Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply:
Stephen asks: Your enjoyable columns always provide that long ago feeling of driving down an empty western road (remember the 265 air conditioner – both windows rolled down going 65 mph!), no phones; just the earth and sky. Perhaps you can help me or point me in the right direction. I have an old pickup (1964 Ford F250 Straight 6/223, oil bath air filter & a choke!), It is not running at the moment and in the driveway it just provokes my wife to badger me to get rid of it. Just don’t have the heart, it carried me all over the West in my younger day! Here’s what I’m wondering: Are there outfits that could use my rig as a prop in a movie? Of course ideally they would restore it to its past glory! The body is sound, very little rust, the engine has close to 300,000 miles so needs to go down to the rings. So there it is, your thoughts?
My reply: There are probably movie companies that buy (or rent) people’s cars for props, however I don’t have any contacts. But I doubt it would be helpful in any event because I’ve never heard of them restoring a vehicle at their expense – and then giving it back to the owner.
But I do have some ideas for you.
Get in touch with vocational schools/high school auto shop (if the latter still exist) and offer to let them use your truck as an instructional tool. They fix it for free. The downside is it may take them a long time to get it done and it might not be done professionally.
You didn’t mention why it’s not running. If it’s only because of minor stuff such as needing the carb cleaned/adjusted, the ignition system attended to, etc., then I’d recommend having it flat-bedded to a shop you trust and letting them bring it back to operational status. If it’s just minor cleaning/adjustment/tweaking, the cost shouldn’t be more than a few hundred dollars at the most. Your truck is about as simple a vehicle as it gets.
The big expense with something such as your truck is bodywork/paint. If it’s rusty or or needs a lot of welding, that will get into money.
Would love to know more about your truck – and see some pics!
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