We used to actually journey over these vans in fields and farms all around the nation. Except it was a short-bed or stepside mattress, you would be hard-pressed to seek out an previous Ford dentside long-bed pickup being bought for greater than $2,500. Heck, we have walked away from a couple of actually full and clear examples that have been promoting for below $800, and that was lower than 10 years in the past. However at the moment ain’t 10 years in the past, and now the costs on these traditional Ford pickups have gone vertical, with most asking costs up there within the skinny air.
So once we noticed this largely unmolested 1973 Ford Excessive Boy pickup with a manufacturing facility 390 big-block V-8, C6 automated, Dana 44 frontend, and Dana 60 rearend sporting solely 83,000 miles on the odometer, even with the vendor’s asking worth of $8,000 our curiosity was piqued. Absolutely restored it would not be unreasonable to count on a truck like this to promote within the mid-$20,000 vary to the appropriate purchaser, so meaning you’d must maintain your restoration spend below $12,000 to maintain a cushty buffer and never exceed the automobile’s general market worth. Let’s have a look at if that is sensible.
For starters, the truck’s location in Westphalia, Missouri, is a contributing think about its lack of extreme rot and minor rust. Missouri is a moist state, however there isn’t any actual winter to cope with, so the evils of street salt have not taken its toll on the classic sheetmetal. That mentioned, it does appear to be the truck has had a respray, and there is some scaly floor rust working below the brand new paint. To do the job proper, you’d wish to strip the truck down to reveal metallic in most locations, handle any pinhole rust points, after which respray. That alone might eat up a full $12,000, however when you did all of the grunt work your self and farmed out simply the paint job to an area auto physique collision middle that is effectively versed in spraying autos each day moderately than a flowery customized store that solely paints a couple of automobiles each month, then you might conceivable get out of it for about $4,000-$5,000 so long as there wasn’t any hidden rot to take care of.
As for the inside, that is a comparatively low cost a part of the automobile to revive, so determine possibly a most of $2,000 for any little trim items and bezels that wanted changing, a brand new rubber ground mat, and having the bench seat rebuilt and recovered. We would most likely depart the plastic molded JC Whitney ceiling cowl since at this level it is form of retro in itself and would then work out tips on how to spend our remaining $5,000 or so.
The advert says the truck runs and drives, so in concept the engine, gas system, transmission, and brakes are all good. For that cause we might dedicate one other $2,000 to having the body and undercarriage elements soda-blasted and painted with a high-strength black epoxy paint to stave off future rust and make the undercarriage look nice. Then we might peel off one other $1,000 from our theoretical $12,000 wad and deal with the axles to new bearings, change the brake footwear, rebuild the driveshafts with new U-joints, and set up new seals at every yoke to forestall dripping gear lube from messing up the undercarriage.
That would depart a neat $2,000 left in our funds, so we might spherical out the restoration with a brand new set of Bilstein shocks and new bushings within the manufacturing facility springs after which we might wrap the manufacturing facility metal wheels with some new tires, and if there was any left over within the funds we might purchase a gallon of Lizard Pores and skin roll-on liner to guard the mattress and make it look a bit nicer. How would you spend $12,000 on this truck?