Friday, March 13, 2015

10k: Free Wheeling Truckin': 1979 Ford F-250 4X4

Classic 70s work trucks have a certain appeal when in original plain Jane (and slightly bashed up) condition, but slap a wacky graphics package on the side and they become a thousand times better.  Ford offered a dealer installed graphics option called the Free Wheeling Package that added multicolored chromatic stripes, blacked out grill, and a black/silver interior with red accents.  Find this 1979 Ford F-250 4X4 here on eBay currently bidding for $10,400 with 1 day to go, located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

This F-250 hails from the 6th generation of Ford's world crushing F-series pickup production (1972-1979).  This was the generation when Ford took the prize as the best selling truck in America, a crown it has worn each year since 1976.

This particular F-250 is a real creampuff -- it shows only 60,000 kilometers (37k miles) on the odometer and is advertised as original and unrestored.  It doesn't look factory new, but it has the comforting worn-in look of an old pair of shoes or that leather jacket you used to wear in the 80s when it was cool to wear leather jackets.  Why isn't it cool to wear leather jackets?  And why doesn't Ford offer a chromatic graphics package for a 2015 F-150? 

See a cooler old truck with a groovy graphics package?


  1. I would love to look like Josh Brolin and own this.
    Sadly neither will happen.
    The paint job is just awesome. I would probably have to restore the frame in order to not have OCD about it. Otherwise perfect.

  2. Smart to put this one on eBay - there are going to be at least a couple of people bidding who are likely to lose their self-control. I'll guess it tops $20k. In fact, I'll pick $24,500 for the pool. Anyone else care to take a guess? $500 increments.

    1. I'm in. Put me down for 18.5

    2. I guess a few F-truck lovers were asleep at the wheel. Shows as sold for $11.1k to an eBay regular. Wouldn't be surprised to see this listed again soon, this time south of the border.

  3. Yeah, that's pretty original, and the ad's a good example of how to do it.

    You can almost smell the new vinyl, barely polished by corpulent backsides in Ben Davis pants.

    You can almost feel the texture of the randomly-spaced spotwelds.

    H4 headlights from back in the day when decent headlights were illegal in the US.

  4. Though dark days for 'Merican autos at that time, these were great trucks. I ran one to over 440,000 miles, and left it in Mexico with my brother in-law after trailering two horses and a new washer and dryer from CO to the far side of Mexico City. Not a straight body panel on it and a permanent lean to the driver's side due to weakened springs, but he still sold it for $2k a few years later.


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