Custom Classic Trucks Magazine
Written by Bob Carpenter Contributors: Scott Killeen
This ’48 Ford was originally owned by a Mobil gas station in Boulder, Colorado. It worked hard for 14 years until Jeff Kingdom’s dad purchased it in 1962 when he was 58 years old. The young Kingdom used the truck to haul his band and equipment all the way to New York. Jeff remembers hauling dirt, antique dental cabinets, and more in the truck, always ready for a cleanup with a special broom behind the seat that had the handle cut down. The truck passed to another sibling for 10 years and eventually spent another 10 years sitting in a field. In May 1997, at the age of 58 (the same age at which his father bought the truck), Jeff Kingdom brought the truck out to California. After a small tune-up and a frontend rebuild, Jeff and his wife Janet drove the truck for a while, then decided to let the crew at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido go at it with a vengeance. Just a little more than a year later, the truck was fully restored (with a few extra creature comforts added) in time for its 50th birthday. Now the Kingdoms are riding in style. Oh, and the original cut-down broom is tucked neatly behind the seat.