1974 Ford F-100 Ranger XLT
Don't worry Ford fans, we've got you covered. While I don't know why more Chevys than Fords seem to have survived, that only makes this 1974 Ford F100 Ranger XLT more unique. Besides, big block V8 power in a tastefully designed wrapper never goes out of style, even if that wrapper has a pickup bed. This great-looking Ford has been treated well for the past 40 years and it shows. The two-tone paint is quite good and there's not much sign that this truck ever hauled lumber or bricks during the week or pushed a plow in the winter. In fact, the way it shines, I'm betting that someone special-ordered this truck and kept it shined as polished as his pride-and-joy. These Fords are gaining popularity and they really are great-looking machines, rugged and tough-looking, but with enough style to look at home in a high-end restaurant parking lot. The bright trim strip along the flanks emphasizes the straight lines and good panel alignment, and you'll be pleased to learn that the bumpers, grille, and all the lenses on this truck shine up nicely and give it a well-maintained look. The bed area is been protected with a drop-in bedliner, so you can still use this truck as designed and a set of handsome bed rails make it easy to secure the load. The interior is dressed in its best formalwear, with a new tan bench seat, matching door panels, and new tan carpets on the floor. For a little glitter, the door sills and hardware has a bright chrome shine and the three-spoke steering wheel has a matching leather wrap. Factory instruments offer a pretty comprehensive view of the engine, which is what you want in a pickup truck, and aside from slight faded lenses, they're in great shape. The factory-installed AM/FM stereo lives in the center of the dash and still sounds decent, taking you back to a simpler time, which is the entire point of old trucks like this. You'll also be happy to see factory A/C on the options list, and this one is still equipped for R12 refrigerant (needs a recharge) so it's particularly effective. Heavy-duty floor mats help protect the carpets, so don't be afraid to put this one to work now and then. And speaking of engine bays, the 390 cubic inch V8 under the hood was just tuned up and runs superbly. Torquey and with a great soundtrack to accompany it, the big block V8 moves the pickup truck easily, empty or full, and feels extremely torquey around town. It's a little grungy, but it's all original, including the Ford Blue paint on the block itself and the factory-installed air cleaner up top. The A/C compressor dominates the top of the engine, but the aforementioned tune-up parts are clearly visible, and it has obviously been properly maintained over the years. Power steering and brakes mean it's easy to maneuver, and it channels power through a freshly rebuilt 3-speed automatic transmission and a 9-inch rear end. Ford's rugged "Twin I-Beam" front suspension is as tough as it comes, and the new dual exhaust system uses glasspack-style mufflers for a great V8 sound. The floors are remarkably clean, as you can see in the photos, and with flashy 15-inch chrome and 235/75/15 whitewall radials, it looks period-perfect. Now is the time to give the old Fords some credit, and few look as good as this two-tone F100. Call today!