Adventures in the ’40 Stake Truck

July, 2011. Took Aunt Betty Jo down to where she had the truck stored, to make arrangements for when I would come back and pick up the stake truck and bring it to Springfield.

Ever since my aunt passed along the care taking responsibilities for the ’40 Ford Stake truck to me, February 2012, I would never have dreamed that it would have impacted my life like it has. Let’s face it, the truck is not a “hot rod”, it’s not a “restored” antique, it’s not “show quailty”. It’s an old “farm truck”. Yeah, I’ve done a few things to try and reflect a bit of my personality with it, like the raked stance and a set of big and little radials, but overall, it’s the same truck that I grew up around.

In the short amount of time that the truck has lived at my house, it’s taken me on some pretty fun adventures. While I was reflecting on it being in Kyle and Tay Wynes wedding, yesterday, I thought it would be fun to post some photos from the many adventures in the truck.

February 26, 2012. The truck’s trip to it’s new home in Springfield.

Kelsie and I made the required stop for Jack in the Box tacos, and she gave the truck it’s first JitB antenna topper

stakebed profile - new wheels
The first day with it’s new wheels and tires, with stock springs still under the truck.

A few short weeks later, and with the new Posie’s front spring and the rear spring out of my coupe, it made it to Pete & Jake’s open house, 2012

Aunt Betty Jo always wanted to have Dale West apply some pinstripes to the truck. I had the pleasure of taking it over to have him do his thing, then Sherry filled me full of her wonderful lasagna!

The bridge at Devils Elbow, MO. I was recently contacted to grant permission to use this photo on the cover of a novel that is currently being written. Pretty blown away by that request!

Sometimes, the truck actually has to work, as was the case when a tree got blown over in one of our friend’s front yard.

One fall day, cruising over to see Doug, at Show Me Rod & Custom. Couldn’t resist taking a photo on the driveway on that fine fall day.

I finally talked the girls into using the truck for part of our Christmas photos, in 2013. This was one of the “outtakes”.

On the trip to St Louis, to Dickie Carroll’s annual hot rod breakfast, Doug and I ran over to Illinois, to look at the Model A coupe body that he eventually bought. I took a few minutes out of the trip to get a photo with Bigfoot.

Following Clay Vance, down near Turner Falls Park, OK, while on the 1st Annual Oklahoma City area Hot Rod Hundred Reliability Run.

The truck’s first professional photo gig, with Ashley Gillick, of EyeCandeeVisuals and Julia Hart Whitney. What a blast!

The truck got me the opportunity to meet NASCAR Legend, Junior Johnson, at the 2014 Man Show.

In the award line, at the 2015 Stray Kat 500!

Being awarded the “Kool Hot Rod” prize at the 2015 Stray Kat 500, over in Dewey, OK. This photo was after I proved what kind of idiot runs their vehicle out of gas in the award line!!!

One of the photos I took, while the professionals shot a photos of the truck for American National Insurance Company.

Taking it’s part in Kyle and Tay Wynes wedding. It got to haul in all the guys to the wedding area at Keith Farms.

The newlyweds, leaving the wedding ceremony. Jack appears to be winking. Seems he must know something about honeymoons!

Lots of fun, and close to 15,000 miles later, there’s been lots of memories made in a fairly short amount of time. The truck has taken me to places where I have met a whole lot of folks that I can now count as friends, and that is probably the coolest gift that a guy can ever get. I’m looking forward to what comes next, in the little truck.

The FUN is in the RUN!!!

Frog Follies, 2015

Chronologically not correct, but it makes a cool opening shot. Lori, my sister, took this photo on the way back into St Louis, on the ride home.

I’m a week late, posting the trip coverage for the 2015 Frog Follies. What can I say…life got in the way of posting updates.
The E’Ville Iron car club has been hosting the Frog Follies for 41 years, and beginning in 2011, it became one of the events that is on the “Dad and me” event calendar. This year, however, my sister and brother-in-law, Lori and Doug White, had a running and driving hot rod, and they were able to make the trip with us.

Over the years, the website has become less about covering actual events, and more about “The FUN is in the RUN!!!”, due to that is where I have my fun. Shows are great to see friends and look at cars, but lately, I forget to take photos of the ones that I really like!

We traveled up to Dad’s house, on Thursday evening, then hit the road for Evansville, on Friday morning. Once there, Clay and Mike Vance joined us, and we had a great weekend of hanging out. We even stayed for the ham dinner, on Saturday evening. To quote some friends of ours, “It’s pretty good…It’ll fill you up!”

Quite surprisingly, from the start, from Springfield, through the entire trip and a run to my office before my latest fill up of gas, I drove the coupe 1000.7 miles, to the best of my google maps route tracing abilities. Hammering down the highway around 70-75, I had a trip MPG average of 16.939. Not bad for a hopped up motor and a heavy “go pedal” foot.

Nevertheless, here’s my limited show coverage post of having fun on the run with friends and family!

The FUN is in the RUN!!!

By the way, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you can join us, and have some “Fun in the RUN!!!” on October 10, 2015. The CrossMembersCC is hosting the 2nd Annual St Louis area Hot Rod Hundred Reliability Run. Pre-registration closes on September 13, so if you want to join us, get the registration filled out and sent in before next Saturday.

A peek back in the rearview mirror. Yup…Doug and Lori are still with me!

Sometimes you just have to let the other guys lead.

We wound up driving through Uranus on the way.

Friday morning fuel stop. Destination: Evansville, IN

If you look closely, you can see that Lori is taking a photo of us, taking a photo of them.

Friday night, parked next to Clay Vance, at the Comfort Inn, down in Henderson, KY.

This ’40 pickup had a great stance. The owner had just brought it home from Arizona, not too long before the event.

I’ve got a thing for stake trucks. This guy was having a blast driving this Model AA around, despite that he broke a coilover

One of my favorites at the event, a survivor ’35 Ford humpback sedan.

The Rodtiques, of Kansas City, were sad because Dan and Sharyl Stears could not make the trip with them.

On the run home, we stopped and had the traditional Fazoli’s lunch, in Mount Vernon, IL.

A sunset photo from Sunday night, somewhere along Hwy 44.

Waved goodbye to Doug and Lori, as I pulled off Hwy 65 and headed towards the house.