We have a 96 F-150 extended cab. When we went to buy a truck in the summer of 2001, I saw two that were okay. Then I turned around and saw this gorgeous metallic tealish-colored truck with a matching canopy and my jaw dropped. It’s looked hid its age. This is still true. I was sure it was out of our price range. I’ve always been partial to Fords, especially their trucks. It turned out to be the only thing on the lot we could afford. I was thrilled as I had my heart set on that truck the moment I saw it.
We took it out on the freeway where we really opened it up and drove for an hour. It ran like new. It already had nearly 1,000,000 miles on it. We’ve owned it for 11 years now and we’re getting close to 200,000 miles. I think we’ve put $6,000 into it. Part of that was cosmetic. My husband takes maticulous care of vehicles. $6,000 is nothing to me for a vehicle that’s nearly 18 years old. We haven’t had to do a thing to the engine yet.
Everybody says, “What a SWEET truck!” Of course, the running boards and the new chrome bumpers helped. It runs like a champ. The mechanic says we could drive it cross-country and back with no worries. Treat these Ford trucks right and they run for decades. We’re in our mid-50s now and I believe this will be the last truck we buy.
We’ve put ol’ “Henry” as my husband calls it, to the test and there’s no sign of him slowing down. I didn’t realize what a necessity a truck is until we owned one. Since our son moved to Canada, we’ve been grateful just to have a truck as we’ve hauled a lot of stuff up there. It’s also nice to see a great piece of furniture at the thrift store and not have to pass it up for lack of a means to haul it home. Last Christmas, we loaded it up with dolls and took them to a nursing home. That was one exciting, wonderful day. So, you could say Henry is part of the family.
It’s a comfortable ride and three kids will fit in the back seat. For now, that’s dog space. He likes having that little window to watch the world go by.
There’s an ongoing debate as to who the truck actually belongs to, although everyone knows it’s really mine! Everyone who sees it says it’s theirs. That says a lot.