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!

More News

Mustang rides again, four decades later

BY Larry D'Argis. Jan 12 04:00 am

The 1970s weren’t a particularly kind decade for performance vehicles. Most of the fire-breathing options found on muscle cars of the past had been reduced to nothing more than an appearance package with a stripe or two.

Rising costs for fuel and insurance took their...

Road Runner restoration revved up

BY Larry D'Argis. Dec 29 04:00 am

For 1968, Plymouth was searching for a low-cost, intermediate muscle car. Stuffing a powerful V-8 into the cheapest and lightest body style available wasn’t a new idea and savvy buyers had been doing it for years just by checking off the right boxes on the option list.


Chevy's magical 'Milestone Cars'

BY Larry D'Argis. Dec 22 04:00 am

The 1955 to 1957 Chevrolets have long been sought-after classics. The middle child 1956 model received a minor restyle over the ’55 offering, which included a new full-width grille with rectangular park lamps and ribbed taillight housings with domed lenses. The driver’s...

Enthusiasts luck out with barn find

BY Larry D'Argis. Dec 14 20:00 pm

The Ford Mustang is the original pony car. In continuous production since 1964, Ford has sold millions of them to a wide base of customers and today its popularity is as strong as ever.

From its humble beginnings as a parts bin car that borrowed heavily from the Ford Falcon,...

1942 Plymouth a true 'survivor' car

BY Larry D'Argis. Dec 08 04:00 am

When we look at a barn-find vehicle, we’re really referring to something that has been in long-term storage. Neglected and not maintained in any way, they can often require considerable work to the fuel, electrical, braking and exhaust systems before they can be driven again.


Online ad leads to nearly flawless Nova SS

BY Larry D'Argis. Nov 24 04:00 am

The compact Chevrolet Chevy II hit showrooms in 1962. The Chevy II was designed as a no-nonsense conventional model to take on the successful Ford Falcon — something the European-inspired Chevrolet Corvair had failed to do.

While it did gain market share, by 1965...