North Carolina Man Logs Miles, Memories in His F-250
Six engine swaps, two countries, and over 400,000 miles are just a part of one man’s priceless 1967 F-250 Camper Special.
One of the best parts of owning a Ford truck is the memories you create in one. It could be as simple as working day-in, day-out with your truck on the job, or as magical as a trip to Disneyland with your family.
Such is the case for Rich Bohne of Catawba, North Carolina. Hickory, North Carolina newspaper Hickory Daily Record has his story, involving a 1967 Ford F-250 Camper Special.
“I purchased the truck from the second owner in Southhold, Long Island in the late ’80s,” says Bohne. “The first owner lived in Canada and then sold it to the second owner in Southhold and I purchased it from him. I’ve owned it for nearly 30 years. It stayed on Long Island with me until our family moved to Catawba, NC in 2005 and came with me here.”
The F-250 replaced Bohne’s Mercury Cougar, which he says lost a wheel when the spindle snapped, prompting his dad to recommend a truck. Since the purchase, the truck has seen six engine swaps and three transmission rebuilds, garnering over 400,000 “sentimental miles” while driving his children around.
With the help of his son-in-law, the F-250 underwent a total restoration with pieces from a 1972 F-250. Aside from the new engine and transmission rebuild, the truck also gained a new interior, cab, and bed, plus air conditioning. And that new engine? A 429 V8 four-barrel built to Cobra Jet spec that will definitely make that truck sing.
“Out of all of my vehicles it’s my favorite,” said Bohne. “Over the years I have built a 1967 Cobra Kit car and completely restored a 1966 Mustang GT, and my truck has the most meaning to me.”
He also says the F-250 will never be for sale, as the truck’s value, like the memories made with it, is priceless. We’re sure he’ll add plenty more miles and memories to the new bed, too, especially with his grandchildren.
Photos: Hickory Daily Record