Get your own classic cruiser

BY Larry D'Argis. Jun 16 03:00 am

Thanks to the Khartum Shriners’ annual raffle, you have at shot at cruising in your very own rare 1967 Ford F100 pickup.

For 1967, Ford’s F-Series truck was totally restyled. In its fifth generation, the trucks took on a square, yet clean look with larger cab dimensions, new powertrains and optional extras.

Ready to work at a moment’s notice, whether taking on the outdoors or helping the home handyman, the F100 was always at the ready.

Today, these F100 trucks are scarce. Simply finding one that hasn’t been consumed by corrosion or smashed up beyond recognition is definitely a feat, making them a rare commodity.

Looking at them with a clean slate, these trucks make a great platform, whether the intent is to do a straight-forward factory restoration, a full-on resto-mod or a melding of both.

What you see here is a one-family owned truck. Purchased new in 1967, it served the family well and over time was passed down to the owner’s grandson, who just happened to work at a Ford dealership and treated the truck to a full restoration.

Then, after a year and 6,000 kilometres, the truck was offered up for sale and Winnipeg’s Khartum Shriners didn’t hesitate to snap it up as a natural fit for their annual draw that normally features a car, truck or motorcycle as the prize.

The 35-member Vintage Car Club at the Khartum Shriners has been hard at work this spring on the raffle that is offering the truck up in hopes of raising funds for their work with children’s orthopedic and burn unit patients.

Rust-free, clean and straight as an arrow the truck is finished in a captivating electric blue with contrasting ghost flames and tinted glass. A C.R. Laurence sliding rear window at the rear of the cab overlooks a full rear tonneau cover enclosing the pick-up bed and sharp eyes will see the recessed radio antenna on the passenger side of the cab.

Originally equipped with a six-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission, we now find an early 1990s version of the 5.0 high-output V-8 under the hood, providing modern-day power. Equipped with a performance camshaft exhaust headers, custom dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers and an engine compartment full of chrome, it feeds a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission, that leads to a nine-inch Ford rear axle. Rolling stock is also an attention grabber as the truck sits on a set of stylish, polished Ultra aluminum wheels, shod with 275-by-40-by-20 Michelin X4 radial tires.

Curb appeal abounds, but inside we find a full two-tone blue leather interior. Soft, comfortable and just the right amount of support, there’s many cruising miles ahead thanks to the Grant four-spoke steering wheel, AM/FM/CD player, custom centre console, power steering and power front disc brakes.

This year, Noble Brent Gillespie, chairman of the 2017 Khartum Shriner Annual Fundraiser, and his volunteers have been making the F100 available at automotive events in and around the Winnipeg area as they sell tickets for the raffle. With only 3,500 tickets printed and selling for $40 each, this may just be the most economical way to get into cruising in a classic vehicle (valued at $32,000) this year.

The final draw is slated for Oct. 27, but if tickets sell out, an early draw date of Aug. 25 has been chosen to find the lucky winner. Look for the truck and the Khartum Shriners’ display at local events throughout the summer or stop in at the Shrine Centre located at 1155 Wilkes Ave. You can also call 204-925-1430 to purchase tickets. You never know, with just one ticket, this could be your truck!

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