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1965 F250 Turns Grabber Green

By Alex Quiring

Please tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a 34 year-old building inspector from Washington state. I’ve had a love of classic cars since childhood. My dad had a ‘56 Ford Victoria when i was a boy.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
Actually, it just came up as a suggested page while on Facebook.

What Cool Rides do you currently own?
The ‘65 is the only classic right now. I’m about to buy a ‘75 Chevy shortbox 4×4 from a friend to start restoring.

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special? :
The green 65 f250 4×4 truck has been in the family since it was brand new. My dad’s uncle was the original owner and the truck was used as a farm truck in Montana until the early 80s. After that he drove the truck to Washington state and gave it to another uncle of mine. He had it working on his property until 2005. My dad bought it for $500 from my uncle. It needed a new everything.

We did a cab-on restoration. We had to replace the “wrong” bed, fenders, and doors from a donor truck. We picked grabber green from a 1970 boss Mustang for the color.

It has a 300 i6 with 45k original miles. It has not been rebuilt and has all the original internals.
The running gear is all stock as well with 35″ tires. We added custom cab trim from two parts trucks we bought.

We added dual flowmaster exhaust, offenhouser intake, holley carb, a header, and a 66 grill but other than that and the color she’s pretty much stock. We have won around 10 trophies from car shows the last couple years.

What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?
Well, it still has manual steering and brakes. I want to do a disk brake and power steering conversion next.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
Since the truck has always been in the family I remember riding around my uncle’s property in it when i was a little boy. I always liked that it was such a beast.

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed?
The truck originally came with the “wrong” bed. It was too rusty to save so we decided to put a 2wd box on it which required cold chiseling out a lot of big rivets to move the axle back. We also had to move shock towers and custom make bumper brackets. We originally wanted to make it a shortbox but could not find a box in our price range.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
There’s a lot of them but probably a ‘63 Ford Fairlane thunderbolt

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy. Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?
Well there’s a lot of variables in that question but my truck lives in a garage and doesn’t see bad weather. It gets polished and waxed a couple times a year plus a lot of spray wax before car shows. It’s clean 100% of the time.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I love looking at other peoples builds online. People put their heart and souls into these classics and i appreciate that as I have done the same. It’s nice to see the fruits of your labor pay off.

Here’s a pic of what it looked like before the restoration:

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