1970 Ford C600 Cabover COE hot rod truck hauler. Running and Driving Truck!
Price: - Item location: Los Angeles, California, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Ford
- Model: Other Pickups
- Type: COE
- Year: 1970
- Mileage: 119,307
- VIN: C6DVG83380
- Color: White
- Engine size: 331 HD
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: White
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1970 Ford Other PickupsI've had this Ford Cabover truck for a couple of years now and through multiple trips hauling construction materials, garbage and my Jeeps, it's never left me stranded yet. That is not to say it's the perfect truck for all occasions, but for my money it has been unbeatable. I named him Mongo.
"Mongo just a small pawn in game of life, but Mongo strong!"
I purchased the truck in Idaho where it worked as a backhoe hauler, drove it to Los Angeles and shortened the bed to make the overall vehicle length under 20 feet. That way it can be parked legally on city streets, yet it's long enough to haul a Jeep Grand Cherokee (wheelbase: 106 "). I've hauled several tons of lumber with it to the site, taken tons of construction debris to the dump, then moved my Jeeps around when needed. On hauling fees alone, it's paid for itself and then some.
The good:331 HD engine runs smoothly with no valve chatter or bearing grind noises, never overheats and has strong oil pressure (60psi idling cold, 40 psi idling warm).Rebuilt carburetor 3 months ago (still needs fine tuning)New Alternator.Good tires all around with lots of wear left.Good power brakes and power steering with hydraulic assist (It's actually super maneuverable for such a big truck and puts most modern rigs to shame in tight confines).New Brake hoses front and rear. (still needs a bit more bleeding but stops great as is)All lights and switches work.New U-joints and bearings in gear shift linkage.Includes homemade steel ramps for Jeep hauling.Drives straight and true.
The bad:331 HD engine is no powerhouse. Never was and never will be. It is mechanically governed to limit RPM to just north of 3000 so your top speed is approximately 60mph. I would not use it for heavy loads going up endless, steep grades... unless you have the time to do it in second gear lol! On level ground, it's great. With the compound Granny Low 1st gear it will pull stumps. I've hauled close to 10,000 lbs. with it on one trip and it didn't even whimper.Eaton 2-speed rear end electric shift circuit needs overhaul. I just leave it in the High range.NP 435 (4 speed) transmission works great but the factory shift linkage on these cabovers is a complex design, so from day 1 these trucks have always needed a deft touch. The gear shifting might benefit from a synthetic transmission oil or an additive that helps lube the shift forks up top better, but I haven't experimented with this yet. Renewing all wearables in the linkage itself at great cost helped, but it can still be better. Transmission will need a rear seal one of these days.Master Cylinder needs a new rubber boot/lid. The current master cylinder works fine, but you can only get the boot by buying the whole setup. No Radio speakers connected to the old Craco am/fm cassette player, but a very cool vintage Sears Brand 40-channel CB radio that works like it's straight out of Smokey and the Bandit: "What's your 10-20 there good buddy?"Fuel gauge send unit is not connected to the 30+ gallon side saddle gas tank. The send unit is in the tank, the fuel gauge is there in the dash, but I have not been able to make them talk to each other so far.The right windshield has a crack, but I have a replacement windshield that comes with the truck.
My plans were to install a 460/C6 or a Cummins/Allison combo to wake this bad boy up. Then invest in fancy aluminum 14-foot ramps to be able to haul most cars. But since I was able to do all the hauling I needed from it already plus I've sold my off-road Jeeps, I've reluctantly decided to let go of Mongo.
You want to build a killer Hot-Rod hauler? This is a great start.Got construction going on? Mongo's your truck.You have a trash hauling business? Works great already, but with a dump bed, Mongo would be an unbeatable work horse.As it stands, it's a fine multi-purpose hauler that you could use immediately. CA registered, licensed and insured. Drive it home today.
Sold as is, where is, with no warranty. Local Pick-up only.
Check my feedback and bid with confidence. Good luck!