So you missed your chance to own one of Ford's biggest heavy-duty
haulers back in the '70s? Well, don't fret about it, because this
1974 Ford F-250 Camper Special is about as close as you're going to
get to a brand new one. With a list of new components that fills
two pages and a great '70s look, this is a turn-key truck from an
era when trucks were not bashful about having a few rough
The two-tone yellow and copper paint looks period-perfect on the big Ford's sheetmetal, and the shine is worlds better than mid-70s technology would have permitted. It was repainted in the early 2000s and still looks great, and it's nice to see that someone thought this big truck was worthy of a fairly expensive paint job. It has a familiar look to anyone older than about 25, and this is one of the cleanest big truck designs ever; one isn't trying to be anything other than a big, bad pickup. With just three owners and only 46,378 original miles, the sheetmetal is in great condition and the repaint was done to a great standard, and there's no evidence that it's ever been rusty or wrecked. Heck, it doesn't even look like it's had to work for its meals! The trim is largely original, with bright chrome bumpers, polished stainless details, and a very nicely preserved grille up front. The 8-foot bed is finished with a spray-in bedliner plus a period-perfect camper shell, and you'll be shocked by how much gear this big guy can haul. There's probably nothing it can't move!
The low mileage shows most clearly inside, where the all-original interior remains in good shape. It has a definite 1970s vibe, kind of like that old country and western bar you used to go to, and it really works here. The cloth bench seat is a nice step up over the usual vinyl and carpets help control noise and heat. A long list of options make this F250 the proverbial Texas limousine, including ice cold A/C, cruise control, power steering and brakes, and a relatively unusual AM/FM radio. The gauges are original but look fantastic for their age, and there's plenty of simulated burled walnut to give it a bit of '70s ambience, which is suddenly cool again. Tinted glass helps keep everything cool inside and yes, that's a rifle rack in the rear window.
The engine is the original 460 cubic inch V8, and with so few miles on the clock, it has never been opened. A big 4-barrel carburetor handles induction duties and it's been very well maintained and detailed, offering stock specs along with traditional Ford Blue engine paint. Recent work includes a mammoth new radiator, clutch fan, and thermostat, a fresh tune up, and R134a refrigerant in the A/C system. Underneath, the C6 3-speed automatic transmission shifts cleanly and it rides on Ford's famous "Twin I-Beam" front suspension, which, while not super precise has proven to be virtually indestructible. Front disc brakes and power steering make it a snap to handle, and the beefy suspension is designed specifically to carry a camper in the bed and/or a trailer behind. The dual exhaust system features mellow-sounding mufflers for a great big block sound, and the giant gas tank allows bladder-bursting highway cruising range. Steel wheels with hubcaps that do a pretty good impersonation of alloy wheels, plus a set of 235/85/16 Firestone radials give it the perfect truck look.
There's even more new and improved gear on this truck than we can mention here. For all the details on this ultra-clean Camper Special, give us a call today!