Surviving Worker: 1966 Ford F250

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It may be controversial, but many consider Ford to be “the” manufacturer of trucks having made so many for so long. This 1966 Ford F250 falls into the Ford truck lineage, and boy is it in good shape. We love the color of this old ’66 and the interior is like showroom new. Did we mention we love classic trucks? Yea we do, they are multi-functional for us enthusiasts. It’s a classic, and it’s practical. This one is offered at $9,000. Find it here on craigslist out of Chelmsford, Maine.

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The inline 6 looks complete and original with a lovely state of patina present. This truck was stored in a barn for much of its life, and has only covered 38,000 miles. We are certain there is plenty of life left in this old truck. The body and paint look wonderful on this truck. There is some rattle can paint on the front driver side lower fender, but aside from that the paint looks mostly flawless for a 50 year old truck. There is a little wear in the bed and on the tailgate, but that is to be expected from a truck. There is no serious rust present. And it looks to have minimal surface in the bed and on the tailgate. Overall nice shape for an old truck that indeed saw work duty.

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The interior of this truck is in awesome condition! It is in like new. The dashboard is mint and looks to have seen little to no sunshine. The seat looks to have been very well cared for where the original owner carefully got in and out of this truck. The steering wheel and gauge area are so pleasant to the eyes, again with no evidence of wear or damage. We can definitely see ourselves driving this one.

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We love old trucks because they can be dual purpose for our lives. Primarily they can be cool and be appreciated at classic car events, and secondarily, they sure are useful in everyday life. Would you bring home this classic Ford F250? What would you do with this old truck? What would you haul with it?

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  1. geebee

    Always odd to me to see a 3/4 ton truck, ordered with a light duty drive line.

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  2. geomechs geomechsMember

    Nice truck. Good to use and enjoy, yet something that’s worth preserving. With an 8 ft. bed you could haul almost anything from trash to building supplies. For me there would be lots of engine/driveline parts. Kind of a rare item, having a 3/4 ton with a 3 spd. manual. The six cyl. motor is also quite rare, at least out west. In fact I’ve seen maybe (2) ’66 models with a six and they were both 1/2 tons. Anything heavier had a 352 V8.

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  3. Alan

    300ci 6 and a 3 on the tree. Awesome flatland truck. Had one, this one should come home with me. So simple, you can stand on the ground next to the motor to work on it.

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  4. David WilkMember

    This truck is in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, not Maine! According to the ad it was purchased new in nearby Lowell, Mass. Looks like a great truck, though as others have noted, the six cylinder engine is a bit underpowered for a 3/4 ton.

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  5. Badnikl

    Truck looks great and honest, but for 9K I would have to have V8 and AC with 4 speed or Automatic. 66 is a very good year, one of my favorites and I have had a few.
    Keep it sheltered and drive it as is for $6K

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  6. grant

    It’s a nice truck but Ive some questions. Another commenter made note of “3 on the tree” but what’s with the big hole in the transmission tunnel? Surely I’m not the only one who saw that?

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  7. JW

    The six cyl. is all in the gearing, my father in-law had a early 60’s Chevy 3/4 ton with a six cyl but with a 4 speed, we loaded it with wood for his wood burning stove at the bottom of a steep hill and I thought this truck will never pull itself up that hill but to my surprise it walked right up the hill and moved right down the highway. Yes it was no tire scorcher but trucks back then were not built for that kind of use they were farm trucks and for contractors. This one looks to be a nice example of days gone by.

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  8. Howard A. Howard AMember

    Great truck. I have no doubt the mileage is correct. The 300 was a great motor. I think it was Ford’s best 6 cylinder. While I’m a little shocked at the price, these were driven hard, until they broke in half, so this is getting hard to find, especially like this. Before plunking down 9g’s, make sure you check the front cab mounts( under your feet) It was a real sore spot for these, and I’ve seen decent looking trucks like this, with the cab mounts rusted. I believe there are replacements now, but a big job. Like JW sez, gearing too. Probably 60 is all you’ll get out of the old gal. Also, and you can’t see it, but ’66 was the 1st year for “Flex-O-Matic” rear suspension. Never heard of it before.×1066/80-s_l1600_8db8d31db1868469dcb872bb07d3dd70651a080f.jpg

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    • z1rider

      I have never heard of it before either. Interesting. It’s hard to see just how it worked by I suspect it was an attempt to make the spring rate progressive in order to give it a better ride but still be able to carry loads.

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  9. Mike

    My Dad’s main body shop truck was a 66 3/4 ton with a 6 banger and 3 on the tree and in rural SE Missouri it is not flat land. We took that truck everywhere, and it was Dad’s pride and joy. He even pulled their 30′ Airstream camper with it to Montauk for his 3 times a year Trout Fishing trips, and believe me Hwy 32 going from Park Hills to Salem is one hilly curvy road, as the old saying goes there is no easy way to get to Montauk, but the old truck never gave him a problem.
    He kept that truck until sometime in the late 90’s when he rolled it and the camper when somebody ran them off the road near a little wide spot in the road called Bixby, Mo. Mom and Dad both walked away from the wreck with bumps and bruises, but the truck and camper were toast.

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  10. Fred w.

    Did the 3/4 ton have the famous smooth riding “Twin I Beam” front end? I remember the commercial where they drove the truck over railroad cross ties and the cab barely moved. Edit: found this 1970 commercial where they did the RR test and rigged it where the bouncing wheels would set off multiple explosives, while the cab didn’t explode a single one!

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    • geomechs geomechsMember

      Hi Fred. I think the 3/4 tons had the Twin I-Beam from the get-go. My dad had a ’71 F250 Camper Special and it had the Twin I-Beams. I must have been hiding under a rock because I never saw the commercial showing the explosive flares; I only saw the one with the rows of light bulbs…

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    • Howard A. Howard AMember

      Hi Fred, the Twin-I beam came out in mid ’65 and was used across the board in ’66. I’m wondering about the steering wheel doesn’t look quite right. I thought ’66 still had the famous “gear and lightning bolt” horn ring.

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  11. Matt Tritt

    The 300 is still in production today, used mainly for generator applications. They will run virtually forever, are smooth as glass and get good MPG – but I can’t imagine a 3/4 ton without the compound low, which is absolutely critical for any “real” work truck – especially with a 6. That “hole” on the floor is actually a Ford truck emblem embossed in the rubber.

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  12. Loco Mikado

    I love the entirely in the cab throttle linkage including belllcrank with just a straight rod through the firewall connected to the carb.

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  13. cyclemikey

    The ad doesn’t specify whether it’s a 300 or a 240 six. Either way, it’s a plus, not a minus. The 300, in particular, is one of the best engines ever made, and is ideally suited for truck use. It’s a torque monster, and reliable as an anvil. The notion that this would be a better truck if it had the 352 V8 ain’t necessarily so. Depends on what you plan on doing with it. If you’re going to use it as intended, go with the 300. More is not always better, although the FE motor does make a superb marine mooring device.

    (just kidding, I’ve had a bunch. still have one.)

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  14. CJay

    My mom’s 66 F250 300 six 4 on the floor was still getting 14 to 16 mpg at 252,000 miles. Her last trip she was able to take in it was PA to NC and back. Towing a 4 horse trailer with 2 horses in it. On the hills she would down shift to third. Her quote ” It has a happy spot at about 37 to 40 mph, I just let it there.” On the flat and level it would 60 to 65. Great truck great torque! I hauled a 1950,s 8×40 house trailer 20 miles through central PA with it.

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