Badass 1963 Ford F-100 Headed to the Auction Block

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1963 Ford F-100 Front

Rare Ford truck has been restored and fitted with newer V8 engine.

While flipping through the Ford truck listings on the Barrett-Jackson website, we came across this gorgeous and rare unibody 1963 Ford F-100. When new, this antique half-ton pickup served as a military police vehicle, patrolling the grounds of the Concord Naval Weapons Station. Today, it has been restored and fitted with a newer, more powerful engine, showcasing the rare and unusual unibody construction.

The Unibody F-100

Ford Motor Company hasn’t introduced many truck innovations that didn’t work out, but in 1961, the automaker rolled out the first unibody cab design for the F-Series pickups. The bed and cab were one continuous piece, doing away with the gap between the two and making for a smoother-looking pickup.

1963 Ford F-100 Unibody Side

The problem with the unibody F-100 was that when you overloaded the bed, the body flexed and the doors would jam shut. As you can imagine, that turned out to be a turn-off for consumers, so the unibody design was gone after the 1963 model year. However, FoMoCo sold thousands of unibody F-100s in those three model years, including this truck, which was purchased by the United States Navy.

1963 Ford F-100 Unibody Rear

Military Police Beginnings

When this truck was new, it was used as a police patrol vehicle at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in California. This military facility served as a weapon storage depot, so when this truck was working in California, the people driving it would have been watching over items being sent to American soldiers in Vietnam.

1963 Ford F-100 Cab

We don’t know when it left the possession of the military, but at some point, it was sold into civilian life and fully restored. During the frame-off restoration, the chrome was refinished, the body panels were repaired and covered with bright white paint, and the interior was refurbished to better-than-original form.

1963 Ford F-100 Engine

Finally, a 302-cubic inch V8 was installed. No 302 was available in 1963, so this is a newer engine, but we don’t know how new or how potent of an engine is installed in this F-100, but it should be a little quicker than a stock truck from that era.

If you are in the market for a rare, antique Ford F-Series pickup, it doesn’t get a whole lot more unique than a unibody F-100.

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