Reader Ad: 1969 Ford F100 Shortbed

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What Makes It Special? Very nice older build on a big block 4 speed short bed iconic truck. This 1969 Ford F-100 short bed is a very nice running and driving classic truck. Very potent FE Big Block (390) with a 4-speed manual transmission. Lots of chrome, aluminum Edelbrock intake, Holley 4 barrel, vacuum canister, headers and dual exhaust with Cherry Bomb Glass-packs (sounds awesome!! – Not too loud but does have a great rumble to it). This engine starts right up every time and idles good. No misses or hesitations. NO LEAKS. Nice and dry. New waterpump. Odometer and title show 24,375 miles as original, but we can not verify that.

The suspension is very tight and handles very well for an almost 50 year old truck. Chome sway bars front and rear. Rear also has traction bars. Brakes are very good and has been upgraded to front discs and a dual master cylinder. Very good condition raised white letter radial tires. It has also had the gas tank removed from behind the rear seats and an aluminum fuel cell has been mounted under the bed. Much safer and adds to the custom look of the truck.

The interior is absolutely beautiful for a truck int his price range. Custom seats, headliner and door panels. Carpet is in very nice condition, as is the chrome trim on the dash and through out the interior. There are several custom billet pieces, including some dash knobs and switches, turn signal and tilt levers are also billet. Has radio but it does not always work well. You would probably want to upgrade to something more modern anyway, or just listen to the sweet sounds of that Big Block FE Engine!! Tilt steering column. Glass is all good except driver side window. It appears that LMC truck sells replacement side glass for under $100.

Body Condition: The body of this truck is in very good condition, but is not perfect. I am guessing the truck was built in the 80s or 90s. The body seams were filled and antenna was frenched in. These were very common custom touches back then. There are places where you can see some of the body seams and there are a few places that has some bubbling under the paint. All very minor. That being said, look at the undercarriage!!! Cab floors and bed floor appear to be virtually rust free!! Inner fender wells and door bottoms are excellent. It does appear that at some point the hood came up while driving, as there is a small dent in the center of the hood and a corresponding small dent in the center of the roof where it would have hit We are trying to be very honest in our description. This is a great “20 footer”. That is, you can drive and enjoy as is while you slowly start redoing some of the items this truck would need to be a show truck. I get compliments everywhere we take it. If you were to redo the body and paint it, you would have a $25,000 to $30,000 truck (remember – it is a short bed; what every wants). or, just drive it as is and enjoy a bargain priced big block short bed manual trans classic vehicle.

Mechanical Condition: Very potent FE Big Block (390) with a 4-speed manual transmission. Lots of chrome, aluminum Edelbrock intake, Holley 4 barrel, vacuum canister, headers and dual exhaust with Cherry Bomb Glass-packs (sounds awesome!! – Not too loud but does have a great rumble to it). This engine starts right up every time and idles good. No misses or hesitations. NO LEAKS. Nice and dry. New waterpump. Odometer and title show 24,375 miles as original, but we can not verify that.

The suspension is very tight and handles very well for an almost 50 year old truck. Chome sway bars front and rear. Rear also has traction bars. Brakes are very good and has been upgraded to front discs and a dual master cylinder. Very good condition raised white letter radial tires. It has also had the gas tank removed from behind the rear seats and an aluminum fuel cell has been mounted under the bed. Much safer and adds to the custom look of the truck.

Seller’s Listing: Here

  • Asking Price: $12,495
  • Location: Geneva, Ohio
  • Title Status: Clean

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Comments

  1. Dirk

    Very nice looking truck, I like it a lot but I would like it even more if it had a straight six instead of the 390, an engine like that in a pickup makes about as much sense as tits on a bull, unless maybe you’re gonna tow a heavy trailer (but there’s no tow hitch) or you enjoy burning up tires. A classic, iconic design in perfect driver condition anyway.

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    • CanuckCarGuy

      @ Dirk, I have the 390 FE in my ’71 F100…put me down as a yes on burning up tires.

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  2. Jimmy

    Very nice and cool old Ford truck, the only thing that would make it better is if it were a 4×4. IMHO the asking price is pretty fair.

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  3. Johnmloghry

    I like. Want to buy, but not able at this time. Must take care of wife’s medical bills. There’ll always be another. Really I want a 65, maybe a little later down the road.

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  4. JP

    Real nice shortbed!

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  5. Kenneth Carney

    That depends on what you’re using the
    truck for Dirk. If it were mine, I’d be using
    it to haul scrap metal by day and newspapers by night. We all have our own ideas as to what makes a good pickup so I don’t think you’d have all
    that much problems using a six provided
    you got a truck with a 300 cube big
    six in it. These things were real torque
    monsters that pulled just as hard as
    their V-8 cousins while sipping very
    little gas. To each their own but I think
    in a pull off we’d shake hands and call
    it a draw.

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    • Dirk

      I think maybe you might be happier with a 3/4 ton long bed anyway.

  6. Hide Behind

    Fair price, in relation to buying a new or recent used 2x truck, for personal use the 390 was a pig and today the 300 six, in as nice a rig as this, is a best seller for sure.
    Old 390’s exhaust manifolds notorious for warping, some one at Ford had a Pinnoccio nose when passing out HP
    ratings, although torque was close.
    In daily life even as a logging, construction, and agricultural settings the 300/6 was better choice and burns cheapest gas
    Question: wasn’t there a conversion kit for front on 60’s 1/2 tons, used brakes from later Torino and Cyclones

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  7. Lawyer George Member

    I have had both the 300 six as well as a V-8–it was a 1982 model so I can’t remember what V-8 it had but not the 390.I found the 300 was just as if not more thirsty than the V-8 (a 352?). I referred the 8. I had a 67 Chev P/U with the 6 and it was 10mpg on the hiway. The best gas mileage was from the Dodge Pickups. I had a 69 1/2 V-8 which would eek out 20 mpg hiway. With the new version of these trucks running $50K plus, it is hard for me to generate to much excitement over them. I used to have to”justify” buying a pickup as I was not in the trades nor a great outdoors man, and they could be had for $3000.00 new. Justifying one at $50 to $70K would be a useless act because they are priced way beyond my fantasy level.

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    • Johnmloghry

      To say nothing of the fact you can no longer buy a new Dodge pickup, only a Ram which is really a Fiat.

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    • theGasHole

      Hey there Lawyer George,
      For an ’82 you most likely had the 302 engine. The 390 stopped in 1975 as a factory installed option, though of course many people will drop a 390 into a lesser-equipped truck.
      I have had the same experience between the 300/352/360 as far as gas mileage.

  8. Miguel

    This is the first time, I think, I have seen somebody say they would rather have a small engine in a pick up.

    Pick ups are for hauling so why strap it down with the weakest engine available?

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    • Hide Behind

      A Ford ep0/6 banger is no slouch, especially in the torque catagory, it reaches max torque at loser Rpm than any early RE motors and later later 302 or the 351/400 Cleveland M series.
      All engines have their pwr/ torque range at optimum efficiency levels,
      and Ford built #’s of these 300’and put em even into 2 -2 /12 ton, long
      school bus, fire equipment, and trucks for every day use.
      We put old Holley “Economizer” carb, good exhaust and 3:0? gears in rear with with an auto4spd w od and he sold it before paint was dry.
      Many older and not so old buying these older Ford and Dodge trucks not looking to burn tires, just wanting a very presentable older truck,.
      Not all today have the 60k+ $ for new Bling.
      Bling and bragging rights on how much money it cost and they have
      to differentiate from other “look at me” factory decided rigs.
      My camera broken or I would send a pic of place between Castle Rock and Chehalis WA along I 5 of guy who has and sells rows of old Ford PU.
      Give what common man buys, a good streight presentable PU, A rig used to tow, how far and how many times a year, boats, camper and toy trailers, waverunners , those old Ford 300 PU were built tough.

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  9. DKW

    Love it. And would strongly consider it for my teenage son if it had the inline 6, but I refuse to allow him to have that much power at his right foot. I’m sure you will have no problems selling it and it will be a great truck to whomever gets it!

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