Cheap Project: 1967 Ford F100 Long Box Pickup

Finding an affordable classic pickup as a project vehicle is becoming more difficult as their popularity continues to grow. Maybe that’s where this 1967 Ford F100 fits into the picture. It’s rust issues appear to be minimal, and its price looks very tempting. I’m not going to hide the fact that it will need some work to return it to its best, but the foundations seem to be there for the next owner to create something really special. The Ford is located in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. The BIN price? How does $2,750 sound? It would seem that it is tempting enough to get 174 people to watch the listing on this classic.

The pale blue paint that the F100 wears isn’t original, as it did roll off the line in Michigan in February of 1967 finished in Pebble Beige. It isn’t clear just why the Ford received a repaint, but I can see some evidence of what I believe to be Bondo in a couple of spots around the vehicle. None of these spots appear to be too big, so they shouldn’t present any significant dramas for the next owner. There is rust present, but once again, this doesn’t look to be too severe. The worst of it is in the bottom corners of the doors, and in the bottoms of the front fenders. I think that some simple patches should be sufficient to address these problems. The bed has a heavy coating of surface corrosion, and I think that some media-blasting is going to be on the agenda if this is to be stopped in its tracks. There are numerous small dings and marks around the body, but once again, none of these would justify panel replacement.

When a classic vehicle is advertised at a bargain-basement price, there is generally a reason for this. Sadly, that’s true of this F100. Under the hood, we find a 352ci V8 engine, while we also get a 4-speed manual transmission and power steering. The 352 doesn’t run. In fact, it is actually locked, but it isn’t clear whether this is due to it sitting for an extended period, or whether it has suffered some form of failure. I would say that someone may have been in the process of pulling the engine, because the cover is off the transmission tunnel, and the shifter has been removed. That suggests that they intended to pull the engine and transmission together, but have stopped for some reason. I suspect that the next owner will probably finish this job, but whether they choose to attempt to revive the 352, or whether they plump for something punching out more than the original 208hp, only time will tell.

The more that I look at these photos, the more that I think that this pickup hasn’t had the easiest of lives. In addition to the engine issues, I noticed that the ignition switch is hanging down out of the dash. This would tend to indicate that there is either a problem with the switch, or there are electrical problems lurking somewhere in this F100. Beyond that, the interior will require a full restoration. Interestingly, someone has fitted a blanket cover over the original seat upholstery, and this has now worn through. The cover that is revealed underneath looks to be in surprisingly good condition, and I’d like to get a closer look at that. The dash pad is free of cracks, although it is faded, and would benefit from a dye job. The wheel is looking dilapidated, and is beyond restoration. Leaving aside the possible question of electrical gremlins, it looks like restoring the Ford’s interior could be a fairly inexpensive and easy exercise for the next owner to tackle.

Today, you will struggle to find a nice 1967 F100 Long Box on the market for less than $18,500. From there the prices tend to head north in a real hurry, and this is because of the growth in popularity of the 1967 model over the past few years. Since 2015, values across the board have shot up by an incredible 40%, and this doesn’t look like a trend that is set to end any time soon. That makes examples like this one something of a dying breed. It won’t be long before buying one of these for under $3,000 will be nothing more than a memory, and I suspect that this one will probably sell fairly quickly for that reason.


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  1. Howard A Member

    Some friends rented a farmhouse in S.Wis. years ago, and the landlord had in the garage, a green F-100 like this, only a 6 cylinder and not one(1) option. He only used it for dump runs and chores, it had like 7,000 miles on it, and was NOT for sale, I asked. I’ve had or driven for jobs, many of these, simply these were the best of 70(?) years of building trucks.Like most, the mechanicals far outlasted the bodies.Trucks were made to work, not for 10 bags of dog food from Walmart, and few survived. Another good, not great. find. Going to need a lot, but the initial price is right for a savable truck. That’s always a good start.
    The troubling part, you have a nice, restorable truck, with a plausible price, 172 watchers, and no bids. That’s a bit unsettling.

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    • Fred W

      They are all waiting until the last 5 seconds to bid

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    • Steve R

      For a non-running long bed project he’s at the top of the market. Look at the other cars he has listed, he’s not giving anyone a deal.

      Steve R

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  2. Bob C.

    My first thought was the truck Charles Bronson drove in Mr Majestyk. Man did it take a beating.

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  3. Gaspumpchas

    Wish this one was close, I’d grab it. Not many of these here in NY. especially in original shape. Repower to your liking. or rebuild the 352. This old gem here worked for a living. Good luck to the new owner!!! Stay safe.

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  5. TimM

    This is a clean looking truck that someone could get into on the cheap!! Even if you put a crate engine in it you could still have a great classic ride for around 8K!! Not to shabby today!!!

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  6. chrlsful

    Throw Back Thursday: 1974 – The make and model of the pickup truck belonging to Vincent Majestyk (Charles Bronson) was a yellow 1968 and/or 1969 Ford F-series pick-up truck. The whole movie was filmed entirely in the American state of Colorado.(Was a watermelon farmer)

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