Cohort Sighting: 1966 Ford F250 – A Stud In Zebra’s Clothing

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Another excellent shot from Triborough, this is a great example of intentional modesty as practiced by attractive types.  Paint zebra stripes on, say, a Lumina, and the result would be nowhere as charming.  One needs a good looks or a strong air of confidence in order for self-deprecation to have any appeal, and this 1966 Ford truck has both in spades.

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I don’t even think the Jeep Gladiator series would look as good in this sort of semi-battered state.  The extreme patina is almost a requirement for this period of Ford truck design; the lived-in look just works.  If the Chevy trucks were the sleek party truck and Dodge trucks the wallflowers, this Ford truck really exemplifies the Built Ford Tough tag line.  The same isn’t as true after 1979, when design details became more well-integrated, so it’s probably no coincidence that this famous ad slogan dates back to 1978.

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With GM trying out different independent front suspension designs before finally getting it right, Ford took a simpler approach with the Twin I Beam.  Ford didn’t let on that it wasn’t as sophisticated as a Chevy’s wishbones, as this proud call-out indicates.  There’s that bravado poking though.

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The use of a V8 is more worth bragging over, though there are no interior shots to show what transmission is used in this particular rig.  That badge alone was incentive to choose the V8 and provided the apparent benefit of helping to ensure the stripes were painted symmetrically.  Someone put a good deal of effort into this display of relaxed playfulness.

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Note the double patina off worn off zebra stripes in areas where there’s been a lot of contact with the painted surface.  It’s a nice match for the Retrac mirrors’ fading chevron logo.

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Between the Rockville Center dealer logo on fender and the Queens address on the doors, this truck has seen obviously seen a lot of local use and has probably seen every corner of the Tristate area, but that kind of rambling is almost expected of a weathered fifty-year-old charmer like this.