Amazing ’79 Ford F-150 Build Helps Grieving Friends Heal

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1979 Ford F-150

Tragedy has a way of bringing us together, and this classic Ford F-150 helped turn tragedy into triumph.

Here at F-150 Online, we feature lots of member builds. Mainly because there’s nothing more satisfying than watching our members slowly piece together their dream trucks. No matter what sort of Blue Oval that might consist of. Oftentimes, these builds are the culmination of many years of planning. But the motivation behind this stunning 1979 Ford F-150 recently featured at our brother site Ford Truck Enthusiasts comes from a much deeper, more meaningful purpose.

The current owner of the F-150, adebord, had been searching for a Dentside project for quite some time. Meanwhile, his good friend was around 60% finished building this very truck with the help of his son. Then, suddenly, tragedy struck and his son passed away. Obviously, the project was put on indefinite hold. And just when his pal was getting the strength to carry on, his father passed away as well.

1979 Ford F-150

It was simply too much for the OP’s buddy to bear. So after a meaningful conversation one day, he agreed to sell the OP his F-150 and help him finish the build. Needless to say, the result of their hard work is absolutely stunning. And with a custom dash lid bearing the name of the previous owner’s late son, he’s proudly riding shotgun everywhere it goes.

1979 Ford F-150

It’s a truly amazing and inspirational story that you’ll want to check out in its entirety by heading over here. And if nothing else, it really puts our love of these trucks and the bonds they help us form into perspective!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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