I’d planned to wrap up my posting on GM wiper tech today, but walking out of a local LA Taco shop I saw this definitive Curbside Classic, and wanted to share it while the pixels are still hot. I love old trucks like this, since the yearly styling changes makes identification so much easier.
As this image demonstrates. I think the evolution of the third generation truck styling demonstrates that the current trend of “butching up” truck styling isn’t a recent phenomenon, but has been going on for 60 years. Notice how the hood gained a power bulge and some stature over time, and grille grew wider and thicker every year. However, I’ve always found the styling of the’60 model very attractive, perhaps because I remember one sitting outside my Great Uncle’s house in Minnesota back when I was much younger (as were these trucks).
The lighting isn’t perfect, but I think it’s clear this truck is completely original, and a base model truck that’s spent its life working.
The F-250 extended cab sitting next to it provides a nice contrast, as a modern example of a base work truck. Taller, longer, wider, it’s still a stripper model designed to transport folks and material to a work site, with no fuss or muss. The patina is less advanced on the newer truck, but the likelihood of it staying in service another 40 or 50 years seems unlikely, even in the mild climate here in Southern California.
But what a great patina we see on the older truck. Through some miracle, the sheet metal maintains its original contours, with the only real damage showing up in the form of minor dents and scratches to the (original) paint. Some may ask, “Isn’t there a point at which California vehicles show signs of body rust?” This truck, though eligible for an AARP card, has yet to succumb, loudly scoffing at the thought of rust perforation.
Unlike many people posting cars for sale on Craigslist, I’m more than willing to show you all four fenders on this truck. Like Norma Desmond (another elderly LA resident), our truck loudly declares “I’m ready for my closeup.”
As a rule, I don’t associate bumper stickers with work trucks, but this message on behalf of our POWs seems appropriate for a working man’s truck. Thinking it over, it may have even been applied during the height of the Vietnam War. Car club plaques have become cool again, so that Regents plate may be a reproduction, but there was a Regents club in North Long Beach and the patina nicely matches the truck, so let’s call it real.
Finally, the office. As far as I can tell, the tach and gauges are the only aftermarket accessories on the truck, and the replacement vinyl seat cover the only restoration work. Here’s hoping this truck keeps working on the streets of LA until its Centennial in 2060!
For another take on 1960 F-100s, check out Paul’s article: Ford’s Tonka Toy