For the last ten years, I have been pulling my 37 Ford on a 16 foot trailer to vintage drag events in Illinois and Wisconsin. My pull vehicle has been a O/T V6 SUV, which has actually done a respectable job for short-distance jaunts. But last year, I went to the H.A.M.B. drags -- a 12-hour pull each direction (for me) from Rockford IL. In spite of poor weather, the experience at Mokan was great -- but the travel each way, not so hot. So when I got home, I became determined to locate a more appropriate tow vehicle with more pulling -power. And definitely one that was H.A.M.B. friendly. So for the past ten months, I have been watching for a vintage pickup to take over the pull-duties. My objective is to develop a truck with reasonable torque and solid reliability, for increasing my range to more distant vintage drag races. It would probably have been more practical to locate a C-10, F-100 or similar where somebody had already installed a late engine, AOD transmission and front clip/independent front suspension. There are certainly a number of them on the market. I am a dedicated SBC guy, but I found this 1964 F-100 short-box an hour's drive from my house. It just struck me as being really cool. It is an original Y-Block 292 (last U.S. production year) with three-speed manual transmission. What struck me is how solid and un-corrupted the truck is. The only significant changes are those awful aftermarket wheels with cracked rotted radials, and a real cheapo floor-shifter. For me, year 1964 is memorable. It's the first year for NHRA Modified Production and the last complete year for active drag-racing for buddies and me back East. We all headed into the military in 1965. With this year largely shut down thanks to covid, I am using the time to bring this old truck up to modern safety and reliability standards. So far, I replaced the mickey-mouse floor-shift with a Hurst Master-Shift. The original generator charged perfectly, but I replaced it with a 100 Amp alternator for future capacity needs. I ordered and received vintage wheels from Wheel Smith, which are currently out for powder-coating. The wheels are 16" diameter all-around, 7" wide front and 8" wide rear. And I am awaiting a front-disk brake kit from Master power brakes. The tires are ready to be installed, 205/70R16 front and 265/70R16 rear. This will yield about a 3 inch "rubber-rake." I would like to figure out how to drop the front a couple of more inches, but I don't see how to do that short of replacing the front axle with a clip. And I have no intention of doing that. The jury is out on how well this little truck will tow, but I think that it will do OK. With my 37 Ford loaded, the weight on the trailer wheels is 4300 pounds and about 300 pounds on the hitch. But no matter what, I plan on working with the Y-Block rather than replacing it with a modern engine.