Farm Fresh: 1969 Ford F100 4×4

One thing is for sure, this Ford F-100 has a tough and rugged look to it! The seller claims it has spent its life on a family farm, where it was primarily used to spray crops. It was originally purchased in North Dakota, but is now in Anoka, Minnesota. They point out that it hasn’t ever seen winter use in Minnesota, hence the minimal rust. I imagine it saw some winter use in North Dakota, it’s a 4×4 after all, but it really does look solid. Find it here on eBay with a BIN of $7,500.

Classic trucks are gaining popularity not just with truck aficionados, but with mainstream collectors as well. I can understand the appeal, but the prices people are willing to pay for them seem crazy to me. Growing up in Wyoming, trucks like this weren’t particularly rare and were only desirable in the worst of winter. Over the years though, they have grown scarce. When these were just worn out old trucks, it would have made sense to trade it in for a newer more comfortable truck.

This one does have a lot going for it. It’s packing a 360 V8, manual transmission and is a 4×4. The seller has it running and driving, with recent work to the brakes, a new exhaust and a full tune-up. It sounds like it is ready for the next owner to enjoy it and put some miles on it. The seller’s asking price seems high to me, but several have sold recently for only a little less, so perhaps it’s worth it.

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Comments

  1. Theodoric

    I think you’re right – price is way too high. For whatever reason, this body style doesn’t command the same money as the 73-79.

  2. newfieldscarnut

    Pictures of tha cab mounts would be nice to see on a Ford truck of this vintage .

  3. Gunner

    I have always been a fan of the 67-79 Ford Trucks, and have owned one. They are very reliable, and I have known guys that had over 400K on them with no rebuild. I personally would love a later Highboy and was looking very hard at one not long ago. This particular truck had a 300 six using a 240 head to boost compression to 9.4 to 1. It also had a special 4 barrel intake on it and a rare exhaust manifold. It was very unique. However, as a daily driver it always comes down to one thing: mileage. I simply cannot afford the 8-12 mpg (estimated) that these trucks get. You could fix that with mods but that takes money, knowledge, and time. Right now those things go to my Dodge Coronet. :-)

    • Jerry HW Brentnell

      to get fuel mileage out this thing involves 2 things! locking hubs on the front axle, to stop the front axle running and change the gears to 355s and leave the oversized tires and rims off it and put a tonneau cover on the box

  4. jwinters

    my dad had a 1977 f100 with the 300 six, it had a single barrel carb with an oil bath air cleaner, heavy duty radiator and a 3 on the tree, with the dual tanks it could go about 800 miles before needing to buy gas, and it got 20 MPG on the highway at 55 mph. he put over 300k miles on it and never had the valve cover off.

  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    I like this truck. It’s a little out of my budget but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth what they’re asking. After all, you can always come down in price but it’s damned difficult to raise the price during negotiations.

    When this truck was in its prime our operation was running its share of Ford trucks. Dad used to complain about them but he never had a legitimate excuse, other than someone in the coffee shop complained that his Ford was a gas guzzler, or didn’t come in the right color–coffee shop grumbling. Come to think of it my grandfather complained about Fords but he always ran them—until my uncle started selling Dodges. Dad ran Chevys, Binders and Dodges too but it always seemed that the farm/ranch trucks were ‘Flip Over, Read Directions,’ ‘First On Race Day,’ or ‘Foiled On a Real Deal.’ Or to that effect. We ran those trucks into the ground and they always seemed to come back for more. I was amazed at how well they started in cold weather; if they would turn over, they would start. I ran Fords myself until the place I worked for got the GM franchise in ’75. Interesting enough, I had just taken delivery of a brand new Ford a couple of weeks before the GM contracts were signed, but that’s another story.

    We had (4) trucks in this series: a ’67 3/4 ton 4X4, a ’69 1/2 ton, a ’71 3/4 ton 4X4 and a ’71 3/4 ton. I think the only troublesome one was the ’69 F100, and all it was doing was scrubbing the front tires off in weird patterns. Heavy duty shocks cured that. We towed livestock trailers, towed boats, hauled hay, machinery, campers, people, and beer. Oftentimes we had so many friends riding in the back that you couldn’t fit another person in there unless you tamped them in. Those were the days….

  6. Rob S

    Actually, this body style is commanding more money and interest than the dent side version of the 73-79 years. These are really tough trucks! This Is a NICE example but the price is a tad steep. He may get it though. Would be nice to see the critical areas like cab mounts and floors. Good looking truck!

  7. David

    I have a 69 f100 and am doing a complete restoration the problem is I cannot find a hood can someone please help me with this issue.

  8. Howard A

    Well, it’s a nice truck, but I hardly believe for a second, a 4×4 pickup from Minnesota, wasn’t used in the winter, which is like 10 months a year. Also, with a GVW of 7,000lbs, they are kind of pushing the trucks half ton limit by at least a ton. I would never do such a thing,,,cough,,overload a truck, tsk, tsk.( I’ve probably hauled more over weight loads in trucks than legal ones,,,now it can be told) I’ve had several of these ( not 4×4’s) and driven many more for jobs. Yes, gas mileage was dismal, but that’s the trade off for the most dependable truck made. Most of these are behind barns with rusty plows attached, half of their original self gone, but make no mistake, when the snow starts a fallin’, these are still up to the task.

    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi Howard. On a farm, overloaded meant you couldn’t contain everything you wanted to haul within the confines of the bed, so it spilled over. Then you were ‘forced’ to add extensions to the bed. Our three ton trucks were licensed for 27,000 GVW but 400 bushels of wheat weighed 24,000 lbs by itself. The bare truck weighed a lot more than 3,000 lbs. empty. A good herd bull weighed a ton+ and you put the stock racks on the pickup and loaded him on. I remember taking a bunch of engine parts to the machine shop: a 460 Ford block, heads and crankshaft; a 350 Cummins block, heads and crankshaft, and a 619 John Deere block, head and crankshaft—a two ton+ payload. That was in the back of my ’79 GMC K1500. Dad told the story of his ’51 Dodge short-box. He had a load of lumber to take home. He put the long planks on the bottom, then the plywood, then the hardware. When he launched it, the front wheels came off the ground; the only way to steer it was to nudge the brakes….

      • Howard A

        Hi geomechs, “wheelies” are nothing new to overloaded dump trucks. More than once, I’ve seen end gates that didn’t open, all the material slid to the back, and WHOO-HOO!!! ( something to tell the grandkids about)

  9. G.P. Member

    I got a 1975 F-250 4×4 high boy sitting behind the barn. 390 and four speed. My brother got it about 35 years ago, I keep thinking about restoring it, but it’s yellow – I don’t like yellow.

  10. Neil

    Howard,
    You obviously have no clue as to Minnesota seasons, or their duration.
    If it was indeed used as a sprayer for fields…. we don’t spray em’ in the Winter !!!!
    On top of that, this is advertised as a North Dakota farm truck, so salt wasn’t an issue, it was on a farm, not salted roads.
    Why, if it’s in MN. and sports ND plates…. I have no clue.

    • Hank

      Those are Minnesota plates.

  11. Mike Will H

    It’s a pretty neat package, but after a career spraying the de-weaponized version of Agent Orange I’d always wonder what danger lurks within. Any of you farm guys have insight on this?

  12. Tyler

    Nice truck, I like it. For some reason, Fords never rusted near as bad as the GM trucks of this generation, but like some others mentioned, it would have been nice to see some underneath pics. 4 wheel drives in this era weren’t as common as they are today, & survivors as nice as this one appears, are rarer still. With what I have seen comparable Chevy’s sell for, this price is pretty fair. You definitely can’t rebuild a rougher truck for anywhere near this.

  13. John

    Actually the price is fair if its clean all the way around and underneath. Old 4×4’s are hot,hot, hot!! these days. I own an original patina rust free Oregon 77 highboy that gets more attention than my mint 69 GrandPrix does at shows. Love 4wd trucks from 65-85.

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