1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase

There's no better rig to haul your "other" rides with than an old school hauler like this 1965 Ford F-350 ramp truck.

By Brett Foote - June 11, 2019
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase
1965 Ford F-350 Ramp Truck Proves an Irresistible Purchase

Springing to Action

Chances are, if you're like us, you've probably dreamed of owning a vintage Ford hauler to transport your other ride(s). It's a dream shared by Ford Truck Enthusiasts member good-ride, to the point where he jumped all over this '65 Ford ramp truck he came across in the classifieds recently.

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Love at First Sight

"I was searching on Facebook Marketplace Sunday when I saw this 1965 Ford F-350 ramp truck for sale," the OP recalls. "It was a 2 hour drive into Rhode Island to check it out. After seeing it in person I decided to buy it right away. It is being delivered to our shop where we will be getting it ready to tow a drift car out to Wisconsin in May."

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Solid Bones

And honestly, how could you not fall in love with this thing? The truck obviously needs some work, but came with rust-free replacement doors, a 460 under the hood, and seemingly solid bones.

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Matching Pair

The OP admits that he's a fan of the patina, but the replacement doors don't quite match. So he makes the early decision to paint the old Ford to match his race car, which is a dark plum/purple color.

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Cleaning Up

The first step, however, was to clean up the truck and remove all the nasty rat droppings inside. Then, the OP replaced the doors and began measuring the axles so he could look for a beefier set.

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Modern Upgrades

Disc brakes and power steering were also on the wish list, which is understandable given the plans to actually use this truck. The 460 already had an aftermarket intake and distributor on it, so the OP sourced a new Edelbrock carb as well.

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Moving Along

The next step was to run a new line for the oil pressure gauge, add a new choke cable, and fabricate a bracket for the throttle cable. And before long, the OP secured a front beam and rear axle off of a Grumman truck.

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Go, but No Whoa

With a little more work and fine-tuning, this old Ford was running like a top again. But the first test drive only reminded the OP that his brakes were toast, so it was back to the drawing board.

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Swap Job

The front end swap went very well and the new beam bolted right up. A little bit of modification was needed to the front fenders to clear the bigger tires, however. Out back, it was a very straight-forward swap with no problems.

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Almost Finished

This classic ramp truck project is coming together quickly and it certainly won't be much longer before it's finished. So be sure and head over here to stay tuned for future progress!

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