1970 Ford F-100

Don Castle
Bonanza, Oregon

Here’s a look at Don Castle’s ’70 Ford F-100. Don bought it new in October 1969 (one of the first of the 1970 production run). Don says the Ford has been used as an everyday driver, getting him to work and back, plus weekend duty pulling his boat, his race car, and the occasional hunting trip as well. Heck, the ol’ girl was even used to teach both of his kids how to drive. At the time it was equipped with a 302, a four-speed, and a 9-inch rearend. Along the way, Don gave it to one of his sons to drive when he was 18. He got it back seven years later in 2000.

A few years after that Don decided it was time for a bit of an update. As often happens, the update turned into a complete frame-off restoration. Don’s F-100 now sports a fresh big-block Mopar and four-speed pirated out of his race car. The new paint is House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl highlighted with ghost flames. While he was at it he replaced the old oak bed with custom juniper wood he had cut by hand. Now at 70 years old, Don and the family enjoy showing it at local show and shines, cruise nights and plain old cruisin’. By the way, Don’s pickup shows a bit over a half-million miles on the odometer.