You can tell at a glance that someone spent a good deal of time and
money on this cool 1963 Ford Econoline E100 pickup. The quirky
cab-forward design is the perfect template for the custom two-tone
paint job, and you'll be impressed by how comfortable and practical
the interior is in this Econoline. If it's attention you crave, no
run-of-the-mill hot rod will do it quite like this slick little
Thanks to a professionally applied custom paint scheme, this truck looks awesome in person. The shape is radical, even with OEM body panels, and remains a practical alternative to a Falcon or Galaxie. But with the gray on matte black finish, it takes on a whole new look. Getting those bed sides smooth and flat was no easy task, but if you're going to create an attention-grabber like this, the details need to be done right. Perfect it is not, but the truck shows very well and is definitely a head turner still today. A red pinstripe encircles the cab and does a nice job as a bright line of demarcation separating the two dark colors, and a black button-fastened tonneau cover is stretched taught over the factory bed. Bumpers were deleted, a billet grille replaced the factory spec piece, and LED taillights are a welcome upgrade over stock. You won't be able to stop looking at this truck once it's parked in your garage.
Comfortable is the right word for the updated interior, which is found more often in a modern truck rather than a vintage Ford pickup like this. Every surface has been attended to, ranging from the late model bucket seats, the "dog house" over the engine, and even the paint scheme on the door panels and dash that matches the two-tone exterior and has a highly finished look and feel. Those comfortable buckets combine with the massive windshield to give an expansive view of the road, but it's also a remarkably comfortable place to spend some time. Newer Sunpro gauges were fitted to the original bezel and surround the original round speedometer, and a closer look at the dash reveals a government-issued United States Air Force plaque, revealing a glimpse of this Econoline's past. That's right, this truck started life by proudly serving our country. How cool is that?!
Tilt the dog house back and you'll find that you have outstanding access to what we believe is a period-correct 144 cubic inch inline-six underneath, although admittedly, without opening up the motor for further measurements, it could be a 170ci straight six. Either way, we do know that the motor is not numbers matching, and the difference between the two displacements is negligible. With evidence of good maintenance and care, the surprisingly smooth and torquey engine moves the lightweight Econoline with real gusto and has been dressed to match the rest of the truck. A Ford blue valve cover and neat engine paint look great, and although not dressed for show, all the accompanying components appear to have been replaced/refurbished at some point. In fact, all the wiring looks newer, the brakes feel fresh and provide good stopping power, and the 3-speed manual transmission shifts with ease thanks to an easy-going clutch. A single exhaust system and glass-pack style muffler gives it an appropriate burble, and stock springs give it a cool stance that emphasizes the factory cab-forward design. Bright Ford dog dish hubcaps look great against black steel wheels and wear 215/70/14 (front) and 235/70/15 (rear) BFGoodrich T/A radials that are exactly the right size.
If you're a fan of "dare to be different" hot-rodding, this truck is an awesome alternative from the norm. Nicely sorted and ready to cruise, this turnkey classic is ready to hit the road, and do so in style. Call today!