Heralded as the ‘Biggest Truck news in years’ the F-100 and F-250 offered many new features for’65. Featuring Ford’s new Twin-I-Beam independent suspension, new SAE standard parallel-rail frames, new bigger engines, progressive-type rear springs, rugged new transmissions, and extra corrosion protection for critical areas, all of which gave the new Ford truck range greater durability.
Three new engine options were offered, two V6 variants and a more powerful 352 cu.in V8, packing 208HP and 315 lbs-ft of torque at only 2400RPM. The later unit being the powerplant fitted to this truck along with the classic ‘4 in the floor’ manual gearshift.
Believed to be in the custody of one Arizona State family since its first registration in 1965. In 2009 the truck was mechanically recommissioned by the Grandson who then kept for a further 9 years. In 2018 it made its journey to its new UK owner and resided in the West Country for a further 4 years. During this time the owner carefully overhauled the cylinder head, carburettor, water pump, alternator, and brakes. All documentation pertaining to the scope of work is contained within the vehicle file.
Testimony to Ford’s marketing pre-launch info, the extra corrosion protection has certainly done its job in the case of this truck. It’s never been subjected to any welding or filler repairs and all the original panels are remarkably preserved with all factory spot welds evident, the underside still retains its factory stone guard and seam sealer. The faded, patinated paintwork and light surface rust really do add to its character and have been sympathetically sealed with Morris Ankor-Wax. Additionally, the tyres have been replaced in 2018 and a recent exhaust system fitted including Red Cherry Bombs providing a great soundtrack!
In summary, this is one very special Pick-up that’s largely original with every measure taken to ensure its body and mechanical integrity. Living 53 years of its life in a super-dry environment and carefully garaged since its time in the UK. It’s ready to be enjoyed by its next fortunate owner.