Quick Stats: Miles Doughty, Slightly Stoopid lead singer
Daily Driver: 1942 Ford pickup (Miles' rating: 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite road trip: Oregon to San Diego
Car he learned to drive in: early 1990s Honda Civic
First car bought: 1963 VW Baja Bug
Members of jam band Slightly Stoopid are often recognized when they drive around their home neighborhood of Ocean Beach in San Diego. However, co-lead singer Miles Doughty stands out even more thanks to the red 1942 Ford Pickup he's often seen behind the wheel of.
"My dad got it for me 18 years ago when I was 16 and I was able to get it restored over the past couple years, so it's pretty sweet," Doughty says proudly. "We bought it in a farm area in Northern California. We were driving down the coast and there was this truck sitting out there in the field with a 'for sale' sign on it."
They bought the truck, which is now painted metallic burgundy, for $500. It took Doughty two years to completely restore it. "It was a rust bucket," he says. "It was a flathead V-8, max speed was 35 mph, and you had to start it in second gear just to cruise. I used to drive it around Ocean Beach when it was a rusty beater and it had the old original yellow orange paint job with primer everywhere to cover the rust."
He took the truck to M & J Restoration in Santee. "They did a really good job. What's nice about the '42 pickup is it's very limited as far as production because production was shut down in I believe February of that year, so there's not too many of them around. That's why it took us a long time to find replacement parts. I've got a 302 in there now. I can easily do 90 miles an hour down the freeway."
They also swapped out the original stick shift for an automatic. "We switched it out to an automatic that had a push button that drops down the gears. It's so much easier. I loved driving the stick but sometimes it's just a lot easier to cruise when you can just pop it into gear and let it ride," he says.
Doughty gives it a 9.5 rating out of 10 because he still has to fix a few things on it.
"It runs perfect; it fires the first try every morning and it's ready to go. You know those old cars, they can be quirky. I drive it about four days a week. I have another car too. I can't take the kids in the truck," he says with a laugh.
He likes that he often gets a wave or a smile from passersby when he's in the Ford. "Any of the old folks that are in our neighborhood that grew up in the time of those kind of cars, you always get the thumbs-up from all the old cats and it's cool," he says. "A lot of the kids don't understand it as much, but when I'm driving though Ocean Beach, everyone's like, 'Hey, nice truck!' Being from Ocean Beach, a lot of the kids know who we are, so they see me driving around all the time. We're local boys and we're doing well and it's a pretty small, tight-knit community."
1963 Chevrolet Impala
"The Impala's a beater," Doughty laughs. "My next car on the dream list is either a '57 T-Bird or a '65 Chevelle. The '65 Chevelle was my dad's favorite car so I want to get one redone. I think he would be really, really pumped if that went down."
Doughty plans to eventually restore the Impala, but that project is on hold because of the age of his kids. "I still drive it to make sure it fires up -- you don't ever want to leave the older cars to sit too long. There's a lot of quirks in the car. I need to get some engine work done and a little bit of body work."
1975 Ford Bronco
Rating: Above a 10
"Honestly, I wish you can go above a 10 because the Bronco is beyond fun. You always have the top down and you can drive through any kind of terrain and condition," Doughty says. "To me, you get more looks in a Bronco than you do in a '42 Ford just because the Bronco is like an everyperson's car. Every guy would love to have a Bronco. Even a lot of girls would too."
When he was a kid, getting the classic Bronco was one of his goals, and he realized it eight years ago. "It does really look like a Tonka toy," he says, adding that Los Angeles-based Icon is now making replicas. "They're using the '68-'69 model frame, but it has all-new parts, all-new engine style, electronics."
He likes that these older cars are more stylish their newer counterparts. "To me, the old-school cars have so much more style. Everything today to me is just cookie-cutter. It's right off the stock line and back then it seemed there was love put into those cars. Look at the steel -- I'm driving a '42 truck, you can drive that thing through any wall," he says. "It's a beast. I think my Ford is a