1979 Ford F150 Ranger 4x4 Pickup - $54,900
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Sure, there are a few very minor touch-ups here and there, some signs of use if you look really closely behind the wheelwells, but for a truck about to celebrate its 45th birthday it’s pretty darned impressive.

10,859 original miles (not a misprint). One owner western truck. Original paint, interior, and 400 cubic inch V8. Automatic, cruise control, 4-wheel drive. Aftermarket wheels, roll bar, and exhaust, otherwise stock. Fantastic survivor!

We know people are always skeptical of low mileage claims, but this truck’s condition provides a compelling case for it. It was purchased new by a farmer in Idaho who took his honeymoon in it (we have photos) and then used it sparingly for the next 40-some years. A glance in the bed reveals that it has never been used as a work truck and the original paint is in fantastic condition. Two-tone was an extra-cost item on the F150, even with the upscale Ranger package, and the combination of Light Sand over Gold Metallic works as well today as it did in 1979. Enthusiasts today are drawn to the brawny look, which is highlighted by square headlights introduced in 1978, and as a result the truck looks capable and durable. Sure, there are a few very minor touch-ups here and there, some signs of use if you look really closely behind the wheelwells, but for a truck about to celebrate its 45th birthday it’s pretty darned impressive. There’s plenty of bright chrome and stainless trim, all of which is in excellent condition, including the period roll bar in the bed that gives it an adventurous look. There’s also a vinyl tonneau cover that snaps into place to keep cargo dry and secure, although we believe the tailgate has been repainted since it doesn’t have any snaps. But any way you slice it, this truck is really impressive.

The interior is likewise entirely original and the condition of the seat, carpets, and pedals are additional clues to the truck’s low mileage status. The textured vinyl seat is all-day comfortable even when it’s warm and the truck comes with vent windows and a sliding rear window that help keep things cool. The gauges cover the engine’s vital functions and they’re all fully operational and just check out the crisp simulated burled walnut appliques that haven’t faded in the sun. The factory AM radio remains in the dash, right below the levers for heat/defrost. The two-speed transfer case is managed by the lever on the floor and the cruise uses buttons on the steering wheel (we have not tested the cruise control). Overhead, the original headliner is taut and clean, the seat belts are supple, and the door panels are excellent without so much as a divot where the driver was resting his elbow. Finding one this clean isn’t easy.

This F150 carries the optional 400 cubic inch V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor, a motor designed for low-end torque more than anything else. It’s completely stock, from the air cleaner to the exhaust manifolds, and runs like you’d expect from a low mileage machine. Quick starts, a nice idle, and a pleasing growl from the aftermarket dual exhaust system all make it easy to live with. It’s still wearing most of its original Ford Blue engine enamel and aside from basic maintenance items, it’s as the factory made it. It has a recent tune up that includes plugs, wires, points, condenser, cap and rotor, so t’s ready to drive and with both power steering and power brakes, anyone can handle it despite its imposing size. The transmission is C6 3-speed automatic feeding both axles which appear to be packing 3.50 gears so it's comfortable at highway speeds. The undercarriage is unquestionably original and hasn’t been undercoated, so nothing is hidden—check out the original floors, rocker spot welds, and cab corners, all of which are in great shape. Yes, that’s original red oxide primer! The shocks have been replaced at some point and there’s evidence of routine service work, but for the most part it’s completely stock. Besides the custom exhaust system, the only other notable modification are the period-correct chrome wheels wearing big 31x10.50R15 Bridgestone radials.

Documentation is extensive, including the original window sticker, owner’s manual, original purchase documents, a certified mileage statement, and a deluxe Marti Report.

We love original vehicles and this truck once again reminds us why they’re better—it’s tight, smooth, easy to handle, and doesn’t have any bad habits. It’s also just a really cool truck from a period when 4x4 pickups like this were all the rage. If you were there, you get it and if you’re looking at it for the first time today, you’ll find there’s a lot to like here. Give us a call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1979 Ford F150 Ranger 4x4 Pickup
Price: $54,900
Stock Number: 119021
Odometer Reading: 10,859 (actual)
VIN: F14SPED2012
Engine: 400 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.5
Wheelbase: 117 inches
Wheels: 15-inch chrome wheels
Tires: 31x10.50R15 Bridgestone radials
Exterior Color: Light Sand with Gold Metallic
Interior Color: Sand cloth and vinyl
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