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N-Series Ford Trucks
Member of ATHS and HVTA

"Attention N truck owners"
I am presently trying to put together a network of N truck owners. We can share information on trucks,  parts sources, etc. I have a ton of information on these trucks and can answer a lot of questions. Please contact me Via E-mail at the botton of the page.
























   This page is devoted to the forgotten Ford truck. The little known N-Series. If you were to ask a trucker or even a truck salesman for that matter what an N series Ford looked like, they would more than likely tell you
that they had never heard of an N series Ford, much less know what one looked like. Yet these rugged trucks were produced for seven years, from 1963 through 1969, and I might add in sufficient quantities that quite a few are still around if you look hard enough, yet very few people know what they are. They were replaced in 1970 with the famed
L series Fords. Anyone even remotely related to the trucking industry knows what an L series Ford looks like. The L series is one of Ford's most successful truck models. The N series, or N cabFords as some people like to call them marked Ford's entry into the short conventional field. This completed the gap between big conventional cabs and the cab over models, and made Ford competitive with other manufactures of medium to heavy duty trucks.
     I have had friends ask why I would devote a page to a little known truck, I guess it is because for some        inexplicable reason I have always had a fascination with these trucks. Another reason being, I have searched the Internet for any information on these trucks to no avail. I have been able to find a few pictures, but then again very few, as I said above these trucks are the forgotten trucks. For this reason I am adding this page to my site. I was first introduced to these trucks in the sixties when my dad was working at a Ford truck dealership.
     It is hard to tell one model year from the other, as there were little changes externally. The year to year changes were for the most part engine and chassis improvements, and believe me, they were plenty of these every year. If you look at the trucks closely, you will see a few differences, for example the 63 to 65 models had a
flat roof, whereas the 66 to 69 had a raised roof line to give the driver more head room. Starting in 1968 as mandated by the federal government amber reflectors showed up on the side of the hood along with amber marker lights near by. So if you see a flat roof truck it is 63 to 65, raised roof without side hood reflectors is 66, or 67, and raised roof with side hood reflectors is 68 or 69. Other than these differences you would have to check the VIN number to know the year for sure.
     As mentioned above I have found a few pictures on the Internet, I have given credit where applicable. Some pictures are ones I have made while others I have scanned from Ford brochures and books I have on Ford trucks.
     Like other Ford trucks, the N cabs came in two trim levels. Standard cab and Custom cab. From the out side the Custom Cab trucks had chrome windshield trim, actually it was polished stainless, and chrome script on the door spelling out Custom Cab. On 63, 64, 65 the
Custom Cab emblem on the door was in the form of an escushion plate mounted under the door handle with the words Custom Cab written on it. On models 65 through 69 the Custom Cab was written in script under the window. On the inside you got a two tone instrument panel, white and chrome instrument cluster, duel armrest, white steering wheel, lighter, courtesy lights that came on when you opened the door, sun visor on the right side. Certain amenities changed from year to year.
     When it came to engines you had choices there too. You could get anything from a six cylinder gas engine to a V8 diesel and anything in between. The N 500 and 600s base engine was the 223 CI six @135 HP, the 292 CI V8 @160 hp was optional. As you got into the heaver trucks the engines got bigger. A very popular engine in these trucks was the
Super Duty engines. The Super Dutys came in three cubic inch sizes, 401, 477, and the 534. The 543 was the grand daddy of gasoline truck engines. It was probably the best gas powered truck engine ever built. It would run all day with the diesels of the era, and never miss a beat. You could get diesel engines of course. the most common was the inline six cylinder Cummings, also avalible was the V6 and V8 cummings. Over the seven years this truck
was produced, engine avalibility changed almost yearly. By the end of production in 1969 you not only had a choice of Cummings, but also Catepillar and Detroit.
The handsome  N-950 pictured above is my pride and joy. This truck started life with the state of Mississippi Highway Department as a NT-950-D heavy hauler. The 50,000 pound GVW truck was later given or sold to Pontotoc county Mississippi and used for the same thing, hauling heavy equipment. I aquired it from a friend in Jonesboro Arkansas
64 N-1000D Note flat roof
67N 950, note raised rood and no hood reflector
69 N 950 with hood reflector
Custom Cab interior, this truck has the big inline 6 cylinder diesel. You can tell by the big dog house and the rear mounted shifter
Working trucks
These rugged trucks, although over forty years old are still working, and doing a pretty good job I might add. If you have an N truck that is still working, send me a picture with you name and I will post it here. Click on the truck below right to see more working trucks.
Proud owners
This rare crew cab and the N-1000D belonges to Tom George of Iowa, along with a half dozen more N trucks.
The outstanding N belongs to Carl Knight of Maine
These two beauties are the property of Wayne Williams of Washington State. Photo courtesy of David Cross
This extreamly nice N series tractor belongs to Ed Wistle of Wisc. A special thanks to David Bontrager for the picture.
This handsome truck belonging to Tom Duckham of Michigan sets the
standard. Anyone would have to build a really nice truck to set the bar
any higher than Tom's truck.

                       


Click here to see more pictures of N trucks
THE RESTORATION


I acquired my truck in August of 2006. I started the restoration in September of the same year. I had hoped to have it done by June of 2007 for the ATHS national convention in Colorado Springs. I did not have it completed in time for the convention, but was driving it by August of 2007. I have since removed the Hendrickson rear suspension that was original equipment and replaced it with a 2004 International single axle air ride unit. The truck is actually fun to drive now. I have been to a few local shows with it and it has been well received when ever shown
To see more pictures of the restoration and the before pictures click here
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N Series Parts
I get lots of calls asking for parts sources. Most any part for the cab of you N series can be bought new from vendors that sell parts for 61 to 66 Ford pick ups. Parts specifically for trucks can be found at NAPA and Fleet Pride found in major cities. Fenders and hoods are the hard things to find. We have solved the fender problem with brand new fiberglass fenders. These fenders are first quality and are reinforced underneath for extra protection from rocks and other debris.





Electrical Parts for N series and other Fords
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NAPA has a good selection of electrical parts for our trucks. Click the link below to go to the parts page.

PARTS
Dan Engel's truck is another find example of an N series.
This beautifully restored example of a N 750 rescue truck belongs to Roger Knight of Westbrook, ME
This nice Super Duty belongs to Fred Lorenz Riverside Wyo.
This elxtremely rare N 6000 belongs to Tom George of Indianola Iowa. Now very many of these trucks have survived.
Click here for more history and more pictures of this truck.
Don, you did a great job on your N series. Owned and built by Don Bredbeck of Omro Wisc.
Tonight My Baby's Coming Home
The extra clean N600 belongs to Marvin Miller of Ozark MO.