1969 Ford F-100 Ranger
Image by Jim Grey
I had rented a minivan while my little car was having some body work done, and it had bluetooth. So I pulled into a parking lot to see if I could figure out how to get my cell phone to connect to it so I could talk hands free. I forgot all about doing that when I saw this truck out in the lot’s back forty.
I knew it was from the late 60s just by seeing the grille, but it wasn’t until I looked it up later that I was sure of the year. The 67, 68, and 69 Ford truck all have similar grilles. The 69 grille has a groove in the middlemost horizontal slat, and that groove is always painted red on Rangers. Groove = 1969; now you know. The Ranger, of course, was a high-trim truck in those days, with lots of extra goodies such as two-tone paint and a dashboard with fake wood inlay.
Most 43-year-old unrestored trucks wish they still looked this good. Sure, there’s rust and faded paint. But except for a couple missing wheel covers, all the bits are still present.