When my son was 9 we had the opportunity to get a 48 Ford pickup in trade for a dump trailer. This truck was to be built in time for his 16th birthday. Only 3 months late, it made it's first outing at Hot August Nights 1993. With a 302 and a 5 speed and a high school job hauling and delivering ice before and after school, it served him well through high school but it got parked as he went off to college. Employment in the rice industry, marriage, 3 kids and a divorce later the 48 sat in a sea container behind our shop. Yesterday my wife and I arrived home to find the container doors open, the ramps out and the truck gone. His work truck was here so we assumed it was not stolen. Not long after we heard the sound of a V-8 and he arrived with an ear to ear grin on his face, much like the one from 1986. Had to take a picture. We never insisted he keep the truck all these years but we are sure glad he did!