Saying good bye to my 1965 Ford F100 [Shift Happens]


It’s been a good run with this one here. At the end of 2014, I purchased a 1965 Ford F100. The intent was to find a project truck that was drivable but that needed some love as well. I wanted to learn how to wrench, and this truck would be the one to help teach me.
In the beginning, I set the timing backwards, tore through steering couplers, and would peer into an engine bay with little clue of what I was actually staring. At the end though, I’d recently helped swap in a hotter cam, pop in new valve seals, change the clutch, and even just diagnoses and repaired an oil leak.
Both the truck and I have some quite a ways. I’ve learned a lot and no longer fear opening up my toolbox to work on my own machine. That was the goal here, and it’s been achieved. 
Now I need something that I can enjoy while bringing my young daughter along for the ride. The truck needs to go for that to happen.
So I’ve sold it.
Will I miss it? Certainly. Am I excited for the next project car phase? Absolutely.

26 Comments

        1. Any reasonable person would take advantage of that or use a utility trailer behind their hopefully adequate car. Really your comment simply reminded me of that contraption and I was looking for an excuse to post it.

          1. Depending upon how much of that was “just lying around” in proximity to car and welder, this may have been a very practical solution.

      1. That looks like it’s in Central or South America. And, it’s awesome. They just need to make it a little wider, so it doubles as a sunshade.

      2. I remember a fellow in town who built an engineered, exoskeleton-type roof rack onto his Acura Legend and then used it to haul materials for his gutter installation business. As I recall it was his one and only vehicle for many years.

        1. Pickup trucks are too big, especially for things up on the roof. Us short people have to band stick stack together. I have yet to stand on/be stood on shoulders to reach something in the grocery store, but I’ve definitely jumped and grabbed for myself and others.

          1. American pickup trucks seem to be growing in height at about the same rate as an elementary school kid. My 2011 2WD work truck is about 3-4″ taller than my dad’s 2000 Dodge 2WD work truck. I had a 2017 Silverado 2WD work truck loaner a few weeks ago, it was 3-4″ taller than my 2011 truck. At current rates, by 2040 step ladders will be required to reach the bed for anyone under 8 feet tall.

          2. …and when you finally manage to get up there, you’ll realize the bed is only 4′ long but there is 3′ of leg room in the back seat.

  1. “Now I need something that I can enjoy while bringing my young daughter along for the ride.”
    Does the truck not have a passenger seat? I’m sure you could rig up childseat attachment in the middle of a bench if safety’s what you’re on about.

    1. The truck is barely safe enough for adults so I’m going to listen to the advice of my wife and go a different route. She okay’d the 74 Benz as a kid shuttle so I’m not going to push it on the truck, plus the truck needs to go away so my Benz wagon can live and I’m fine with that.

      1. Well, I watched it and can’t figure it out either. And, hey, what’s up at the very end with the red-eyed wom…oh, nevermind…

        1. I never listed it. Talked with one buyer (who’s another auto journo and lives two towns over), and he took it for one test drive.
          He said fix the oil leak and I’ll buy it.

          1. As spoiled as the truck is with attention, going to another auto journo should smooth the transition. Can’t believe you’ve had it for three years…time sure passed quickly.

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