Hello Ford truck enthusiasts. I have a great truck for sale. I am testing the waters here, as I really want the truck to go to the right person who can pick up where I leave off. Here is the basic rundown of the truck: 1968 F250 camper special, 390, C6, ps, pb, 7500 gvw, 138k mi, 3.54 open diff, no a/c, lunar green over Wimbledon white paint, ranger trim, black vinyl interior, black carpet.The truck is very drivable, as I have invested considerable $$ thus far to make it a progressive, rolling restoration. I bought it 3 years ago via c-list, and have been chipping away as time and funds have permitted. I have put 2500 miles on it. My goal was to save it from the scrap heap, and keep it as original as possible. I strived to keep the authentic, well aged, but not abused or neglected look. As a 3/4 ton truck, I felt it should look like it has had a working life. Not really into the show truck look. The reproduction parts market has proved to be very disappointing to say the least. Most of it is foreign junk. OK if you have no other choice, but nowhere near original in fit or quality. Anyway, I am making preps to make a career change/re-location and have decided the truck will have to be sacrificed. If you are in the market and in the Seattle area, and might be interested, get in touch. It needs to go to someone who can keep it indoors out of the weather, as I have. The drip rail seals are shot and all the door seals need replacing. Water runs into the cab, soaks the carpet, and will turn the currently undamaged cab into a rust bucket in short order. Here is a partial list of the work done: 1) All new brakes: shoes, pads, rotors, calipers, master cylinder/fluid, rear drums turned, select lines replaced. 2) New Firestone TransForce radials (5). Has the original 16.5" wheels. Tires are hard to come by for these. Spare wheel has been powder coated. 3) Differential replaced with one from low mileage donor. The original case had major wear to the side gear bores. Can you say "ca clunk"? 4) Transmission serviced. Did not need overhaul according to the technician that did the work. Shifts like it should. 5) Wiring/electrical/charging system repaired. This truck had so many electrical issues when I bought it, it could not be driven at night, none of the lights worked. They all work as new now. The main problem was the turn signal switch. Has a brand new 70a Powermaster stock look alternator, new regulator, new Interstate battery, new cables. 6) Power steering gear re-built by Redhead here in the Seattle area. 7) Fuel system almost completely replaced: both tanks/sending units, all rubber hoses, fuel pump, carburetor (an original exact replacement with manual choke). 8) Pertronix Igniter I ignition system: module, wires, coil, resistance bypass relay. It looks stock, but of course it's way better than points. Have a set of spares too. 9) New Walker made original pattern single exhaust from the manifolds back to the tailpipe. Sounds great and very original. 10) Has an Extang full tilt black tonneau cover which can be easily removed for large cargo. The bed and tailgate are pretty much un-damaged, and painted as original, due to the fact the truck carried a 12' slide in camper for most of it's early years. 11) The current rear bumper replaced the bumper that was on the truck when I bought it. It was rusty, ugly and way too heavy. Took it off a junkyard donor, had the 2" receiver box welded on, and had it powder coated. I then had the original selling dealer stencils made. Kind of a period correct touch that I remember from working at the Ford dealer as a kid. The bumper can probably handle a 2 thousand pound trailer. 12) As far as the engine goes, it is not the original. It is a 390, but no idea how many miles it has. The odometer shows 38k, but I'm sure it has rolled once. It is mechanically sound. Has a minor rear main seal leak. Good compression, steady 17" vacuum at idle, no smoke, no oil burning, 8-10 mpg city with the crap ethanol 10 fuel we get here. Probably 14 at 55 mph. I have a set of later model truck heads with hardened exhaust seats that go with the truck. They were recently re-built by a local, reputable engine shop. The ones on there now were butchered by the po, probably trying to fix exhaust leaks. The threaded upper exhaust manifold holes were drilled out at wonky angles. I replaced the trashed exhaust manifolds with the Dorman Chinese specials. No leaks/cracks so far. The po also cut out sections of the inner fender aprons to complete the hack job. It cruises 55-60 mph no problem. 13) The interior has had some work, but needs a bit more: the bench seat has the original vinyl cover with some tears under the drivers butt area. There is currently a nice cordura fitted cover on it. The seat will need re-upholstering, as the foam is dried out and turning to dust. The dash pad is as new. The headliner is new to original with sound deadener and insulation underneath. The door trim panels are the originals. They will need replacing as the po cut 4" holes for a stereo speaker "upgrade", which are currently taped over. The carpet is faded and original but needs replacement. I have some custom floor mats made by cocomats.com that are great. It now has the original AM dial tune radio, and single dash mount speaker. The windshield and back glass are new along with the rubbers. All other cab rubbers/seals will need replacement. That is the main reason the truck cannot be outside in the rain/wet.14) The paint is the original factory deluxe two tone. As you can see in the pictures there is some surface rust where you would expect it. I think the look is about perfect. I would not waste money with a re-spray. The minor rust is very typical of this era of Ford trucks. There is no panel rust-out or what I would call cancer beyond reasonable repair. The undercarriage is in very good condition for a working truck this old. BTW, the truck spent most of it's life (40+ years) in the Los Angeles area. I think one or more of the springs may be tweaked a bit, as there is a slight level offset between the bed and the cab as seen from the rear.15) The original west coast truck mirrors were completely re-built using new stainless fasteners. They can now be easily removed by removing three bolts per side. This allows the included fitted outdoor grade cover to be put on in less than 15 minutes. The Extang bed cover makes this set-up work really well. 16) I have the Marti report for the truck, including the elite framed upgrade. It indicates that as equipped this truck was one of 2 1968 F250's made. 17) The current Hagerty value guide shows a fair example at $5300, and a good example at $11000. I would put my truck at $8000. 18) There are many spares/extras that will be included, just a bit much to include here.19) I will provide a stack of receipts of all work done since I have had the truck FYI. I estimate about $20k including what I paid for the truck.So if you are interested in getting more info, or arranging to see the truck, please contact me. A note concerning the grille: the red horizontal stripe you see would normally only be on 69 Ranger equipped trucks. This truck being a late production 68 (June 68), was likely supplied with this grille originally, as rumor has it, the factory ran out of the 68 Ranger grilles sometime late in the production year. No hard evidence here, just scuttlebutt. I have a pristine 68 Ranger grille, and will include it if the buyer wants it. There is no evidence whatsoever that a front end collision ever took place that would require the grille to be replaced.
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