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Battered Old Ford Wins "Ugly Truck" Contest
If ever a pickup deserved to win an "ugly truck" contest, it's this one. Matt Hilgenkamp's 1981 Ford Courier is truly an ugly, beat-up monstrosity.
  "It has become quite a conversation piece," states Hilgenkamp, of Arlington, Neb., who recently won a contest sponsored by The Fence Post magazine.
  "I bought the pickup used with about 120,000 miles on it for driving to work and used it for about a year until one day it broke down on the highway. I used another pickup to tow it, but on the way home it came unhooked and went right past me and into the ditch. It got banged up but was still driveable.
  "It was a hot summer so we made it into a convertible and started using it for doing fence work and driving around the farm. It went over a lot of tree stumps, and one day the back end of the pickup flew off when we hit a tree. The original lights got knocked out by tree branches, and the front bumper was damaged when it hit a steel post. With no hood to support them, the doors started sagging so we used baling wire to shut them permanently. We used the hood for a sled, pulling it behind the pickup.
  "After all this the pickup still refused to die. We ran it without water in the radiator but still couldn't kill it. There was no fan or anything - just oil, gas, and a battery. We used it that way for a long while until it finally died."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matt Hilgenkamp, 19791 Co. Rd. 8, Herman, Neb. 68029 (ph 402 478-4718).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5