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anyone have 1st hand experience driving the Ford H-series of 1961-1966????

Posted By erich.vongeist Monday, August 10, 2009 8:37 AM
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"No power steering and was tough to handle in the city. When loaded it would not make a sharp turn, as the front end would slide and you had to let off the gas to bring some weight down on to the front axle to make it turn. Lots of times I let it slide to the curb to make it turn"

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I drove the 1000 HT Ford coe in the early 60's Pulled an 8000 gal tank. 220 Cummins, 10 speed Road Ranger. Had the rubber pads on the rear and rode terrible. Hopped down the road like a jack rabbit when not loaded. The 220 was weak and wouldn't pull your hat off your head. Very seldom got in 10th gear while loaded. No power steering and was tough to handle in the city. When loaded it would not make a sharp turn, as the front end would slide and you had to let off the gas to bring some weight down on to the front axle to make it turn. Lots of times I let it slide to the curb to make it turn. I did like the cab, as it was big and open which made vision great. All in all I guess for the times it was a good truck. I wouldn't want to drive one today, but at the time I drove this one I was only 23 yrs. old and that helped.
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Welcome to the board Genadi, we are glad to have you here. State a new thread and introduce your self to the rest of the board. Everyone will want to meet you. This is an old thread and many on the board will not see your message here

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gluk
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 Hi guys! I`m a first time here, so i just wanna say "HELLO" to everyone. I`m a classic truck/car collector from Israel, so i`m sorry if my English is not so perfect...:ermm:

  Actually, this forum i found after the one of Israel carsforum member placed the link there.:cool: I`m still trying to understand, "what`s gon`on here"...:)   As u can c- i have now 5 old trucks- maybe them not in a grate shape- but i`m still like them all, and trying to make my best to fix`em all! Last one i`ve bought- was 80` Ford 9000, so now i finally got the American truck with the Cummins 290 engine- i`m happy! :) Again- nothing of my trucks still "real classic", i guess, but...

  So- it nice to meet u! I have notime 4all forums- but from time to time i`ll visit here 2.

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P.S. The reason i`m started here- i`ve seen the "H" Ford today at the first time, i`ve never know about this model b4- and i really think it`s a great classic model, so... :-)

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Thanks again Michelle,

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Erich, I did some checking and the H model production went into early 1966. So there was a 66 model produced. The W model was introduced in May of 66.

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HI Michelle, thanks for the insight? Did you get that V8 into your N? LOL!

It doesn't sound much to me like there is much that I can't handle with the H model. I guess there isn't a 1966 model H since the W came in late in 65? Most sites that have any information at all list the H as being manufactured from 61-66. Now that I think about it, the 61's would have actually been made in 60' for the 61' market like manufacturer's do today right? I would really love to hear more about the H series from you. Not many people know anything about them if not little. Not that you need any parts for your N, I know where there is a yard in SC that has one that would be good for parts. Haven't had a chance to get there yet. Still trying to get the exact location. It is sort of hidden.

Thanks, Erich

1966 Ford F-600 ex-Fuel Tanker, now a flatbed aka "Big Lou''s Little Big Rig"
engine: FT 332 cu" 2-Barrell Carburetor
transmission: NP435 4-speed (granny gear 1st)
rear axle: Eaton 13802 2-speed
GVW: 17,000lbs
GCVW: 24,000lbs


2005 KW T800
72" aerocab sleeper, 235" wheelbase, cat C15 2004 epa acert Series/twin turbo 550hp/1850ft-lbs, 13 speed



3.55 rears and some theatrical. Decorations. LOL!

Michelle Cole
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I can give you plenty of insight on the H model Fords. First off as mentioned above they were not the best truck you could buy, as they left a lot to be desired. They were however an entry level truck and the price reflected that. The affordability of the trucks were a draw, they would do the same thing other trucks would do but not as comfortably. They were Fords fist attempt to wade into the COE market with a class 8 truck. So it was a given that they would use off the shelf parts (C model cab) to build the first attempt, again this was a cost cutting measure to make the price of the truck more attractive. It was also a learning process for Ford. Ford learned a lot in the five years of production of these trucks. I was around and closely connected to these trucks when they were being built and was right there when they were replaced by the W series in late 65. The W series was commonly called the West Coast cab by Ford, thus the W for W series (bet none of you ever knew that little tidbit about the W) The W cab was a vast improvement over the H models and many hard lessons learned from the H was incorporated into the W. While the W was not the perfect truck it was far better than the H and keep in mind that the W was still considered an entry level truck as was the N model. I got the chance to drive a new H model truck when my dad was working at Truck City Ford in Austin Texas in 1964, it was only a short drive of a few blocks without a trailer. I do remember it as a fun drive but then anyone my age would have thought it to be fun.
 
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