Big Window: 1960 Ford F-100 + Parts Truck

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There isn’t much time left in an eBay auction for a very weathered but very cool old shop truck. This 1960 Ford F-100 may appear rough on the outside, but therein lies much of its appeal. You can find the quickly-ending listing here on eBay, where the seller is also including the option to take home a spare parts truck as part of the final sale. 

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These trucks had a style all of their own, but the one design feature that got everybody talking was the “big window” rear glass in the cab. According to the seller, it’s hard to find this piece in good condition, and although it’s not pictured, the F-100 is said to come with uncracked glass. Personally, I dig the paint color and rough appearance overall, but the most interest is likely to come from the weathered store branding on the door.

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The seller notes that a parts truck is included but also mentions that it’s entirely up the next owner if he or she desires to take it home. In my opinion, who wouldn’t want it? A free truck is a free truck, and the seller also notes that this yellow pickup’s bed hasn’t been shortened, unlike the green example. It’s a true shortbed, so you can make the conversion authentic on the patina’d truck if you choose.

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And what would a shop truck project be without faded store lettering on the doors? This F-100 bears the scars of a working life, but also sheds some light on how it was used. Thankfully, it has resided in the desert climate of Nevada and Lake Tahoe meaning rust is limited to the surface-level damage you see here. Bidding currently hasn’t exceeded the reserve price, so it will be interesting to see if the price jumps up in the final hours of the auction.

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Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    Super find!! When I was a kid, I got a brand new Tonka truck just like this, only a stepside. It was my pride and joy, brown, I think. Tonka trucks rolled really nice too. I took it outside, sailed it down the driveway into the street, and Buick tank came along,( perfect timing) and flattened it as I stood there in shock. Anyway, IDK, I’ve got news for ya’, I think the parts truck is a better bet. Not a fan of the big back window anyway. I like the chrome grill, one of my favorite Ford pickups, maybe because of that short lived affair with my Tonka truck. Not sure about drive line. Again, ok for 1960, and nothing really wrong with it, I’m sure there’s plenty of parts still around, but it’s still a 1960, probably a handful to drive ( and stop) Same thing, depends what you want to do with it. One thing for sure, I’d paint it.
    http://www.girardbid.com/live/images/auction-146/thumb-37548.0_100.jpg

    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Great story! Sorry that I had to laugh though. I’ve had similar troubles.

      • Howard A Member

        Yeah, it was the early ’60’s, so I had to be 7 or 8. I think it was the beginning of the weight of the world crushing my youthful spirit.

    • Glen

      We had a garbage bag full of Tonkas at the family cottage, they got thrown out with the rest of the garbage. One dump truck was still unopened in it’s box! This would have been in the early 70’s.

      • Howard A Member

        Hi Glen, quite a following for vintage Tonka and those type of trucks. When cleaning out my parents house, found my other trucks, a Tonka ” hydraulic” fire truck, a car carrier( minus the cars, which, I think were Falcons) and a Buddy L Texaco tanker, all in fair shape. I got $50 each for them from a collector, and I’m sure he will double his money.

    • boxdin

      I rolled myTonka trucks repeatedly over Moms new wool carpeting in the living room. My fav was a aqua blue one ton Ford dually stakebed. Those six wheels nearly destroyed a trail from one end of that 30 foot room to the other.

    • JW454

      You made me pull one of mine down from a very high shelf. LOL It seems to be holding up well in the factory box.

      • Howard A Member

        Thanks JW454, the horror is all coming back to me,,,,unbreakable steel? HA! No match for a 1959 Buick!!

  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    Yeah, It’s pretty obvious that Tonka used the ’57-’60 Ford as a pattern for its toy trucks back then. I had a Tonka gravel truck that outlasted everything else in my (toy) inventory.

    The ’57-’60 Ford trucks were my favorites from the fifties, and I wouldn’t be turned on by Ford products again until ’67. The rounded ones of ’61-’66 never appealed to me. This looks like a worthy unit to have. It doesn’t even seem to have the rust that is so typical for this version. Oh, the temptation of taking a project like this on.

    • geomechs geomechs Member

      When I was a kid 4x4s were a rare item. In ’60-’61 there was a total of (3), a ’60 Ford, a ’61 Chevy and a ’56 Binder. The Ford was my preference to the three and it was in use until 25 years ago. The Chevy is long gone but I understand that the Binder is still around.

  3. jsz

    I had two of these, a 59 and a 57, both small windows. Bought the 59 when I was 13 and spent the next 5 years learning everything relative to a restoration from body work, welding, engine and most a nonexistent budget. I did finish it for the summer before college and later sold it prior to leaving for college. Loved the truck and learned a great deal of skills that I continue to use to this date.
    Small note the green truck box is correct.

  4. michaedo

    Looks to me like there’s a big hole where
    the rear window should be.

  5. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Hang on to your toys boys, they could be worth more than the real deal. Sold for $2,700.00. 40 bids.

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