An ugly truck fan decides to recreate a truck from his youth.
In 1971, The French Connection treated moviegoers to a chaotic car chase. Filmed on streets that hadn’t been cleared, the stunt driver actually hit both a car and a truck driven by private citizens. Between high-speed chases and a drug search that ripped a Lincoln apart, vehicles really took a beating in this story.
In 1983, a 1970 Ford F250 was known as The French Connection. The tri-colored Ford was driven by a local high school student and was one of the most recognizable vehicles in the great West Salem, Ohio region. The odds-and-ends truck with a slight carburetor hesitation was actually owned by the kid’s father. Dad decided to sell it to a buddy, and that was the first step toward the truck’s final decline.
Decades later, two friends at a bar started reliving their youth one pilsner at a time. Waxing nostalgic about The French Connection inspired an idea – recreate the ugly truck.
The beer buzz wore off, but the idea still seemed like a good one. After buying a 1971 F100, the ugly truck fan dug out a stack of 35-year-old photos and started building a close replica of the locally famous Ford.
Ugly or not, we applaud this guy’s attention to detail in the recreation.
Here are some of The French Connection’s best features:
- A horn that announces the truck with a big, “Ah-Hoog-Ga” (Awesome! –Ed.)
- Dog trophy hood ornament (Woof! -Ed.)
- Mismatched rims
- FM converter with gold tuner
Thanks to Terry Fitzpatrick of Wooster Products for sharing this ugly truck story and photo.