This is a 1969 ford highboy with the somewhat rare 8′ stepside/styleside box

This was a fire-department rig that came out of California years ago. It has been in Montana for awhile but not driven much. When I got the truck it had an older custom chrome winch bumper on the front with custom controls made to operate from in-cab (old style warn winch with a manual brake). The pickup also has a chelsea PTO pump still on the transfer case, that was used to power the water pump/tank unit that used to be in the back. The odometer reads 63,507 and I definitely believe that to be original. I’ve owned and built 1979 and older pickup trucks since the 80’s and I know them pretty well. I’m sure the mileage is original but that can’t be verified by me or a carfax type report because it is pre-1981. In my experience it is quite rare to see a highboy with the longbox stepside. By far the majority built had a standard fleetside box.

MECHANICAL:
This pickup has the original 360 V8. It has the 4-speed transmission with divorced transfer case. It also has the chelsea PTO on the transfer case. This pickup has the optional dana 60 rear axle with locking differential. The truck runs and drives nice. It has new spark plugs, spark plug wires, cap and rotor, fuel filter, air filter, oil change, and new pinion seals for the front and rear axle. The suspension looks completely original. The engine runs nice and doesn’t smoke at all. It has no blow-by either. Good oil pressure. The motor runs quiet and has no ticks or knocks. It runs cool and doesn’t overheat. It has no oil in the water, or water in the oil. The engine looks completely stock with exception of ceramicoat headers and dual exhaust. The exhaust has turbo style mufflers and it’s really quit. It wouldn’t hurt to rebuilt the carburetor, but it’s not needed. The transmission and transfer case work as they should with no abnormalities. The clutch works nicely too. This pickup has power brakes and non-power steering. None of the 4×4 ford pickups in this year had power steering. It’s fairly easy to convert to power steering and kits are available to do it or find the parts separately. The brakes work fine. The 4×4 works as it should too with no noticeable problems. No sloppy u-joints that I could find. This has vintage western turbine wheels on it with new chrome lugs. It has 285/75r16 tires that are e-rated. They came off a powerstroke of mine and they drove perfect. The rear are probably 60% and fronts 40%. I do not have the truck registered or insured and I have never driven it on the highway. I have a long driveway and have driven it in all gears to test it out. The steering and front-end feel tight with no abnormalities but I would get it aligned just to be sure it’s good to go. The lower steering column bearing needs replaced and I have ordered the part which will go with the truck. The headlights, dash lights, turn signals, and parking lights work. The interior light does not work and most likely needs a bulb. The parking brake works. All of the gauges work. All fluid levels checked. There are no leaks of any concern. There is the usual seepage these old trucks have, but nothing I would be concerned about. I let it run for an hour in my shop and no drips of anything. Overall, the truck is very mechanically sound and will need no major mechanical work.

BODY:
The body is very nice for an un-restored survivor. The cabs in ’67-’72 can have rust problems, but this one is nice. The floors, floor supports, rockers, sills, jams, cab corners and cab mounts are nice. No rust on the roof or drip rails either. The frame also has no rust. Frame rust is extremely rare here. The only rig I’ve seen here with frame rust, came from the midwest. The hood, cowl, firewall and frame are nice. The box is mostly rust free but has a little rust in the low front corner of the rear fenders. This is below the level of the bed steps, and therefore not very noticeable. The tailgate has no rust. The box floor is wood and the fwood needs to be re-done. They used to sell wood kits to do them. I haven’t restored a stepside in awhile so I’m not sure if those are still available, but it’s easy to do anyways. The doors, hood, and tailgate operate as the should. I do have the key for the doors too. Overall, the body is nice and the paint has a cool patina. It would be an easy truck to paint though if you want to go that route.

INTERIOR:
The interior is pretty basic in the standard models. The seat is the original black vinyl. It does have upholstery damage on the drivers seat area. The springs and cushion are fine. The carpet is not original but it actually looks and fits good. The dash pad is cracked. They are available new. The gauge and dash area are in good shape. This pickup was taken good care of. The am radio doesn’t work. The headliner is the old cardboard type. It’s usable but has shrunk some. They are cheap for a new one. Windows roll up/down fine. Overall, the interior is in good usable condition.

OVERALL:
This is an excellent truck to start with for a restoration, or use it as-is. These pickups have very solid values that are going up every year. Many high-end restoration shops are choosing to restore old 4×4’s for resale, because they are bringing higher prices than muscle cars and other classics.


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Location: Eureka, Montana, United States