Old enough to be unique, but not so old that it has crossed over into the realm of geriatric antique, this 1964 Ford F100 is an honest, dependable truck that's welcome at shows and on the highways, mostly because of how familiar it always feels. Vintage trucks are like that.
Even with the subdued code T Navajo Beige paint, this nice-looking pickup is bound to attract attention wherever it goes, and it's easy to see how good the workmanship is simply by looking down the sides of the body. While trucks were often used and abused, this one either led a virtuous life or had someone spend a ton of time and effort getting it back into shape, because it's very impressive (actually, it's the latter, with hundreds of hours tied up in the restoration). The paint is relatively recent but don't let that put you off, because there's nothing to hide underneath, just clean, straight sheetmetal that looks better than ever. There's a distinct lack of brightwork on this particular truck, with the grille and bumpers painted white, although the bright red emblems really dress the old girl up nicely. The bed features brand new wooden planks and painted rub strips, but you and I both know that this truck's hauling days are over.
The tan interior is a nice complement to the off-white bodywork, and shows just how basic pickup trucks used to be. The vinyl-covered bench seat has a new cover that 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 fully functional (as is the oil temperature gauge under the dash), and the restored steering wheel is big enough to make the truck easy to manage. 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 such a vehicle? The floors are covered in a rubber mat that make sweeping out the passenger compartment painless, and somewhere along the way, seat belts were added for safety.
Power comes from Ford's rugged and reliable 223 cubic inch inline-six that has less than 400 miles on the rebuild. The burly six makes great torque and is surprisingly smooth for a truck engine, and with well-matched gears in the transmission, keeps up with traffic without any issues. It is planted in a clean, well-maintained engine bay, and wears a stylish orange valve cover atop the black engine, but shouldn't be confused with Brand X. There's a brand new exhaust system underneath and it has a pleasant six-cylinder grumble from the single tailpipe out back. Power brakes and a dual master cylinder were added in the name of safety, but besides that and the open-element air cleaner, it's pretty stock. Designed for work, the rear end isn't geared for high-speed cruising, but it will roll at 60 MPH without any problems, and the suspension was recently rebuilt, so it's smooth but firm, just as you'd expect. I'm also pleased to see that the original steel wheels and hubcaps are intact, wearing recent 235/75/15 whitewall radials that look just right.
With restoration receipts, there's no denying that someone went all-out on this Ford. The upside is that you can enjoy the fruits of his labor for a fraction of the price. Call today!