4 Wheel Jamboree Mini Spotlight: Donald Schaub’s 1966 F-250

After touching down in Indianapolis for the 4Wheel Jamboree, we knew we were going to see some really cool rides at this blowout event. What we didn’t know was that we’d see an excellently done 1960s Ford with… a Cummins swap!

We caught up with owner Donald Schaub to get his explanation behind the build. “I was into trucks since a little kid,” he said. “The body style of these ’60s Fords is easily one of my most favorite. I had the chassis since I was in high school, and it caught on fire, but I kept remnants of it. I came across a body eventually, and put the two together.”

The truck came together from a burnt-up chassis and a barn-stored body from Columbus, Ohio. It took less than a year to get fully restored.

Remarkably, in less than a year, Donald was able to turn his roasted frame into a top-tier show truck. “There wasn’t anything difficult with getting the truck to come together, but the step-by-step nature of it could be annoying at times,” Donald commented.

From the beginning of the build, Donald was sure of one thing – a diesel powerplant. “I knew I wanted to put the Cummins in it, so I was able to find a motor and transmission and set them into the bare frame,” he explained. “I took the body on and off multiple times trying to get it aligned. It was a bit annoying, but it allowed everything to fit well. Then I took my time and made mounts for everything.”

The 12-valve Cummins and NV4500 transmission came from a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup. The engine runs close to stock, with just some tuning done to the injection pump and a four-inch exhaust system. "She makes about 250, maybe 275 horsepower," said Donald.

As it stands now, the F-250 has a four-inch Skyjacker lift kit installed, as well as a Dana 60 front end and a GM 14-bolt rearend. “The rear has an Eaton Detroit Locker in it,” commented Donald. “The gear ratio is 4.10:1.”

The F-250 isn’t one meant for a great deal of power – Donald estimated that it made between 250 to 275 horsepower – but it does communicate the owner’s love and care for his vehicle. The immaculate paint and well-executed engine swap speak to these claims. “I built it to drive it,” said Donald. “I drove it here, and it got 18.3 miles to the gallon.”

The green and white color scheme is what the truck originally had when it came out of the factory in the 1960s.

Speaking of paint, Donald explained that the color choice was a return to form. He explained that it was the color the truck was originally painted way back in the mid-’60s. “It had very little rust, but a lot of dents,” said Donald. “I had to do a lot of body work to get it straight. Then I had to prep it and paint it.”

Asked what his favorite aspect of the F-250 was, Donald said, “I think my favorite part is just that we get to enjoy it. My family and I get to drive it around.”

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David Chick

David Chick comes to us ready for adventure. With passions that span clean and fast Corvettes all the way to down and dirty off-road vehicles (just ask him about his dream Jurassic Park Explorer), David's eclectic tastes lend well to his multiple automotive writing passions.
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