I have always wanted a panel truck to go along with
my F-2 pickup truck. In 1999 I opened my own business,
building industrial control panels, and decided a panel
truck would make the perfect truck for my panel shop.
During the summer of 2000, I found a panel truck on the
internet that was for sale in Wisconsin. I toyed with
the idea of contacting the person for a quite a while.
The one event that changed my mind was the time my
wife, Michelle, came home from a pool party and told me
how the women were telling each other how they control
their homes. My wife told me she had told the other
women she had me "under her thumb." Well, that was all it
took The next day, I called the person who had
the truck listed and told him I would be over to see it
that weekend. I looked at the truck and bought it,
along with a parts truck. So I guess we all know who
runs the house, don't we!
After getting the truck home, I tore it apart and
started restoring it by welding the roof from the parts
truck onto the main truck. I had it sandblasted and
primed. While the body was being blasted, I was able to
find a rebuilt chassis and engine, again on the
internet. When I got the body back from the blaster, I
set it on the new chassis. I did most of the welding work
on the truck's main body before I had it blasted.
After doing a lot of work on the truck the project came to
a standstill because lack of time,
and money. In the summer of 2006 I found another panel
listed on eBay that was more complete and looked in pretty condition
so decided to bid on it. I figured I had a lot to do on the original
panel and if I were buy this panel I would be much further ahead so
I bid on it and won.