This 1964 Ford F-250 has apparently only put on 9,200 miles during its 50+ years of duty with the Valentine Rural Fire Department of Nebraska. This one looks too good to be true, and we'd proudly park this cornhusker in our garage.
While we like the unibodies of the early 4th generation Ford trucks, we like the looks of this one that went back to the 3rd generation bed while Ford was sorting things out. This F26 model is ideal in our mind, combining 4WD, 3/4 ton load handling, and the 292 V8.
As with most fire equipment we see making its way to auction, this one looks to be well maintained and near ready for service. The red vinyl interior looks showroom new, and some evidence of this truck's utility remain on the dash in the form of a winch control and panic button labeled "RED LIGHTS."
Outside things look the part and we think it would be a shame to lose any of the lettering. The inboard turn signals of the 1964 model look good framed by the white grill. A missing tailgate, passenger windshield wiper, and hone in the roof where the siren used to be are the only issues that we immediately see.
The frame is dusty but clean, and the engine is in the same state. Averaging less than 200 miles per year for the past 50 years leads to some odd wear patterns but things look good.
Overall, we obviously love it. We'd hate to replace the original (?) bias ply tires, but that would be in order for putting this back into modern service. On top of tires, count on going through the brakes, flushing the cooling system, new belts and hoses, and then hitting the road (hopefully). If this stays under $10,000 it's a steal.
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