her in a car show in Anchorage in her original condition in the "In the Works" category and that fall I began the dismantling process. I had convinced the wife that I could finish it in less than 2 years, and for around $25,000... Wow, was I wrong! With lots of help from my friends convincing me that I really didn't want to put a crate 302 motor into the original frame and slap a garage paint job on my dream truck, I swallowed the hook and went over the top on the rebuild. First came the 575hp Ford 427 Stroker polished aluminum power plant built by Hawaii Racing in Simi Valley, CA. coupled to a Tremec TKC500 5 speed. With that kind of juice under the hood, I mated it to a Fatman fabrication frame from North Carolina with independant front end & power steering, 4 link rear suspension and Wilwood disk brakes all the way around. The bodywork and paint was completed by Perry's Rod & Custom in Wasilla, AK, with the interior by Mike Bulkely here in Anchorage. The actual dismantling, rebuild, electrical, Vintage Air air conditioner/heating, steering, etc. was performed by myself and those same close friends who had led me into a build this deep. 4-1/2 years and over $85,000 later I have a one of a kind hand built dream truck built to my specs. I entered it into Alaska's biggest indoor car show in May 2015, which was guest judged by no other than Gene Winfield himself, and the truck took home Best Custom, Best Paint, 2nd Best Display, Best of Show and People's Choice! Apparently my dream truck is a hit with others as well... The cool history of this truck also plays a big part of it's public appeal. This truck was one of 6 to be purchased in 1952 by the National Park Service as a park ranger truck in Yellowstone National Park. They sold it in 1956 to a gentleman in Cooke City who owned it until he sold it 23 years ago to the fellow I bought it from. It lived it's entire life within a 100 mile radius in Montana until I brought her to Alaska. The NPS Inventory number was stenciled on the inside door post on the drivers side which we reapplied to the new paint so it will continue to show of it's Park Ranger history.