Back where it belongs

Mar 15, 2019 9:38 AM - 487 Views

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Purchase price: $3,900
Repairs: $0
Total invested: $0
Sale price: $4,200 + dinner

I never had any intention of owning a primer-gray pickup from the era when trucks were plain workhorses. I picked up this Ford at an auction to resell to a friend who’d been looking for one. The friend changed his mind — another lesson for me — and I was stuck with it. I put a “For Sale” sign in the window right away.

The steering felt kind of loose, but it ran great otherwise. I decided to drive it to work every day, so people could see it. I kept it in the driveway with the sign facing the street. Surely someone would spot this cool truck and take it home. I did this for 18 months and lowered the price twice — no interest, not even a phone call. I couldn’t figure out why no one wanted it.

Then one day, a middle-aged gentleman showed up on my doorstep. He didn’t even negotiate. He handed me the asking price, plus $50 to take my wife to dinner. I had to ask why he was so drawn to this old truck.

“This truck was everything to me,” he told me. “It actually meant too much to me. A truck shouldn’t matter so much to a young man. It was unhealthy. So I sold it.”

This guy had been driving past my house for months, wondering if this could be the very truck he loved and gave up more than 20 years ago. Before coming to the door, he crawled under the truck to take a look. He found what he was looking for: a suspension modification he and a buddy made back in high school. It was just a part welded on, but it was his custom work and no other truck had it. This was his baby.

By the time he was reunited with the truck, he had other passions in his life, including a wife and two daughters. Now that his priorities were in order, he told me, he could welcome the truck home without it meaning too much.

It’s OK to get emotionally attached to a classic vehicle. Just don’t forget: At the end of the day, it’s still just a car. Also, sometimes things work out supernaturally well.

With the demands of business and family, I find myself without a classic car these days. But that’s a temporary situation. I always have my eye out for the right car for where I am today. With what I’ve learned so far, I’ll know it when I see it.

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