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Hooniverse Truck Thursday – A 1960 Ford F-500 with the right amount of Patina

Jim Brennan October 7, 2010 Hooniverse Truck Thursday 37 Comments

Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Truck Thursday, where I scour the internet for interesting trucks, and bring the to the Hooniverse audience. For the past couple of weeks that I have been running this series, I have been bringing exquisite examples of classic trucks, but not this time. I found this Ford that has been used, but still looks great, and is relatively affordable.

This is an original 1960 Ford F-500 with a factory Ford flatbed stake body! According to the listing:

1960 Ford F-500 Flatbed Truck, Black with Gray Int, V8/4 Speed, Very Solid Original Truck, Factory Ford Stake Bed. Garage Kept. 1 1/2 Ton, very original and good condition.

Uhhhh, that’s the listing? How the hell am I going to fill up a blog posting?…. Anyway, the 1960 Ford F-500 had a 292 CID Y-Block V-8 engine that produced 186 HP. The rear axle was usually made by Rockwell, and that’s just about the only information I can come up with.

This truck is still a solid example, with the asking price of only $7,950. See the entire listing here.

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Image Source: Morrison Motor Company

  • The garage this was kept in must have been huge.

    I love it.

  • SSurfer321

    For the right collector, that's probably a fair price but it looks a little overpriced for my taste.
    Awesome find though!

  • grantlinderman

    For a few grand less, I'd buy it in a heartbeat to actually use as a sweet farm truck. Who would collect something like that? Seems a little odd, but it is an awesome truck. Though, definitely an awesome truck that should be used to haul some stuff around… not sit in a garage.

  • dculberson

    Farm truck! NO! This is a perfect Lemons tow vehicle. Enough power to not be stuck at 35mph (like the theoretical Jeep FC that I want), plenty of capacity from the hefty suspension and axle, and tons of room for spares in the flat bed. (Plus you can set up a tent in there once you move the spares back off.)

    Beautiful truck, and if the condition is as presented, it's worth every cent. But what looks like it might be surface rust on the firewall might cause some concern, especially if there's more of that elsewhere.

    I am absolutely in love with the "blink marker lights" placard on the dash. I want one of those in my pickup.

  • Yo! Klutts is my last name! I knew there was a cluster of distant relatives down there but it's unusual here in NYS.

    Now I just need someone to paint an S over that Z so I can claim that thing for my own….

    • I actually thought the company name was "B. A. Kluttz" which would be a hilarious name for a clumsy haulage firm

  • I love the gear and lightning bolt logo this era truck used.

    I'm trying to figure out the purpose of the "blink marker lights" function. The only thing I can think of is that truckers will often blink their parking lights as a "thank you" to other drivers who let them pass.

    • SSurfer321

      I'm thinking they are an early form of hazard lights.

    • That's what I thought. It appears to be a momentary switch.

  • Feds_II

    That is very very very pretty. 7.3 diesel, a foot out of the frame, and a period-correct dually bed would make for a sweet cruising machine.

  • njhoon

    I'm trying to figure out the exhaust manifold and why it appears to go up and around the front of the engine. Very cool truck BTW.

    • Number_Six

      That's an early version of the Turbo Encabulator. Ford couldn't make it work, so they sold the patent to Chrysler.

      • They had problems manufacturing the differential girdle spring to tight enough tolerances.

    • Feds_II

      Strange though it may seem, there doesn't seem to be a lot of room between the engine and that beefy steering shaft/box. That's probably the only spot they had space for it.

      That it would help prevent carb icing is also a side benefit.

    • Depending on the year and application, Y-blocks had a single exhaust with front crossover (like this one), single exhaust with a Y-pipe (like my first car, a '59 Ford sedan), or dual exhaust. The front crossover was retained on trucks long after it was discontinued on cars. It makes for a simple exhaust from the manifold back, at the expense of inefficient routing in the engine compartment.

      • First time I saw one of these crossover pipes was on a 56 F-100 I wanted to buy for $800 in '82. I was all "Whaaaa?"

        Stepdad talked me out of it because it smoked a little. "If you got it to run on all 8 cylinders you wouldn't be able to SEE the damn thing" he said. As if that was some kind of problem… sheesh.

        Does your drop-top have a Y-block, or the "big" block of 58 on?

        • It's got the 352. The Y-block was discontinued in the Skyliner after 1957, though there are rumors of special-order jobs. Some even say there were retractables that left the factory with the straight-six 223 (never officially available, since Skyliners are heavier than the other body styles and were, after all, the top-of-the-line Ford), but that hasn't been substantiated.

          Edited for 1957-59 Ford hyper-pickiness:

          drop-top = convertible = Sunliner

          flip-top = retractable = Skyliner (except the early-'57 "prototype" cars which lack the Skyliner script)

          Now you, too, can fit in with the cool kids. Well, there's also the secret handshake, but I'm not supposed to mention that.

          • Ah. I've been learned. Although I thought they were called "why did it stop tops"… heh-heh..

            Our 57 "drop-top" had a 312 Y-block. Our 58 with the ever popular "firmly-attached" top had the 352 with wonderful glasspacks and side exits in front of the rear wheel. Used to ride with my ear out the window when I was 8.

            I had read some period literature that was calling ford's 58 motors their "new big blocks" which always amused me.

  • P161911

    My grandfather had a couple of trucks of similar size and vintage back when I was a little kid. I know the last one was a Chevy C-60. It had a stake bed and a hydraulic dump too. He used them to tow his tractor and do work on his lake lot and some property he had in the country that he was going to build a house on. I believe he might have had a Ford like this before the Chevy. I'm pretty sure he restored both of them.

    Oh, he wasn't a farmer or anything like that. He was an attorney for the power company and kept the truck parked at his home in a subdivision in suburban Atlanta.

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  • BlackIce_GTS

    This is the first thing I thought of:
    <img src="http://www.warwheels.net/images/m54guntruckAceLyles1.jpg&quot; width=500>

  • Lotte

    So, how do those switches work? Pull = On, Push = Off?

    • Some of them rotate. Take a look at the wiper knob and the one at the far end (probably a two-speed heater fan). The light switch is push-pull for off-on and rotation for dimming the instrument lights, but that secondary function isn't important enough to warrant the other style of knob. Overall it's a great system for using the controls while actually watching the road.

      As long as I'm being grumpy, I also miss the era of air vents that are designed to be effective without needing a fan. Those are the controls marked "L. AIR" and "R. AIR" which flank the steering column.

    • Pretty much. They were an early analog/digital hybrid design.

  • joshuman

    I like it!

  • OOOOOooohhh!! Y-block!

    To this day I STILL love the sound of a nice Y-block with a set of glasspacks. Second only to a stout flathead V8 with glasspacks, and narrowly beats out the Mopar big-blocks with said glasspacks.

    • Love the Y-block, but a 750lb 5-ish liter motor making ~200hp is…a bit hard to defend.

      Whereas the 750-800lb FEs with their 120lb intake manifolds are totally justifiable…

      • Ha-ha! In either case, I don't mind a slow trip so long as I have something beautiful to listen to while climbing them grades.

      • OA5599

        A friend had a 68 Torino GT with a 390. When he rebuilt the engine, he swapped the cast-iron intake for an aluminum one. I don't know whether that helped with horsepower, but the change in ride and handling was significant.

  • RichardKopf

    I love this truck. It's absolutely perfect.

  • Buickboy92

    Love, love, love, love, love it!

  • Zero Hero

    I'm thinking about purchasing one of these over here in Colorado. $1200, runs great, just needs a paint job. Should I go for it?

  • mike jones

    i see this truck almost everyday its 4 sell rite by the charlotte motor speed way its at a car muesm(hope i spelled tht rite) but it sits outs side&its been 4 sell 4 bout a year&a half..the new guy that owns it wants a arm&leg 4 it

  • adam

    hello there, is it still available?
    i'm really interested

  • charlie

    Once truck

  • charlie

    Really really nice truck