I do like it when the carrier truck looks so much like its cargo. And probably never more so than these.
First year for FT engines in the big trucks, last year
for Y-Blocks and I-Blocks in the light trucks.
In keeping with today’s article on Canadian Ford products (including Mercury trucks) there’s a lot on Manitoulin Island in Ontario with a nearly identical Mercury truck backed into the bush. There’s a lot of other wrecked and worn out vehicles there, but the big Mercury stands out.
I had never noticed before how the fender bulge over the front wheel has a concave portion on the inside of the curve, and that this is not picked up on the bulge that goes over the rear wheel on the late (64+) Styleside bed. It is interesting that Ford did not re-create that feature on the rear wheel openings (as on the 61-62 design) or redesign the front fender contours to match the new rears.
I guess when the driver was asked what he was driving and carrying, he could legitimately reply “F all”.
Say, is it just my eyesight or has that F-800 got over-ambitious designs on being a lower-end Buick? It seems to have three ventiports.
Another rare item to see from that era on the F800 is the Genuine saddle fuel tanks. Those things sure disappeared pretty fast.
Notice the 16 gallon “Long Haul” behind-the-seat tank of the cab and chassis loaded at the rear?
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