By on January 13, 2011


After 45 years of work, it’s time for this 1965 F-100’s steel to return to the foundry. Will it be reborn as a shiny new F-150… or as a FAW Tianjin Weizhi?

It seems unlikely that this 240-cube six will be rescued, but you never know.

This appears to be one of those “The Goddess Is Alive And Magic Is Afoot” bumper stickers, which isn’t quite what you expect on a beat-to-shit old pickup truck in Colorado.

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17 Comments on “Longtime Hauling Career Over, This Ford Prepares To Meet The Crusher...”


  • avatar
    Zackman

    Oh boy – another “junkyard dog!”

    I used to haunt junkyards for parts on old beaters I used to drive. When I needed a front fender for my 1976 Dart Lite back in 1985, I took my then-4-year-old son along and he had the time of his life with me watching him very closely. After I found my fender, we walked the entire yard and let him crawl around in the better, non-dangerous junkers and let him pretend he was driving. Years before (1969), a couple of friends and I were traipsing around a junkyard off Rte. 66 near Eureka, Mo. looking for trim bits for my ’61 Chevy and came across a gold Merc that was T-boned by a train! If you looked down on this thing, it was in the shape of a bow tie! The center of the car was every bit of 30 inches wide! Even the front seat was compressed into the size of your average bucket seat, and this was a straight bench, as the car was a four-door! We all laughed, then shuddered at what happened to the occupant(s). My friend lived in the area and remembered the accident as it happened nearby and he lived near there. The driver escaped before the car was hit (whew!). In the same yard, my buddy showed me the Volvo PV544 that he cut the top off and thus collapsed, as I commented on the other day in another post. Memories, memories!

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    After 45 years of work, it’s time for this 1965 F-100′s steel to return to the foundry. Will it be reborn as a shiny new F-150… or as a FAW Tianjin Weizhi?
     
    Crossing fingers for F150 or at least a Fiesta, maybe it will be “sporty” in it’s next life.

  • avatar
    caljn

    You gotta love pickups of that era, particularly with three on the tree and a hand brake.

    Irresistable to a 15 year old car junkie, one that might surreptiously swipe the keys and go joy riding… ;)

    • 0 avatar
      nikita

      This one i see has the four speed, probably granny low, with that incredibly long shift lever. I also love the steel dash with obvious blanks where the optional tach and clock would have been if the original owner wasnt so cheap as not to order them. I had a bare-bones “fleet” C-10 Chevy with no options, not even the four speed.

  • avatar
    jpcavanaugh

    This one takes me back.  In the late 80s I had a 63 F-100 Flareside much like this one.  The big 6 and a 4 speed.  Mine was pre-Twin I Beam and had the solid beam axle with leaf springs in the front.  A prior owner had put extra leaves in all the springs and made it the hardest riding vehicle I ever owned.  MISERABLE hard manual steering with gobs of free play in the steering.  Slowly rusting cab corners that had the cab front slowly settling towards the ground and pushing the steering wheel out of the column a bit so that the turn signals would not cancel.  It was thoroughly exhausting to drive but I loved it.  It always started and did everything I ever needed it to do.  Everyone needs a vehicle like this at some point.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      if you think that was bad, a family friend and their family lived on a farm about an hour west of St. Louis. Well, they had an old 1953 Dodge pickup and the two boys and I used to run around over the gravel and dirt roads in that thing. Trouble was, it had no brakes. None. Nada. Nothing. Had to gradually steer into various embankments and weave back and forth across the narrow roads to stop! Funny thing about it was neither me or the one boy’s brother was old enough to drive, and I rode in the back standing up! Somehow I’m still here. A true “farm truck”!

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      I saw a 5×8 utility trailer today with some suspension mods – apparently the leaf springs weren’t HD enough so the owner welded in coilsprings between the trailer and the axle as well. Would likely not have any suspension movement unless you carried an engine out of the Titanic. Years ago I removed a leaf spring from my utility trailer b/c the hard suspension was pounding my tools and mower to pieces. I gained some suspension movement and everything rode much smoother.

  • avatar
    Jeffer

    arrrgh! I need a cylinder head from a 240-6 for an upcoming project. Those things aren’t exactly plentiful anymore!

  • avatar
    Bergwerk

    The amount of steel in that 65, would probably make only half a modern F-150.  My how they have grown.

  • avatar
    obbop

    Haven’t perused an interchange manual for quite a spell (either paper or computer-based).
    I wonder if the number of possible drive shafts is still incredibly humongous… with a multitude of possibilities based upon frame length, engine and tranny and rear-end type.
    4×4 or 4×2. drive shaft source, this and that and a few more possibilities.
    Page after page after page of possibilities.
    Shaft width, how many u-joints.
    At times so perplexing we ended up just hanging them from a rack and instructing drive shaft seekers to bring their old one down and eyeball the hanging herd of shafts and play the “match-up game.”
    A royal pain.
    Leaf springs were another pain.
    We loved Datsun/Toyota/etc since the variables were so much less.
    And the component parts were so much lighter. That was back in the days when mini-trucks were mini.
    Wasn’t much fun delivering big block V8 engines to poorly equipped fly-by-night repair shops.
    sing strategically-placed series of old tires laying about a mighty shove and gravity placed the engine on the pavement in front of Billy Bobs Auto Repair and used refrigerator Emporium.
    Check to be handed over before unloading.
    Interesting times if not always fun.
    Thought-provoking were the various shops in the rougher parts of Oakland with firearms in some of the mechanic’s tool boxes.
    “Never know who will walk into the shop,” I was told.
    I tried not to linger in those areas.
    Luckily, in the working class low-class sections of the Bay Area us “junk yard” folks had a general reputation and typically were left alone.
    May relate the time while wandering South San Francisco, seeking a repair shop to make a delivery, I ended up at the end of a dead-end inner-city street in the front yard of what turned out to be the home base of the San Francisco chapter of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle “club.”
    A rather suspicious bunch but since I was there anyway and several occupants wandered out I jumped out of the delivery truck and asked “Where the heck am I” with city map in hand.
    They blinked, looked at me and proceeded to point out how to access the street where it continued a couple blocks away where the railroad tracks interrupted that street.
    I doubt they had much trouble with trespassers.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      Obbop: Ah yes, “South San Francisco, The Industrial City”! I think my buddies and I wound up in the same or near the same spot you were, as we were lost, too!

  • avatar
    Nick

    Doesn’t one of the Niedermeyer’s drive one of these?  Maybe he should salvage the engine.

  • avatar
    Moparman426W

    Jeffer, the 300 used the same head, as they were both the same engine. The only difference between the two was the 300 had a longer stroke.

  • avatar
    joeaverage

    I am surprised that this era trucks aren’t getting snapped up and restored since they are so much easier than the 1930s cars we’ve been building since the 80s. Those cars are SO much older and worse off. This truck would be a pretty easy build and would have wide appeal once done (easy to sell post recession).


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