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B.A. Resident Restores 1953 Farm Truck

Contributing Writer

A GIFT FOR DAD: Dick Sheffield stands with family menbers and his restored 1953 farm truck, which the family presented to him during his 82nd birthday party.

Courtesy photo

“I have always loved this truck,” says 24-year Broken Arrow resident Karen Bouse, who helped to restore her father’s 1953 farm truck recently in time for his 82nd birthday.

In the 1950s, Bouse’s father, Dick Sheffield, purchased the 1953 International L150 Eagle farm truck to haul hay, cattle and furniture. He also used it to take his future wife, Clara, for rides. Later, Bouse used the truck to drive to the drive-in where she worked in high school and remembers many family outings in the vehicle.

However, the truck wasn’t easy to drive, she remembers, since the stick shift was on the floor and had to be double clutched to switch gears.

Still, for Bouse’s parents as well as herself and her siblings, the truck remained near and dear to their heart.

“This truck was just always ‘there,’” she says. “It was such a staple in my life growing up.”

Once the truck became inoperable, though, it sat in a hay shed for years. 

Bouse spent years searching for the right restoration company in order to restore the truck that meant so much to her entire family. She finally located Precision Restorations, located in St. Louis, in 2015.

The restoration took two years and included the construction of a custom-built truck bed, so that the truck could be shown off in parades and enjoyed, Bouse says.
The truck’s interior was custom designed, with air conditioning being added, instrumentation upgraded and a stereo system installed. 

Precision Restorations spent more than 1,000 hours on the restoration.

Bouse and family members surprised her father at his 82nd birthday party with the restored truck and followed up the surprise with the family’s first ride in the truck in decades.

The truck’s first major public outing will be at the Ft. Gibson Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show in June. The family plans to continue to show off the antique truck in future parades and car shows.

“It won’t be hauling any more hay and cattle,” says Bouse. “But it will definitely turn a lot of heads wherever it goes.”

Updated 05-31-2017

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