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For Thomas Welcomer It's 'Have Mom & '65 Econoline, Will Travel'


Ford Econoline enthusiast Thomas Welcomer doesn’t just enjoy being seen in his 1965 Econoline pickup – he loves driving it. And by driving it we mean taking it on long trips along with his beloved mother. But to understand just how deep Thomas’s affection for the classic Econoline runs, you simply have to read his email to us below:

“Hello Ford Performance! My name is Thomas Welcomer. I am sending you a picture of my pride and joy -- his name is Dester and he is a 1965 Ford Econoline pickup. I had owned a 1961 Econoline about 20 years ago and sold it – and IMMEDIATELY regretting the decision.

“In searching for a replacement, it literally took 20 years for the planets to align and to get back to driving a cool truck. 

“My mother has memory issues and has lost most of her hobbies . . . except for traveling! She loves to get in Dester and just go. We have been as far west as Missouri, as far north as Ontario, Canada, and as far south as Charleston, South Carolina. 

“The hope is to replace the engine over the winter and to be able to drive even further. Our goal is to earn enough to pay for a cross-country dream trip. I would love to introduce mom to the Pacific ocean finally. 

“I am a member of an active group of Econoline owners and my love of these strange vehicles runs deep. I only wish I could save every one of them that I find. That’s my Ford and story – thanks for allowing me to share it!”

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