BaT Turn-Away: 1969 Ford F100 Ranger Short Bed

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October 12, 2021 Update – Unfortunately, we received word from the seller of this ’69 Ford F100 that the camshaft developed an issue over the weekend. He is now waiting for his mechanic to diagnose and fix the problem, so the right thing to do for now is to suspend the auction until the problem gets resolved. We hope to have this truck back up in November complete with receipts on what needed to be fixed. Stay tuned.

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Our latest BaT Turn-Away auction is this 1969 Ford F100 Restomod we are proud to feature in an online reserve-style auction on behalf of the seller. Bidding opens Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at Noon and continues for fourteen consecutive days ending Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

Current High Bid = $6,100

Reserve Meter – the green bar indicates how close the high bid is to the seller’s reserve price. When the green bar is full, the reserve has been met!

More than three and a half years ago, this Texas beauty was spied in a company storage yard, where she had sat for many years without an engine, transmission, or drive train.  Originally from Austin’s McMorris Ford Dealership, she still sports the McMorris Ford rear bumper, a common dealer option back then, since Ford shipped most pickups without a rear bumper in those years.

In 2017, prior to my later purchase of her, a thorough inspection showed that although she had surface rust on some areas and heavy layers of old, caked-on caliche covering all of the rest of her – outside and underneath –  her body was super straight and in very good condition with only minor usage scars, scratches and only a few of the usual rust areas, but none too serious. On much of the undercarriage, there still remained evidence of her dealer-installed “rust-inhibiting-undercoating”.  Her bed, floors, frame, doors, etc were all solid. Stainless and chrome trim were mostly all there.  Glass was all good and she sat up level and square.  She was a survivor — ready for some TLC.

The engine bay now proudly boasts a completely redone Ford 390 FE power plant with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, a noticeable cam, and custom stainless steel headers fitted to a stainless, hand-turned dual exhaust system.  To keep her old-school flavor, she sports a solidly redone three-speed manual transmission smoothly handled by a column shifter. (What a kick to drive a powerful V8 with a three-on-the-tree!).

A balanced and tuned custom driveshaft connects the sturdy 3.55 rear differential through new universal joints.   She maintains her strong original drum brake system and rolls on four new, specifically chosen tires (including a new fifth one, as a spare) to give a somewhat lower profile and wider control surface while maintaining a classic look.  Adding to her ’60s nostalgic flavor, the wheels are treated to period-appealing 1969 Ford full-size covers.

That ‘60s era flair and the survivor image is confirmed by the natural patina on the all-original paint finish — inside and out and even under the hood — of  Lunar Green and Wimbledon White.  Some new pieces of brightwork and badges reinforce the Ford Ranger Trim Package.

What you won’t find is the typical “everything-underneath-is-painted-black” (which might look good, but can hide a lot); instead, she’s been only cleaned and left “au naturale” to show just how solidly she’s held up with neither extensive deterioration nor rust-outs.

Her cab has been stylishly redone with a new dash and related components, including a new instrument panel, ignition switch, light switches, cargo light, dome and courtesy lighting, new dash instrument lights, correct chrome trim, and an updated glove box among other appointments.  A completely new wiring harness from headlights to tail lights assures that gauges function properly and all switches and systems work correctly adding to the “1960’s new” feeling.

For creature comfort, a period-correct under-dash Vintage AC and Heat unit has been added along with extra sound-deadening materials placed beneath new correct loop-style carpeting.  Original sun visors have been redone and the original bench seat has been meticulously recreated, displaying the original styling patterns along with the original chrome buttons hand-sewn into heavy gauge new style-soft vinyl and features textured inserts finished correctly with matching piping throughout.  The interior is finished off with new Ranger Trim door panels and chrome accents throughout.

Slide into the cabin and you’ll likely feel that you’ve been transported back to the ‘60s…but, with more style, comfort and dependability.

She easily passed state inspection (good through April 2022), has genuine registered 1969 Texas Truck tags, and comes with a clear Texas title in the seller’s name.  All work was performed by a Certified Master Mechanic/Rebuilder.

She’s ready to get back on the road…drive her anywhere and enjoy the admiration of anyone who sees her!  This rare combination of style, character, nostalgia, comfort, and dependability will only help her continue to increase in value as the years rock on.

For the quick scanners,  here’s a partial list of NEW items and systems –

Ford 390 FE, 4-bbl V8 engine, freshly redone with performance cam
3-speed column shift manual transmission
Stainless Steel custom headers and exhaust system
Clutch, pressure plate, throw-out bearing, yoke, shift arms, etc.
Spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, ignition, points, condenser, etc
Complete wiring harness, with split-wire looms and new bulbs throughout
Heavy-duty battery
Heavy-duty alternator
Heavy-duty starter
Custom aluminum radiator
Radiator hoses
Water hoses
Water pump
Fan shroud
Fan belts
Balance driveshaft
Universal joints
Vintage Air Under Dash AC and Heater
Brake Master Cylinder, dual
Carpeting, correct loop-style
Custom bench seat (original seat, redone)
Dash instrument panel and interior components
Correct door panels and armrests
Windshield washer set up, including all lines
Windshield wipers and blades
Fuel tank
Fuel sending switch
Fuel tank cap, chrome locking
Fuel lines, steel
Fuel filters
Oil pressure sending unit
Water temp sending unit
Break-in oil changed, new filter
Ranger badges and trim
P255x60R15 tires (5),  including spare
And more …

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1969 Ford F100 Ranger Pickup, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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