Umm...GrahamM??...ummm...crap...umm...first...I absolutely LOVE
this story and even the truck itself for standing so tough under such usage for so long
..you should be extremely proud of it....but...the logo's wrong, sir
It's a.."T"...not..a..."D". (winced)
I saw that, too. I wasn't going say anything, but... The way it's currently written, it sounds as if Ford needs to build their Fords "tough".
I've got a Chevy Silverado almost 10 years older than your ford that runs really well for its age. And, it doesn't burn oil, either. Although, it does not have the mileage (approaching 95,000 miles) as your truck. I have had the rear-end rebuilt with new spider gears, new u-joints, rebuilt TBI, oil pan gasket and dizzy. Need to replace PS pump and related components. Other than that, the 350 runs strong. Oh, and this truck was stolen the week of Thanksgiving 2 months after I bought.
It disappeared on a Tuesday and got it the following Saturday. Only thing missing was the junk bed box. When I got it back, it had ripped up mail under the passenger seat, bolt cutters, men's "enhancement" pills, and a really nice med kit behind the bench, and a Walther handgun under the driver seat. Bed was loaded up with all sorts of crap.
Basically, when a cop found it at the side of the road, he stopped to check it out due to the crappy paint job. He found the VIN and noticed it was flagged as stolen. He calls me Saturday morning. Once I got to the location, he told me they found a male walking back with a 5 gallon cam full of gas (idiot ran the truck out of gas). They couldn't pin anything on him and let him go. Obviously, this didn't start well. First thing I noticed that wasn't right was the 60 day paper tag. It was dated in October when the truck was stolen in November. The male they found told them he was waiting on a title after he got it registered and insured. So, the paper tag came off and was given to the cop. I checked the glove box next. Guess what, MY registration paperwork was still there! I pointed that out and the cop started looking like maybe he should have kept that guy around. I also found a GPS device which the cop wanted, too.
The cop disappeared for a few minutes and came back. During his absence, I found the ripped up mail and gave it to him as evidence. The guy had given the cop his name and phone number so I could call and have him retrieve "his" stuff. I told the cop I wasn't going to do that for obvious reasons. None of the names on the mail had his name on it. Which, I also pointed out to the cop. BTW, if anyone around here is from Valley Center, KS, I feel sorry for you for having such idiots running your police force.
So, my folks show up so someone could drive the rental and I drive my truck home. Once I get back to my apartment complex, I start unloading all the crap in the bed and in the cab. This is when I found the hand gun. It was in rough shape, too. I called Wichita PD and the cops came by and retrieved the gun. Never told me the caliber, but I did notice it said "Walther" on it.
So, there's the story. Never in a million years did I think my truck was coming back. Because of the particular body style my truck is, they are becoming super popular and are worth more in pieces than whole.
When someone experiences what I did with my truck, it makes the bond much stronger. It'll be really tough to let this truck go if/when that time comes.