Restomod 1969 Ford F-100 Online Auction at Barrett-Jackson
How much do you think this super clean, mildly built Ford F-100 will fetch?
We're still watching the Barrett-Jackson July 2020 online auction and taking guesses at how much we think some of the restored and restomod 4x4s will fetch.
One that jumped off the online auction catalog was this farm fresh 1969 Ford F-100. Well, we suppose it was farm fresh before the complete restoration and modifications were made. The fact that the photos were taken on a farm in Bee Spring, Kentucky, only solidifies that farm connection, which for an old classic Ford F-100 is about as American as it gets! This truck, auctioned under Lot #161, has undergone a mechanical and cosmetic restoration. For starters, the paint color is listed as "candy apple red," but to us it looks more like a plain red. We don't see the undercoat of gold flake paint indicative of a true candy apple paint job, but let's not split hairs. The body looks super straight and solid from the bed floor to the rockers. The interior was given a complete refresh from the factory bench seat, door panels, dash, and under-dash air conditioning unit.
Mechanically, the original two-barrel 360 FE V-8 looks completely intact and original and should still muster the factory rated 215 hp and 327 lb-ft. The NP435 manual four-speed has a granny gear with a super deep 6.69:1 first gear, which is nice given the fact the single-speed Dana 21 has no low-range ratio. The lifted suspension looks pretty simple, with blocks in the rear and lift coils up front. The axles are the factory open-knuckle kingpin Dana 44 with a disc brake conversion, and the rear is the factory 9-inch, most likely still sporting the factory 28-spline axleshafts. There's no telling if the gears are still the factory spec or if the rear was equipped with the optional Ford Traction-Lok, so if you're bidding you may want to inquire.
The one thing we're not super jazzed about is the steering. It looks like the frame was chopped and modified, so the original outside-the-frame Ford box could be replaced with what appears to be a Saginaw inside-the-frame box. The quality of the welds and fabrication around the mount look somewhat suspect, as does the connection between the drag link and pitman arm, so if we were bidding we'd be requesting some closer images of that area to see if the steering was done correctly. We also notice a little dribble of what looks like coolant accumulated on the bottom of the steering stabilizer, so buyer beware. Still, these trucks are getting harder and harder to find, especially in this condition and what little fixes it looks like this one needs wouldn't be insurmountable. At the end of the day, this could make some early Ford pickup collector a nice addition to their stable.
If you're in the market or just want to follow the bidding, you can watch this auction along with all the Barrett-Jackson Online Only July 2020 Collector Car Auction here.