NEWBERRY — Malcom T. Oxner purchased a Ford F-1, flat-head, eight cylinder pick-up truck in 1950 from Shealy Motor Company in downtown Newberry.
George Oxner, then 13 years old, remembers the day as his grandfather (Papa) let him drive it home.
The pickup has had many owners and operators over the years. The truck was later owned by AC Oxner, one of Malcom’s sons. AC Oxner’s son-in-law, Don Ringer (wife Beverly Oxner Ringer), drove it for a while.
After several inquiries, AC Oxner wanted Bobbie Alan Oxner to have the truck and he gave it to him. Soon after Bobbie Alan received the truck, he began a “frame off” restoration and spent numerous years on the project.
Bobbie Alan passed away in May 2011 before he was able to complete the restoration.
Johnny Wilson, Malcom’s great-grandson, purchased the pickup from his Uncle Bobbie Alan’s wife, Sandra, in 2014. Sean Wilson, Johnny’s son, agreed to assist with the completion of the restoration project.
After over three years of studying manuals, ordering parts, referencing the Internet, asking questions and assemblage, it was back on the road. It has been restored to very near original condition including color, six volt battery system, vacuum windshield wipers and white wall tires.
You’re sure to recognize the meadow green pickup around Newberry so toot your horn and wave!