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This old pickup has lots of meaning to this family

This old pickup has lots of meaning to this family

Truck Treasures: A retired dairy farmer restored the pickup his father bought brand-new.

Joseph Andert bought this 1947 Ford pickup truck new. He drove it home from the dealership with his 8-year-old son, Stephen M. Andert, riding alongside. The elder Andert, South Bend, operated a dairy farm. Eventually, his son took over the farm.

Eight years ago, Stephen officially retired, giving him time to work at restoring the ’47 Ford to its original condition. Proud of his grandfather and his dad, Stephen J. Andert recently sent this photo and the story that goes along with it.

“The only time Dad has been off this farm is when he served in Korea during the war,” Stephen J. says. “Our farm has been in our family close to 100 years now.

GOOD AS NEW: Stephen M. Andert stands back to let his restored 1947 Ford pickup be the star of the photo.

“As you can imagine, this truck means a lot to my dad and his family.”

According to, Ford pickups built from 1942 through 1947 were less stylish than earlier models. However, they had a stronger frame, and  were known for their dependability. Ford switched to a more modern suspension and driveline for these models.

Because this model is known for good performance, it’s not surprising that a one-owner truck could be restored to this condition.

If you would like to see your truck appear in Indiana Prairie Farmer, send us a quality photo. Make sure digital photos are high resolution and large format. Jpeg-style files work best. Prints can also be used if you have an older photo of your truck. Be sure to include the history behind the vehicle. Feel free to include yourself or someone connected to the truck in the photo. Email, or mail to: P.O. Box 247, Franklin, IN 46131.

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