Seventies Ford F250's. Best. Trucks. Ever.
I looked for a long time to replace my '71, which had been an awesome workhorse. Kinda funny the replacement ended up being a year older. Thanks for your comment, Sajeev!
Memories of Trucks, Bikes, and RV's.
Nice truck, great story, and more nice memories. My wife and three kids loved RV camping. I'd replaced the Mustang fastback with a new red 1972 Gran Torino wagon just to haul kids, our 21' Travel Master RV, and old car parts. I'd really wanted a red Ford truck!
Being married to a Minnesota farmer's daughter, even with a topper cap, a truck in Illinois was not a great way to haul kids, pets, or groceries during cold winters.
Then Ford invented the Supercab in 1975. I ordered one of those, in red with white wall tires. You shoulda heard the Ford dealers giggling and complaining when I ordered white side wall 15" tires on my truck. Back in 1975 pick up trucks were made for hauling stuff, not built to look cute! After all, it even had a real 8' truck bed.
Right after work that first day, I crossed the river and headed for the tire store. They'd had an ad for 15" chrome slotted "Superior" wheels with free installation. I made it clear I want the white walls out!
Back then, customers could go into the shop and watch. The tire guys, supervisor, and shop owner tried to convince me that the white side walls will be mounted IN, and they proceeded to do just that.
It was my truck, my tires, and my wheels. They were mounted the way I'd ordered. When said and done, most who saw my shiny red Supercab Ford with chrome custom wheels and white walls liked the look. The wide diamond plate running boards and diamond plate rear mudflaps stood out. Within weeks pick up trucks with custom wheels and white side walls were everywhere! Maybe I started a new fad! I was gonna keep that truck forever!
Two years later, I decided we needed a 5th wheel RV and a heavier Ford Supercab to pull it. All of my things have to match. My TravelMaster RV now had red trim where the gold anodized trim used to be. The nearly new 5th wheel camper had gold metallic trim so my new 3/4 ton truck would have to be metallic gold.
The salesmen tried to get me to buy a one ton truck. But I didn't like the harsh one ton truck ride. Probably a sales gimmick, I was sold a "camper special" one ton rated 3/4 ton truck. Even the side window of the Ford supercab was marked "Camper Special".
Our 5th wheel RV wasn't new, was only 30' long, yet heavy. When loaded and towing, I hardly felt the camper back there and sometimes drove way faster than I should have. Without the camper, the ride was stiffer than my 1/2 ton, yet decent. Most times, it was used as our family car and my get to work vehicle.
Being a trucker, I'd added "Bull Hauler" lights, diamond plate running boards with lights down the sides, a custom box up at the bed front with a truck topper lid as a cover, and even a pogo stick for the RV hook ups.
We also had a 1950 Harley HydraGlide panhead with one of the last non-police tank shifters. With a custom made 2" X 12" wood tailgate, used to keep camping supplies in and as a ramp for my old Harley, I was gonna keep that truck forever!
Sometimes forever is a short time. We lived at the edge of the end of a cul-de-sac. I had to back off a blind curve up one full block of that cul-de-sac with cars parked on both sides. Being a professional (?) trucker, that was not my problem. Old neighbors who just didn't understand, would back out and sit behind my RV, honking, as I was backing toward my drive way.
A year and half later, I sold the whole rig and bought a year old motorhome in 1978! I did almost keep it forever. Scrapped it in 2000 something.
I didn't own another truck until 2004 when I bought a red Dodge quadcab and a fibreglass topper. Again, running boards and lots of "Bull Hauler" lights.
At least that's how i remember it.