The Classic Motorsports van has seen over 200,000 miles. Realizing we can't expect it to last forever, we have kept our eyes open for other event support vehicles. Then we found this. It's a 1973 Ford F-350 ramp truck. It hadn't moved in about 10 years but we thought with some refreshing, it would suit our needs perfectly.
The only trouble was it was in Connecticut and we need it in Daytona Beach, Florida. Let the adventure begin.
With our engine out, we figured it best to rebuild the transmission at the same time.
Time to dive into the engine rebuild in more depth.
As soon as we take two steps forward, we take three back.
No more fumbling to get a tool box out of our truck's lower cabinets.
Towing with a manual transmission and no tach is a pain.
Our project ramp truck makes its first haul... Over 600 miles.
Every good track support vehicle needs a place to keep refreshments cool.
Our ramp truck gets its own generator and air compressor.
Our classic ramp truck needed a good way to carry tires and gas cans. Cue the welders.
Our ramp truck came to us with a noticeable lack of tie down points.
To be a real bona fide support vehicle, we need to add some fancy features.
Our ramp truck receives a new fuel tank after the old one took a bashing.
It's no wonder the drive shaft disintegrated.
We went to a for show with two of our Fords. Watch the video here.
After a catastrophic failure, our ramp truck gets towed home and we take stock of the damage.
We decide to finish of the whole ramp truck journey in one day. Good move, Tim.
We make it to the Hershey swap meet and pick up even more items to burden our old ramp truck.
We make it past New York City in our old ramp truck, but not without challenges.
We fly to Connecticut to fix our ramp truck more and drive it back to Florida.
Our to-do list grows and we make a second trip north to work on the ramp truck.
Our new ramp truck needs to make it from Connecticut to Daytona Beach, Florida.
Our newly-purchased ramp truck turns into quite the project.
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