1967 Ford F-100 ‘Buttercup’ Gets an Extensive Restoration
Classic four-wheel drive Ford F-100 is blown apart and pieced back together using some impressive skill.
Full-on, frame-off automotive restorations are nothing less than insanely involved jobs. Which is why many people are more than happy to farm them out for large amounts of cash. Unless you have the skill, patience, and determination to do it yourself, that is. And all of those words describe Ford Truck Enthusiasts member mrpotatohead. A man who set out nearly a year ago to restore his beloved 1967 Ford F-100 dubbed “Buttercup.”
“I’m putting the restoration of my ’71 Scout on hold in order to do this one. It’s a ’67 Ford F-100 4×4 Custom Cab. Some rust in the floors. But the cab mounts and rockers seem okay, for now. We’ll see what they look like after sandblasting and I get the cab off the frame.”
After a little disassembly, it was clear that this would be no easy job. Rusty floors and a couple of holes of unknown origin were just the start. But that wasn’t enough to deter our OP. And not too long afterward, he was able to locate a nice parts donor for the paltry sum of $400!
Work soon began on the cab corners, followed by installing a new set of floors. Bit by bit, the rusty stuff was cut out and replaced with fresh sheet metal. And before long, the cab was looking good as new.
But of course, that was only the beginning.
“Got started on the worst of the body work on Buttercup’s cab. I’ve got a long way to go but I’m happy with the progress so far. The roof literally looked as if people had walked all over it. Much pushing, prying, jacking, stud welding, hammering, dollying later, it’s fairly straight. Or at least ready for a little filler and many hours of block sanding and spraying on some high build.”
After a ton of work, the cab was nearly finished and looking great. Which is a testament to the OP’s skills.
Next up was the inside of the cab.
“So after much sanding on the interior metal panels and dash, I shot it all in epoxy primer. I seam sealed the firewall to cowl junction since the original stuff was old and hard. I tried to use some 400 on the dash today but it was still a little gummy. I’ll try again this Thursday and then it will be ready to squirt in the original paint color of “springtime yellow”. I already bought the paint at the local paint shop. It looks kind of creamy tan more so than yellow. We’ll see how it looks after a couple of coats.”
And it turned out quite nicely, we must say.
With a bunch of work, the outside of the cab received its final coats of primer and was ready for paint. Despite the fact that the OP calls himself a bodywork “amateur,” his skills are impossible to deny. Beginner’s luck, perhaps?
With the cab painted, the next step was to fit it with sound insulation. Then new cab market lights and emblems. Then wiring, radio installation, and all the niggling little other details. Which meant it was time for phase 2 – removing the drivetrain from the frame.
Before you know it, the frame was sandblasted and painted. The OP fits the cab next, followed by the original 352. And that’s where this incredible Ford F-100 project sits as of now. So be sure and head over here to follow along as it all comes together!