Still In The Barn: 1963 Ford F-100

The F-100 was the light-duty pickup version of the F-Series trucks that have been offered by Ford since 1948. The F-Series would eventually become the best-selling truck in the U.S. This edition from 1963 has likely been in the barn where it currently resides since at least 2006. The seller believes it could be a runner with a “little love,” but anything stored that long is likely going to need a “lotta love.” Located in Woodville, Ohio, this F-100 is available here on Facebook Marketplace for $5,850.

When the F-Series was redesigned for 1961, Ford chose to go with unibody construction for the F-100. As an “integrated pickup,” the cab and bed were one piece with no gap between the two. That decision was not popular with buyers as rumors began to circulate that the body would buckle up and the doors jam shut when the truck was loaded beyond its rated capacity. Whether legit or not, this caused Ford to rethink the design, and mid-way through the 1963 model year, they would revert to two-piece body construction. One of the photos shows a gap between the cab and bed, so the seller’s truck must be a later ’63.

We’re told this is a one-owner pickup but said owner passed away in 2006. So, we assume the truck went into storage no later than that year. The seller has applied for a new title based on abandonment, so a Bill of Sale is all the buyer may receive for now. The truck is reported to have 98,500 miles and a 289 cubic inch V8. But the 289 wouldn’t come out for two more years, so either the engine has been replaced or a 292 is under the hood. We’re told the pickup is an automatic, but the shifter in one of the photos suggests a manual transmission.

The yellow paint is faded and very dirty with some chipping and surface rust present in the limited views of the exterior in the dark barn. But corrosion isn’t seen or mentioned. We’re not sure about the interior as there is an oversized cover over the bench seat and no floor covers, but at least the floors do appear to be there. Old trucks have grown in popularity and Hagerty estimates the average resale value of one of these Fords is about $16,000. Without a title and the unknowns of what’s offered, is the seller asking a fair price? BTW, we wonder if the Kawasaki CSR 305 motorcycle pictured is for sale, too?

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Comments

  1. Rex Kahrs Member

    I recall reading that Ford did not have time to re-design the bed, so they re-used the bed from the 1957 pickup and just stuck that on the back of the ’63.

    I recall that by ’64 they had a bed designed for the body.

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  2. Rex Kahrs Member

    Here’s a photo of a ’63 with that ’57 bed.

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    • Eric B

      I always wondered about this! It just doesn’t look right, but still cooler than any new truck today.

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      • Bob C.

        A lot like the Studebaker Champ pickup with the Dodge fleetside bed.

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  3. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    I know it has been said a billion times here, but $5850 for a junk pickup! Unbelievable!

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    • BOP_GUY Member

      Totally agree! And the sad truth is that if he pulled it out, added new tires and washed it, with the totally out of whack way the market is right now, someone would’ve probably paid double the asking for it!

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  4. Terrry

    Some ’62 and ’63 short beds had a one piece cab and body. Mine did, and the previous owner stuck a 400M and C-6 drivetrain in it. It was front-heavy but the truck was fast!

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  5. Bob C.

    That gear and lightning bolt crest on the hood would suggest it left the factory with a six banger. Likely a 223.

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  6. Maverick

    The 1 piece body any incin doors would pop open.

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  7. Earl

    I can barely see the T handle for the aftermarket automatic shifter.

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  8. Bob Mck Member

    Almost 6K for a rust belt, Ohio truck with no title that does not run.
    Sorry dude, I am running the other way.

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  9. Erik

    To add to the lack of title issue…Ohio doesn’t have annual safety state inspections and that immediately always makes one question condition of vehicles for sale there. Too many buyers find out too late that a running or driving (or formerly running and driving) vehicle from a state such as Ohio should no longer be running or driving and will take deep pockets to bring it back to safe driving on today’s roads among today’s modern vehicles and distracted drivers.

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  10. Marty Parker

    The first 289 was used in 63 for passenger car use only. Ford never used the 289 in a Pickup.

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