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Driving the 58 Ford Mercury

Out at my parents farm my Dad still has and runs my Grandfather's 58 Ford Mercury truck. That old truck has seen a lot of history. My Grandfather used it to drive out to the fields, run for parts, go to town and do chores around the farm. My Grandmother filled it with produce from the garden to bring up to the house and to take the extra produce to town to sell. On Saturday nights my Aunt and Uncles would climb in the back and the family would head into town to visit and get groceries.

For my Aunts and Uncles it was the truck they first learned to drive with. By the time I was old enough to see over the steering wheel I rode around the fields and back lanes in it. It wasn't used on the farm anymore, but sat parked in an old shed. My brothers and sisters and I would pull it out to drive up and down the driveway for something to do. Sometimes on Sundays all of us kid's would sit in the box with our parents in the front and take a leisurely drive.

As we all grew up and moved from home the truck has sat in the shed, unused. This summer my father pulled it out to teach my 12 year old nephew how to drive. He did really well and it was good to see that old truck heading down the driveway again!


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Kasman wrote on September 7, 2014, 2:08 PM

i would say your family certainly got their money's worth out of that vehicle! :)

tinamarie wrote on September 7, 2014, 7:50 PM

What wonderful memory to seeing that truck. Thank you for including us in that! My brother received my father's 1976 Ford truck they called "cooter" and now my niece has that same truck. She received when my brother passed. It hold such memories for all of those that rode in it.

AngelSharum wrote on September 7, 2014, 11:42 PM

How cool that so many generations of people learned to drive behind the wheel. Great tradition.

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 12:52 AM

I love stories like this that tie generations together as they have all related to the same object during their lives.

LynnWrites wrote on September 8, 2014, 6:10 AM

It was neat seeing my nephew enjoy the truck like we used to. My parents will be retiring off the farm soon and the truck will get sold, but the memories are priceless!