It started in 1979 when Graham bought a Ford F1 ‘Bonus’ pickup truck in original condition, and with a coat of greenish-grey paint that Graham never liked. It stayed that way for many years until he decided to give it a tidy-up. As so often happens, one thing led to another and his wife, Eileen, suggested changing the colour.

Graham Dodd with the crown jewel in his collection - the ex-Paul Fahey Escort FVC

By then the cab was off the chassis so it was a relatively small step in a complete restoration to include changing the paint colour to a deep blue. The faithful old flathead V8 engine was gone over, and dressed up with a pair of Edelbrock cylinder heads and three Stromberg carburettors. In every other respect, the truck remains in standard specification.


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