Why spend $50,000 on a new truck when awesome haulers like this 1979 Ford F-100 Ranger are still around? Not quite a full-fledged collectable, it nonetheless remains a stylish, handsome truck in great colors that can still earn its keep around the homestead. While the other guys drive around in cookie-cutter pickups, you could have something interesting for a fraction of the price.
Everything looks better in black, including working-class hardware like this Ranger. Its obviously had a good life, and as a lifelong southern truck, it shows no signs of rust or abuse underneath. The black paint is newer than the truck, of course, and looks pretty good with a great gloss and no signs of botched bodywork underneath. Yes, its got some age on it, which is impossible to hide with black paint, but the overall look is pretty impressive. And yes, black is the trucks original color, so you dont have to worry about mis-matched door jambs and underhood areas, because its all equally nice. Its also not afraid to wear a lot of bright chrome trim, including the beefy bumpers, egg crate grille, and side trim that fits neatly into the groove running the length of the body. The bed has a brand new drop-in bed liner so its not afraid to work on weekends and a soft tonneau cover seals it up and gives the truck a clean overall look.
If you do take to driving this Ford every day, the interior is a great place to do it. Freshly upholstered with a matching black seat cover that looks right in the vintage F-100, plus black carpets to help control noise and heat, it is ready to go immediately. Theres some ersatz wood trim that actually helps with the ambience, and Fords familiar square gauges show crisp, bright markings, although theyre only watching the basics. Theres a modern AM/FM/CD radio in the dash and door panels that have a very upscale look to them with faux quilted surfaces. A sliding rear window provides just the right ventilation, even on warm days and Ford trucks still used vent windows in the door which also help keep it cool inside.
The torquey 302 cubic inch V8 topped by a 4-barrel carburetor is the right combination of power and efficiency that youd look for today. It is a transplant but looks right, offering fresh ignition components and new hoses and other signs of having been properly maintained over the years. A bit of chrome in the usual places dresses things up a bit and with power steering, its easy to drive no matter the load. Fords rugged "twin I-beam" suspension isnt the most precise setup ever devised, but it rides nicely and youll never break it. Out back, theres a 9-inch, which is equally rugged and according to the door tag, it carries 3.73 gears, which are a nice compromise between towing power and relative efficiency. Long-tube headers feed a dual exhaust system with high-performance mufflers so its got a great rumble out on the road, and while its not detailed for show, the chassis really is quite clean. Flashy 17-inch wheels look awesome on a black truck and use 245/70/17 performance radials to keep them off the ground.
Clean old pickups like this still represent great value, and one that can double as a hobby vehicle on weekends while still working for a living is a bargain in anyones book. Call today!