Rick Thompson’s masterful restoration took more than eight years. Even though this ’62 Scout only had 31,000 miles on the clock, it spent a lot of time snowplowing in a salt-encrusted environment and the body was Swiss cheese. Thompson, a retired GM foundry worker, went from metalworking novice to expert in those eight years and salvaged most of the original body, the doors alone requiring 250 hours each. His results won him the coveted Ted Ornas Award at the 2005 Scout and Light Truck Nationals, which is a one-time award for the best back-to-stock restoration. It’s seen here at the 22nd Annual Scout and Light Truck Nationals in 2011.