NOFTD! (New Old Ford Truck Day)

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Fireball519, May 26, 2020.

  1. Fireball519

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    So today, I went and hung out with a cousin of mine who's a guitar player. When I was a little kid, i used to idolize him because of how he played. Hes also one heck of a mechanic and a fabricator. It seems to be a trend in the Wilburn family. I saw her in his back yard(among many many MANY other classics.) 1969 Ford F250. I now have a new project. Itll have a 302 and either a 3 on the tree or a 4 on the floor with a Hurst shifter. Shes rough right now but I'll be posting progress. Any name suggestions? 20200525_182550.jpg
     
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    Oh yeah, and shes a short bed!
     
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    Cool

    3 on the tree!

    My father always tells me about his first car, I think it was 64 or so Ford pickup and he always mentions the “3 on the tree”
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    I’m gonna keep an eye on your progress, I work with my father and he’s always talking about his exploits on the model A and Pontiac forums, he’ll get a kick out of one us “tele guys” restoring a truck
     
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    It's probably gonna be a slow process but I promise to post progress as I go along. First thing is to clean and paint the frame. Probably start on that in the next couple of days. I'm thinking I will go with a 3 on the tree. That's what I learned to drive on. I also need to figure out my color scheme. Oh this is gonna be a fun one!
     
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    Cool project! My first build was '56 f100
    3 on the tree.
    These days a t-5 is hard to beat; great versatility.
    By the end of the project you will surely have a name for it~
     
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    Ole Blue
     
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    I learned to drive in the 1968 F100 that mom and dad brought me home from the hospital in.
    It started life with a 3 on the tree and a 6 cyl.
    Dad swapped in a 302 and moved the shifter to the floor. It had the longest throw. I was about 10 years old learning to drive in the hay field.
    If I had the seat forward enough for me to depress the clutch, the shifter couldn’t come back far enough to go into gear.
     
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    those late 60s to mid 70s ford pickups are the coolest!
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    We had a 68'. Dad bought it used in the early 70s. Ours had the 360, automatic and a storage compartment in the lower front quarter of the bed...I can't remember if it had them on both sides or not.

    A buddy of mine and I drove it from Alabama to Wisconsin and back in August of 1974 (we were 17, had a ball, got lost in Milwaukee at 2am, etc.). The engine seized a year later (thank Dog, my Dad was driving it at the time)...when we opened it up, it was so full of mud you could hardly see the valve train. Turns out the truck had been in a flood. Ran perfectly until it didn't!
     
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    Old Blue wouldnt be bad except it's not staying blue lol. I'm really happy to hear all the stories you guys have about these old Fords! Keep those stories coming! It gives me motivation
     
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    Very cool! I take it the hood, fenders and the rest are sitting in the bed?

    - D
     
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    Betty Ford
     
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    Yes, "Truck". Congrats on a cool project. Let the spending begin!
     
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    This was my first thought about your project direction: IMG_4464.JPG
     
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    I had a mid-70s Dodge conversion van when I was in college (early 90s) that came with a 3-on-the-tree, but it failed (bushings were just worn out) and it was replaced with a Hurst shifter...reverse was literally in my back pocket, and first was back from there!
     
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    My first truck was a ‘69 F-100 with the 240 & TOAT. I loved that thing and drove it from MI to Albuquerque and back. I later got a ‘72 F-250 with a 390 & TOAT and that sucker would smoke the rear tires but couldn’t make it past a gas pump. Also had a ‘76 and ‘79 F-100, all the same inline six & column shift. I love that body style.
     
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    My first car was a Chevy II with three-on-the-tree, but I had passed my driving test with an automatic. First day out, driving solo with my own license in my own car.... I got nervous at a stop-light on an uphill grade. Could I get it all together without rolling backwards? Sure I could... if I had put it in First gear and not Reverse! Not a great way to start out on your first day...
     
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    Cool project!
    Floors intact?
    TN is pretty good to steel but that's been sitting on the ground for a while, is there now aftermarket floor stampings and cab corners for the '60s Ford trucks?
    I sold my '56 Chevy project and you can get virtually every body panel new aftermarket, for the '55 and the '57.
    Was from Arkansas so hardly any rust.
    But a good welder can fab up any shape pretty quickly too, cool to see some of the really skilled tin bangers work.
    I think if I can afford another antique auto project it will be a pickup.
    Three on the tree is really fine for a non hi performance vehicle, and the totally clear floor is nice. That said I have two or three Hurst shifters and parts saved, couple of big Holley DPs too. Wannabe here!
     
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