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Old 06-08-2006, 07:42 PM   #43
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Talking im with the yes crowd!

when i was younger i put a 460 into my 72 ford 1/2 ton. same body as the 68 but different grill. that old truck liked to go!
current truck is 1990 w 250 dodge TD bought new in 90 runs good pulls good but no cup holders.
found a 73 3/4 ton long box crew cab for sale in the local paper. four fullsize doors . i may just have to give this one a good home.
personaly i like trucks that when you get in , you know your in a truck. you can always add your own custom cup holder.
my 2 cents, go fer it!
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:42 PM   #44
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To make it suitable for towing and reasonable comfort you are talking:

Engine, transmission if you want automatic (new clutch/pressure plate if not), rear end (complete axle might be easier all around), suspension up front, new springs in back, disc brakes all around, probably a custom radiator, oil cooler, transmission cooler (or stay manual), body off paint/body work, new wheels, tires, exhaust, compete interior (seats, door panels, carpet, headliner), three point seat belts, all new wiring throughout, air conditioning, stereo, probably some chrome work. And new ashtray.

Unless you do a lot yourself, and assuming you can find someone who can do consciencious work, it might be possible to bring it in for $30,000. This would not make it show quality, but it would be very, very nice.

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Old 06-08-2006, 08:48 PM   #45
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A buddy just bought a 1957 Ford (Meteor) Ranchero with a 1979 Ford 302 and automatic trans (25,000 miles on the engine and trans out of a wreck). It needs some cleaning up and some wiring redone and eventually will need fresh paint and appropriate bodywork. Has power steering out of the '79 and power brakes. Another fellow's project that he couldn't finish due to a health issue. He was asking $5,000 and when asked what he had to have for it he volunteered that he'd be happy with $4,000. So, it's been bought and will be towing (sadly an SOB but I'm working on him to go silver) very soon. Fresh brakes ($300), tires ($400), exhaust ($250), shocks ($200) and replace the carpet ($250) and they have a neat and somewhat unique hauler. There are deals out there all the time if you are looking. This one was in a small town classified and we do a weekly search of many of them out west looking for this type of project in the making. I've seen nicely done mid 60's to mid 70's trucks with new or rebuilt engine/trans/brakes/paint/interior and options like PS, PB, PW go for ten to twelve grand or often less. Far less than the builder has invested I'm sure.

If you do buy, have it checked out first by a real mechanic and safetied. It will cost you a couple of hundred bucks usually to have this done but otherwise you just don't know what it is you are truly getting.

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Old 06-08-2006, 10:00 PM   #46
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Maybe I'm missing something here but wasn't a '68 tradewind origonally pulled by a stock '68 vehicle . In '68 a V8 was still a stong engine . Upgrading brakes would be a good idea , other than that it's all about creature comfort.
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Old 06-08-2006, 10:27 PM   #47
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my son in law found me a mechanic owned 69 ford f250, 390cu upgraded to a 400something, camper special all ready to tow. we got it for $1100. i've only towed my "new" 21ft. 76 gt twice now with it. (less than 100 miles each way) only had to put new trailor break plug in and for being my first time ever towing, it was great! truck needs a paint job is why the price.
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Old 06-09-2006, 02:16 AM   #48
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I think the thing to do is to go ahead and realize your dreams .however you need to do it .Buy a 70 or 71 f250 with the options you might like on that truck .They are out there just as vintage airstreams are.Get one already done ,it will cost less than you could build it .Those fords with the trim packages were real nice trucks ,p/s a/c disc brakes (72 0n ? ).My travelall took work to upgrade the brakes and suspension discs etc.,but it has a/c p/s overdrive trans (standard shift though) and its no late model suburban ,but it is heavy duty and Gets the looks always ,so the cool factor cannot be beat .
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:49 PM   #49
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On the other hand....I have an uncle who has been restoring '50's model Ford PU's since I can remember. He also has the shop facilities to do it. He just retired this summer,hey wait a minute, this may be doable!

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Hey Jim, this project is back on my mind again, and as fate would have it, I was thinking a '50s truck would be pretty sweet. Any chance you could check with the uncle about how feasable this would be?
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Old 03-18-2007, 02:02 PM   #50
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Hey Jim, this project is back on my mind again, and as fate would have it, I was thinking a '50s truck would be pretty sweet. Any chance you could check with the uncle about how feasable this would be?
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The picture that wkerfoot posted earlier is a 1956 Ford. Those are available regularly with late model V8s, disc brakes, and air, in the $20-$30K range here in CA. I imagine you can find them in your neck of the woods also. They don't get much cooler than that, and I'm a "Chevy guy".
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Hey Jim, this project is back on my mind again, and as fate would have it, I was thinking a '50s truck would be pretty sweet. Any chance you could check with the uncle about how feasable this would be?
Looks like I'm going to have to rebuild the engine in that old '97 F150 that I gave to #2 child, but that's another long story. My uncle has offered the use of his shop, so it looks like I'll be spending some time with him over the next few weeks. When I sopke to him on Saturday, he had a '55 Ford P.U. and 2 '63 Ford Falcons in the garage restoring them. Talk about a guy who's loving retirement....

About how much does your Tradewind weigh? That'll be the most importent number in the equation I would imagine.

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They don't get much cooler than that, and I'm a "Chevy guy".
Personally, I think if a car manages to live to be 40+ years old, it is cool, no matter who built it.
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Personally, I think if a car manages to live to be 40+ years old, it is cool, no matter who built it.
I'm with you on that Terry. It's just that right now my 40+ year old Chevys outnumber my Fords 4 to zip. But I did have a great '56 Ford pickup for a while. Ron
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About how much does your Tradewind weigh? That'll be the most importent number in the equation I would imagine.

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Im not sure, but I dont see any point in re-weighing it untill the new floor is in and the frame extension holding the ugly box is axed. In the best of all worlds, the truck would come with a PSD under the hood . For sure I would want extra power in reserve. Are there issues with wheelbase in these old trucks? I want this so bad I can taste it...
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:43 PM   #55
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Rodney, What preceeded your idea by about 40+ years was the type tow vehicle that Wally himself used. I believe it was a 3/4 ton International with service box. That said, If you are looking for old and big pick-up trucks there is a junk yard just north of Dallas, TX (Can't remember the name) that is loaded with old cars and trucks. I was even thinking of a road trip to look for an old Good Humor ice cream truck to use as a TV. Now how cool would that be? Ed
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..... For sure I would want extra power in reserve. Are there issues with wheelbase in these old trucks? I want this so bad I can taste it...
Man, I don't know. I'll bet either my uncle or someboby here has towed with one 'em. I'll give him a call tonight and see what he has to say.
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