|My 1962 Ford F100 LWB 'Wrongbed'
January 23, 2017
- Well, it's still winter...and cold as hell outside, so I
haven't done a darned thing to the truck. However, I did
decided that I wanted to get the truck out of the main
driveway and over in front of the garage, which doubles as
my office. It was a pretty nice day today, so I decided to
take advantage of it.
I fired up the Ford tractor
(towing a Ford with a Ford!) and lifted the back up up with
a chain and then pushed the truck over to the garage. I
wanted it here not only to get it out of the driveway, but
so that I'd have all my tools handy when it came time to
start working on it.
So pictured above is actually
my truck in front of the FORDification World Headquarters!
The left side of the garage is a workshop and is where most
of my tools are, while the right side has been cleaned up
for an office. The walls are finished, the floor is carpeted
and shelves line the walls for all my vintage Ford
memorabilia, used for research purposes for the three
FORDification websites. (Yeah, I know...I really need to get
some kind of sign on the front. That'll be another summer
Anyway, this truck has been on
my mine off-and-on since I got it two months ago, with me
running possible scenarios of what would need to be done
if/when we can get it fired up this Spring. I remembered I'd
been to an older salvage yard about an hour away a year ago
that not only had a truck exactly like this (same color
even!), but had some floorpans that were in better shape. I
snapped the following pics of that truck during that visit.
I've been back several times and this truck was still there,
so I'm hoping that the next time I can make it, it'll still
The thought crossed my mind
that maybe I could bring a Sawzall up there some day and
just cut the whole lower section of the cab out...the
floorpan area, at least. If you look closely at the
driver's-side floorpan in Fig. 03, you can see that there IS
a piece of tin screwed down, meaning there IS some rust
there. But it's still a lot better than what I've got now,
so at the very least I can use this floorpan to cut some
patch panels from. Since this cab is the exact same color as
the one I've got, I'd have been interested in just buying
the whole cab, except that as you can see in Fig. 04,
somebody's cut the whole windshield frame out with a hammer
and chisel...so that's out.
However, the steering box and
shaft that I need is also on this truck, so I'll definitely
be able to salvage more than just a couple parts for mine.
The engine and transmission is still in place too, so I
might just have to grab a few other things as well. I'll be
keeping my fingers crossed!
February 18, 2017
- I decided to take an unseasonably-warm day today to hit
the salvage yard I discussed earlier, to see if I could rob
parts off that junkyard truck. I spend last night getting
all my tools together, charging up five batteries and
getting everything ready to go. My son Trevor decided that
he wanted to come along as well, since he's never been to a
salvage yard before. (Even though he's only 14, he looks
older, so we figured we'd take a chance on the rule that you
have to be at least 16 to get in.
However, I guess it wasn't
meant to be today. We arrived at the yard at 11:58 AM...two
minutes before noon...only to find a note on the front door
stating they'd be closing at noon that day. And in fact the
owner had already locked the door and was climbing in his
car to go home as we pulled up! DAMMIT!!!
Well, not one to waste a
planned junkyarding day, we decided to hit some other area
yards, just to see what was available. Over the course of
the day we hit three different salvage yards, and even
though we didn't find anything worth salvaging, we still had
fun. Trevor really enjoyed the day and wants to come back
with me the next time we attempt to go back to the first
February 18, 2017
- Well, my sons and I decided today was the day to try to
fire up the '62. Whether I could get it fired up today or
not dictated our future plans for this truck. And I have
some good news to report.
Well, kinda sorta. The gas
pedal was siezed up at the pivot point, so I got that
unstuck and working. I disconnected the fuel line from the
carb so I wouldn't be pumping any nasty varnish/fuel into
the carb. Then we changed the oil, dropped in a battery,
sprayed a little carburetor cleaner around down inside and
then gave it a quick shot of ether and hit the key...and it
started spitting and sputtering! After several times of
doing this, the engine did fire up and I was able to keep it
running very smoothly for 8-10 seconds...on the ether.
But at least I know it'll run!
I'm actually starting to get kind of excited...and Trevor
definitely is too. He spent some time between tasks today
practicing shifting a floor shift. He's looking forward to
learning how to drive a manual transmission in this truck.
So we decided that since we
knew the engine would run, it was time to get started doing
a few tasks. First of all, we needed to get a good front
seat mounted (and it just so happened that I had one from my
'67 that would bolt right in), and we needed to get the
entire fuel system cleaned out. There was still a little gas
in the tank, but after setting for 20+ years it was smelling
pretty rancid. So...
We removed the seat
and set it aside, and then got the old tank
removed from out behind the seat. I had another
good tank from a '68 that was clean and would
bolt right in, but after shining a flashlight
down inside the original tank and finding it
remarkably clean inside, we decided we didn't
need to replace the tank, just clean it out.
Zach spent some time getting the cab floor
cleaned up and then we bolted the '67 seat into
You can see Trevor (Fig. 08)
getting the seat unbolted. He really was a big help today.
Fig. 09 shows the new seat bolted in and looking a whole lot
better than the torn-up seat. We loaded the old seat up into
my truck so I could take it to the dump tomorrow, but
decided to at least offer it up for free on a couple of the
Ford truck Facebook groups I'm a member of. A fellow member
who lives about an hour south messaged back that he wants
it, so we set it in the barn until he can come for it.
Due to the fact that it's still
winter and usually too cold to do any outside work, this is
probably as far as we'll get until the temps go up a little.
But everybody's very happy at the progress we made
today...and to celebrate us getting it (kinda) fired up, we
hit the horseshoe pits for a few rounds of horseshoes.
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