Originally Posted by Magick Man
It's all steel, nose to tail w/ stainless exhaust, it'll handle a beating better than modern trucks, I'd wager. The frame and body are the only original things to it, and even 50% of the body has been recently fabbed. I guess I want the slick looks but with modern performance (brand new FI 302, 350hp crate under the hood). I figure on just getting a nice bed liner and driving it. Mileage doesn't matter and no one can take care of dings and dents like we can. IMO, it would make someone's day to see it parked outside Lowe's and Home Depot, and I really enjoy watching faces light up over seeing a pretty car.
Bling/curb-appeal is one thing, but I'm very skeptical of the whole "they don't build'em like they used to - old things are always sturdier" jag. Modern trucks can take a lot of abuse (but everything has a limit and has to be considered within reason - that Ford will get just as destroyed on a legitimate job-site as a modern Ford will (it may actually end up worse, because of how low it rides), the difference is a modern Ford will cost <$10k), and I guess my perspective is that it's kind of ridiculous to bang up a historical vehicle (that has been fairly well restored) hauling around mulch or pavers or whatever else.
For $40k you should have no problems getting into a stakeside 350 or 450, that will carry more weight and have a bigger box (and handle that weight better - just for giggles, whats the rear GAWR like on that little fella?), and be better set-up for the day-to-day grinding. I think the resto-Ford is cool, but I think it's the wrong tool for the job.
(that specific truck is actually going for $22k, but it's quite a ways from you - its probably cheaper to shop locally for one of these vs shipping that monster)
I mean, for $40k you could even get a legitimate commercial chassis, like an F-650 or a Durastar. I doubt that's something you want to deal with garaging, servicing, driving, etc but it's within the realm of plausibility.
And finally, for much more than $40k, you could always get ridiculous:
Alternate random idea:
No idea what modern pricing is like (but $40-70k is probably not an unreasonable starting point), but it'd certainly go anywhere and do anything, turn a lot of heads, and accomplish your hauling goals as well.
Again, the resto-Ford is very cool, I'm just thinking more practically - it's on the small side for hauling anything serious, it rides a little low (and is probably a nightmare in snow/mud), and it's nothing I'd want to be responsible for banging the bejeezus out of by hauling stuff with it.
Billy - I dig that car hauler. Question I'd have is, would ground clearance be an issue for that vehicle + modern sports cars (I know it'll drop rails for them to "drive up" but even still)...
I think if it were re-painted it'd look less like a beached whale too...Edited by obobskivich - 4/7/13 at 12:23pm