Video Update: What The Heck Happened to the Orange Ford F-100?

Our 1965 Ford F-100, aka “The Orange Ford F-100” is going through some changes.

We recently got a 1965 Ford F-100 “the Orange Ford” as a project truck, which is a rare four-wheel-drive model. Among all of the project vehicles we have purchased over the years, this is a bit of a passion project. It has led an interesting past.

In this video, Tommy answers the question, “what the heck happened to the Orange Ford F-100”? The simple answer is – wheels and tires, but there’s a lot more to it. You see, this 1965 Ford F-100 is a mix of components from different old Ford trucks. That includes the frame and axles, which are off an old F-250 4×4.

The tires are completely shot – and the wheels are 16.5-inch, which is nearly impossible to find the appropriate tires for. This is a shame because Tommy liked the style and patina of the current set of mag wheels on the Ford.

This meant that Tommy had to source the right type of eight-lug wheels that would work on this truck. On top of that, he had to find a tire and wheel package that would not strain the old I6 too much. The Orange Ford has a 150 horsepower, 300 CID, straight six-cylinder, that’s mated to a four-speed manual transmission. It has an old, but functional two-speed low-range transfer case as well.

It’s already heavier from the beefy frame and axles, so he opted to keep the tire size UNDER 37-inches and purchased fairly lightweight wheels.

These are 17-inch wheels that are 12.5 inches wide. These beefy tires are built for serious off-road life, and the whole truck will take on a totally different driving personality – when the tires are installed. Kase actually shows us a similar wheel on his heavy-duty Ram 2500 truck.

Check out this video and let us what you think you would do to this beast.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.