DRIVE THIS TOUGH 'OL FORD ANYWHERE, STRAIGHT 6, 3 ON THE TREE, RESTORED TO STOCK
We sell a lot of vintage pickup trucks here at Streetside Classics, but rarely do we run across trucks as neatly restored to nearly stock specs as this 1966 Ford F-100. Offering a brawny 300 cubic inch six and a classic color combination, it's the kind of truck your father or grandfather might have owned, ready to work but dressed up enough for a night out on the town.
First off, this black truck is stop-in-your-tracks gorgeous. Fully restored in 2008, it doesn't look like it's seen much use since then and the workmanship was outrageously good for a reasonably-priced pickup. Heck, you don't see paint this nice on many vehicles that cost three times as much. If this truck worked for a living, all signs of it were erased during the restoration, because the sheetmetal is clean and sleek, the doors fit well, and the surfaces were clearly block sanded and then blocked some more before the paint went on. You can see in the photos how clear the reflections are, and that's no photography trick, that's really how straight this truck is. It retains the classic FORD block letters on the tailgate, a big shiny stainless grille, and wonderful side trim that looks like it belongs on a Galaxie instead of an F-Series pickup. The bed was refinished as well and shows only minor signs of age but its days of heavy lifting are clearly over.
Looking at the door tag, our sources are kind of vague on code 580, but code 5 is a red vinyl bench seat, so it's a fair guess to say this is how the truck was originally delivered. The bench seat is in good condition save for some light wear around the edges and some slight fading, but that's the problem with all red upholstery. The bright red steering column and steering wheel are a wonderful contrast to the balance of the black interior pieces, including the black rubber floors. A correct instrument panel is almost painfully basic and simple, with just a speedometer plopped right the center. There is an AM radio plus heat and defrost, so it's not totally bereft of options, but I will say that it's nice to see such an honest truck that hasn't been "upgraded" over the years. The padded dash was a recent innovation for trucks in 1966, but the door panels remain hard steel that reinforces the F-Series reputation for no-nonsense toughness.
If it's torque you want, you'll be delighted with the big 300 cubic inch inline-six under the hood. With a long stroke, it powers along just off idle and never seems to be working very hard. Wearing a correct coat of Ford Blue paint, it remains quite stock and will make you question the need for eight cylinders. A correct air cleaner and downdraft carburetor handles the intake side of things, while the original distributor lights the fires and a rebuilt fuel pump gets the gas up there. It's got a nice 6-cylinder grumble from the single exhaust system and the 3-speed manual transmission shifts cleanly and has light clutch action that's easy to drive. The only notable deviation from stock are those handsome American Racing wheels, which carry 235/70/15 front and 255/70/15 rear BFGoodrich radials.
A neat old truck with a lot of time and effort behind the build, this Ford is downright beautiful. If you like the no-frills look and the awesome combination of color and powerplant, this is a fantastic, affordable choice. Call now!
- AM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
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