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Published May 07, 2010, 03:57 PM

Rusted out pickup truck turns out to be a family treasure

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You never know what you will find walking in the woods and for a Fargo man, a rusted out "junky pick- up truck" turned out to be a family treasure with a fascinating story. When Les Brix left the farm in the 1960's, he never dreamed that nearly a half century later, he would be restoring something from the past that was such a big part of his life.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Les Brix is handy with a wrench and for the last 18-months, it is a talent he's spent hours fine tuning. Inside his garage sits a transformed 1951 Ford F-3. It is a three quarter ton pickup truck that Les found abandoned and rusted out not far from where he grew up near Valley City. But as he discovered, this was no ordinary truck.

That's right; the registration found in the truck belonged to Henry Brix, Les' father. The landowner near Valley City agreed to let Les have the pickup and so would begin an 18-month extreme makeover. Gutting the pickup and restoring an old friend.

Lots of sandblasting, engine work, the few gauges and dials wrecked are now shiny chrome. The pickup box lined with white oak.

Les was so into this restoration that he would work all day until midnight sometimes and not even know what time it was. That dedicated to breathing new life into this old truck that had been part of life on the farm.

The fine looking Ford will make its debut on Broadway here in mid May. Sure it will be just another restored truck, but few will have the story or the license plate that has yet to arrive.