This truck changed the course of my career.
Back in 2013 I was doing construction work in the Bakken oil field in Western North Dakota. I had been following the website for Dick’s Auto in Minot, North Dakota for a couple years, and had vowed that I would someday purchase something from him. I saw this 1938 Dodge and thought it would be a great truck for my first rat rod. I saved for quite a while and at the end of the summer I decided to make the three hour drive to pick up my first truck from Dick. There was no way I could ever imagine where this trip would take me.
My parents were living close by, and I knew my Dad would love to see what I was buying, so I had him and my Mother come along with me. I was excited the whole way, and as we made the left turn and pulled into Dick’s yard, it seemed like the gates of heaven opened up to reveal the promised land in front of us. This was truly a small slice of car and truck heaven. We pulled in and just parked our 40’ trailer right in the middle of the driveway, surrounded by a couple hundred of the coolest cars and trucks I’d ever seen assembled for sale in one place.
It was only a couple minutes before Dick came cruising up on his golf cart. By this point I had totally forgotten about the Dodge truck I had come for and was wanting to run up and down the rows of vehicles to look at everything.
I’m not sure why Dick took a liking to me, or maybe he just realized I had a pocket full of cash. But he let us look around for most of the day and every once in a while he’d come back to check on us as we wandered around. At some point, he even offered to let us use his golf cart, which was super cool, and I’ve never seen him do that with anyone else.
At the end of the day, I ended up taking the Dodge and another truck home with me, and arranged to purchase two more. Based on the money I spent that first day, I think I ranked up toward the top of the list as one of his better customers. The greatest thing is that day was the beginning of a great friendship that has grown over the last few years. I’ve now bought most of the extra parts that Dick had and we are now working from a property right next door to him. It’s awesome to have our vehicles next to his, and we work to help him sell his inventory as well as ours.
But back to the Dodge. I have no idea where this one came from, except I bought it from Dick’s Auto in 2013. The grill and hood are straight, and overall it’s a good little truck. I have a connection with this truck, but I’ve purchased quite a few since that are more special than this one, so I think it’s time to let it go. Please click the following link to view the listing on our website https://www.angryautogroup.com/product/1938-dodge-truck/
This was my first purchase from Dick, and the biggest part of this deal is that it opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, which pushed me toward accomplishing my dream of building a great business providing quality vehicles and parts to those who will build them and love them as much as the original owner did.