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1974 Ford Courier - Into The Wild

Building An Escape

John Mata Jr.
Dec 16, 2013
Photographers: Josh Crump
"I live far from the truck scene”, says Canadian resident Dennis Noland, "but I look forward to traveling to more shows to meet more likeminded people.” He isn't kidding about being off in the deeps of the far away land. Take a minute and Google Spring Bay, Ontario—it's legitimately in the middle of nowheresville, and is surrounded by enough water to nearly count as an island.
Now the story of how Dennis got himself into one of the coolest old school model minitrucks out there is one of chance. "I found the truck when I went with a friend to look at a '67 Chevy he was looking to buy. The Courier was sitting in the corner of the yard with a big ugly camper on it. I tried to buy it but he just wouldn't let it go.” What can you do at that point? Can't argue with a dude who isn't looking to sell off his things, especially if he had grand plans for the ol' Ford. "A couple months later, he called me and told me that he and his father couldn't agree on what to do with it. He wanted to modify it and his father wanted to restore it to original condition, but for some reason they decided to sell it to me instead.”
"I like the stock look, 14-inch steelies, and greasy engine."
"After blowing up the tires, filling the points, and tossing the camper into his junk pile, I drove it home with lumpy bias ply tires, vintage gasoline, and the biggest smile I've probably ever had. A month later, it was 'bagged.” Dennis ended up with the truck he became infatuated with, and quickly became the odd man out in his small community. "Where I come from, a "custom” truck has 8 inches of lift and 37-inch tires, so naturally mine was an instant oddity in my area.”
Seeing that his truck didn't fall in line with the good ol' boys at home, Dennis packed up and made the 1,400-mile round trip to Ohio for Dropt-n-Destroyed with the same friend who bought that '67 Chevy. "I met some great people and won RPM Hotrod's No Shine award. I've had people tell me that it should be painted with big wheels, but I like the stock look, 14-inch steelies, and greasy engine. After all, it's a driver, not a trailer queen.”
The Lowdown
1974 Ford Courier
Dennis Noland • Spring Bay, Ontario, Canada
Rolling Attire
Wheels: Stock steelies
Tires: Hercules whitewalls
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Air Lift Dominator II 2600 'bags
Suspension (rear): Air Lift Dominator II 2600 'bags on bars
Control Arms: Modified stock
Shocks: Monroe
Compressor(s): York DC5000 belt-driven
Air/Hydro Accessories: Two three-gallon tanks
Frame Mods: Rear notch
Brakes: Stock drums
Misc.: Air system completely under bed floor, '80s Dr. Pepper switch can
Performed By: Owner
Body Modifications
Shaved: Nothing
Bodydrop: Negative
Body Mods: None
Suicide Doors: No
Bolt-ons: No way
Performed By: Nobody
Brand & Colors: Original 40-year-old paint aged to perfection
Performed By: FoMoCo
Seats: Original covered in Mexican blanket
Dash: New dash pad
Performed By: Owner
Head Unit: Pyle retro style (to plug the hole in the dash)
Misc.: Bring headphones and an iPod
Performed By: Owner
Engine: 1.8L OHC
Intake: Stock
Header/Exhaust: Walker muffler
Transmission: Four-speed
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"Josh Crump (joshcrumpphoto.com) for the awesome photo shoot in the cold weather, and to my wife, Michelle for putting up with my truck addiction.”



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