Looking for My Truck Tribe
If you’re like us, you’re probably knee-deep in a restoration and may not have time to connect online or socially with others in the classic truck community. These folks have a lot of expertise and support to offer though, so it may be time to think about what you want from a classic truck group. Before joining any club or organization, ask yourself what your expectations are about the experience. We put together the following tips to help you decide what type of tribe you are looking for.
Where to Start Your Search
When looking for a classic truck or car club, decide if you want to join a group that encompasses different collector vehicles or one that is specific to your favorite make and model. An online search for groups in your vicinity is a good start. For instance, GMTruckClub.com has a forum for Indiana members. If there was a Ford plant in your area, there might be Ford truck or car clubs close by. You may not find what you want in your immediate location. Keep looking. Search on social media sites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Smaller clubs may only use these outlets.
Attend Collector Car & Truck Events
Search for collector vehicle events in your community. Start attending car shows and cruises to meet fellow enthusiasts. Many organizations sponsor these gatherings and it is an excellent way to meet members. Talk to owners showing classic trucks like yours. They are a great resource for identifying local groups. If there are representatives from parts vendors or restoration shops on site, speak to them. They love to talk shop and are often classic truck and car lovers, too (Classic Auto Insurance is a prime example. If you see our tent, stop by for a chat!)
Know What You’re Looking For
Know what you are looking for in a club before committing to membership. Once you find an organization you are interested in, do a thorough knowledge check. Attend open meetings and ask questions. Follow them on social media and review forums. It helps you gauge if the club is active in events you want to attend. Some groups are social clubs and others focus on the nuts and bolts of restorations. Consider:
- Dues – Some clubs have sizable fees to cover large events. Other groups are free and offer mostly online chat sessions. Decide if the dues are worth what you will get back in return.
- Location – Some organizations meet regularly and require members to attend a specific number of times to remain active. Determine if you can fulfill this obligation.
- Responsibility – As part of your membership, you can be asked to join committees, work charity events or travel to out of town car shows. Before joining, make sure you have the time to do this and still work on your restoration.
- Compatibility – The whole point of joining a club is to find people who are as enthusiastic about classic trucks or cars as you. Look for a group you would want to stay with for the long run.
Have You Found Your Classic Tribe Yet?
The classic truck and car community possess a wealth of knowledge. It offers support and encouragement to its members. They motivate you to try new things and attempt challenging competitions. When you find the right fit, you discover lifelong friendships. In addition, you are preserving this rich and satisfying pastime for future generations with membership. Have you found your classic tribe yet?
Coming Soon from Classic Auto – Project C10
At Classic Auto Insurance, we love all kinds of trucks! We are devoting blood, sweat and tears to restoring a 1965 Chevy C10 and we’re almost ready to share our build with you (our tribe). Stay tuned for the premiere of Project C10, powered by American Modern. It will be a classic! We also know accidents will happen, so leave nothing to chance. Protect your masterpiece during its restoration. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for a variety of collector cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car or truck.
1955 Ford F-100 Truck – What This Boy Wants
It is not every day you meet someone who starts out in the restoration business at age 10. For Dustin Foust of Floyds Knobs, IN, working on classic cars is a lifelong obsession. At the 2017 Indianapolis World of Wheels, we get the opportunity to interview him and get a closer look at his amazing custom 1955 Ford F-100 truck. Dustin Foust is a name to remember. Watch our video and see if you agree. Have classic and custom cars always been a part of your life? At what age do you -or your child- realize you want to work on and collect classic cars? Share your answers in our comments.
“Life Just Got in the Way”
What do you get a 13-year-old gearhead for his birthday? A classic truck to restore, of course. Young Dustin’s enthusiastic plan is to re-build the pick-up and finish it before he turns 16. Like many builds, Dustin’s takes longer than expected, 16 years to be exact. “Life just got in the way,” he says. “I was busy going to school and working on other people’s classic cars.” When he finally finishes, he débuts his beauty restoration at the Detroit Autorama.
“Far from Stock”
The body and paintwork on the midnight black F-100 are all Dustin. It looks like a restored 1955 F-100, but this builder does it his way. “It is far from stock,” he says. “I modified every single body panel.” This includes reshaping, boxing and tucking the bumpers. “Fords should have Ford engines,” he says (this classic truck owner/builder has definite opinions). He installs a 545-cubic inch big block Ford engine, which will leave traffic in the dust. The red-hot leather interior comes custom from Cutter’s Hot Rod Interiors and compliments the exterior perfectly. Dustin and his team do an awesome job.
“Everything from Mild to Wild"
Since 1991, Dustin is working on cars when his father, Pat Foust, opens his first shop. He works part-time there while squeezing in hours on his own projects. In 2011, the father-son team makes it official, becoming partners in Classic Restoration of Southern Indiana. They make a formidable duo in the garage. Services range from oil changes to full custom restorations. “We do everything from mild to wild,” Dustin says. “Our specialty is American-made pre-1972 classics.”
I’m Keeping the Classic Truck
Dustin is showing his truck on the circuit now. We ask him if he would ever part with it, and we get a quick no. We understand. It is his first truck. Even his wife knows how special it is. “She already knows the pick-up comes before her and she is good with that,” (another thing to always have in your classic garage is an understanding spouse). Dustin, you are wise beyond your years.
It’s Almost Here! Project C-10
Once a truck fan, always a truck fan. At Classic Auto Insurance, we love all kinds of trucks, and we are getting ready to reveal our very own restoration of a 1965 Chevy C-10. Stay tuned for the premiere of Project C-10, powered by American Modern. It will be a classic! We also know accidents will happen so leave nothing to chance. Even before you finish your masterpiece, protect it during its restoration. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for a variety of collector cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Only 22 Left
When you hear the phrase on the brink of extinction, does it call to mind images of Mountain Gorillas, Loggerhead Sea Turtles or Snow Leopards? Let’s put this in collector car terms; there are only 22 M-Code 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Convertibles left. In the world. That puts this beautiful classic car on the same sad path as other species on the brink of extinction. Quiz time, Gearheads! Name other classic car models that are slowly disappearing. Leave us your answer in the comments.
Rescuing Automotive History
Ron from Vail’s Classic Cars in Greenfield, Indiana finds the original 1963 T-Bird body collecting dust in a shed. He knows it is a rare find. “It took the parts from four cars to put this one back together,” he says. “Things were living in it, and the interior was completely shot.” Despite the rust, dust and critters, Ron and his team save this piece of automotive history. Seeing it brought back to life is one of the highlights of the 2017 Indianapolis World of Wheels.
The Holy Grail of Thunderbirds
After seeing the rusted-out hull, Ron knows it is not going to be an easy restoration. “I have been in the business for 33 years, so I understand how tough getting parts for a rare model can be.” With fewer original parts available from the 50’s and 60’s, low production numbers and special packages like Ford’s M-Code High-Performance option, you can understand why parts are scarce. There is a reason this car is called the Holy Grail of Thunderbirds!
Rare M-Code Option on Thunderbirds
Only 37 Thunderbird Sports Roadster Convertibles with the M-Code options are produced in 1963. Fifty-five years later only 22 remain. The M-Code nickname comes from the letter M-designation in the chassis number. It signifies the installation of the 340hp, 390 cu.in. Tri-Power V8 engine with three Holley two-barrel carburetors. Other features include three-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission, power driver seat, tilt steering wheel, power lift windows and a vacuum-assisted power door lock option. The unique convertible top lifts, folds up and stows away seamlessly in the trunk.
Thunderbirds Outsell Buick Riviera
From 1961-1963, the Bullet-Birds are the number one personal luxury cars available. Its closest challenger, the 1963 Buick Riviera, could not slow their popularity. Despite the competition, Ford sells over 50% more T-Birds than the Riviera. Most of those sales are hardtops. Sadly, Ford eliminates the Sports Roadster Convertible in 1963.
Save Our Classic Cars
Why the 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Convertible does not sell like hotcakes is anyone’s guess. It is up to the classic car community to save rare collector cars like this T-Bird, before it is too late. So, keep looking in junkyards, barns and old garages for these treasures. Become classic car conservationists! Bring the next generation into the fold. Take your children and grandchildren out on an automotive adventure to save our classic cars from extinction. Their future is counting on you.
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
Restorations on rare classic cars take a long time and involve lots of collaboration. When your collector cars are out of your garage, protect them with insurance that includes restoration coverage. Let Classic Auto Insurance put together a policy to fit your needs. We offer affordable, Agreed Value coverage for a variety of collector, classic and custom vehicles. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and give you a quote on the spot. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream collection.