Great looking truck. One question though; What is a slick?
A slick is any Ford Truck from 61-66. We are the slick owners. Slicks are preceded by the Fridge trucks (57-60), and succeeded by the bump sides. (67-72)
Ole Trucks, are just like drugs. They give you a high when you fix something, they take all your money, all your time, and are as likely to get you divorced as drugs!!!
I'm gonna order up a bunch of rubber parts from Dennis Carpenter in the next couple of weeks.
Being "born" and living it's whole life in Oklahoma was great for the sheetmetal on this truck, but was hell on the rubber.
Almost ALL of it needs replacing.
Would love it if I only had to replace the rubber, but the radiator support, the sub frame and floor pans are cactus. Then I will look at rubber, chrome,etc etc.
At the end of it all we are rebuilding something way cool.
I loved the slicks for years and at 55 am enjoying the experience.
I have a couple of early Mustangs but the truck is the favourite.
Oz....I agree....I've had a wide variety of old cars in my 27 years of old car ownership, but I have to say that this slick is right there at the top of the list.
It's fun to drive (and economical too with the 240 six) and it gets more looks and attention than many other cars I've owned.
There's something about these utilitarian little trucks that strikes a chord with people who were around back when they were common.
A lady where I work approached me the other day and asked if I was the guy who drives that 66 Ford pickup. It suprised me that she knew the year so precisely until she told me that her dad owned a small Ford dealership when she was a teenager. She said she turned 16 in 1966 and he let her pick out any car on the lot. She said that she ended up with the red Mustang convertible that all of her friends were drooling over, but she secretly wanted the blue and white shortbox F100 Custom Cab that her dad had on the lot.
Anyway....she said that every time she sees my pickup, she thinks of her dad and it makes her smile and, at the same time, it brings a tear to her eye from missing him.
If I were driving my wife's Honda to work, I would've never met that lady and she wouldn't get that little moment every day.
Therein lies at least part of the magic of driving this old iron.
- 66 F100 Styleside Shortbed, 240, Survivor Original Paint, 65K miles.
- 54 Ford Mainline Tudor (finishing up a frame-off restoration with a 302/AOD)
Shortwide I know where you are coming from. Everyone in my street knows my cars and all think the truck is seriously cool. There are very few flairsides around as only stylesides were brought here. So my slick stands out like a ducks nuts and I love it.
The only downside is waiting for spares to arrive at an affordable price.Postage is a bloody killer, I'm lucky that I have a friend who has containers coming from the US every few months and I can get spares in them. That saves me a sh.t load on freight.
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