I've been shopping for a truck for quite a while, ever since I discovered that my dependable '92 Nissan has such extensive rot in the frame that I can see daylight through it. My search hasn't been all that intensive; it's been almost two years since I realized that the Nissan's frame wasn't repairable. But I've been keeping my eyes open for an inexpensive replacement.
When my wife Maryanne and I started talking about getting another truck, I told her I wasn't looking for anything big. Quarter-ton 4 cylinder trucks have served me well over the past ten years, and I really don't have the need for a massive eight-cylinder, 4-door, 1-ton behemoth. The only exception to that, I told her, was if I could find a pre-1970 F-series Ford.
On Saturday 4 June, we went to the EJK Car Show at Xavier High School in Middletown. My brother-in-law Bob had two cars he wanted to exhibit , and I offered to drive one of them to the show. He drove his 1934 Ford Rat Rod (on the left in the photo above,) and I piloted his 1962 Galaxie 500 (on the right.)
As we walked around the show, chatting with car owners and enjoying the perfect weather, we came across this beautiful 1960 F-100:
Having come from Nevada, there isn't a bit of rust on it. The body is all sound, all metal, and all original. Maryanne and I took some time to think about it, and I called the owner on Saturday night. It's coming home with me on Tuesday.