1975 F-250 Highboy is a Rolling Time Capsule

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Ford F-250 Highboy

From Camping in Cali to Maneuvering Through Montana Snow Storms, this Unstoppable Ford F-250 has Seen it All

We all own and use trucks for different reasons. Some folks need to pull heavy trailers, others haul heavy loads. Some people just like the idea of owning a truck or just the way they look. But whether your truck is a workhorse or a show queen, it’s capable of doing whatever you want it to, and that’s the beauty of a Ford truck. Such is the case with this 1975 F-250 Highboy, which we recently spotted on eBay.

The “do-anything” nature of Ford trucks hasn’t changed, whether we’re talking about the present day or the past. The original owner of this F-250 Highboy, an airline mechanic by trade, had his own unique reason for wanting it — to take camping trips in the deserts of California. And that’s exactly what he did, until he passed it on to his son in the 1980s.

From there, things got very complicated. The son pulled the engine with an eye toward some performance upgrades, but a motorcycle accident halted his plans. Somewhere along the way, the original 360 went missing. A family friend then purchased the Highboy, but instead of bringing it back to life, he let it sit in a carport for years. That is, until a good Samaritan interested in saving the desirable ride spotted it.

That Samaritan had a friend in Montana who just happened to love Ford trucks and also just happened to have a period-correct 360 sitting in his garage. It was a match made in Heaven, and the Highboy left its California dibs for the cold and open confines of the state of Montana. It was there that the new owner gave it the love it had lacked for decades.

After an engine transplant and a full-on mechanical refresh, the old Ford F-250 is ready to ride once again. The dry California air preserved it quite well, as you can see from the condition of the original paint and interior. Sure, there are some dents and scratches here and there, but those just add character. After all, this old Highboy has a story to tell.

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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