I bought this truck when I was 15 from my neighbor and close friend, Dustin. My dad had a blue 1965 F100 when he was in high school, so naturally I felt the need to do the same, and in some cases, one up what dad had. The truck had previously belonged to Dustin's brother but after he moved away for school, it fell into Dustin's hands and sat on the side of his house for several years as Dustin had his own sweet little 1965 F100 and other projects going on. We had initially started talking about me buying it on a neighborhood camp out when I was 14, not long after I started taking out the trash and doing small jobs at my Scoutmaster's local repair shop to start saving what little money I could to buy this truck. Some days I'd come home from school and instead of working on my homework, I'd just kind of stare out the window across the street at this old blue truck, dreaming of owning it and what it could be with some work.
|The truck as it sat in 2007 when I bought it.|
I've recently graduated from UVU's 2 year Collision Repair Technology program and made a lot of great friends and learned a lot of things in regards to automotive and collision repair, started building my own arsenal of tools (student discounts are rad if you're considering a tech school program) and skills and been working on the truck at the school while attending. This fall I began the Street Rod and custom metal fabrication program that the school offers and that's when the past 2 years have come together and prepared me for all of the fun metal shaping and fabricating has begun and will be applied to the project. I have learned numerous forms of welding while in school, so I am not a seasoned veteran like many that work full time at shops but I've put the time in to practice and learn how the tools work before just diving into the truck, so for learning the theory, how some of the tools work and then bringing the projects all to life at the same time, I feel like its been a great project, but taken longer than it would for most. That said, I look forward to future projects where I've already had the experience and skills developed to where it can be a smoother process without all of the various learning curves integrated in to the project's progress.
Hang tight and in a couple days I'll fill you in on what all this "Marauder" business is about and why there's a bunch of Mercury stuff involved in this truck. -Scotty
|Prior to stripping the Maaco Paint job to run bare metal for a summer|
|Building my first engine ~2010|
|Bare metal with blue accents... for whatever reason this is what I|
wanted to do at the time.
|Another baby blue paint job after a summer of bare metal and|
starting to rust in Utah snow/salt
|Pinstriping everything, and finding the Mercury valve covers.|
|Somewhat current state... (Spring 2017)|