Classic Camper Survivor! 1973 Ford F-250

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This beautiful 1973 Ford F-250 is said to have been owned by the same family since new. The original owner had it for nearly 40 years and then it was passed to another family member. Located in Oregon for its whole life, it can be found here on eBay with a current bid of over $14,000, the reserve hasn’t been met yet. There have been quite a few maintenance items done and this seems like a nice survivor/driver. Take a look for yourself at this cool camper.

The seller says the truck has less than 100,000 miles on the odometer, which is believable. However, they also claim the engine is a 390, but the VIN says it is a 360. While these engines are identical on the outside, the stroke of a 390 piston is longer. An easy test is to pull a spark plug and place a dowel rod (or something similar that won’t harm the engine) down into the spark plug hole. You can then spin the engine by hand and put a mark on the dowel at top dead center and bottom dead center. If your marks are about 3.5″ you have a 360, if it is closer to 3.78″ it is a 390.

The cab interior is about what you would expect. The saddle blanket seat covering is almost a must with this generation of Ford. Overall, it looks decent although the seller does say the seat could use re-upholstering.

The camper portion looks like a nice place to spend the night. This setup is pretty common with an elevated sleeping platform that allows for storage underneath. Long before the overlanding trend of the past decade, campers like this were very common for hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. The truck also appears to have dual gas tanks, which is great for long expeditions.

Overall, this is a really clean classic truck. There’s nothing in the ad about the original tailgate being included, but hopefully, it is in case the new owner wants to remove the camper. The only real issue you can spot in the photos is the surface rust on the top of the cab. I’m not sure if it never got waxed like the rest of the truck, but the roof certainly looks much worse than the hood. What do you think?

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  1. Bamapoppy

    If you’re the winner I’ve got a steak dinner saying you’ll be the only one on your block with a truck this shade of green.

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  2. Pete R.


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  3. Mark

    I had 73 with the the 2 Wheel drive automatic back in 86, that 360 had the most consistent gas mileage out of anything I ever owned. 10 miles to the gallon around town, 10 miles to the gallon on the highway, as long as you drove 55!

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    • Timothy O'Toole

      Years back I had a 1970 Ford 2WD 3/4 ton pickup truck with a 360 and a 4 speed std tranny. Surprisingly, I got close to 18 miles to the gallon on the highway. I always thought the reason it got such good gas mileage was the gear ratio for the transmission. Pulling onto the highway, the tyranny would wind out to about 45 before shifting into 4th gear. Almost like overdrive.

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      • Charles McKee

        I call bs.

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  4. Mike

    That was our camping set-up. Us kids sleeping on the platform while mom & dad slept on the bed with our big german shepherd in between. While on the freeway, we would be in the back with the dog lounging on all the sleeping bags. Was it safe? Nope. We were more concerned about all the McDonald’s that dad was passing by.

    Like 17
  5. Stan

    A real proper truck right here. Beautiful level stance, strong 3/4 ton or more chasis, good torque motor, 4wd, std. transmission, lever-action T-case. 🙌

    Like 13
  6. Frank Chantry

    That there makes me drool a little.

    Like 9
  7. Rw

    I don’t know if you can still find wild country tires or these old they were great tires last long no chop on my jeeps and Toyotas.

    Like 5
  8. Mark

    I’m buying a lottery ticket who sole purpose ids to buy me this truck!

    Like 5
  9. douglas hunt

    I was never a fan of green, but this one looks fantastic ….

    Like 9
  10. John M Stecz


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  11. Ilovetrucks

    This is a joke bidding is at 25k truck is worth around 15k 20k

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    • Midway

      Depends on if the chassis has a dana 24 and seals, bearings and brakes have been completely gone through, radiator, valve cover gaskets and heater core are 3 items of interest also.

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      • Yblocker

        Huh? Lol

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  12. Yblocker

    If it’s a 390, it’s not original, the 390 was never available in a 4×4. Nice example of the best trucks of the 70s, the price isn’t out of line.

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  13. Mark

    SOLD $28,100 to not me! So, would you rather have a 201X 45 year newer truck for the money or this one?
    I vote this one (has I won the lottery), what say you?

    Like 0

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