Here are some pictures of the completed F350. It’s been a fair amout of work with a few headaches along the way, but we’re pleased with the outcome. Best of all, we made our deadline and will be able to camp this summer!
At last! The camper still needs a lot of TLC, but is fully functional. We’d rather put it to use and work on it as we go, rather than start a full-blown restoration and postpone camping for another year.
We’re still hoping to have the side emblem/sticker reproduced. In the meantime, I created my own by hand cutting one out of vinyl. Better than nothing.
Much of the interior is still original. Dad had installed a clear protective seat cover when the truck was new. It did a good job of keeping the seat like new over the years. I replaced the clear cover. I wonder if it will be good for another 42 years?
The headliner didn’t fare too well. I created a new one out of matching vinyl. It’s ok, but I’m not all that pleased with my job. My sewing skills aren’t there, yet.
I’d added the tilt and cruise in 1980, since Ford didn’t offer them in ’73.
Here’s the period correct clear cover. Nothing quite like searing hot vinyl in the summer, but it does a pretty good job of saving the factory upholstery.
An insane amount of effort went into the bed. It had hundreds of dents from years of abuse as my shop truck.
Ready for a final sanding before the paint.
Almost all of the trim is original. It’s in amazing shape for the age. Wish I could say the same for myself.
Bed has been prepped and first color applied
I straightened as many dents as I could, but still had to rely on plastic filler. This thing was a mess.
Almost time to reinstall the bed. Seems like it took forever to reach this stage.
I’m so thankful vehicles don’t have a rust issue in the southwest. I won’t be able to say the same once I start on our blue truck. I’m not looking forward to dealing with the rust.
It felt so good to drive again after almost 2 years. The truck runs and drives like a new one. It was well worth the effort.
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