Or did you want me to take a few minutes and describe to you all of the things in just the pictures you posted that are not original? Like the dash cluster bezel and running boards, for instance.
So, you could keep modifying it or put some effort into bringing it back to original. The choice is yours. These trucks are generally not real valuable, except for F250 Unibodys, so you are in luck there.
Personally for a truck like this I'm a fan of period correct or hidden upgrades that increase it's usefulness and enjoyability while maintaining the look and feel. But really, what do you want?
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ―Samuel Adams
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad example. For a uni it looks very solid.
I've not seen a bezel like that before. Correct shape, but what is the color or covering on it? I don't think the black painted trim and underneath side of the bezel is original.
The left and right gauges don't look original.
I suspect it had no radio originally since no hole for speaker in dash
Aftermarket radio like you say
Speakers in upper inside cab corners
Share your Warranty Plate info and if we can decode that (I don't go back to 1962 yet myself)(and ND has been missing) it might tell us if the seat has been recovered, but I suspect so.
Steering wheel cover
**** on your, what, choke pull?
Something to the right of that that looks like a plug.
The plug to the left of that, just to the right of the steering column IS correct looking.
Door bell button on the steering column to instrument panel connection.
Rocker switch to the left of the steering column hanging under the dash.
There's a hole in the drivers door step riser.
Gas cap is not original
Rear marker lights underneath the tailgate I suspect are not original
Trailer wiring harness
Air cleaner doesn't look original
Radiator hose clamps
Coil doesn't look original. I'd expect a yellow top in many models, but not sure about 1962.
Aftermarket inline fuel filter and clamps between tank and pump?
Clamps on hose between fuel pump and hard line
Bungie cord on battery
What is the battery tray? Might be original but in the picture it looks like it might be a piece of wood. Could be lighting and angle.
Something wrapped around the wiring on the left inner fender (drivers side). Wiring does not look correctly clipped to inner fender.
Wiring to the right of the solenoid looks to be joined using a junction block or bolt in mid air? Hard to tell from the picture.
The gap between your steering wheel and column looks sort of large. Are the horns working using the horn button in the center of the steering wheel like original?
The windshield, I can see Carlite on it so it is probably original. Any cracks in it?
Is the cigarette lighter **** original? Assuming that is the **** on the dash immediately to the left of the steering wheel. It looks a little small.
I can tell it's been repainted some. The striker in the door jamb is painted red and it would have been a silver color like silver cadmium originally.
Mmmmm I think you are "guess-timating" or maybe even "speculating". Obviously the 6x9 speakers and the bungie on the battery are not original, and neither is the oil filter btw. Nor some hoses and hose clamps- I changed all that and it's running pretty sweet right now, no problems, just slow.
The truth is I did not buy this truck in 1962. I just bought it less than a year ago. I don't believe you know Exactly what you are speculating about. A few errors- The seat seems to be original, the gas cap is also, using the same original ignition key on it. coil is original. The bezel seems to be particle board, it also had it on both doors, seems to me it was original (i ripped it off the doors-oops). I don't know much how exactly it looked back then, but I believe you don't either. Thanks for your insight tho.
I suspect a locksmith keyed the gas cap to use the same key as the ignition. Nice touch. Or possibly the gas cap and ignition tumbler came from one of the cars ND mentions (Falcon, etc). It's trivial to swap tumblers from one ignition switch to another.
I didn't say your seat material was absolutely not original. I suggested posting the Warranty plate and a decode might indicate if it is or not.
Ford did not use particle board on the bezels or door trims. I would remember something like that. If you can tell me the part number of the particle board bezel from the Master Parts Catalog that would be proof otherwise.
EDIT: I just ordered the 1957-1963 Master Parts Catalog on CD from HiPoParts.com. It'll take a few days to get here but then I can discuss these earlier trucks better.
I checked with Don who NumberDummy credits with disassembling more trucks than most line workers assembled and Don says no locking gas caps and no wood bezels. I think milk shot out of his nostrils when I mentioned the wood bezel. He's got a great sense of humor and drinks a lot of milk.
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