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1966 House Car - $7000 (Hitterdal, MN)

1966 House Car - $7000 (Hitterdal, MN)

  1966 House Car - $7000 Hitterdal, MN

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Date listed 2 months ago

For sale: $7,000 obo

Ultra rare 1966 Ford House Car in (mostly) original condition. I say "mostly" original condition because I can not find any information on such a rare gem. A Google search got me very little except that Ford manufactured House Cars in very limited quantities in the St Paul factory way back in the old days. These early campers were called house cars until the late 50's until a camper manufacturer coined the term "motorhome" which has stuck ever since. It is unknown how long Ford produced these RVs.
I contacted a RV Motorhome museum in Indiana, their resident "know it all" told me that back in the day, anyone in their backyard or any camper manufacturer could title these any way the wanted or, maybe Ford still made these house cars into the late 60's? Nobody knows for sure, but based on the repaint job on the cab, this old relic is a homemade job that someone put a Pathfinder camper on top of a 350 series chassis and titled it as a house car. Regardless of the history, this old girl and is period correct for the mid-60's RV look.
I don't know if the engine is a 352 or a 360, but I do know that this mill has a fresh tune up and it runs like a dream except for a manifold leak ( I may have a replacement laying around somewhere) with just over 69,000 on the odometer.
4 speed manual transmission,
2 rear tires are in rough shape,
Everything (fridge. furnace, water heater, oven, both sinks, toilet, and shower) in the camper works as it should, though.
I can't guarantee the pedigree of this camper, but I can almost guarantee you that you will be the only one on your block with a 1966 Ford House Car with (mostly) original condition and patina. I can guarantee a clear title, though.

Additional info:
I believe that there is only one gray & black water holding tank, (it is vintage 60's) and a fresh water tank and a hot water tank, but not sure. There is also a leak at the drain valve as I have not inspected either issue too closely yet.
Yes, everything in this house car is vintage 60's (except for the modern refrigerator).that means no air conditioning! Everything on the dashboard seem to work.
Propane water heater and furnace.
I was told the vintage water heater (haven't used it) and furnace work superbly. In fact, the previous owner said that he used it to camp out on a frozen lake in northern Minnesota last February during -0° temps. He said it kept them toasty all weekend.
Since this survivor is mostly original, that means that there is obvious prior water leaks and repair work from roof leaks. As I have been living in it now for a couple of months, I believe that I have sealed up all the water leaks. But inside the cabin, a ceiling restoration would be needed.
The truck is powered by one 12v battery with another 12v battery under the hood to power the camper. It looks like someone wired 12v lights to run throughout the camper to work when the camper isn't plugged in. Speaking of which, the rig is wired for 115v, but the electrical power cable will probably work if you want to run an air conditioner and 220v.
That's about all the information I can provide. This old relic is a running and functional time capsule from the late-60's glory days. It ain't perfect, but it has the patina and personality to match it's age. This old girl is ready for a restoration or she can run with a minor face lift with modern conveniences.

Here is some info I found.

In April of 1953 the building was leased to a small
group of progressive businessmen who formed a
corporation under the name of Northland Coach, Inc.
The company started production of recreational
vehicles and during the first year sold 110 units.
First officers of the company were Vic Carpenter,
president; Leo Van Ert, vice president; Porter
Greenwood, secretary-treasurer; William Jensen, Ray
Parette, and Dan Hosek, directors; and John
Carpenter, purchasing agent.
By 1954 Edward 0. Dickman had been appointed
General Manager and the company changed their name
to Pathfinder Mobilehome Inc. and purchased the
building from Tack and Graves. Sales and public
demand grew, and by 1956 the company began building
five models ranging from 16 feet to 35 feet in length. In
July of 1958 Pathfinder built their first ten foot wide
unit which was 41 feet long. The first 12 wide was built
in February of 1961, and four years later the first
double wide home was built.

Will consider a trade for Hudson or Model A project, a non-chevy diesel truck, firearms, or anything interesting.

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