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Engine Size351 Cleveland V8
Transmission3 Speed Automatic
Exterior ColorDark Gray Metallic
Where do trucks like this come from? The longtime owner of this clean 1969 Ford F100 decided it should get a remarkable full makeover that preserves the great factory looks but adds a few upgrades, including a stout 351 cubic inch V8 engine. Go ahead, find another one, let alone one this nice. If you like the '60s look with a bit of muscle behind it, this is an awesome find.
This is a short wheelbase, short bed truck, which was a relatively rare combination in 1969. However, between May 1969 when it was built and today, it doesn’t seem to have done much work. Or maybe whomever did the restoration went the extra mile and erased every mark that shows it ever carried a load and then coated it in that stunning anthracite gray paint. The flanks are incredible straight, and given the details of the F100 design, most notably that crease that runs along the sides, it shows off how much time was invested in the finish work. Much of the trim was shaved to give it an updated look, but there's no mistaking the Blue Oval DNA running through its veins. And while it looks quite custom, upon closer examination, you'll find details like the grille, chrome bumpers, door handles, and tailgate remain stock, so the blending of custom and stock is seamless. And quite honestly, we don't know if we've ever seen a Ford pickup restored to this level. It's just spectacular in every way. We don't say perfect, but this one is awfully darned close.
The truck becomes all the more remarkable given the no-nonsense interior that looks very much as the factory intended. Black cloth and vinyl upholstery on the bench seat looks like the factory stuff and is both stylish and durable, perfect for the environment in which it was intended to work. The door panels are upscale pleated pieces that contrast with the standard painted steel versions on lesser trucks and the floor is covered in plush black carpets, which help it feel modern and comfortable on the road. The instruments are original and are nicely preserved, and there's a discreet A/C system tucked underneath that almost looks like it was born there. A tilt steering column and a black anodized billet wheel help with the low-key, high-tech vibe and you do get a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo to fill the interior with sound.
The original engine was originally a code Y 360 cubic inch V8, but when it was restored a thumping 351 Cleveland powerplant was dropped between the fenders and the difference is significant. Dressed in matching charcoal gray paint and wearing finned valve covers, it has a high-performance vibe that fits its personality. There's also a 4-barrel carburetor and shorty headers that help build the kind of power you'll find useful in a truck and entertaining on the street. It starts easily with a very truck-like grumble from the exhaust, which features a pair of stainless Magnaflow mufflers and turn-downs just aft of the rear wheel arches. A 3-speed automatic transmission handles the gear swaps and the undercarriage is as beautifully detailed as the rest of the truck, showing off the thoroughness of the frame-off build that even extends to the underside of the bed. The standard steel wheels were dumped in favor of a set of shiny 18-inch Torque Thrust hoops that wear 235/50/18 front and 295/45/18 rear Nitto Extreme performance radials.
With full documentation on the build, this is a cost-no-object Ford that is quite likely the best we've ever seen. Spectacular in every way, it's ready to rock and roll. Call today!