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Junkyard Gem: 1973 Ford F-100 Custom

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The Ford F-Collection has been the most effective-offering truck in The us for something like eighteen,000 several years and the most effective-offering automobile in The us for about 17,990 several years (truly, the first figure is forty three several years and we could argue eternally about the latter variety primarily based on hair-splitting variations concerning the F-150 and all the other F-Collection models in comparison to their rivals). Since perform trucks stay helpful for lots of decades and the look of the F-a hundred and its F-150 successor didn’t alter a total great deal concerning the early nineteen seventies and center nineties, it’s simple to forget about previous Ford pickup immediately after previous Ford pickup as I wander the rows of my community automobile graveyards. I have documented a couple of of these trucks around the several years, but the significance of the F-a hundred/F-150 warrants a lot more wrecking-garden background. This is a effectively-worn 1973 F-a hundred in a Denver-area garden.

The create tag exhibits that we have acquired a 1973 F-a hundred with two-barrel 360-cubic-inch V8, designed at the San Jose assembly plant in California (now the internet site of The Good Shopping mall). The unique transmission was a Borg-Warner T-eighteen 4-on-the-ground (cheapskate truck consumers could continue to get a a few-on-the-tree at this time) and the differential had a 3.25:1 ratio (I use the earlier tense due to the fact this truck has the appear of a automobile that has been through plenty of ingredient-swapping around the decades, so this things could have improved since 1973).

The F-a hundred continued as the entry-stage 50 percent-ton F-Collection pickup all the way by means of 1983, but the F-150 appeared in the 1975 model 12 months as the “large-responsibility” version and eventually grew to become the default commuter pickup for North The us. Most junkyards go forward and label F-100s as F-150s in their inventory listings, so deeply has that designation turn into ingrained (even with the F-a hundred name— allegedly influenced by the F-a hundred Tremendous Sabre airplane— dating back again to 1953). “Custom” was the base trim stage in 1973 higher-rollers went for the Ranger XLT versions.

This may possibly not be the unique one hundred forty five-horsepower, 360-cubic-inch (five.nine-liter) FE-series V8 engine that went into the engine compartment in Milpitas back again in 1973, but it’s some member of the FE significant-block family members, and the truck-only 360 is a fantastic wager owing to its undesirability in the eyes of velocity-crazed performance fanatics. I’m a bit surprised that some 390 owner hadn’t grabbed the aftermarket tube headers by the time I acquired in this article. Maybe the swap satisfies have turn into glutted with such components these days.

Similarly, the granny-gear-outfitted 4-velocity just isn’t in considerably desire by your standard Mustang or Torino owner, while it’s quite strong.

The mismatched camper shell and abundance of stickers convey to the story of a truck that expended its last several years as an un-killable utility beater.

The shift-knob hood release is a nice deal with for a typical dilemma on previous motor vehicles.

I’m not guaranteed what’s likely on with this set up, but I feel it’s an armrest and subject-expedient door-release handle built from elements on hand.

How lots of miles have been on it at the finish? I’m guessing the last tally came to a lot more than 300,000.

Even out there with optional air conditioning!

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