1965 Ford F-100 Project: Half of the Work is Already Done
Classic F-100 is amidst a frame-off restoration and it needs someone to put everything back together.
While flipping through the FTE Marketplace listings for trucks listed for sale, we came across this cool 1965 Ford F-100 project. Seller “Grape Nehi” is the second owner and he has been going through the steps of a full frame-off restoration and he has finished what he calls “the hard part”, having disassembled the truck, completed the frame and gotten through much of the body work on the cab.
However, he has decided to sell the truck, so someone who can do a little bodywork and put a 1965 F-100 back together can get a great deal on a half-restored classic Ford truck.
When the OP first posted his 1965 F-100 to the forum, he offered loads of information on the truck leading to it being put up for sale. He also included some pictures of the truck prior to restoration.
It’s been my labor of love for several years and now I’m offering it for someone else to take over where I left off. I injured my neck a while back and have simply run out of steam. To make matters worse, we’re selling the house and I soon won’t have a place to work on the truck.
1965 F100 2wd long bed style side. It has the reliable straight 6 engine (240-6).
This is a great deal on a solid and complete classic restoration project. At this point, the frame/chassis are restored to like new. The front suspension has been upgraded to replace the drum brakes with disc. The cab is completely refurbed and ready for mounting back on frame. I am about 1/2 way thru rebuilding the doors and have new seals and felt inserts. The bed and front clip need minor body work and paint.
The hard part is done – the disassembly, sand blasting of the frame/chassis and restoration of the cab. Most of the rust issues were in the cab under-structure…like cab mount brackets, cross-cab support, floor pans, and cowl ducts. Those have all been properly repaired with new steel. I am an experienced aircraft mechanic and all work done so far has been to the highest standards. The cab and bed are currently on wooden dollies that make easy access for assembly and body work.
I have all the original parts, including the original engine plus some extra front fenders and misc parts/hardware.
This is a 2 owner truck that spent its life in Fairbanks Alaska which is a very dry climate. I bought it from the original owner in 2014. It’s all original and all there. The interior is not missing even a single ****. Has the original radio…which still works. It’s straight. Never been hit. It ran and drove well right up until disassembly. It’s not full of bondo and has not been hacked on. It’s just a solid used 2 owner truck that will make someone a reliable, affordable classic ride.
All glass is good. It even has a new windshield!
Looks Great in Pictures
In addition to all of that information, he also included shots of the various components as the restoration has progressed. As you can see, the frame looks incredible, as do the close-up shots of the cab with the new paint inside and out. There are some shots of the interior since being cleaned up, but we can see in the “before” pictures that the cabin was in really nice shape before the restoration began.
There are no pictures of the fenders, hood or bed and it seems that the engine will need to be completely gone-over, but someone who can do their own body work could score a great project-in-progress from the FTE Marketplace.
The seller points out that the truck ran well when it was taken apart, so the buyer might be able to simply clean up the engine, finish the bodywork, bolt everything together and hit the road with their restored 1965 Ford F-100. Then again, with the body, chassis and interior being so sharp, a mild V8 wouldn’t be a terrible idea to fill the engine bay.
Really, the only downside to this 1965 F-100 project is the fact that it is located in Alaska, so unless you live there as well, there is going to be some cost involved with getting the truck to you, but if you want a straight project truck from this era, this F-Series is hard to beat.