Project F350

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!

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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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I’d added the tilt and cruise in 1980, since Ford didn’t offer them in ’73.
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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.
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An insane amount of effort went into the bed. It had hundreds of dents from years of abuse as my shop truck.
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Ready for a final sanding before the paint.
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Almost all of the trim is original. It’s in amazing shape for the age. Wish I could say the same for myself.
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Bed has been prepped and first color applied
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I straightened as many dents as I could, but still had to rely on plastic filler. This thing was a mess.
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Almost time to reinstall the bed. Seems like it took forever to reach this stage.
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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.
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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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