Added a Truck to the Fleet

Discussion in 'Truckers' Photo Shack | Art Gallery' started by Long FLD, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Back in 1980 my dad bought this truck brand new from Holcomb Freightliner in Sioux Falls. He bought an FLC conventional in 1988 and then this truck was sold in 1989. I’ve kind of kept tabs on it over the years and made a couple attempts to buy it but couldn’t get it done. Last week I took an envelope of cash and showed up at the guy’s place and drove it home. I know I paid too much for it, but dad’s been gone almost 28 years and I sure can’t think of a better tribute than to restore his first new truck back to how it left the factory.

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    It’s going to need a few new body panels, it’s a little beat up from life on a farm the last few years.
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    Here’s some original paperwork I’ve held on to over the years. $63000 back in 1980 was a pretty large truck. And we’re going to use the line sheet from the factory to get it as close to original as we can.
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    And somehow the blue glitter wheel that came from the factory has survived almost 40 years and multiple owners. It has the blue diamond stitching back in the bunk also. You can see the dust line on the doghouse where I stopped cleaning.
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    I’m hoping to have it restored by 2022. The 400 Cummins and 13 speed are in good shape, so other than wheel bearing/seals and brakes it’s all cosmetic work that needs done. I just want to haul one paying load with it and then it’s only going to be a toy when it’s done.
     
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  3. Just passing by

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  4. buddyd157

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    wow...63 k back in the day...

    good luck with the project, i'll be willing to bet your dad is looking down from heaven, waiting for this to be completed..

    most likely, when it's done, he'll be sitting right next to you on it's rebuilt/restored maiden voyage....

    keep us posted with pics, details, etc..

    good luck!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. buddyd157

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    would be nice too if you contact Freightliner for some help with this, in the way of locating NOS parts, etc. they might like seeing the end results as well. never hurts to ask.
     
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  6. 2BContinued

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    Awesome photos - do post more as the restoration goes along!
     
  7. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    I’m not sure how many in progress pics I will have. I’ll be dropping it off and writing checks for the work to get done.
     
  8. bzinger

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  9. Ridlingdj

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    Congratulations I know that has to mean so much to have something of your dads back I am looking forward to seeing it at truck shows hopefully
     
  10. xsetra

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    Cool story.
    Wish you the best of luck locating parts.
     
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  11. buddyd157

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    for the amount of money those checks will be written for, that shop should set up a time lapse camera..!!!!!!

    i thought you were going to do the restoration. musta just been the way i read it.

    but regarding pics, more of the way it looks now for sure.

    then maybe half way thru the resto

    then when done.

    but that's just coming from a guy that watches a lot of Motor Trend TV car shows...lol
     
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