California Barn Find: 1960 Ford F250

In the age of cell phones, it’s always a little surprising when a seller claims their vehicle is a “barn find” but there are no photos of the vehicle in the actual barn. You would think someone would take a minute to snap at least one or two pictures of it before it is hauled out of its resting spot. Well, this 1960 Ford F-250 appears to be the real-deal (shed find at least). It is located in El Cajon, California and can be found for sale here on eBay with a current bid just over $1,700. The seller includes several photos of the truck with years of dust on it, then some good photos of it in the daylight after a light cleaning. Let’s take a look at this awesome truck and let us know what you think.

The interior is dusty from storage, but will probably clean up well. You can tell it has an aftermarket Hurst-style shifter and gauges under the dash. There isn’t much information in the ad other than it is believed to be a California truck. The transmission fluid doesn’t show on the dipstick, but the engine is said to run. The ad says it’s a “very rare” V8 long bed automatic. I’m not sure what the production numbers are, but this combination doesn’t seem to rare to me? Maybe an automatic transmission in a 3/4-ton truck is the rare part? Unfortunately, the only photo of the engine is blurry but you can make out what looks to be an aftermarket intake and carburetor, which is confirmed by the ad. The seller believes it to be a 352, but it’s hard to tell. It does appear to have power steering and brakes, which will help the drivability of the truck a whole bunch.

The tires are 33 x 12.50’s which are mounted on cool slotted mag-style wheels. The truck also features custom front and rear bumpers. These trucks have huge body panels, which can be difficult to bodywork, but with the amazing patina on this truck, maybe the new owner will drive it as-is. What direction would you take this project if it was yours?


  1. geomechs geomechs

    Truck looks good. I sure wouldn’t kick it off my driveway. I would much rather have the original Y-block but I wouldn’t be obsessed with finding one. Looks like a 351M under the hood which is Okay but I have my druthers. A driver quality restoration is the only way to go but you can drive it in the meantime…

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  2. Gaspumpchas

    Yeah Geomechs could be a Cleveland, that 351 m was a dawg, I’d spend some time with a da sander. good coat of epoxy primer, then a single stage paint job. Any mill would go in there nicely. This one has a cool look to it. at 1725 right now it could be somebodys starter vehicle, Hope the price stays affordable. good luck to the new owner!!

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  3. Little_Cars

    The patina looks like old rattle can primer to me…with the surface rust to show for it. If this is a 352 truck with power brakes and steering and the flat side bed it is a tad more unusual than your average farm truck. Looks like it might have started out life as a deep blue, which was a great color for 59-60. I built a 1/25 model of this in the same way….gray with slotted aluminum mag wheels and a Thunderbird motor under the opening hood.

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  4. Little_Cars

    On second look, that is not the original 352, but a cool mill nonetheless. Great improvised dual exhaust from the JC Whitney catalog. I haven’t seen those gooseneck bendable exhaust reducers in a number of years. Very cool swing arm for the back. A real honest workhorse.

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  5. DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

    eBay sez: “no longer available.”

    Hope it found a good home!

    (Highest canceled bid was $4200)

  6. schooner

    Retired 01/03/19, I can’t think of anything better than to show up with this redone underneath and left alone otherwise after I close on one of those gated communities down south. With glasspacks.

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    • Little_Cars

      If I know most gated communities, the restrictions on noise, number of vehicles parked, vehicle condition and generally snooty homeowner’s associations would prevent you from enjoying your vintage, glasspacked Ford F-250. At least near your home.

  7. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Not a virgin truck…..looks like a Torino donated the drive train and power booster….what did they cal – restomod – back in the day ?

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  8. TimM

    Great looking truck!! I would rather have a manual transmission but it’s still a great truck

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