1969 Ford F-100 Ranger For $500

1969 Ford F-100

Located in suburban St. Louis, Missouri and listed here on craigslist, the possibilities for this box-body Ford pickup are limited only by your budget and imagination. This body style is a staple of the automotive makeover shows, and it lends itself well to modifications. The sharp body lines and trim allow for various combinations of two-tone paint as well. While these ’67-’72 Ford trucks still aren’t too difficult to find, this one looks like a great deal because it’s straight, complete, and priced to sell.

289 V8

It has some body rust, so while it would be easier to leave it as-is with patina, it is certainly restorable too. The 289 V8 engine and automatic transmission are desirable options. The seller states that this truck is not in running condition, but from the looks of things under the hood, it at least appears to be all there. The empty bracket on top of the engine suggests that it might have once had an aftermarket air conditioning system?

F100 Interior

The condition is a little rough, but the low price is hard to argue with. So what do you think? Is this a worthy restoration project? A rat rod, parts truck, or an economical home-center workhorse?

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Comments

  1. grant

    Nope. Beater old truck, if it can be made to run and drive for not much more than the purchase price then it’s an ok deal, otherwise runners are everywhere and they don’t cost too much except to those who think these are the next big thing. I personally LOVE these when they look perfect and new, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the money to fully restore. Make it run and beat the hell out of it.

    • Jason Houston

      You’re the very reason there aren’t any left!

      • grant

        There’s plenty left, and they were built to use.

  2. Cassidy

    It might be my eyes, but doesn’t it look like the rt frt tire is rolling at a really bad angle? Looks like a really easy to work and maintain until someone get dumb and totals it..I already have a nice ’80 F-250 with gobs of pantina and very tough. Buy it before it disaggears! Dam the rust, full speed ahead!

    • Mark E

      Agreed! I got as far as the first picture. That passenger-side front wheel appears to be cambered strangely. Between that and the jack stand underneath this is a pass in my book, even considering the points gained from the built-in toolbox!

      • Horse Radish

        too much guess work.
        Probably just jacked it so it wouldn’t get photographed with a flat tire.

  3. jim s

    truck looks like it has a jack and jack stand holding the front end up. i like the look of this old work truck but the mechanical system still needed to be serviced. i would want a manual transmission. interesting find.

  4. JW

    I know it’s very early on a Sunday morning and my eyesight is not the best anymore but I don’t see a gear shift lever on the column, am I missing this or am I now going blind??? Will take some serious money to get this puppy looking good again and that’s too bad.

  5. Howard A Member

    Actually, I think the whole front suspension is missing, ( I don’t see a steering column in the engine area) and it’s being held up with the jack. The tire was just placed there. It looks like it may have had a floor shifter, as the column piece looks like the column shift part was sawed off and bondoed. I did that once. The engine, I suppose is worth a little, but the rest,,ta-ta.

  6. Jason Houston

    “straight, complete, and priced to sell” is reason enough to keep it nice! WHY would you even CONSIDER modifying something that has as much intrinsic beauty as the 67-72 F-100? It’s only one of the most perfectly beautiful trucks ever designed. Notice how the grille, body sculpting, headlamps and windshield incorporate some of the most attractive styling techniques Ford used on its most popular passenger cars over the previous decade? And you have no better appreciation of design than the destroy all that?

    This is a rare find in an excellent color. These are next to impossible to find (at least here on the west coast) where they haven’t been drilled, chopped, slammed, slobbered or reduced to parts cars!

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    • grant

      Not sure where on the west coast you are, but these are plentiful in western oregon.

      • Howard A Member

        Hi grant, we had tons of these in the Mid-west, probably THE most popular truck ever. I’ve had several, and driven several more for delivery jobs, couldn’t kill them. However, I agree( partially) with Jason, to me, not the most beautiful truck ( that goes to the ’37 Studebaker Coupe Express) but these are getting hard to find. Once the 2 wheel drives rusted to bits, they were scrapped, where at least, the 4 wheel drive ones, that didn’t fare much better, were still good for plow duty.

  7. geomechs geomechs Member

    Actually I have a problem with the 289 engine. Ford introduced the 302 in ’68 and this truck is a ’69. Furthermore, I don’t recall any V8 other than the 360 or 390 in a Ford truck before 1970. And in 1970 it was the 302. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think that it should have an FE block under that hood. And I agree with Howard in that the lower steering column is missing. Something wrong with those pictures…

  8. Marty Member

    Yes, it does look like the front end is being held up with a jack stand, and that upon closer inspection, the right front wheel isn’t bolted on, possibly because there is nothing located behind it to bolt it on to. That would do a lot to explain why this truck is still for sale at such a low price, and causes doubt that it doesn’t have lots of other serious faults that aren’t being disclosed.

    But the parts are easy enough to find that this could still possibly be put together for a decent price.

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