1967 Ford F-250 Custom Cab Camper Special
With just a casual glance you might think this is just another ol’ truck, maybe owned by somebody’s Granddad. But like I did, look a little closer and you’ll realize what a find this rig really is! The first hint is when you check for rust in the usual places. With the exception of two small, repaired cab floor spots and some surface corrosion on the door posts, there really just isn’t any! For those not familiar with the Great Pacific Northwest, we get our share of misty rain, but hardly ever any snow. At the first sign of a falling flake everyone panics and stays home. Truth is, our winter roads are rarely salted, so you’ll find VERY few vehicles here with serious rust issues! Please feel free to climb over, under and around this nice truck – I know you’ll come up smiling!
When you open the hood, you’re in for another nice surprise. I’d forgotten that ’67 was the last year for the venerable 352 C.I. Y-block engine – the same motor found in T-birds dating back to the mid-fifties. We spent many hundreds this past fall having the carburetor professionally rebuilt, installing a new distributor and upgrading to an electronic ignition. While tuning things up, my tech suggested a new timing chain and gear set. It only made sense to replace the water pump as well, so that was also done. (some receipts included). He finished off by replacing the sparkplugs, distributor cap and the rotor. Fewer than 50 miles have been driven since then. The next caretaker will have no worries, when starting cold just hop in, pull the manual choke and she fires right up! I let the engine idle with the it full on for about a minute, then push the dash choke button in and drive the rest of the day hassle-free! I know you’ll also appreciate the custom long-tube headers and “cherry-bomb” style dual exhaust; it gives the motor a throaty, just-right burble. The heavy-duty three speed Ford Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission is strong and there are 4.10 gears in the Dana rear pumpkin.
The dash has full factory instrumentation including oil-water-amp gauges. All of the chrome on the dash bezels, knobs & radio is excellent. The original rubber floor covering was just replaced with new fitted carpets and a fresh vinyl bench seat. The upholstry shop was quite impressed by how good the original seat springs still were. The Clarion AM/FM/CD radio works great. There are also dual fuel tanks and a rear window slider (I’ve never used the rear tank). We left the gunracks in place.
Outside I know you’ll be impressed by the factory color paint that has been resprayed to the original “Harbor Blue”. It holds quite a shine! We did nothing more than hand wash the rig before taking the photos on 02/06/2021. As pictured, the bed is in excellent condition without any rust holes in the usual areas. It’s protected with roll-on bedliner. I’d suggest replacing the mismatched tires as they are old and several are worn. “Camper Specials” came from the factory with extra-heavy suspensions; they’re rated at 6,900 lbs. GVW. There’s also a transmission cooler in front of the heavy-duty radiator. The manual brakes seem just fine to me. My only real complaints are: the passenger window is “stiff” to roll up or down (it always does so with a little effort) and your arms get a workout as there’s no power steering. Real men apparently didn’t need or expect it fifty years ago on their trucks!
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Location: Auburn, Washington, United States