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