This 1969 F-350 Wrecker is Anything But

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Most of us, for obvious reasons, never want to see a wrecker.  It’s not like you’re calling one to get a ride home on Saturday night.  They are the unsung heroes of the trucking world, hauling off what’s left of our beloved rides after an accident or a breakdown.

This life of hard labor is also why you rarely ever see an old wrecker that’s in great shape.  Heck, you rarely see an old wrecker, period, because a lot of them simply wound up in the scrap heap after the end of their usable life.

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That’s what makes this frame off restored 1969 F-350 so special.  While many trucks claim to have been “restored,” this one doesn’t have a nut of bolt that hasn’t been repainted, rechromed, or replaced.  According to the seller, over $30,000 and 2,000 man hours have been dedicated to making this wrecker better than new.

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The Reef Aqua and Wimbleton White Ford sits on a Holmes 440 wrecker body and features a big old push bumper up front.  The drivetrain consists of a 360/NP435 transmission, with Dana 70 rear and Dana 40 front axles.  It was converted to four wheel drive during the restoration.

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The end result is probably the nicest classic wrecker you’ll ever see.  Completed as a nod to the 100th anniversary of the E.H. Holmes Corporation, it’s already racked up some awards and is sure to keep expanding the trophy case going forward.  In a world short on restored wreckers, this ’69 has received the treatment it deserves after many years of service.

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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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