WAPAKONETA — The Ford F-Series pickup trucks became the best-selling truck in the U.S. in 1977.
In 1978, Ford advertised its truck line by stating, “1978 Ford Pickups - Built tough all over.” The ad goes on to say that the truck is tough underneath due to Ford’s forged-steel twin I-beam front axles, and tough out back thanks to Ford’s double-wall box.
Denny Latham, of Wapakoneta, found a 1978 F-150 project truck for him and his son, Brett, to complete. Latham has owned the truck for 15 years.
Latham worked at Ford Motor Company, so his fondness for Fords most likely had something to do with him buying the truck. He also said he really liked the looks of the 1978 Ford F-150 model.
“He had his graduation pictures taken with it,” Latham said. “He then went the diesel route.”
Like most restorations, Denny’s wife Sue, says, “It’s a work in progress.”
Latham credits 3G Customs, on Breese Road, with helping him with the interior of the truck.
Besides taking the truck to car shows such as the Westgate Charity Car Show, Latham and his wife like to take it out for rides around the lake.