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2012 Pigeon Forge F100 Supernationals and All Ford Show Part 3 – Details   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

This will be the third and final post from my trip to Pigeon Forge for the F100 Supernationals. Part 1 can be found here and it had some pictures of all the fantastic Slick 60’s that were at the show. Part 2 is here and was devoted to the other Ford trucks at the show. In this post I will show you a few shots of various details or elements that I saw at the show and thought were cool. The creativity and craftsmanship is really pretty amazing on these trucks and the lengths folks go to customize their rides to make them their own is inspirational.

With that in mind, I hope you enjoy these photos.

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

Well, that’s it for this year’s coverage of the Supernationals. I hope you saw something you liked or something that inspired you to work on your truck or car. Speaking of that, I need to post an update on what we’ve done to our truck JP since it’s been a while. That will be my next update. Maybe by the time next year’s Supernationals roll around JP will be ready to go.

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Posted June 18, 2012 by jglee920 in General

2012 Pigeon Forge F100 Supernationals and All Ford Show Part 2 – Miscellaneous Fords   2 comments

As I mentioned in my last post, I attended the 34th annual F100 Supernationals and All Ford Show in Pigeon Forge a couple of weeks ago. In that prior post I shared pictures of some of the Slick ’60’s that were in attendance. And while Slick ’66 is a blog devoted to various topics regarding Slicks and my slick JP, specifically, I know that we can all appreciate other cool rides. And boy, there were some cool Fords there besides the Slicks. In part two of my posts from the Supernationals, I thought I would share some of the other trucks that were there. As I said in the previous post, maybe there will be something in here that catches your attention and gives you an idea to include in your own truck no matter the model. As I did previously, I’ll just present the vehicles with a minimum of commentary and let the pictures do the talking.

Except for this first one. I really don’t know how to describe this first truck. I don’t know what type of wood the owner used. I don’t know what kind of stain he used. I don’t even like the truck but I have to give the guy credit for the workmanship. It is certainly different and is something I’ve never seen before. I wish I had asked him how much this thing weighs. And if he’s going to cover the cab and front clip of the truck at some point.

        

    

With that out of the way, here are the pictures of some more traditional Fords that were on display at the Supernationals. This first one was one of my favorites. I love the tangerine color. It was featured as a cover truck in Custom Classic Trucks.

        

These next two trucks have variations of colors that I’m considering for JP. I’m now leaning toward something different than the normal candy red, black, rat rod, etc. These greens were the only two I saw at the Supernationals that were close to the color I have in mind. I dig the ghost flames in the second shot, too.

        

You’ll see below some of the other trucks that caught my eye at the show.

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

        

Well, that’s it for this post. I’ve got one more entry to complete my posts on the F100 Supernationals. In part three I will show you some pictures I took of detail items I thought were cool or interesting like pinstriping, chrome, stitching, and things like that. I hope these posts give you a taste of what the show is all about.

Posted June 4, 2012 by jglee920 in General

2012 Pigeon Forge F100 Supernationals and All Ford Show Part 1 – Slick ‘60’s   1 comment

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for the Pigeon Forge F100 Supernationals. This year I went on Friday because my niece was graduating from high school and Hannah’s baton recital was on Saturday. I was a little worried that the show wouldn’t be cranked up very well even though it started on Thursday. Boy, I shouldn’t have worried about that. I haven’t seen any official numbers but I heard that there was well over 500 vehicles on display. I also overheard several people say as I walked up and down the aisles that they couldn’t believe how many folks were there compared to Friday of last year. There were also vendors such as LMC and Dennis Carpenter along with a lot of performance, hot rod, and interior shops. The swap meet area looked like it was drawing a lot of interest as they had a ton of parts if you had something you were looking for.

My alarm clock went off at 1:30 a.m. so I slowly crawled out of bed. Knowing this was just going to be a very quick day trip I had gotten my stuff together the night before so I wouldn’t be in a panic trying to leave. By 2:15 a.m. I was on the road with my Diet Mountain Dew in the cup holder, a Hershey’s bar in my hand, and Pandora Radio keeping me awake on the stereo. The drive was thankfully uneventful and peaceful. Somewhere around Knoxville the sun began to rise and, based on the big red ball of fire staring me in the face, I’ll bet it was a really pretty one at New Found Gap in the Smokey Mountains. I arrived in Pigeon Forge around 7:30 a.m. to find my favorite breakfast place didn’t open until 8:00. Since the Supernationals didn’t start until 8:00 as well, I decided to run up to Gatlinburg to look around and kill some time.

By the time I got back to Pigeon Forge the restaurant was open so I got some breakfast and headed on over to the show arriving about 9:00. Even though there were many F100’s showing up at the same time there were still literally hundreds of trucks already on the show field.  I’m assuming they were left over night because there’s no way they could have gotten that many trucks in there that morning. My previous post shows you a shot of the show field, or lot in this case, as I entered the display area. I should have turned around 180 degrees and taken a shot of the vendor areas but I was so excited to see the trucks I forgot.

I spent over five hours checking out the swap meet, browsing the vendors, and of course scoping out the many incredible trucks on display. The weather couldn’t have been better except it was pretty hot. It was sunny, in the high 80’s, and pretty humid. This brings me to my ONLY complaint about the event. They need more concession stands because the lines were pretty long every time I went to get something to drink. Keep that in mind for next year so you can bring your own refreshments. With all of that being said, let’s get to the show. I took so many pictures that I’m not going to say anything about the pictures so I can include as many shots as possible. I’m also going to break my coverage of the show into three parts: Slicks (first of course), other interesting vehicles, and details/miscellaneous (i.e., pin striping, flames, etc.). I got a lot of ideas I would like to incorporate into JP and a lot of ideas I definitely want to avoid. The argument I keep having in my head is about how far down the car show road I want to go with JP. After the Supernationals it may be farther than I originally intended.  I keep having to remind myself, “JP is not a show truck, JP is not a show truck.”

First up is a shot of the emcee of the event, Sam Memmolo, star of Two Guys Garage and Motorhead Garage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now to the stuff we really care about.

        

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
        

As you can see, Slicks were represented very well at the show. I’ve tried to show a sampling of all styles from rats to six-figure trailer queens so I hope there is something here for everybody. In a few days I’m going to post some other cool vehicles from the show that don’t really have anything to do with Slicks except that they’re Blue Ovals. But if you’re like me it may give you some ideas to incorporate into your own projects and rides.

Posted May 22, 2012 by jglee920 in General

Live from the 2012 Pigeon Forge F100 Supernationals and All Ford Show   Leave a comment

 

Lotsa good looking rides!!! I’ll be posting some more pictures in a day or so. Slicks were out in force!

 

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Posted May 18, 2012 by jglee920 in General

June 2012 Classic Trucks Feature   Leave a comment

 

The June 2012 Classic Trucks magazine has a feature on a 1965 F100 this month. I thought there was a typo but the owner has added a 1966 grill at some point.  I’m starting to think about maybe putting a two-tone paint job on JP but can’t make up my mind.  I’d like it to at least have some kind of graphic element (e.g. pin stripes, scallops) to add some interest.

Posted May 7, 2012 by jglee920 in General

Best of Truckin’ 1998 1966 F100 Feature   Leave a comment

 

I can’t remember where I found this reprint recently but here’s a shot of a 1966 F100 that appeared in the 1998 edition of Best of Truckin’. The trim, emblems, and door handles have been deleted and the mounting holes filled. It looks like the exhaust exits in front of the rear tires. Love that engine bay. Maybe one day JP’s will be that clean and smooth. It’s been lowered a little bit more than I like but at least it’s not in the weeds like a lot of cars and trucks are today.

Posted May 1, 2012 by jglee920 in General

A Slick ’60’s Kind of MLB Opening Day 2012   Leave a comment

Folks that know me know that I’m a sports nut – football, hockey, motorsports of all kinds, and obscure stuff like Olympic biathlon. I even like soccer until I can’t put up with the flopping anymore. But of all sports the one above all others is baseball. Jim Bouton summed it up best in his classic book Ball Four, “You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” I could go on for hours talking about the finer points of the game but that’s not what this is post is really about.

For the past several years it has been my annual tradition to take off from work on Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. This usually consists of waking up a little later, laying in my recliner with a soft drink at hand, and eating various snacks as I watch as many baseball games as I can find on television. But this year had a welcome addition to the normal flow of the day. The afternoon before, Dad called to ask if I wanted to go look at a Slick after work. It might have some parts I need for JP. Knowing I had the next day off and that my baseball festivities wouldn’t start until around noon, I suggested going the next morning instead and so we set a time.

I picked Dad up mid-morning and we made the short drive to where the Slick was supposed to be. Except I didn’t see a Slick. Dad told me to turn down a little gravel driveway and drive up and around to the back of a house on the property. Soon the gravel disappeared but Dad told me to keep driving so I did until we rounded a corner in the field and there he sat.

Now I knew why Dad told me to wear long pants and boots instead of my normal Chuck Taylor’s. And this shot doesn’t even show the briar bushes we had to walk through to get to this point. Some 28 years ago, so the story goes and as apparently verified by the 1983 license plate, the owner had backed his 1965 custom cab into this spot and left it. The Slick had fared better than the building that was apparently near it. You can see the remains on the right side of the picture.

Here’s a shot of Dad as we start to make our way over to the truck.

I asked Dad what he was doing with that rake and he said, “Snakes.” Not a bad idea for springtime in Alabama but I couldn’t help wishing it was a .45. The next picture shows Dad raking the leaves and pine needles out of the floorboard. He may have been getting rid of the leaves and trash but I was looking for movement.

Believe it or not, there is still carpet under that trash. We couldn’t see rust and I wasn’t about to crawl under the truck but I would bet dollars to doughnuts the floor pans are gone. The next picture shows what happens after 28 years under trees when the driver’s window is partially rolled down and the passenger’s side window is halfway broken out.

I noticed a few things in the cab. First was the original steering wheel and horn ring that I need. Some cleaning, paint and polishing and it can be good as new. The trim pieces on the door and dashboard can be used on JP.  The turn signal lever cam felt tight and working as opposed to JP’s which is worn out and needs replacing. Even the gauge cluster looked in pretty good shape.  We’re having trouble with JP’s fuel and temperature gauges so we can swap those out to see if that fixes the problem.  It also had the vent hole covers in the cab in front of the doors (not seen in the picture). I need those, too. We carefully eased the back of the seat forward, again looking for movement first, and the gas tank looked to be in good condition on the outside. It’s probably got some varnish in it from the old gas but it didn’t look rusty. Finally, check out the 8-track tape player mounted below the dash. It can be seen through the steering wheel. I could almost hear Bachman-Turner Overdrive playing.

I then went to check out the bed.

I was expecting the worst in the floor of the bed because of all the leaves and pine straw. The bed must have already been rusted out because the owner had previously put plywood down in the floor. It was rotted too as you can imagine.  I reminded myself that the truck was already almost 20 years old when it was parked. I did have a little hope at the back end because I noticed while the tailgate was down, as in the second picture above, the top edge of the tailgate was in better shape than JP’s. If you’ve looked at my To-Do List you know that I’ve got some holes to patch on the outside of the tailgate. If this truck’s tailgate was in good shape it would almost be worth the cost of the truck by itself. Here’s what I found when I lifted it up.

So much for that. Next up I looked at the cab corners, or at least the one I could get to easily. These are notorious for rusting on old Slicks. Here’s what I found which believe it or not is not that bad.

JP’s weren’t that good. Next up, I wanted to take a look at the motor. Here’s what I found.

I apologize for the quality of the first photo but I’m a little hit and miss with the iPhone. You can see it’s the classic inline six cylinder that came in no telling how many of these Slicks. According to the data plate it’s a 240 C.I. You can see the original oil bath air cleaner in the bottom left corner of the first picture. The second picture shows what I remember from the ’65 we had when I was growing up. Look at all the real estate in the engine bay with that little motor. I can remember Dad sitting on the fender wells under the hood as he worked on ours (I mean his). As I said earlier, the owner said he backed the truck into this spot when he abandoned it so I hope the motor isn’t seized up from the years of sitting. It would make a good little motor for someone else’s project.

Here’s a closer picture of the front.

The hood isn’t actually bowed like it shows in this picture. We got our “snake killer” wedged between it and the cowl so it didn’t shut all the way. From this shot you can really get a feel for the “patina” that is so popular with the rat rod crowd today. I call it rust but to each his own. You can see a dent in the fender that shouldn’t be too hard to fix for someone who knows what they’re doing. The grill, headlight doors, and trim work are in pretty fair shape. I think they can be brought back to life with some buffing and polishing. The bumper is also in good shape and as an added bonus has this on it:

A George Wallace bumper sticker. I haven’t seen one of those in a while.

This last shot was supposed to be of the other side of the truck but I was afraid to get over there too far because of nails and such (which you can actually see sticking up out of the wood at the bottom center of the photo). I didn’t really want to have to go to the emergency room for a tetanus shot. Or snake bite antivenom.

The picture actually wound up being more about Dad and his willingness to crawl in, over, and under just about anything to find out what he wants to know. If it hadn’t been so dangerous, it would have been funny if a green snake had fallen out of the sagging headliner on him to see what would happen. I don’t know who would have gotten hurt worse – Dad or me when he ran me run over.

And really, that’s what this post is about (Dad, not the snake). Whether I pull the trigger and buy this truck or not I got to spend some time with Dad tromping around an old home place looking at an aged truck that reminds me of my childhood. If Jim Bouton had been a gear head instead of a baseball player, he might have written something about the memories of an old truck he drove instead of a piece of horsehide. Opening Day 2012 was a good day and it had nothing to do with baseball.

Posted April 9, 2012 by jglee920 in General

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