Automotive PhilosophyEnter into the Zen garden of my opinions. Nothing here is rooted in numbers or common sentiment. The arguments made are supported by witchcraft, stereotypes, and those topics that can be best described as ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it’, all topped off with a light demi-glace sauce of 'automotive-mental-illness'.  

One of you has some explaining to do! Your mama is not happy. She just saw you pay thirty-large for a beat up old green pickup. She understands you’re happy, but couldn’t your automotive pickup fetish be satisfied by something cheaper? All I know is the seller, DENWERKS, has been killing it.

The cow should come free with the truck at this price. Free beef! What a great sales pitch.
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This is a 1968 Ford F-250 4x4 commonly referred to as a ‘Highboy’. It is lunar green (the moon is green? I thought it was made of ribs?) with a freshly recovered interior. The paint is a lot of meh... as it has patina. I am not a fan of patina. Especially when the patina costs as much as this truck.

Isn’t missing paint suppose to be called a discount? A premium for less paint... this is madness.
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This Highboy is motivated by a resealed and Ford blue painted 360ci. It’s got a manual transmission (like god intended) and some glorious low ratio axles at 4.10. The tires are skinny tall pizza cutters and the wheels were repainted black with Ford caps that could be doubled as dog dishes.

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I’ll admit this is pretty. I want to eat a ham sandwich off it with a side of potato salad and a cold Hinano.
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What this truck has is lots of documentation. Tons of photos. A 29 minute walk around (?!!!). Factory books. Service manuals. Body assembly manual. Period dealer materials (read: sales brochures). Service records. In addition to all those documents there is a ‘Deluxe Marti Report’ that details all the original equipment that provide evidence that this truck hasn’t been F’ed with too much.

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The good ol’ days when children were conceived in pickup cabs. Bench seats need a come back (no pun intended)
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What I see here is a mostly well preserved truck that has been dolled up as a ‘survivor’. The interior is simple, clean, and subtle. The engine is delicious, bright, and grease-free. The exterior is where I draw the line...

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I’m not mad at the seller. They have found a niche and a buyer to pay top dollar for what looks like a minimal investment and man hours. I don’t say that kindly as having built a protouring Camaro - I know what paint costs...

So one of you has some ‘splaining to do! Fess up! I need to hear why this was worth nearly three times more than this - something cheaper but still too expensive for me.

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Thank you for reading and possibly throwing tomatoes at me, I’m off to find a beat up truck, add some cloth and paint, and find a sucker to give me $30,000...

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