Short Bed Farm Find: 1969 Ford F-100

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Farm trucks can be a mixed bag. On the one hand, they rarely accumulate a lot of miles, but on the other hand, small dents, tears in the seats, some rust and some potentially temporary repairs are par for the course. This short bed step side Ford has been on the farm stored in a barn for many years, and is still with its original owner. It’s located in Jonesboro, Louisiana and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding starts at $2,000 but the buy it now is only $2,600.

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Remember those comments about dents and a little bit of rust? Here it is. Some would say that adds character, and, dare I say it, patina. Others of you look at this as “bodywork and paint needed before the cows come home today!” I can see both points of view. Which way would you pursue with this truck?

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One thing you can count on with a farm truck is a usable bed. Note, I didn’t say original, just usable.

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The inside doesn’t look bad–I think that’s just surface rust on the floor? And an inexpensive seat cover would work for me to at least be able to use the truck with shorts on. The dash actually looks surprisingly good! The seller says it needs a new ignition switch, but one is included. By the way, according to the seller, it has only 66,204 miles.

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According to the serial number and this chart, if this is the original engine it’s a 240 cubic inch inline 6. It also tells us the truck was built in Ontario, Canada, and is two wheel drive. The seller tells us they made it run, but that the truck still needs brake work (parts are included) and already has a new fuel pump and tank. With the inline six and what I presume to be a three-speed, this is a pretty ordinarily equipped truck. Does that mean it’s a blank canvas for you? Or would you restore it in it’s current specification? Or perhaps keep the p-word and drive it anyway? Let us know!

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Comments

  1. Terry J

    The 240 and it’s bigger brother, the mighty 300 version are bulletproof. I’d keep it. :-) Terry J

  2. Rick

    Don’t you mean Step Side Barn Find?

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      I suppose either works! :-)

  3. DREW V.

    Trucks like these are easy to redo, I would suggest taking the body off the frame and have it media blasted and epoxy primed, steam clean and paint the frame and do the mechanicals while the body was off, including swapping in a later model warmed over 300 and add an under dash A/C unit… Would be a fun truckto drive with plenty of power to haul a good sized load and not get too hot driving it…

    • George

      I would choose a small V-8 over the 300 six. The six is a great engine, but sucks gas. The one I had was lucky to get 10 mpg on the hiway.

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