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This 1936 Ford was originally owned by the Belchertown, MA FD.  It was lettered as Truck 1.This 1936 Ford was originally owned by the Belchertown, MA FD. It was lettered as Truck 1.

To prepare the surface for restoration, we had to sand all the paint off.  And worse...the metal that looked like this had to be ground off.  This took my friend Al Tocscano and I several months.To prepare the surface for restoration, we had to sand all the paint off. And worse...the metal that looked like this had to be ground off. This took my friend Al Tocscano and I several months.

The truck had been used to delivery motorcycles in Ontario for quite some time. The seller had done some nice wood work with oak and veneer, but it had aged.  Al and I removed most of the wood and started over.The truck had been used to delivery motorcycles in Ontario for quite some time. The seller had done some nice wood work with oak and veneer, but it had aged. Al and I removed most of the wood and started over.

The headliner was in great shape.The headliner was in great shape.

Taken at the Venice Historic Train StationTaken at the Venice Historic Train Station

Truck's first outing: Monthly classic car show at Ideal Classic Cars in Venice.  Award: Top 10 !!!Truck's first outing: Monthly classic car show at Ideal Classic Cars in Venice. Award: Top 10 !!!

This is what I saw the first time I looked at the eBay listing for this truck in January of 2015.  It was in Ontario.  Further pictures show it being off-loaded here in Venice, FL This is what I saw the first time I looked at the eBay listing for this truck in January of 2015. It was in Ontario. Further pictures show it being off-loaded here in Venice, FL

Here the Ford meets its one year older colleague, my 35 Chevy.  Here the Ford meets its one year older colleague, my 35 Chevy.

How can such a simple old truck have so much wiring?How can such a simple old truck have so much wiring?

Al is seen here grinding the rust off the truck.  April, 2015Al is seen here grinding the rust off the truck. April, 2015

Ford Cobra 302 installed around 1988 after vehicle was moved from MA to ONT.Ford Cobra 302 installed around 1988 after vehicle was moved from MA to ONT.

Paint pretty much gone; getting ready for bondo and primer.Paint pretty much gone; getting ready for bondo and primer.

I wanted to match the wheel design on the '35 Chevy so I took the measurements and made them with gold leaf vinyl.I wanted to match the wheel design on the '35 Chevy so I took the measurements and made them with gold leaf vinyl.

Rather than spend over $700 to replace the running boards, we restored them from underneath with fiber glass.Rather than spend over $700 to replace the running boards, we restored them from underneath with fiber glass.

My 3 post-retirement restorations: 1970 Chevy Bel Air (owned by Sarasota Sheriff's Office), 35 Chevy pumper and 36 Ford rescue truck.My 3 post-retirement restorations: 1970 Chevy Bel Air (owned by Sarasota Sheriff's Office), 35 Chevy pumper and 36 Ford rescue truck.