1966 Ford Shortbed 4X4 Truck, Part 2

With a new rubber mat and reconditioned rubber boots the floor looks like new again. No, those silly fridge magnets on the glove box will not stay.
I cleaned up the rubber boots and painted the trim. I decided not to paint the shifter and 4X selector as I feel the patina tells a story.
New seat covers, new foam and to repair broken springs will run over $500.00. That was not in the budget. A trip to Pick & Pull yard yielded this bench seat for fiddy bucks. Works for me. I do plan to paint the steering wheel and I found a very nice horn ring at the swap meet.

The sun visor were toast so I opted for a new set. The truck only had one but I will add one for the passenger side. New headliner is ordered.

I tried to live with the dirty and dusty speedo but it got the best of me. It was filled with fine Yakima dust.

They really went out of their way when the installed the colored lenses for the indicator lights!  They were just taped on with clear tape. Fast forward 50 years and what is left of the tape is dark brown.
I took it apart and cleaned everything including the facia. I also put a fresh coat of paint on the dash panel and replaced all the bulbs.

The old door mirror was ugly and had bad glass. Found a nice mirror at the swap for five bucks.

I made a new rod from stainless tubing and polished it.
Found this super nice radio that will fill the spot where the ugly cassette deck was.
Now I am starting to like this rig and I can’t drive around like this.
The right bed corner is pretty banged up but I just found an NOS corner.
The truck is now with the best metal man in town and the bed will be like new.
 

1966 Ford Shortbed 4X4 Truck, Part 1

 So this just happened: A 1966 Ford F100 4X4 short bed followed me home.

A friend owned this truck but I did not think about it much when I walked past this flesh colored truck many times. Anyway, he said he did not use it anymore so he was going to sell it. I need a truck to haul my Model A parts around so why not?

This is an original, rust free Eastern WA truck. Sold new at Walla Walla Teague Motor Company to Marshall Farm Company and lived as a spray truck.

Teague Motor Company just closed it’s doors in 2005.

Apparently, Ford referred to the Vehicle Identification Number as  “warranty number” at the time. Also, the new owner of the vehicle got this warranty card to present to the dealer when they were in for service. In GM land they called this the protect-o-plate.
The seat was torn and the rubber mat was toast so I discarded it.
The floors are perfect with just some surface rust.
After A light sanding and some paint it will last another 60 years. I also added some sound deadening material.
I cleaned up the inside of the doors and added sound deadener as well. It makes a big difference.

These trailer wheels ain’t makin’ it! Also, the raised white lettering is soo 1980.

I had these Cadillac wheel covers for over twenty years, serving as garage art. It is time to put them to use. Using a GM part on a FORD you say?? If you don’t say anything, it will just be a secret between you, me and the internet.
The size of the center cap is slightly larger than the locking hubs, so I opened up that area and is perfect for the front wheels. I also reversed the tires for black wall.

This truck was painted during the great masking tape shortage of 2005! Horrible times when cars rolled out of the paint booth with chrome covered in paint.

There…fixed. shiny = good!

I think the black walls and wheel covers dressed up the truck pretty well. I still have work to do on the interior, we will do that next.