The Ford F-150 is a very popular truck. As a matter of fact, it is the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. This is quite impressive indeed!
The F-150 has been popular among drivers who want to get the job done. However, before the F-150 gained its current reputation, the 1961 Ford F-250 Flareside was on the job.
So what was this fourth generation of the F-250 4X4 truck like?
It was a workhorse used for plowing, highway repair, power line access trail and more. In short, the F-250 was one tough truck.
The engine was 292 cubic-inch OHV V8 providing 160 hp. The transmission was a four-speed Warner Gear T86H manual gearbox. The F-250’s four-wheel drive was engaged by a two-speed Splicer transfer case controlled by a four-position interior floor lever.
On the exterior this Ford truck was completely redesigned in 1961. It was wider and had a clean look. It featured a slightly tilted back and rounded windshield. The frontal area was flat with two simple looking round headlights, numerous small air openings, and a squared chrome bumper.
The truck’s side profile included a cut line from where the hood opened (several inches down on the front fender) back to the bed. The fender wells provided good wheel clearance. The front fenders included arrow-shaped callouts.
At the rear this F-250 included a step just before its square flared rear fenders. The tailgate spanned almost the entire width of the bed. There were two small square taillights located near the bottom of the bed. The cab and box (bed) were combined as one unit (unicab).
On the inside the F-250 had no frills and consisted of a bench seat and basic controls. The truck’s upright greenhouse glass and high seat position provided good outward visibility. The F-250 did not have any options for power brakes or steering. Some Ford dealers installed accessories such as power brakes and steering, a spot light, and even outside mirrors.
The brakes consisted of drums at all four corners with 8 inch shoes at the front and rear.
On the road the classic truck provided a smooth ride, reasonable off road power and a straightforward offing that got the job done day-in and day-out.
The 1961 Ford F-250 Flareside is quite rare. It is a real piece of Ford’s history and is responsible for helping to build today’s F-150 truck success.
View the slideshow to see the classic 1961Ford F-250 Flareside truck!
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