Classic Pickup: 1967 F-250 Camper Special

Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by in Auto News

Story and photos by Richard Truesdell

In the past 50 years we have watched develop the pickup truck of their utilitarian roots on farms and the vehicle of choice for small businesses to climb to the top of the sales charts year after year in the case of the Ford F-Series. Of course, the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and (Dodge) Ram are no slackers, either, when it comes to annual revenue. All are the most profitable, based on the unit, for their manufacturers.And while their farm and small businesses recognize roots, there is another constant over the years: their use as recreational vehicles. Today, that means that you will probably see a pickup towing is a luxurious fifth wheeler, but 50 years ago they were more likely to see an RV shifted in his bed. These needs were the origins of the optional RV packages.To a time-capsule look at an example, take a look at Richard Drake 1967 Ford F-250 Camper Special.Drake is an enthusiast owner. He is a regular on the Southern California show scene, and over the years we have admired his truck show at events like Fabulous Fords Forever in Buena Park, and the annual Orange Plaza. What exactly is it to his truck, stop and talk to us every time we see him make? For starters, Drake truck is the definition of perfection. It is an original California 1967 Ford F-250 Ranger Styleside Camper Special. "I have the car for 32 years owned. The year 1967 was the first year of the redesigned F-Series pickup, the first year for the Rangers series, in the third year for the camper special edition, and the last year for the 352cid V-8 engine. I am the second owner to buy it in June 1980, "a neighbor, he said.
Drake Research and the truck Marti report tell us that on at Ford in San Jose, California, Appendix 2 May was built 1967th It is equipped with the stock 352-cubic-inch displacement V-8 mated to a heavy C-4 three-speed automatic transmission. The air conditioning was a rare factory installed option in 1967, but Drake truck is equipped with a dealer-installed air conditioning system.Speaking with putc, Drake said, the original owner bought the truck from Corwin Ford in Orange, California, with a camper-over -cab truck camper unit. typical of its time The MSRP was $ 3,660.36 (The Photo). (In today's dollars, that comes out to $ 25,024.) Camper has been separated in 1992 after serving the family for many years during the holidays throughout the Western states.Before the truck camper unit sold, the entire truck was Drake's "stolen property driven in 1991 shortly before taking over the Mexican border -… Fortunately, she was recovering from the California Highway Patrol a month later CHP reported that the thieves drove drunk, suddenly and without light driving them has returned to Orange County, an additional tax on the truck because a desert sandstorm pitted the windshield, body paint and brightwork. Little did Drake know, done some of his future rehabilitation work for him! In 2006, Drake finally serious about restoring its Camper Special. He wanted to keep inside the original and outside as much as possible. The process was spread over three years, and if the project was completed, the truck looked exactly like it did on the day signed in 1967 with its first owner of the delivery documents in Corwin Ford
All the internal components have been restored, including the original AM radio, buttons, instrument bezel, steering wheel, horn ring, dash pad, door handles and the brightwork. The seat, upholstery, carpet, door panels and headliner have been reproduced from the originals.One the largest part of the restoration was done in 2009 when the original 208-horsepower engine was completely new to original specs of Jasper Engines Ford in Indiana. Was the three-speed, C-4 Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission, drive shaft and differential rebuilt.The outside, the first thing that people notice at shows, has restored factory settings. Drake notes that the upper body / Fawn Beige Metallic paint was a factory order in 1967, so it took a bit of work to fit as there. No letter code on the ID for the color The Wimbledon White below the belt was used by Ford on numerous vehicles of the 1960s and 1970s. All body panels are original and detailed analysis of the Drake truck shows no dents, cracks or rust. The exterior brightwork is original, but Drake spared no expense to get back anodize or replate the components as required. The stainless steel window trim was polished. The chassis has been cleaned and coated with a rubber seal. The engine has a fresh coat of Old Ford Blue.
Drake used some enhancements, too. These include front disc brakes, power steering (which was optional in 1967 and which is not originally installed on the car 1967), electronic ignition, radial tires and a differential of Dana with 3.54:1 ratio instead of the original 4.10. Drake made two functional changes to the outside instead of the west side mirror found with smaller F-100 mirrors and 16-inch wheels instead of the multi-piece wheels in 1967.

Over the years, the 250 F, like countless others received government mandates for safety and emission control, and there have been numerous changes in the drivetrain, interior, exterior components and models Ford expands the size and scope of the F-series operations for special events consumer tastes as a pickup truck pulled out of their utilitarian origins and personal use category.One of the great things is that Ford has built millions of F-Series trucks, and they have a strong following, especially among builders, which makes Drake Bearing the truck more attractive. That's certainly what came to us in the eye, as he showed the first completed restoration in 2009. Since then his truck eight best-in-class and two best-of-show has won.