D&H vintage truck worth saving?

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D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby lvrr325 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:37 am

Anyone have any thoughts on if I should try to save a mid-60s Ford F250 or F350 crew cab that was once a D&H company vehicle? It's pretty rough, restoring it is probably going to mean finding another better one and just using this cab on it, but these don't grow on trees anymore either.

For you modelers the correct color is a meduim red (probably a standard Ford fleet color), with a reflective square yellow door decal bearing a "The D&H" script logo, no shield.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby RedLantern » Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:32 am

Is it a hyrailer, or just a truck with a logo on the side?
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby lvrr325 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:56 am

Either way, hirail gear is long gone. But I do know the EL used the same size/make/model Ford as a hirail truck, so who knows. But there's no question in my mind it belonged to the D&H, it has a number on it, the decals, and the whole works is way too old/faded to be someone's add on after the truck was sold used from say a utility.

By "saving" I should be clear all I'm going to do is keep it from being scrapped and see if I can find someone who does want it. These trucks are fairly rare to come by as it is, and older railroad trucks are just about non-existant.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby march hare » Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:00 am

At least post a photo of it somewhere. Not a lot of pix available for us modelers.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby adam4562 » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:45 pm

I would say u probably can find parts on jc whitny or any truck restoration site. JC Whitney has a nice catalog with alot of parts
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby lvrr325 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:51 pm

Not sure what that has to do with what I asked, but... I have a tenative deal to flip it to someone who wants to save it, so there you have it. Fords of this era have little to no value it turns out.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby lvrr325 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:13 am

I finally posted it in an ad and should have done that to begin with. Looks like it's heading to California to get rebuilt, but I get to keep some pieces. Guy just needs the cab. When I have my own pictures I'll post some.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby lvrr325 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:51 pm

Well, every buyer I had on this either was pulling my leg or ran off screaming because it's an old truck, it has some rust and dings in it, apparently they expected showroom fresh. But I bought it anyways against my better judgement. If nothing else I'll get the satisfaction of posting photos of it after it's crushed. But it's available again if anyone's interested. $750 FIRM.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby ChiefTroll » Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:25 am

If anyone wants to restore this, the color on D&H trucks of that vintage was standard Ford red. While I was working for the NYC in Ohio, I bought a red 1966 F-250. About six months later I had come to the D&H and became Track Supervisor at Plattsburgh. My D&H truck there was the K-288, a red 1966 F-250 hi-rail of exactly the same color (and same engine and transmission, but with the older square box). So I can give a definite color match.

Most of the D&H six-pack hi-rails were 1963-64 F-350's. If it's an F-250 it is probably a 1967 and never had a hi-rail unit on it. The D&H stickers on the doors prior to 1968 had a big yellow "The D&H" on a red background, about 18 inches square. For 1968 and later, the sticker was a smaller yellow shield with a blue "The D&H" printed on it. Just some incidental thoughts, for what they are worth.

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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby lvrr325 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:16 pm

Truck is most assuredly a 61-66, F350. I still haven't seen it in person myself to pull numbers off it and determine the exact year, my hauler had a fire destroy his rollback before he could bring it back for me. Doors have a large square yellow decal with script "The D&H" that has been crudely scraped away; if there was any red background it's gone with the scraping, but it's obvious what was removed.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby oibu » Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:32 pm

SAVE IT! heck, somebody must see the value in it even if only as a cosmetic resto. You might find someone or some group who'd take it on as a restoration project if you were willing to lower price/donate.

Maybe I'm just weird, but given how little attention IS given to such matters, if an original MOW truck of 40+ years ago, from what amounts to a fallen flag, is found, it is worth preserving. I'm not in a position to be able to do it myself, unfortunately... but it is a preservation effort that I'd consider worth supporting.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby lvrr325 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:19 am

oibu wrote:SAVE IT! heck, somebody must see the value in it even if only as a cosmetic resto. You might find someone or some group who'd take it on as a restoration project if you were willing to lower price/donate.

Maybe I'm just weird, but given how little attention IS given to such matters, if an original MOW truck of 40+ years ago, from what amounts to a fallen flag, is found, it is worth preserving. I'm not in a position to be able to do it myself, unfortunately... but it is a preservation effort that I'd consider worth supporting.



You uh, did read beyond the first post, right?

I'm not a charity, the price is the price, I can always sell it for scrap.
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby oibu » Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:35 pm

^ Hey you were the one asking for other's opinions about whether it was worth saving or whether anyone might be interested... :wink: You could've just come out and said "THE PRICE IS $X00, any takers before it goes to china to be made into Walmart trinkets?"
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Re: D&H vintage truck worth saving?

Postby Otto Vondrak » Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:34 pm

Take it up with the owner if you have any further questions about this truck.
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