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Old 05-13-2019, 05:23 PM
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First of all...thanks for allowing me to be here.

A little history. I owned and drove a 1963 F100 223 CI for many years. It was a ranch truck that we owned from probably 1966 to around 1985 when my Mother sold it to a friend who had retired and originally sold it to us from his dealership We pretty much used it as a ranch truck until my Brother went to University of Texas in 1971. He used it there until my Dad died in 1973 and he got his 73 Grand Torino Sport. That truck came back to the ranch and stayed there until it was sold. I did a lot of work on that truck and got pretty familiar with it. It was a bugger to work on, but had a lot of space under the hood, so wasn't too bad.

In High School I bought a 1971 F100 with a 360 and kept it until the mid 90's when I could not keep up with the maintenance and my wife threatened to divorce me over the F100 53, 55 and 57 I had in various state of repair. She divorced me anyway and I wound up getting rid of all of those mentioned. The 71 though.....I put over 300,000 miles on and it was probably my favorite. The 53,55, and 57 were project trucks that I never completed but made a small profit on. Some good people got good starting places.

I rebuilt the 360 in the 71 a couple of times and put on a four barrel carb, and installed a floor shifter, but other than that it was close to original. The brake system became a nightmare as I was always having to deal with something with it. I really hated getting rid of that truck...but it had to go.

Ten years ago I helped a neighbor with a 64 unibody with a 292 Ci. He had a little money and turned it into a fine collectors piece. I don't live next door to him anymore, but still visit from time to time and it is still in great working order.

So now you know my history with Ford trucks. I won't go into the lemons I had (anything built in 75), or any of my more modern ones.

I gave away my Explorer (another story entirely) which was my dove truck and my NEW wife has said I should get rid of my sedan and get a new truck.....!!!!!!??????

Not NEW mind you...but new to me. I have a budget of probably $11,000. Can I get a usable older 63 or 71 and another Ford that might work on a daily basis. Can an older Ford F100 be counted on for daily use in this day and time. It has been 23 years since I have owned an older Ford.....just curious.

Thanks in advance and I hope I didn't make y'all go to sleep.
 
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:24 PM
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A lot depends on what daily driving means, where you live, how far is the drive to work, traffic, etc. Do you mind doing routine maintenance or willing to pay someone to do it. Do you have a backup way to get to work if the truck is down for a repair.
 
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:26 PM
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I do, but I have backup vehicles (all old, too).
 
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Once you bring any old vehicle up to snuff - and there will be a-lot of sniffles - just be fastidious in correcting problems immediately, not letting them fester till you get tired of the problem child. Plenty of people rely on these old trucks as their primary ride. I like driving my truck every day, not admiring it in a garage or on a trailer.

You can easily get two reliable vehicles for that money, if you are patient, diligent in your search. When I am needing something, I search C.L. and eBay up to about 4-5 times a day .

Today, I drove about 150 miles round trip to pick up the set of stainless 3/4 ton wheel covers for my truck. Fifty bucks, he did not want to ship. They seldom become available, and Id been looking for a year. Dropping them off to be polished next Monday.

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Old 05-14-2019, 03:51 AM
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Ten years ago I helped a neighbor with a 64 unibody with a 292 Ci. He had a little money and turned it into a fine collectors piece. I don't live next door to him anymore, but still visit from time to time and it is still in great working order.
No Uni's after 1963.
Uni's are 1961/63 F100/250 2WD's.
 
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I depend on my truck everyday. Did everything myself (except for tranny rebuild and king pin install) and am all in for under 9k. I've given up many of what people today consider "comforts", but the fun of driving it makes up for all of them. Like any used car, things can break and leave you stuck. But I've repaired or replaced everything and maintenance is critical. The plus side is that most repairs can be done on the side of the road (if you're properly prepared and capable).
 
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Old 05-14-2019, 09:07 AM
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I paid $600 for my 66, $300 cash and an old rifle I bought from an older lady at work to help her out that I didn't want anyway. I put in the garage, and went through everything, new brakes, m/c, bearings, etc, all together I'm probably in him (Shrek) for maybe 2500+ including new rims and tires. I used to drive him every day, now my job has changed and I drive my company supplied '15 Dodge/3500/cummings/4wd all day. He never lets me down, gets 16-18 mpg going to Fresurg and back and starts every time. As stated, go through it all, head to toe, you'll still have issues, but they are usually small. I would drive him anywhere I need or desire. I make all my trucks this way once they are on the road. I drove my 79 F250/4x4/300/NP435 offy intake w/4bbl and 33" tires 1800 miles to MO when I sold it to my BIL, got 18mpg avg and had 0 problems.
You can make them reliable as a dd if you do it right from the get go. Happy hunting

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Got my 64 in my profile pic for $500 (profile pic is from day 1). I completely redid all the seals, everything under the hood, brakes, interior components (minus seats), etc for just a couple grand. For $11K, you should be able to get something real nice.
 
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I paid $600 for my 66, $300 cash and an old rifle I bought from an older lady at work to help her out that I didn't want anyway.
What was that old rifle you didn't want, a Winchester 1 of 1000 or a Sharps "Old Reliable" or ?

Just like old rolling piles of misery, there are old shootin' irons out there that most people don't know the value of.
 
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Thanks for your replies. Y'all have given me a few things to think about. I am retired and don't drive daily, but do make a couple of round trips the the shooting range once or twice per week (roughly 125 miles round trip). I don't have to make a decision right away, so have a little time to ponder what I wan't to do.

Thanks again. Also what are the best websites to search for older Fords.

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Uni's are 1961/63 F100/250 2WD's.
I am sure you are correct. I think he may have had to put on a 64 hood which is what I was maybe thinking about. Thanks for clearing that up.
 
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Uni's are 1961/63 F100/250 2WD's
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I am sure you are correct. I think he may have had to put on a 64 hood which is what I was maybe thinking about. Thanks for clearing that up.
Hood is the same 1961/66 F100/700 & B500/750 School Bus.

125 miles R/T is a long way to drive to a shootin' range, especially in TX

Historically more Ford trucks have been sold new in TX than in any other state.
 
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Hood is the same 1961/66 F100/700 & B500/750 School Bus.

125 miles R/T is a long way to drive to a shootin' range, especially in TX

Historically more Ford trucks have been sold new in TX than in any other state.
There is a rifle range near me....20 minutes or so that offers ranges to 700 yds. My home range on the coast is only 100 yds., but has skeet and trap. I also have a rifle/pistol membership that only costs this senior $50 per year. There are several skeet/trap/clays courses a bit closer, and I frequent a few, but I still like the range from my home town near Galveston. I live about 50 miles SW of Houston in Ft. Bend County. Hopefully in a few years, I can find a place big enough to build my own small range. I still have to shoot skeet and trap though. lol
 
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What was that old rifle you didn't want, a Winchester 1 of 1000 or a Sharps "Old Reliable" or ?

Just like old rolling piles of misery, there are old shootin' irons out there that most people don't know the value of.
Was a Savage .300, it was a break down, 2pcs, with a canvas case, made for back when you could "carry on" and it would fit in overhead. Was worth more than $300 to the right person, and he was the right guy, knew what it was, but I was only into it for 3 bills, so he was happy, I was happy
 
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Was a Savage .300, it was a break down, 2pcs, with a canvas case, made for back when you could "carry on" and it would fit in overhead. Was worth more than $300 to the right person, and he was the right guy, knew what it was, but I was only into it for 3 bills, so he was happy, I was happy
Savage model 99 Lever Action TD rifle in .300 Savage? Worth plus/minus a grand depending on condition. More with a pistol grip stock and checkered wood.

This was probably the best lever action rifle made in the 20th century due to its side ejection and EZ to load box magazine, the TD (Take Down) feature was a plus.

But it was overshadowed by Winchester & Marlin, because they had more retail outlets than Savage did.
 
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Savage model 99 Lever Action TD rifle in .300 Savage? Worth plus/minus a grand depending on condition. More with a pistol grip stock and checkered wood.

This was probably the best lever action rifle made in the 20th century due to its side ejection and EZ to load box magazine, the TD (Take Down) feature was a plus.

But it was overshadowed by Winchester & Marlin, because they had more retail outlets than Savage did.
Not a lever action, as I am a fan of them and revolvers, I have a few (understatement) it was a semi-auto, when I researched it, it was valued from $300-800,, depending on the condition, I figured $500, and luckily for me, the gentleman was a gun guy too, and thought it was worth more,,, maybe it was but he was happy, I was happy, and I didn't have to buy 1k rounds to add it to the collection. I tend to keep at least 1-2k for each caliber.

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