Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

1966 Ford Pickup. I Rule.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I'm channeling Lester Burnham this evening - if you've seen American Beauty, then you probably get the reference to this scene where Lester lets his wife know about his "new" 1970 Pontiac Firebird - the car of his dreams.  I love that dang flick.   

But I didn't quit my job or blackmail the efficiency consultant.  Nope...this is all about a man named J. and a dream.  A dream of a pickup truck born the same year as he was:  1966.  And it's a finally a reality.

Behold the 1966 Ford pickup.  Grab your hubbies, ladies, because we're about to engage in some serious old truck love. 

Whoa....not so close!  Back it up a little bit....

At 46 years old, she's not perfect but alot of work has been done to the body and the cab mounts (which are what tend to rust out on these).  But we all have a little wear and tear on us when we hit 46, right?  The window is cracked, the window seals are shot, and a couple of the trim pieces are gone off the body, but the body itself is just about right as rain.  No dents!

She's straight off the farm in Lincoln, MO where she was toting firewood and hay.  According to the owner, who was at the auction, the 240 straight 6 engine was rebuilt by Ford and only has about 1000 miles on it since the rebuild.  He also added 6 new tires, new exhaust, new heavy duty hitch, new water pump, and a new battery.  She's got good bones.

Did I mention she's a 3/4 ton dually with a flatbed?

I can see her with a shiny new black paint job, fresh chrome grill and Cranky Puppy Farm signs on the doors.   And maybe some Rhino lining on the flatbed.

She's styling on the inside also.  Check out the gear shift.

And the dash is pretty original and in great shape.  This truck was never fitted with radio!  I can't wait to get my hands on it and make it shine again.

And here's J. driving her home from the auction last night in Sedalia.  He looks right at home with his farmer's straw hat, doesn't he?

When I first met J., he owned a black long bed 1966 Ford pickup that we both loved.  Heck, I used to tease him that I fell for his truck and he was just a package deal.  LOL.  

1950?  Nope, just J. showing his ShaNaNa cool. Note the cigs rolled up in the sleeve.  Those orange Converse are the reason we ended up together.  Who can resist a man in orange high tops?.

But, for some crazy reason, he decided to sell it.  And we've mourned that decision ever since.  We've searched far and wide for a replacement and it's taken a LONG time but we finally found her.  It was love at first site when we pulled into the auction lot last night.  We had to fight off one other person but we weren't to be denied.  She was all ours.

And the best part about it?  The huge smile on J.'s face. 
He owns a 1966 Ford 3/4 ton pickup and


  1. Sweeeeeeeeeeeet ride! Seriously jealous here :)

    1. The orange high tops got to you too, huh? Oh, you mean the truck. LOL!

    2. Oh, ahem, yes...the truck!

      I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog and The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Stop by my blog and leave a comment to accept and then nominate others~!


    3. OMG! Thank you so much, Lisa Lynn! That's my first blogger award and I am so flattered that you would think of me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. Vintage vehicles are always good! Love the interior!

    1. Hi, Amy! It's not exacty built for comfort and I wouldn't take a long roadtrip in it, but it's off the scale for coolness. I'm already making plans to cherry it out. Since it's a bazillion degrees outside, what a fun way to spend some time!

  3. Congratulations! Men are so funny -- the things that make them smile. :)

    Thank you for sharing at YSB this week.

    1. I suspect they say the same thing about us. "Quilting? Oh, God, no. Why would someone want to do that?!" Yes, that's a true quote.

  4. I love your vintage car posts.....your pics are fantastic!!! That truck is hot! Thanks for linking up to "The Ole' Saturday Homesteading Trading Post" this week!

    1. Thanks for your really kind words since I think I'm an awful photographer. The camera loves those old trucks, though - I'm just there to hold it and push the button. ;-)

  5. Wow, the time has flown by, I can't believe it's Wednesday already... I've been outside painting the house everyday, all day! Love your entry, thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #40!


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