I bought two trucks in two days. Weird.

I needed a truck to move my stuff around in the summers, and I didn’t want to spend too much on it, so I asked my brother Jack to find a truck for me.  Since he’s in Sitka, he found a truck for me there.


He originally found a really nice looking Chevy that his neighbor owned, but it turned out the frame under the pick-up bed was all rusted and rotted out.

Looking around, he found this truck for me: 1989 Ford F-150, 4×4 wheel drive with manual locking front axel hubs, with 112,000 miles, but a new engine was installed three years ago, originally from Arizona, so no rust to speak of.


The paint looks real sharp, the anti-rust coating along the bottom looks like it’s doing its job, there’s a bed-liner, a tool box in the back, and three tie-down fasteners on each side of the bed, it has a stick-shift transmission, has some sort of a lift kit, bug guard and window rain guards, and virtually brand new tires on aluminum rims.

IMG_3397 After I’d put the truck on my insurance policy and sent Jack the check for the truck, I started working out how to get the truck to Haines from Sitka.  After checking with the Ferry, it turned out that the next ferry that went from Sitka to Haines that had room for my truck was more than 60 days from now. Bummer. I didn’t want to go to Juneau to drive the truck onto a ferry.


Then I happened to see Alan Heinrich at the district office, and asked after the truck he had for sale, he said it was still for sale, I could take it for a test drive if I wanted to here it is: Davis Family 062

It is a 1991 Ford F-150 with 87,000 miles and a super-cab (extended cab with a bench seat for kids, but no back doors for them), 7 foot bed with bed-liner, , aluminum running boards & mud flaps, automatic transmission with overdrive, 4×4 wheel drive with auto-locking hubs on the front axel, the paint isn’t as good as the white truck primarily on the hood where the paint is wearing off down to the primer, the front tires are a bit worn, and unevenly at that, but on aluminum rims. I decided to buy it nonetheless after a brief test drive, as it’d be much better for hauling boys around town, should the need arise.

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Jack agreed to buy the white truck in Sitka from me (in other words, not cash my check). Turns out the more he shopped for trucks in Sitka the more he realized he wanted one and had been kind of not wanting to keep it to use to haul stuff to the house he is going to be building in Sitka anyway.

Davis Family 030To me, the odd thing is this is the first automobile that I’ve actually bought on my own, in all my years of driving cars.  My first car, I bought from my brother Andy, a 1983 Toyota Cressida 4-door luxury sedan, The next one was a 1991 Toyota stick-shift pick-up truck with a white topper (which I totaled when I hit a downed tree my second year in Haines), then Dad bought my black Toyota 4 Runner in Indiana off Ebay, then Jack bought the Subaru Legacy in Anchorage for us a few years ago.

In order to inaugurate the new truck, we thought it’d be good to haul some brush.

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So, now I have a vehicle to haul my gill nets around in (about the size of a 4x4x4 foot box and weighing about 550 pounds). The next step is to get my 5 1/4 inch sockeye net off the gillnetter and load up my 6” dog net for the coming gillnet opener.

As a footnote, liability insurance on this rig for six months costs $106: Can’t beat that.


3 Responses

  1. Now that is a whale of a tale! Thanks for posting about it – it is fun to see the pictures. Today JC was driving me around in the white truck, that he is quickly glomming onto, it had been a while since I had ridden with John driving and he is getting much better. He scared the daylights out of me once when we were driving along Halibut Point Road chatting and he turned to make eye contact with me once! What?! Who was that young man sitting next to me, driving and talking and making eye contact with the passenger all at once? NO! I liked it better when he had a death grip on the steering wheel and stared intently at the road the entire time. He’s growing up too fast now. Its kind of hard to watch sometimes. It will only be a few months (5) before he won’t need me in the passenger seat anymore to be able to drive. I’d better make the most of it!
    Aunt Betty

  2. Fun story Matt. Hey where do you get that low of a rate on insurance? I think we pay $22/mo. more than we were paying. So You got us beat by about $30.
    Cliff and I had fun playing baseball today. I had a couple of good hits at bat and got hit once as well. It was a double header day of baseball, I was the catcher in the first game and played 2nd base in the second game.
    It was a hot day here. Graduation was after the game at 7pm. John was in the band playing Pomp and Circumstance. The band director was actually the guest speaker. He did a really good job. Hope all is well. Did you see Curtis and Kristy when they went through headed back to Soldotna?

  3. 21st Century auto insurance. Another cool thing about the policy is that you can put cars on and off the policy using the online interface where there is no charge for changing the policy, so if I add a vehicle for a weekend, it costs like $0.60 per day–or whatever the prorated rate is.

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