Trucks are red hot right now, and we're pleased with the way this
1964 Ford F-100 Custom Cab pickup looks and works. It's not
modified, it's not radical, it's not a custom, but it has a great
color combination, a V8 engine, and is in exactly the right
condition to do a little work now and then. Oh, and it's quite
You don't see many Ford pickups at shows, but that's a shame, because this a pretty machine. It isn't a show piece, however, so don't expect to win trophies with it. On the other hand, what you will win is the respect of everyone around you when they see you driving it and using it as intended, because it does that exceedingly well. The repaint is in the original Wimbledon White and Bengal Tan combination, a sophisticated look that makes this truck look contemporary and tasteful, not merely basic. It's a little older, so it's got some signs of use and age on it, and it was never intended to be perfect, which all means that you can use it even if there's a risk of it getting wet and you'll never worry about parking it somewhere. Believe me, that's quite a liberating experience. The red stripe along the side trim is an awesome hit of bright contrast that really ties it all together and most folks will not realize that's how they came from the factory. It wears a bright chrome bumper and cool stamped grille up front, while there's a heavy-duty diamond-plate rear bumper that is suitably industrial. The bed is scuffed and bruised, but still ready to get to work, so stop fretting over your hobby vehicles and just drive!
The gold seat cover is obviously newer, but the rest appears to be original, including the carpets and door panels. It's stylish and functional, and even in the 1960s Ford seemed to understand that merely being practical was no longer enough. It was originally a column-shifted automatic, but there's a new B&M floor shifter on the transmission tunnel, a detail that makes the truck feel sporty out on the road. Everything else is original, from the gauges to the steering wheel to the AM radio in the center of the dash. At some point, an aftermarket A/C unit was installed under the dash and it could probably be made to work without a lot of effort because all the components look pretty new. It probably needs a new headliner, but they're cheap and readily available and installation is a DIY thing for a Saturday afternoon.
The engine is a familiar 292 cubic inch V8 which served reliably in the first Thunderbirds. With a simple 2-barrel carburetor, it's still torquey and smooth and remains quite reliable for everyday use. You'll also see the polished compressor for the aftermarket A/C system, which works with the chrome valve covers. Ford Red paint on the block is correct and there's plenty of evidence of recent work, including ignition components so it runs great. The 3-speed automatic transmission shifts cleanly and doesn't' have any bad habits, so you can drive this truck like any other, and you can see from the photos that it's tidy underneath if not sparkling clean. The single exhaust has the right sound and with helper springs on the rear axle, you shouldn't be afraid to grab a load of lumber from the local supply store. People will love it! The only real external mod is a set of polished Torque Thrust style wheels with 17-inch performance radials that really set it all off.
A great-looking truck that would be an ideal starter collectable or just something fun and practical to have round, all at a reasonable price. Call today!
Pick of the Day is a like-new Ford F100
Purchased from grandfather, vintage pickup finally is heading to a well-deserved retirement
Brothers like to build, and now there’s a dad-and-daughter project in the works, too
Hand-me-down from uncle to nephew is in original and running condition
The yellow-and-maroon paint scheme may not be to everyone’s liking, but the seller of the Pick of the Day, a 1956 Ford F-100, notes that the pickup is a “very original” fat-fender example
My oldest son, Rob, and I purchased an old farm truck that had almost as much rust as it did clean metal.
Let’s say you are buying your dream car, and you really can’t decide between the classic look of an old truck, or a modern muscle car.
So, what do you think is the fastest-growing segment of car collectors? European sports cars? Rare muscle cars? Classics?
An upcoming exhibit tracing the history of Ford F-Series pickup trucks since 1948, announced for January by LeMay seemed like a good jumping-off point for today’s Pick of the Week.