Despite what the TV shows may say, you can still get cool vintage iron for not a lot of money these days. Take this 1964 Ford F-100, which features a unique and purposeful patina finish, a stock interior, and spirited 292 V8 power mated to a 4-speed, all for a very attractive price. If having fun and turning heads in a vintage truck is your goal, there aren't many more budget-friendly ways to do it than this cool short bed Ford. After Ford's unibody design trucks didn't gain much of a following, a new Styleside design with a separate cab and bed replaced the rather strange 'integrated pickup' F-100s from years prior. That simple change was among many wise decisions made by the Blue Oval that turned the F-Series pickups into the most popular haulers in the world. Trucks like this '64 F-100 helped spark the sales wildfire, with an iconic design that sold record numbers for the brand. Today, they have a great old truck vibe without being so archaic that the styling doesn't translate, and nothing proves that point further than the popularity of the patina look so often seen on vintage builds today. From afar, this truck looks like Poppy's old beater, but close-up you can see that it was all done on purpose. The faded-looking white paint and 'rust' colored undertones mimic decades of character and wisdom imbedded inside, and it was all buried underneath a thick layer of clearcoat to seal in the look for years. Most of these 'patina' vehicles actually have real rust on them somewhere, but from what we can tell, it's all smoke and mirrors on this one. Aside from a small dent on one door and an even smaller blister on the other, this truck is actually really solid, with most of its 'wounds' being self-inflicted for the sake of the theme. Love it or hate it, it certainly attracts attention wherever you park it. No, it's not perfect, that would be contrary to the point, but it's way nicer than you'd expect at this price. Instead, you get loads of character, and a solid bed protected with a full rubber mat that can still get to work. Most of the bright stuff was given the patina treatment as well, including the bumpers (although the rear is largely unblemished), the door handles and badges, and even the front grille that includes integrated turn signals " a popular design that was discontinued after this year. Even the red 'Ford' lettering on the tailgate was made to look like a faded survivor, finishing off the look perfectly. 'Survivor' would be the apropos way to describe the interior, where the cab was largely left alone for decades and shows real-world patina and wear, not the kind conjured up in the paint booth. An upgraded bench seat with an updated black cloth-and-vinyl cover is the cab's only obvious deviation from stock, but it too looks like it's logged several thousand 'dirty denim' miles. Rugged and very spartan inside, it's still a cool place to log a lot of miles, with a big, original steering wheel that feels great in the hands of the driver. Ahead of it is the original all-in-one round gauge that actually still works (although accuracy might be called into question periodically), and some time during the Nixon administration an AM/FM/8-track was added in the center dash, although it likely hasn't worked since the Carter administration. Old school hot rod fans will be happy to see that tall, old-fashioned shift lever that juts out from the transmission tunnel as high up as the steering wheel, and it's topped with a custom knob embedded with the venerated image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Canonically coronated images of the Blessed Virgin Mary aren't included under the 'Options' part of our website, but the Sisters at St. Casimir's would rap my knuckles if I failed to mention this particular part of the interior. Less pious components include the bare metal door panels with accompanying aftermarket speakers (ready to go if the stereo is repaired/replaced), a heater that actually works, and thick, black vinyl floormats that cover the floors. The engine is a familiar 292 cubic inch V8, a reliable small block that served reliably in the first Thunderbirds. Topped with an upgraded 4-barrel carburetor, it's still torquey and smooth and remains quite prepared for regular use. Like the interior, the engine bay needed no faade to look dusty, old, and original, as there's plenty of surface rust and signs of use throughout. Look closer and you'll see that those are correct 'Ford' valve covers, the air cleaner has a vintage oil-bath look, and there are even still some old remnants of Ford Red paint on the block. It's not as though the truck's been untouched though, as there are signs of maintenance as well like a newer battery, some newer wiring, and an upgraded radiator up front that keeps the engine nice and cool. The 4-speed manual transmission shifts cleanly and doesn't' have any bad habits, so you can drive this truck pretty much like any other vintage hauler, and you can see from the photos that it's remarkably solid underneath, albeit not sparkling clean. The dual exhaust with glasspack-style mufflers is an obvious, and it gives the V8 the perfect soundtrack up and down the throttle, without being overbearing. With upgraded shocks fore and aft and a heavy-duty rear end out back, you shouldn't be afraid to grab a load of lumber from the local supply store, although a load like that might cost more than the truck itself. Rolling stock includes patina steelies adorned with purposely faded hubcaps and beauty rings that match the theme of the body, and they come wrapped in a set of 235/75/15 whitewall Hankook radials. This patina F-100 covers more than just the basics and is a lot of fun as-is, or could be the foundation of something truly amazing. Call today!