UXBRIDGE, ON: Fargo had been around since 1936 and looked pretty much like a Dodge except for minor grille differences which between 1935 and ’41 made them appear similar to a US Plymouth pickup. Of course they also had distinctive Fargo nameplates. The Fargo badge was discontinued in Canada in the 1972 model year, and our Chrysler-Plymouth dealers then sold mechanically-identical Dodge trucks.
Bill & Tina Dembowski own the stunning beauty in accompanying photos. Bill’s father, a building contractor, had the same truck that he had purchased brand new. It lasted until 1977 by which time it was getting “very tired” and so he replaced it.
“My late father, Willi, enjoyed his truck and I learned to drive on it at age eleven” says Bill.
Bill found this one fourteen years ago in nearby Keswick, and together with son Brad did a full off-frame restoration including replacing its slant six with a rebuilt 318. They rebuilt the manual, 3-speed transmission and installed a new clutch but left the 3-on-the-tree gear selector for originality (good for them).
Cosmetic restoration included refinishing it in correct medium blue and white and replacing its headliner and upholstery. Its forty year old factory-installed AM radio works perfectly.
Bill and Brad credit their friend Rick Clegg for disassembly & reassembly assistance, cott Wright for helping find replacement parts, Diamond Trim for headliner and upholstery and Eric Thomas’ shop in Utica for applying the flawless finish.
You can catch Bill and son Brad at Uxbridge’s popular Thursday evening cruises at Living Water Community Church. If the weather is really nice, Tina will be there too!
Final word goes out to all Dads and Grand Dads – Happy Father’s Day.