Camper Special. By 1968, Ford's F-series (b.1948) was on its fifth generation. The #Camper-Special
is basically a posher iteration of the half-ton #F250
for those who wanted to drop their demountable camper into the bed and head off into the country. This one has the largest V8 available in 1968, the #FE-block
390 (6.4 litre), plus dealer-fitted aircon, which currently has no drive belts.
This San Jose-built truck has survived amazingly well, with undamaged bed and tailgate on the rot- and filler-free structure. Having been in California all of its life, there is no corrosion underneath, either. The body has been resprayed in its original colours, but the bed still has its original paint and the rails are mint, with just a couple of scrapes in the rear tubs.
The newish Firestone tyres have lots of tread, and there's a factory-fitted auxiliary tank the size of a bath under the chassis (probably advisable).
Inside, the brocade cloth-covered bench seat is unworn and the carpets are new. The dashboard and instruments are all good, plus the horn ring is perfect and the original #Philco
radio still works.
The tidy #Ford
V8 has just had a bottom-end rebuild. It starts after a couple of churns, with a 'tick' from one exhaust that lessens as it warms. It drives sweetly, with no lost steering motion thanks to new drag links, but the low gearing can catch you out. The brakes work well even without assistance (vented discs and four-pot calipers!) and the gearchange is smooth. There's no kickdown but with this much torque you don't miss it. The 'Twin-I-beam' front set-up - long, overlapping swing axles - means that there's no axle patter on rough roads, and it's easy enough to conduct. The temperature gauge shows normal but the oil-pressure gauge doesn't work. With a reground crank, new bearings and oil pump, though, it's a safe bet that it's as factory! The MoT runs to 7 May, but its #GVW
of over 3.5 tonnes means you may need to check your licence to see if you are eligible to drive it. #1968
Year of manufacture 1968
Recorded mileage 26,601
Asking price £13,495
Vendor Attington Classics, Thame, Oxfordshire; tel: 01844 218491; -attingtonclassics.co.-uk
WHEN IT WAS NEW
Price $2579 (1968)
Max power 255bhp
Max torque c400lb ft
0-60mph 10 secs (est)
Top speed c90mph
Mpg 10-14 (est)
• Solid; straight; repainted
• Unworn upholstery; radio works
• Engine rebuilt; the rest of it is massive and looks bomb-proof
For - The yee and, indeed, hah factor
Against - Filling both fuel tanks; not old enough for the Revival paddock
SHOULD I BUY IT?
Hard to resist if you like this kind of thing, plus it could make a great support barge. Start scouring eBay for demountable camper bodies.