DELPHOS — Jim and Phud Calvelage, of Delphos, recently completed the restoration of their 1950 Ford truck.
“I always liked old trucks and I was looking for one to restore and ran across this one on Craigslist. The truck was located in Hamilton, Ohio. It was in good shape, so I bought it and worked on it for eight years,” said Jim.
While the truck was in good shape, the reason it took Calvelage eight years to restore is that he “kept buying new parts,” according to Phud. While his wife was joking about the truck parts, she admitted it was her idea to put chrome wheels on it.
“Because you can’t make a truck without chrome wheels,” joked Phud.
After World War II, Ford was struggling. Executives wanted a vehicle that would spark sales. They developed a new truck line which consisted of a modern look, design and comfort aptly named “Bonus Built,” which included the trucks from 1948 to 1950. These trucks are considered to be the “father” of the modern Ford “F” series trucks. Ford sold a record 358,810 trucks in 1950, so the new line helped their sales.
The Calvelage’s truck is painted “Racer Red,” and was painted by their son-in-law T.J. Wiley.
Jim Calvelage built the truck bed with wood he purchased from Siefker’s Sawmill.
The engine is a 351 Windsor and it is an automatic.
The truck has only 20 miles on it, as they just completed the restoration and got it on the road.
“We just got it done in the last couple of weeks,” said Calvelage.
They plan to drive it on nice days, and possibly take it to cruise-in’s.