719,360 Total Miles, An Everyday Work Truck For 40+ Years
This ain't no ordinary truck ...
There are two things that I love about the Ford Econoline van and truck of the 1960s.
Firstly, the headlights in front look sooooo 1960s; they look like the eyes of a bee or hornet.
Also, the pick-up truck version
has a funny appearance with a big bulky head and the back chopped off.
At the 2012
Angel of Shavano Car Show in Salida,
I had the nicest conversation with Ken, the owner, who told me
many stories and details about this truck. I share some of them in the
comment section of the photo gallery.
The owner boasts it has gone 719,360+ miles in its lifetime. Impressive!
Ken told me that he bought the truck used with 65K miles in 1965.
Then he drove it as an everyday work truck from 1965 to 2002.
His job required a lot of driving, including shipping
items that drew him to Denver, eastern Colorado, Wyoming and
on an average work day.
A skilled auto mechanic, Ken would constantly tweak and work on his truck.
Hence, it's longevity. Since 2002, Ken has retired
the vehicle from the rigors of everyday driving,
but he takes it into town once or twice a month.
Ken informed me the front end was replaced with
... a front end of a 1963 Ford Econoline.
He said he once hit a deer that caused great damage in front. He replaced it with a
front end from a 1963 econonline, which was exactly the same as the 1961 model.
He also said the front bumper had been damaged from previous jobs tasks, including him
using his truck to push things at one of his workplaces.
Anyway, everything is "original" on this truck, even the facelift it got.
The truck's original color was sea foam green
- a bright mint green that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
It was painted gray once.
The original steering wheel and dashboard.
The engine between the seats.
He installed an engine from a Ford Maverick in the 1970s to give it more power.
Ken also shared stories about him transporting his wife and
three young children in this truck in the late 1960s.
They'd put folding chairs behind the seats for the older kids and placed
a cushioned box above the engine for their youngest.