|My 1962 Ford F100 LWB 'Wrongbed'
November 19, 2016 - Well, it's official! After years
of being both a Bumpside ('67-'72) and a Dentside ('73-'79)
truck owner, I've been initiated into the world of the
Here's the story...
I've lived here (20+ years), this '62 Ford F100 has been
parked by the local elementary school. Being the father of
five young children, I've driven right by this truck at
least twice a day for 10 YEARS as I drop the kids off at
school in the morning or pick them up again in the
afternoon. I'd always wondered about it...whether it was for
sale, whether it was even worth buying...but never actually
took the first step into checking it out further. But almost
without fail, every time I drove by this truck, I admired it
and momentarily pictured it sitting in my driveway.
several evenings ago my wife said she got a text message
from her father, who happens to own a '61 Ford F100 unibody
truck. He was in the process of replacing the aluminum
aftermarket wheels on his truck with the stock steelies.
He'd purchased this '62 strictly for the wheels,
thinking it would have the original 'innie' style of wheel
on it (wheels in which the hubcap snapped onto the inner
nubs of the wheel, used on pre-'65 trucks). ...and in the
text message wondered if I would be interested in the rest
of the truck after he removed the wheels. Of course I said
So the next
morning after I dropped the kids off at school, I drove back
to this truck and took the picture above, as well as the
four below. I'd have taken more, but this was our first
snowstorm of the year and it was pretty cold and very windy
that day, so I only got a few.
first opened the driver's door, the whole door dropped 6
inches. It turns out the lower door hinge was completely
broken. I had to lift the door back up in order to properly
close it. I noticed the cab steps on both sides were
extremely rusty too.
next day my father-in-law called and said he had the truck
up on a trailer and was ready to bring it out to my place.
He said we could get the truck up on blocks and remove the
steel wheels, and then once he got the correct
original-style tires mounted on the wheels and onto his '61,
he'd just give me the rims/tires that were currently on his
truck. However, as soon as he arrived and I was walking
around looking at this '62, I noticed the wheels he wanted
weren't the 'innie' style, but the 'outie' style used on
'65-later trucks. I pointed this out to him, so he said he'd
have to look into it further.
truck had a flat tire, plus he said one wheel was locked up,
we wouldn't be able to just push it off the trailer. So I
had to have him back up to a tree, where we attached a chain
and hooked it up to the truck (FIG. 06), and then just drove
the trailer out from under the truck. Within a few minutes
we had all the wheels/tires removed, and he left, saying
he'd let me know when I could have the wheels/tires from his
'61 (FIG. 07).
Once he left, I spent a few minutes checking this truck out
a little closer, as well as taking some more reference
pictures. These pictures are just for archival
purposes...the 'before' pics, in case I ever decide to do
anything with it in the future. The pics aren't the
best...they were taken with my cell phone, but good enough
for this initial assessment.
So, here's where I am at
I'm really not sure what I'm
going to do with this truck. I actually already have several
other project trucks and didn't really need another one, but
when something falls into your lap like this, whatcha gonna
choose to do, I have some time to figure it out. Since at
the present time I don't have a shop to work in, this truck
will be sitting at least till spring, when it's warm enough
outside for me to work. My initial thoughts are this:
truck is remarkably complete, it's extremely rusted out in
the floorpans, cab mounts and radiator support. The engine
(a 223 inline 6) isn't locked up, and it's my understanding
that the previous owners were driving it until the steering
column shaft snapped. This was probably due to the
rusted-out cab mounts which put pressure on the shaft until
it finally let go.
actually might not take much to get it fired up. IF I can
get it running OK, then I might do some quick redneck-type
repairs on the floorpans and cab mounts, just enough to lift
the front of the cab back up to it's factory location and
support it better so I could install a new column shaft. And
then just drive it as-is. I'm thinking this truck is
actually too far gone to really save, and not worth
investing the time and money into, but I'll bet it's still
got a few miles left on it before it's ready to be put out
to pasture permanently. So if I can make a fun driver out of
this with a minimum of investment, I'll do it.
At the very
least, I'd have to locate a used steering column/box
(they're an integrated unit), and of course change all the
fluids, ignition components and do a brake job on it.
you with a couple last pictures taken a couple days later,
after my FIY gave me his aluminum rims and tires from his
'61 to mount up. Kinda gives it a whole new look, doesn't
I'm not entirely sure if this
truck will take me on any new adventures, but we'll find out
come Spring 2017...and if it does, I'll be sure to document
them here. Stay tuned...
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