1966 Ford F100SOLD

1966 Ford F100

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A colleague described this as "a charming old truck," and I'm inclined to agree with him. Old enough to be unique, but not so old that it has crossed over into the realm of collectible antique, this 1966 Ford F100 is an honest, dependable truck that's welcome at shows and can still do a hard day's work when called to duty. Anvil simple was the order of the day, back when trucks were tools instead of fashion statements, and reliability was key. The Fords were handsome trucks with proven mechanicals, and this one can be used and enjoyed as-is, or upgraded over time. We'll just get the obvious out of the way first-yes, there's some rust in the lower corner of the driver's fender. It's not structural and doesn't require new panels, but if you want your truck perfect, it's something you'll have to deal with sooner or later. Fortunately, white paint is easy to match, and the rest of the truck presents well, thanks to a updated paint job several years ago. All the panels are original except for the tailgate, which was replaced decades ago when, you know, the truck was still working for a living. The finish has a soft gloss that could even pass for original, and patina like that can't be reproduced; it has to be earned. There's not much brightwork on a truck like this, the grille and bumpers are painted as they were originally, although the stainless along the sides is in good shape and really dresses the truck up nicely. Power comes from Ford's rugged and reliable 240 cubic inch inline six cylinder engine. The big six makes good torque and is surprisingly smooth for a truck engine, and with well-matched gears in the transmission, keeps up with modern traffic without any issues. It is planted in a clean, well-maintained engine bay, and wears a coat of bright Ford Blue paint. The engine was rebuilt perhaps 55,000 miles ago, but it runs well, starting easily, and exhaling through a pleasant-sounding single exhaust system. Designed to work, the rear end isn't geared for high-speed cruising, but it will roll at 65 MPH without any problems, and it'll do it with a bed full of 2x4s without complaint. The front suspension is Ford's indestructible "twin I-beam" setup, which was living under pickups until 1997. And like my colleague, I'm also pleased to see that the original steel wheels and hubcaps are intact, wearing recent blackwall radials that look just right. The red interior is a nice contrast to the white body, and shows a little flair that's picked up by the red Ford badge on the nose and lettering on the tailgate. The vinyl-covered bench seat is in great shape with no splits or tears, and when you're perched up there, you have a commanding view of the road. The dashboard is basic, but all the original gauges are functional, and the red steering wheel is fashionably dressed for the period with a rim-blow horn. Three-on-the-tree shifting makes the most of the engine's power band, and takes you back to another era-when was the last time you drove a truck with that setup? The only noteworthy upgrade is a modern AM/FM/cassette radio, which probably replaces a block-off plate or, at best, an AM piece that was the height of truck entertainment in 1966. The dash pad is clearly original, but that's easy to replace, and the floors are covered in rubber mats that make sweeping out the passenger compartment painless. No it's not perfect, but it's honest. With great patina that only comes from age and care, this Ford looks like it just came in off the back forty after a hard day's work and might like a cold beer. Still handsome with plenty of style, it's an inexpensive way to tool around in some old iron that will bring a smile to people's faces when they see it. Put it to work, even if only on weekends at the local Home Depot, and you'll see where it really shines. Sometimes there's elegance in a tool doing its job exactly right, and that's what this Ford delivers. Call today.

Reference Number 126684

as of 5/19/2011

Car 1966 Ford F100
VIN F10AN845862 
Mileage 56,423 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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