The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for one thing like 18,000 years and the best-selling automobile in America for about 17,990 years (really, the primary determine is 43 years and we may argue perpetually concerning the latter quantity based mostly on hair-splitting variations between the F-150 and all the opposite F-Collection fashions in comparison with their rivals). As a result of work trucks keep helpful for a lot of a long time and the looks of the F-100 and its F-150 successor did not change an entire lot between the early 1970s and center 1990s, it is easy to miss outdated Ford pickup after outdated Ford pickup as I walk the rows of my local vehicle graveyards. I’ve documented a few of these trucks over time, however the significance of the F-100/F-150 warrants extra wrecking-yard historical past. This is a well-worn 1973 F-100 in a Denver-area yard.

The build tag shows that we have got a 1973 F-100 with two-barrel 360-cubic-inch V8, constructed at the San Jose assembly plant in California (now the positioning of The Great Mall). The unique transmission was a Borg-Warner T-18 four-on-the-floor (cheapskate truck consumers may nonetheless get a three-on-the-tree right now) and the differential had a 3.25:1 ratio (I take advantage of the previous tense as a result of this truck has the look of a automobile that has undergone loads of component-swapping over the a long time, so these things might need modified since 1973).

The F-100 continued because the entry-level half-ton F-Collection pickup all the best way through 1983, however the F-150 appeared in the 1975 model year because the “heavy-duty” model and finally turned the default commuter pickup for North America. Most junkyards go forward and label F-100s as F-150s of their stock listings, so deeply has that designation turn out to be ingrained (regardless of the F-100 identify— allegedly impressed by the F-100 Super Sabre airplane— relationship back to 1953). “Customized” was the bottom trim stage in 1973; high-rollers went for the Ranger XLT variations.

This might not be the unique 145-horsepower, 360-cubic-inch (5.9-liter) FE-series V8 engine that went into the engine compartment in Milpitas again in 1973, but it surely’s some member of the FE big-block household, and the truck-only 360 is an efficient guess attributable to its undesirability within the eyes of speed-crazed efficiency fanatics. I am a bit shocked that some 390 proprietor hadn’t grabbed the aftermarket tube headers by the point I acquired right here. Maybe the swap meets have turn out to be glutted with such elements as of late.

Likewise, the granny-gear-equipped four-speed is not in a lot demand by your typical Mustang or Torino proprietor, although it’s totally sturdy.

The mismatched camper shell and abundance of stickers inform the story of a truck that spent its remaining years as an un-killable utility beater.

The shift-knob hood launch is a pleasant repair for a standard downside on outdated autos.

I am unsure what is going on on with this setup, however I believe it is an armrest and field-expedient door-release deal with produced from supplies readily available.

What number of miles have been on it on the finish? I am guessing the ultimate tally got here to greater than 300,000.

Even obtainable with elective air con!