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15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

Barn hunters always seem to find the coolest buried treasure. In the car world, there isn’t anything much better than coming across a vintage, classic pickup truck, and then owning it. You can restore it, flip it, modify it, auction it—the possibilities are endless.

But first you have to find the trucks. Every year publications let us know of the year’s greatest barn finds—the Baillon Collection from France, which uncovered $20-million-plus worth of cars a few years ago, being just one example.

We’re waiting for an epic find like Baillon to reach vintage trucks, but until then, feast your eyes on these 15 individual, dusty, classic pickups—all of them made during the ‘60s or before. Some of them were modified, some were parked in the barns for decades and never touched, but all of them make a barn hunter’s life extra exciting when they’re discovered.

15. 1950 Ford F1

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via Barn Finds

This beautiful 1950 Ford F1 was found in a barn in Alabama, where it was then listed on eBay with a high asking price of $25,000, as is. It’s equipped with a six-cylinder and manual transmission, and has only ever had one owner. The exterior and interior appeared to have few issues—the inline-six engine, the wires, carburetor, and battery were all covered in green paint—so this one looks pretty good to go!

14. 1950 Ford F1 With Audi RS6 Powertrain

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

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This once-red Ford F1 from 1950 was found in a barn and then creatively transformed by its Australian owner. He installed the powertrain from a 2003 Audi RS 6, which is a 4.2-liter V8 that makes 444 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, a five-speed 5HP24A Tiptronic automatic transmission, and gave it a full independent suspension with Brembo 8-piston monoblock brakes. Finally, it was given Torsen-based Quattro four-wheel drive. What a legend.

13. 1965 Chevrolet C/K 1500

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via Barn Finds

Here’s a dusty old, classic Chevrolet C/K 1500 from 1965. Little is known about this barn find, other than that it could use some work. The C/K was a series of trucks originally produced from 1959-2002 in the US. The “C” denoted two-wheel drive, and the “K” denoted four-wheel drive, making this one a bit confusing. The truck was produced across four generations, and this one was from the very first (1960-1966).

12. 1967 GMC Shortbed

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

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This classic 1967 GMC shortbed truck was featured on Whitlock Garage on YouTube. The barn find was transformed via Alex Walker of Walker Performance Tuning, to rescue it and make it into something special. The entire transformation can be found in this 20-minute video. Someone in the comments even said, “This was my Great Uncle George’s pickup,” so you never know who you’re going to find online!

11. 1954 Chevy 3100

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

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This 1954 Chevrolet 3100 truck was described by BarnFinds.com as “White, green, and rusty,” and also “patina.” That’s a great way to describe the color that the rust has made this formerly white truck into. It was found in Massillon, Ohio, and was placed on eBay as is with a reasonable asking price of just $1,800. The truck bed was even rustier than the outside, though the seller claimed the engine still ran.

10. 1955 Chevy 265 Hydromatic

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via The Jalopy Journal

This red 1955 Chevrolet 265 Hydromatic is a classic barn find that was then turned into a pet project. It’s equipped with a 265 V8 with hydromatic transmission, and was parked in the barn in 1974 and never moved. A receipt was apparently even found in the glove box with a new transmission that was built. It was then put back together using all original bolts and parts.

9. 1956 Ford F-100 With A Fat Fender

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via Barn Finds

This truck spotted on the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forum was posted as a “fat-fendered 1956 Ford F-100.” The post goes on to say it’s one of the most popular choices for hot rods and restorations, and that the owner of the truck did a lot of work on the drivetrain, giving it a 351cid engine from a ’73 Ranchero, a C6 automatic transmission with a 9-inch rear end, a redone driveshaft, new floor shifter, and new exhaust system.

8. 1956 Ford F-100

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via Barn Finds

This similar 1956 Ford F-100 was found in Scott City, Missouri, in “remarkably good shape,” despite all the rust. It was put on sale on eBay for $4,500. It came equipped with a 233 cu-in straight-six engine, working lights and horn, and a three-on-the-tree manual transmission. The heater hoses, fuel line, points, plugs, wires, caps, rotor, and coil were all addressed by the seller, though he said it did need a new fuel pump, which would get it running well.

7. 1954 Chevrolet Without A Face

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via Barn Finds

This eye-catching 1954 Chevrolet might catch your eye for the wrong reasons. The truck is covered in a thick layer of dust, missing its headlights and entire front end, and there’s even an oil lantern hooked onto the stick holding this barn up to give it an extra level of oldness. It was located in North Georgia and put on the local Craigstlist for $4,800.

6. Old Chevy In Kansas

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

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While this old baby blue Chevrolet truck was found in a barn in rural Kansas, we actually know nothing about it. All we know is that the picture of this picture is for sale for a certain price, portraying this rusted beauty in all its dusty glory. The patina on this old American classic is second to none, so we’re sure the photograph sold well… if not the truck itself!

5. 1949 Ford F1

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via Barn Finds

This old Ford F1 from 1949 has reached such a level of rust saturation that the blue paint on it is barely recognizable anymore, replaced by a bronze-iron hue. The first generation of the Ford F-Series—which is now the most popular truck in America and has been for decades—was built from 1948 to 1952. This one was made smack dab in the middle of that, when it had wheels painted to match the body color, a defroster addition added, and running boards trimmed at the frame, all for 1949.

4. 1940 GMC With… A Kayak?

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

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This 1940 GMC truck is a true vintage vehicle. We have to wonder when the last time this truck was driven, as the dust coating it is absolutely smothering. Found cooped up in a sleepy barn in Columbia, Connecticut, it was found and then shortly thereafter put on the local Craigslist for $3,800. It does appear drivable, potentially, though it probably needs quite a bit of work done on it to get it there.

3. 1951 Ford F1 With V8

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via SM Classic Cars

This old red Ford F1 from 1951 is another from the first generation, so you might think it’s somewhat of a collector’s item. But its been in storage for at least 15 years, according to barnfinds.com, and had some previous work done on it. Most notably it was installed with a later model V8 engine, then upgraded front brakes to the discs, a new wiring harness, a GPS speedometer, new lights, electric window wipers, new seat belts, and then put on eBay in Marion, Indiana where bidding passed $9,000!

2. 1932 Chevrolet

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via Barn Finds

This beautiful, black, pre-War 1932 Chevrolet pickup was found in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Barnfinds.com believes it’s the perfect project car, with a $3,000 bidding war on eBay. These trucks were called the “Confederate series” by Chevrolet, because they were the biggest change from the previous year “Independence series.” What makes it different? It was finally built with an engine specifically designed for trucks, for one.

1. This Hot Rod… And Many Others

15 Classic Pickup Trucks Discovered In Dusty Barns

via Hagerty

This barn find hot rod was found by Barn Find Hunter host, Tom Cotter, during his adventures in Alaska. At John McDonald’s place, he found this beauty, as well as tons of others: a red-and-white 1957 Ford Ranchero with a 312 V8 engine under the hood, going for $20,000; a 1960 red Studebaker Champ truck one-ton with a V8 and 53,000 miles on the speedometer ($6,000); a 1932 Ford 1.5-ton dualie with a flathead V8 ($18,000); and more. He made sure to mention, “I don’t guarantee anything past that gate at the end of the driveway.”

References: barnfinds.com, motorious.com, engineswapdepot.com, thejalopyjournal.com, hagerty.com