Vintage Truck of the Day: Early 1960s Ford F1100 Diesel In The Fast Lane – The Highest Number F-Series

I love old shots of trucks on the go; reminds me of being on the road in the 60s or early 70s. And although not exactly a rare sight, these Ford heavy duty conventionals like this F1000/F1100 were more commonly seen as dump trucks, cement mixers, and other local/regional hauling applications and not so much as over-the-road semi trucks.

I confirmed that with my own carefully tabulated statistics, back in 1963.

More on that later. This would be a 1965 or earlier truck, since it still sports the “low roof”.

Starting in 1965, the roof on these HD trucks had their roofs raised by several inches. I have to assume that too many drivers were hitting their heads on the roof, driving over anything but smooth pavement. That white dump truck is a dead ringer for the dump truck I drove, except for having red paint like the other one. But that one had the Super Duty Ford gasoline V8, and an Allison 6-speed automatic. But that’s not what’s under the hood of the featured over-the-road truck.

It’s presumably an F1100, the top capacity (38,000 lbs FVW) and almost certainly Cummins diesel powered. According to a 1964 brochure, theses conventionals were available with the compact V6/V8 series, with 195 to 265 hp ratings.

Seeing how this one is passing that Brockway COE, it’s probably one of the higher-powered versions. But who knows?

Back to my stats: On the 1963 (or possibly 1965) edition of our annual summer pilgrimage to the Rockies, I decided to keep a detailed running tally of all the big trucks I saw, for two days straight. I’d start writing down each brand as I first saw them, then keep adding tally marks for each additional one of each brand. I wish I still had it. The winner/most popular big truck on the road between Iowa and Colorado back then?

White/White-Freightliner. Of course that’s borderline cheating, as White-Freightliners weren’t built by White, just sold through their dealer network.

Freightliner was a West Coast company and White (above) was from the East Coast, so in the Midwest at the time, both brands were quite common. In retrospect, I should have had separate categories for them.

Number 2? I want to say Mack, but I’m not 100% sure of that. That would be a fun piece of paper to have in front of me now. Update: I just remembered: it was International.