North Dakota 1965 F-250 Fire Truck is a True Survivor

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Generally, when you see a “barn find” being uncovered after decades of collecting dust, it isn’t in the greatest shape.  Most of the time it won’t even run without a little bit of work, and various woodland creatures have turned the interior into their personal nesting ground.

This 1965 F-250 isn’t your average barn find.  Even after faithfully serving the Mandan Rural Fire Department in North Dakota as a grass and brush fire truck for many years, it was still going strong.  So strong, in fact, the owner has racked up 59,000 additional miles on it, using it as a daily driver and horse trailer puller.

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Despite its history as a true working truck, this F-250 is still going strong.  Aside from some expected patina and wear, it hasn’t faltered one bit along its interesting and unique life.  Rust is extremely minimal, which can be attributed to the lack of salt on North Dakota roads in the winter time.

A few modern upgrades have been made along the way to enhance reliability.  An electronic ignition starts up the inline six cylinder, and a power brake booster has been recently installed.  Other than that, only basic maintenance has been completed.

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Old fire trucks aren’t exactly easy to come by, especially those that were used in the harsh, remote northern climates. But this ’65 has defied the odds and led a good life, no matter what has been asked of it.  Not only has it survived the test of time, it appears ready to serve for a long time to come.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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