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tomstir
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posted 03-06-2001 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello gang-
I am planning on looking at a '65 truck this weekend and need some help. The information I have received from the grandaughter is shaky at best. She says it is a 3/4 ton and has 8-lug wheels on it. Is that stock? She also says that her father put a 289 with a C4 in it 12 years ago with a column shift. It originally came with 4-speed granny low and the clutch pedal/linkage is still in the car. I have not seen the truck yet and was wondering if you all could help. Are there any trouble spots to look for IE: rust, expensive irreplaceable parts, factory problem spots etc. I have only seen very few 60's trucks and never any up close. What would/should the original drive train consist of? Are there any aftermarket manufacturers for these trucks? I don't know anything about this truck and would like some information so I know what or what not to look for.
Thanks for your help----Tomstir

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65 fastback
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Mustang Man
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posted 03-06-2001 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mustang Man   Click Here to Email Mustang Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rusty areas to look for are bed floor, cab mounts, floor pans, door hinge pillar posts where they meet the floor and the front fender wheel lips.

Also on the front fenders, the area at the very front where it meets the grille.

The sheet metal and trim parts are out there but kinda hard to find. The aftermarket companies hit the next newer body style pretty hard but kinda left your style out.

If it is in good condition go ahead and buy it...They are quite cool looking IMO!!!

hope this helps ya!
Later,

Doug

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-06-2001 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, check out Didgey Trucker's {Tracy Reynolds} excellent, excellent, excellent, {did I say excellent? } web site?

http://members.nbci.com/f100fever/index.html

He has tons of info!

There a nice '65 F-100 in this month's 'Mustang and Fords' magazine.

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68F100
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posted 03-07-2001 04:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Should have come originally with a y-block 292 v8. 3/4 tons did come stock with the 8 lug. Also check under carpet or mat in cab for rust. Check behind the seat also(cab corners). There is a pretty good aftermarket for this body style, but a little pricier than the newer body styles. LMC will send ya a free catalog if you request it. Can't remember their website off hand though. I'd say if it's not rusted out and is still pretty solid and safe, then go for it.

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68F100
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posted 03-07-2001 04:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A 65 can be converted to power front disc brakes pretty easily and inexpensively also.

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tomstir
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posted 03-07-2001 07:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks all for replying. Keep it coming!! I will take this much needed info with me. We are going to look at it Saturday at 3pm if it is not raining. It kinda seems like the owner just wants it out of the yard--maybe that will work in my favor $$$$$!!
Steve--I saw that article in M&F, perfect timing!! And that web site you recomended--EXCELLENT!!!!!!
Thanks again Tomstir

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65 fastback
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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 03-07-2001 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tomstir, The '61-'66 F-100's are the second most popular group of F-100's behind the '53-'56's. Many aftermarket companies are offering re-pro parts for this series. The half-tons (F-100's) are the most popular for customizing. Many half-ton and 3/4 ton trucks are being restored. I'm not sure (I've never looked at an F-250) but I think you can swap half-ton axles to a 3/4 ton. If so you can use disc brake spindles and axles from a 1979 or older F-100/150 and the rear end from any 1972 or older F-100.
Check out this Website, too:
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/fordpickups61to66fseries
Lots of info there.
By the way, I just bought my second '66 F-100. I've traded the first for an '88 Mustang LX.

Tracy
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68F100
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posted 03-08-2001 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 3/4 ton stuff can be swapped out for 1/2 ton also. I think some of the later 70's trucks had different mounting widths for the rear axles though(compared to the 60's).

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tomstir
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posted 03-09-2001 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK- the plan is to check out the truck on Saturday at 3pm. The owner will be there to answer questions. The guy who originally told me about the truck says that it has 3 gas tanks and that is the way it came from the factory. Does that sound right? Any help will be great. Thanks--Tomstir

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65 fastback
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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 03-09-2001 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tomstir, the stock tank is in the cab behind the seats. I've seen one with a second tank with a switch mounted on the floor beside the driver's seat. An F-250 might have had auxillary tanks as a camper special option. Just look at how professional or home-made the installation looks.

The 1973 and up Ford trucks have the wider spring spacing. Every rear end from 1972 and back will bolt into an F-100 all the way back top 1953! I've seen it done.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 03-09-2001 11:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ALSO, the 352 V8 was the only V8 available in the F-100's starting in 1965. I'm sure that went for ALL F-series trucks.

One problem spot to look out for is the radiator core support - the panel that mounts the inner fenders, the grille and the radiator. They are prone to rusting pretty bad and good examples usually sell for $350+

Tracy

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68F100
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posted 03-10-2001 02:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DT- was the y-block out of production by 65? I don't know a whole bunch about the F-100s before 67.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 03-11-2001 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pretty sure the 272/292/312 was not used after 1964. The only V8 listed for F-100's in 1965 is the 352.

Check this page (and the others):

http://members.nbci.com/f100fever/specs6166.html

I'm still looking for the 67-72 info, by the way.

Tracy

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tomstir
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posted 03-14-2001 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tomstir   Click Here to Email tomstir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well my friend didn't show up until 6pm and it was getting dark. We went anyway and it was really dark when we got to the house, which was probably for the best. The hood isn't bolted down properly and has been sitting "half mast" for 14 years. That wouldn't be that bad if they had covered up the carb opening or perhaps put the valve covers back on. There was 14 years of crud covering the rockers and filling up the intake. The back of the truck was full of who knows what and the interior was the same. There was a hole in the floor where you could see the back of the tranny and the ground--no drive shaft. The passengers rear wheelwell has a cut and the metal is pulled out. We couldn't see the drivers side of the truck since it was parked up against a huge bush--which explains all the leaves and small branches on the engine. I don't believe the owner wants more than a couple of hundred for it but it is too much for me to take on--I need to get my mustang on the road and I just started playing with my new falcon purchase. I'll be asking ?'s about that in the appropriate forum.

Thanks again to all who helped
Tom Stir

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65 fastback
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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-14-2001 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bummer, it's a parts truck now.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 03-14-2001 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That sounds like a truck that's been on "firewood duty" here in Tennessee. There should be some prime '61-'66 F-100's in California. Unless you want to restore a heavy truck like an F-250, stick with the F-100's.

Tracy

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MLariviere
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posted 03-14-2001 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you can pull it for cheap,say under $50,you could make something parting it!

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68F100
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posted 03-15-2001 02:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of those that I would just walk away from. Those old trucks are still out there. No need getting one that is in that bad of shape.

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