Farm Truck: 1966 Ford F-100

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Rarely do classic American trucks survive the rough lives they tend to lead, especially out on the farm. Occasionally one will surface that made it through and it is just a testament to how well they were built. This 1966 Ford F-100 has been parked for the past 12 years and while it needs some work, for $4,500 it seems like a bargain. It is located in Blanco, Texas and the seller has listed it here on eBay.

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The seller claims that this work truck runs, but that it needs a front brake cylinder and a water pump. These trucks could be had with a variety of engines from an inline-six up to a V8. The seller believes that this one originally came with a six cylinder and that someone later installed the current V8 that’s under the hood. The current engine is a 360 cui V8, which Ford didn’t introduce until 1968. It was rated at 215 hp and 375 lbs. of torque, which should make this even more enjoyable to drive. While the hauling capacity isn’t as high as some of the bigger trucks, this one’s Twin I-Beam front suspension should give it a nice ride. The combination of power and smooth handling should make it a fun vehicle for hauling duties.

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Overall, this truck is presentable and should only need a little work to get it back on the road. While the current paint looks good, we assume it has been resprayed at some time because of the overspray behind the grill. If $4,500 seems a bit too high to you, the seller is willing to take offers. So, what would you do with this truck? Would you just get it running, restore it, or just put it back in the barn?

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Comments

  1. paul

    Looks like a nice project but he doesn’t show us the floor or chassis & with a respray we can’t tell if their was rust , still these are easy projects , no power anything , very small interior’s to deal with, so if you are into trucks, this looks like a good one to start with.

  2. Robert

    1966 – That’s when they made good vehicles you could actually work on and service yourself.

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  3. Blindmarc

    Fix and drive. Add when you can. Price is reasonable too.

  4. Warren

    Have bought many of these 65-66 longbeds over the years and brought back to Michigan. Similar condition trucks from the Pacific Northwest can be bought on Craig’s List for $2000-2500 range. Yes shipping runs about $900, but what a relief to not have to deal with rust! Well worth it!

  5. JP

    Bed looks to be in fairly decent shape, which I would think would be an indicator of what to expect regarding rust on the rest of the truck. I would get it running AND restore it…

  6. James Wallhauser

    I like it and would get it up and running…might gently suggest a lower price to this seller though.

  7. geomechs geomechs Member

    Looks like it was originally powered with a 6. I’ve seen a lot of them repowered with a 352/360/390. Good upgrade although I was a little disappointed to see this vehicle already redone. I might add that the wheels can always be replaced with original types if that’s the way the owner want’s it.

  8. Dolphin Member

    Yes, probably asking too much, but with the hot interest in vintage trucks it might be worth the $3000 he says he will take for the truck. It might all depend on the rust question. As Paul said, there are no pics of the floors/underside/detailed engine bay, so you would need to go and look. I don’t think of vehicles having much rust in Texas, and this one looks suspiciously rusty in the limited area you can see of the engine bay, and even the dash.

    Looks like the front end got a little dressing up to look good for the party. But lose those trailer wheels, please!

  9. FRED

    I BOUGHT ONE OF MY EXCAVATOR OPERATORS ONE IN NY THAT WAS IN MUCH WORSE SHAPE FOR 3 GRAND..WHENEVER WE WERE SLOW LIKE WINTER AND RAIN OUTS HE WAS IN OUR SHOP DOING SOMETHING TO IT.WE GOT A 390 FOR IT AND HE REBUILT THAT WITH LOTS OF GO FAST AND CHROME PARTS.HE EVEN PAINTED IT IN THE SHOP RED AND WHITE.BRAKES SUSPENSION AND EVERYTHING REDONE.FINALLY GAVE IT SOME CROME DEEP DISH IN REAR STOCK UPFRONT WITH BABY MOONS AND WHAT A SWEET RIDE HE HAD.. LIKE SOMEBODY IN FRONT OF ME SAID GREAT PROJECT AND WHEN YOU DO IT YOURSELF IT DOESN’T COST ALL THAT MUCH.

  10. baba6

    Nice truck Price is a little high but it depends what you plan on doing after restoration, everyday driver, enter in shows you really cant do it both ways if you completely restore it body off frame up you wont want to haul anything with it so set your mind first on what way your going to go after restoring first, good luck either way my friend

  11. shaun

    I have this same truck in beige. Options were 200cid IL6 or 352cid V8. What is rare is the factory automatic. I don’t think the seller knows what he has is just flipping the vehicle. If he has $3k offer, he should take it. Looks like this one does not have the original paint. Could the good find but I don’t trust engine swap that I don’t do myself. While the 352 V8 sounds better than the six, the cast iron intake manifold wieghts 110lbs by itself! The IL6 is a better find. The V8 gets about 9 MPG with the AC option and the IL6 gets about 12 MPG. If you are upgrading consider a engine, transmission, and rear end swap. 18MPG is possible but a lot of work! Good luck.

  12. Jesse

    The seller ended the auction early, so we can only assumed a deal was worked offline.

  13. Ryan

    Hi josh I ended up with this pickup just recently was just curious if you had any idea where the front bumper went the previous owner said he never received It. Not sure if you were the original owner or just posting for barn finds

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Hi, Ryan–congratulations! No, Josh was just writing up a eBay auction, sorry!

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