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Old 05-08-2019, 11:43 AM
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My new old 1961 F250

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I've been lurking on here for years, debating what year truck I would acquire, once funds allowed. Well, last week funds finally allowed and I'm now the proud owner of a 1961 F250.

A friend and I drove four hours (one way, more on the adventure of getting her back home later) to pick her up. The owner was a very nice guy who'd rescued her from a career hauling cows (in the bed!) and fixed up some of the cosmetic damage the years had done. He'd installed a new wood bed floor using a stepside wood kit, had the floors, cab mounts, and steps replaced with new metal welded in, and did some bondo on the bed and repainting where it needed it. So, no, she's not a show queen, but she runs and drives, looks decent, and I've got some ideas on the bed when time and money allow.








Getting her back home was an adventure that involved driving 50 miles an hour across 2/3 of the state of Iowa, roughly 100 deer sightings, changing a trailer tire at 11 PM, airing up all trailer tires at 12 AM in a deserted HyVee parking lot with a compressor that only held enough air to do one tire at a time, getting home at 3 in the morning, and a lot of Dr. Pepper.

But now she's home in the driveway and I've been tinkering around tightening a loose carrier bearing bracket, changing the oil, checking tranny and diff fluids, and I'm hoping to get the brakes adjusted and fittings greased in time to drive her to my college graduation this weekend.





 
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That looks really nice.How did you manage finding such a clean truck back in the land of snow , ice, and salt? Hey, Casey’s has Stobe the Hobo’s favorite pizza!
 
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:19 PM
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Nicely done. I wouldn't mind seeing some pictures of the inside of the bed if you have any. Congrats on your graduation too!
 
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Nice find. It looks great!. If you decide to change to wheels on it, I would be interested in the ones that are on it. Good luck with it.
 
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:02 PM
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Thanks for the kind words. I'm planning on keeping it a long time, fixing up what needs it, and keeping it a mostly stock daily driver. Maybe tow a horse trailer with it if I'm satisfied with the brakes and can find an appropriate hitch. It's got what I'm guessing are a true 98,xxx miles (the red on the fenders and roof top are original), and the previous owner did have some good rust repair done. Not quite so good is the underneath of the body. There's some spots that could be addressed, and will be, but the torque box doesn't have any holes, just surface stuff. Given the farm plates on it I'm guessing it wasn't driven out on the salty blacktop too much. I'll try to get some pictures of the bed up soon; right now I've got a tarp over it to keep off the buckets of rain we're getting here. Wish I had a garage to put it in, but I can dream.

I don't foresee ever getting rid of these wheels, but, SixtysixF250, you officially have dibs if I do. Pardoning my ignorance of what I have, but what exactly are they and why would you want them?

Question for those who know: if you look in the last and second-to-last photos you can see a spotlight mounted just in front of the driver's door. It swivels and is operated by a handle from inside the cab (unfortunately it's not working). I'm told it was used for checking cattle in its previous life. Was this an aftermarket accessory or something available from Ford?

I'll be getting a photo of the door tag (now mounted in the glove box, probably removed when repainting the cab) up here for the knowledgeable folks to enlighten us on.
 
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1956/65 F250's have 12 1/8" x 2" front/rear drum brakes, as do some 1966/72 F250 2WD's.

R & L spotlights were dealer installed accessories. Ford bought the spotlights from Unity (unityusa.com), and they still sell them and the mounting brackets.

The 12V bulb (industry number: 4405) can be found at some auto parts stores, Unity also has them.
 
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The wheels are a 1 piece steel wheel that accepts an innie hubcap. It would allow me to put stock hubcaps on my truck. Some people like them some people don't. Just depends on the look you are going for.
 
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Great looking truck. Where in Iowa was it? Could have stopped over and said hello.

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It was actually in northernmost Missouri; it was easier to get home by driving 15 minutes north to a highway.
 
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Great truck. Congrats finding that nice of a truck that really worked!

I didn't know, Ford made a unibody F250, so I learned something new today.

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Great looking truck!
 
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Here's a bad pic of the wood floor; I'll get a better one next time I'm out there.





Don't know why this one is showing up sideways.





Better interior shot.

 
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Originally Posted by P-51 Mustang View Post
Don't know why this one is showing up sideways.

F25 = F250 2WD

J = 223 1V I-6.

K = Kansas City MO Assembly Plant.

125410 = 1961, assembled December 1960.

122" Wheelbase.

JM: J = Rangoon Red / M = Corinthian White.

F250 2WD, 7400 lbs. GVWR

F = Borg-Warner T-98 4 Speed Manual Transmission.

26 = Spicer/Dana 60 Rear Axle / 4.88-1 / 5,200 lbs. Rear Axle Capacity.

7,400 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

114 net HP @ 3,600 RPM

4550 = Domestic Special Order number, truck ordered special by the original purchaser, not "bought off the lot."

With that 'stump puller' rear axle ratio, don't plan to drive any faster than 45-50 MPH .. If you do, that 223 six banger will scream like a stuck pig.
 
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With that 'stump puller' rear axle ratio, don't plan to drive any faster than 45-50 MPH .. If you do, that 223 six banger will scream like a stuck pig.
Already figured that out, for sure. It would climb a tree straight up, but it's happiest below 50. Well, I'm OK with going 10 mph slower for a while. I'm planning on using it for a daily driver at least for a year or so, but don't need to take it out on anything other than two lane blacktop for any length of time. That said, how much of a job is changing out the rear end gears?
 
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Originally Posted by P-51 Mustang View Post
Already figured that out, for sure. It would climb a tree straight up, but it's happiest below 50. Well, I'm OK with going 10 mph slower for a while. I'm planning on using it for a daily driver at least for a year or so, but don't need to take it out on anything other than two lane blacktop for any length of time. That said, how much of a job is changing out the rear end gears?
I would suggest finding either a 1966/72 Dana 60 w/a 3.54 ratio or 1967/72 Dana 60 w/a 3.73 ratio and swap the entire rear axle.

Beginning in 1973, Ford widened the width between the inner frame rails behind the cab from 33 1/2" to 37 1/2." These rear axles will work, but the spring and shock brackets have to be relocated.
 

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