Nothing to break, so it has to be reliable
I bought this mega awesome truck for 600 bucks. It hadn't been registered since 2001. The guy I bought it from suggested trailering it home would be a good plan. Most of the brake lines had been replaced, so I figured I'd take my chances, and drive the truck back to my house 170 miles away.
About 20 miles into my journey, a brake line blew in a parking lot. I pounded the line shut and took it to my friends house about 10 miles away to fix it right. After that, I didn't have any problems.
The truck is a super bare bone military surplus short box. Near as I can tell, the only option it was ordered with was power steering. The truck has a three speed on the column and a 240 six. Thus far the truck has been extremely reliable, and starts up instantly without pumping the gas. The gas mileage has been lack luster (15 mpg), but then the truck is geared very low.
It handles very nicely with the Twin I-beam suspension. The brakes are decent, although after driving through some flooded roads, I had difficulty stopping for a little while. Parts are cheap and readily available from just about anywhere. The truck is super easy to work on as well.
I find a lot of old 61-66 Ford trucks for cheap all the time. For someone who wants a unique but budget friendly daily driving workhorse, it is hard to go wrong with one of these.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th October, 2010