A 1938 Ford one-ton tow truck sits, seemingly at the ready, gazing out to the highway. Yet, at the ready, looks a lot like ready to sell.
Static, the Ford’s paint flakes away and metal beneath oxidizes into rust, colourfully. Curves are the thing, in the shape and detail of the cab, in each window, throughout the length and nose of the hood, in the catch-all of the fenders and in the perfect circles of the lights; straight lines add contrast to these curves with the verticals and horizontals of the running boards, bumper and grill; and then there are the diagonals associated with the structure for leverage, towing and pulling other vehicles. There’s remarkable engineering, here, both in the original build of the Ford and in the impromptu innovation of the towing structure … someone has the knack for towing vehicles. The whole vehicle is architecture, engineering, shape and detail from a former time, a time that preceded me, a time that was my father’s – all pull my interest to this Ford. And, there’s anticipation of how it would drive and how it would ride … the finding of gears, the getting it to move and remain moving … there’d be the unique bounce and shift of weight as the truck moves over terrain … there’d be the rhythm of engine combustion idling and working, pacing out each mile … and there’d be the view from within while piloting this vehicle – all intrigue me.
Automobiles that have left the road have been set back on the road surface by this Ford. Remnants of collisions – damaged vehicles, damaged people and damaged egos, their aftermath has needed transfer to homes, autobody shops and junk yards, something this Ford has provided regularly. In extreme and extraordinary winter weather this Ford has been one to venture out on uncertain roads and perhaps there would be no safer place than in an outfitted Ford one-ton tow truck with a rested driver who understands people, the road and his machine. This Ford one-ton tow truck is for sale down around McLure, British Columbia; the first person with $2000 or so dollars takes it.
Listening to – Tom Cochrane’s ‘Big League’.
Quote to Inspire – “Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be patient, optimistic and don’t forget to smile.” – Matt Stuart
6 thoughts on “At the Ready”
I really like these photos!
Hey there, Scott:
The editing was as much fun as the walk-around photographing the Ford; I’m indebted to the Antique store owner who let me have an hour outside with the truck.
Thanks for looking in and your kind words. 🙂
Thank you, Cornelia.
It’s neat to see what happens when you find a right subject and right conditions.
Take care … 🙂
I love the colours in the last picture, the new headlights and a small drift of snow. Though the plane and stubbly hill in the middle shots piqued my interest. Amazing backgound detail here.
Hey there, Jim:
Within the last ten years the area surrounding McLure, British Columbia had a forest fire. The background to the shots are burned trees that look like porcupine quills stuck all over the broader shape of the mountain behind the truck. The white of the snow accentuates the effect.
The last picture is probably most true to the original colours of the truck and picks up the yellow of the grill work. 🙂