Joen Ellen: A Sen­ti­men­tal ‘57 Ford

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ROO­SEVELT, UTAH, MAY BE KNOWN FOR GREAT GOLF AND FA­MOUS PRES­I­DENTS, BUT MARK BROTHERS—OUR HOME­TOWN HERO FOR HIS AREA THIS MONTH—ONLY CARES ABOUT TRUCKS.

“I’m sure you get plenty of ‘Read­ers Rides,’ how­ever I wanted to share a story and pic­tures of my truck,” he says. “I am a Ford guy, own a small col­lec­tion of them, and the ‘57 F-100 is my fourth F-100. I’ve owned a ‘52, ‘53, and a ‘56 over the years. My daily driver is a 2016 F-250 4x4 crew cab diesel.”

We love it! A true truck guy who isn’t afraid to reach out to us. Mark’s ‘57 has its orig­i­nal

272Y small-block en­gine but now sports some cus­tom fen­der wells, head­ers with elec­tric cutouts, and it re­ceived a brand new Edel­brock four-bar­rel carb when the en­gine was over­hauled. He used an Odyssey space saver bat­tery to re­place the old con­ven­tional box un­der the hood. A 1966 T-10 BW four-speed was in­stalled to re­place the orig­i­nal three on the tree, and power steer­ing was added as well. The sus­pen­sion is orig­i­nal with ex­cep­tion of two small rear airbags for help while tow­ing big loads. The truck has only 64,500 ac­tual miles on the odome­ter, which is im­pres­sive to say the least. The orig­i­nal AM ra­dio still works, and Mark let­tered it like the ‘57 shop truck his fa­ther drove while work­ing for Robert Mur­phy’s Speed

Shop in Val­dosta, Ge­or­gia, in the late 1950s.

“We drive her through­out the sum­mer and take her to car shows in mostly Utah and Ne­vada,”

Mark says. “The ‘57 F-100 was the first truck I re­mem­ber my fa­ther driv­ing and I wanted a ‘57 due to that fact. We named her ‘Joan Ellen’ af­ter my mother, and I have owned her for close to two years.”

What a great story! Thanks for shar­ing your pic­tures Mark!

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