In the last decade we’ve seen a huge jump in classic truck restorations. So much so, that auction prices have doubled, then doubled again in response to consumer enthusiasm. But in the case of a 1957 Ford F-350 4×4, we aren’t just talking about any old classic truck. Instead, a recent eBay seller has posted the King of trucks, built during the period when trucks were coming into their own – mixing utilitarian, aesthetic and cultural significance.
This particular F-350 goes way beyond conceptual relevance, though. The vehicle was an old fire truck from Mount Lodge Fire Company in New York. In addition, NAPCO, traditionally found in classic General Motors swag, dipped this particular F-350 in the company’s special sauce: making a heavy-duty 1-ton not to be reckoned with.
And, as if that weren’t enough, the body features a 272 Y-block V8, 4-speed manual transmission, 5.14 gears, mechanical power take-off, a useable front-mounted winch, 9-foot bed, newish tires and brakes. Oh, and an odometer with less than 10,000 miles.
In truth, this old workhorse looks to be in tidy condition – just in need of a light restoration. To quote the seller: “Ahhhh the truck of trucks. I’ve had this truck for a few years now and keep threatening to restore it. Truth is I just haven’t got the time and there is one other project ahead of it. I’m not desperate to sell it but I would like to see it go to someone who can make the time to do the right job and bring this truck back to its glory…[it] works, runs great and everything is in working order.”
The obvious restoration options would include all original, resto mod, or maybe a quirky rat rod finish. However, there is another treatment which might be more fitting. Taking into account the F-350 exclusive 9-foot bed, manual transmission, 5.14s, and currently functioning winch, this rig might make the ultimate vintage overlander. Slap on a camper top, apply a slight lift, beefy tires, underbody protection, and a few other gizmos and the modern Jeeps, Hummers, and Toyotas won’t know what hit ‘em.
Of course, there are those pesky classic Land Rover Defenders to deal with, but they weren’t built in America, operated out of a fire house, or worthy of names like Eugene, Ulysses, or Rear Admiral…
Source : eBay