Vintage F-100 Runs as Well as the Day It Was Bought New

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1975 Ford F-100

From hauling band gear to cinder blocks, 1975 F-100 shows no signs of stopping despite having over 470,000 miles on the odometer.

In an age where it seems everything is disposable, it’s always a wonderful sight to see old Ford trucks out on the road, doing what they’ve always done since leaving the showroom years and years ago. Some are rusty, some are fully restored, but they all more than stand the test of time.

Driving happened upon one such truck: a one-owner 1975 F-100 Super Cab Ranger with over 470,000 miles on the odometer, and no signs of stopping.

1975 Ford F-100

“It might sound a bit mystical, but one day while driving Duncan, I whispered, ‘If you don’t leave me stranded anywhere, I’ll never sell you or trade you in,’” said Rick Gautreau, who resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his wife, who named the F-100 ‘Duncan’ shortly after Gautreau purchased the truck in early November 1974.

The F-100 wasn’t his first Ford, but it’s the one that’s lasted the longest. Prior to the F-100, his father gifted him a ’66 Ford in 1973, which Gautreau says “was a wreck.” The rusty pickup taught him that if he treated his next truck well, he could “likely keep it a couple of years longer.”

1975 Ford F-100

Under the blue hood is the F-100’s 360 V8 paired with an automatic. Gautreau’s diligent maintenance has kept the engine going for all these decades. Meanwhile, the body received a couple of paint jobs in 1979 and 2004, the latter following a complete disassembly of the cab and bed.

1975 Ford F-100

“Duncan is a work truck, and I don’t baby him in the least,” Gautreau says. “He’s got all kinds of spots and blemishes, and I wouldn’t put him in a car show. But the engine works every day, and it starts whether it’s -20C or 32C.”

In the truck’s youth, it served as the touring vehicle for Gautreau’s band, then continued when he became a one-man band for a few years. Now, it hauls cinder blocks and plywood to the two antique homes he and his wife own in Dartmouth.

1975 Ford F-100

There’s also the fact that the F-100 is the family’s sole vehicle, and has been since that cold November day in 1974. As Gautreau says, he’s never been let down by ‘Duncan’ in the 45 years he’s owned the truck. Now that’s staying power.

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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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