North Carolina Man Logs Miles, Memories in His F-250

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1967 Ford F-250 Camper Special

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.

1967 Ford F-250 Camper Special

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

Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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