1977 Ford F-250 Highboy Ranger XLT original paint high desert survivor barn find

Price: - Item location: Fort Harrison, Montana, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: F-250
  • Year:1977
  • Mileage:169,368
  • VIN:F26SR******
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1977 Ford F-250

For sale: Original survivor 1977 Ford F-250 4x4 Ranger XLT Highboy from the high desert of central Montana, never seen salt. Last of the true highboys in the most desirable year, with divorced NP205 transfer case and heavy duty "big hub" front end. Factory part-time 4wd, not the cheesy 70s Ford full time system. Very hard to find a part-time/hubs highboy with automatic transmission. 400 engine with power steering and power disc brakes. Only two owners for the last 40 years. Purchased new in Anaconda, and lived life out in the sagebrush and prickly pear cactus country. Used primarily by an older gentleman for fishing, hunting, and hauling firewood. Always well maintained. He sold to second owner in Hamilton, Montana that I purchased it from. Truck has a few cool "day 2" modifications, otherwise very stock and original. Original owner added dual spots, PTO Ramsay winch, 8 track stereo, and window tint. Later he upgraded to a 1978 tilt column. Have the original paperwork including the manuals, warranty paperwork, factory recall letter, and even the newspaper ad for the truck the original owner clipped out and saved. Factory Ford "Compass" topper (deluxe version with sliding windows and screens) and original jack, handle, and lug wrench. Original numbers matching buck tags still in place on cowl and box. 160k miles, but drives like 60k. Engine was rebuilt and it's a tight and nice driving original truck. I'll do my best to describe it below, please see additional detail pics including underside at linked Photobucket album and YouTube video.

Exterior: Original paint with a couple small touch ups, still shines well. Straight truck with only a few dents/dings as shown in pics. Roads aren't salted here, and truck is very dry. Underside looks super nice with only minimal surface rust, cab mounts and drop-offs very solid. Factory assembly line paint swipes still visible on front axle. Floors look great from underneath. One small rust spot on splash area of apron near rear bumper from mud coming off wheel - I had to look a long time to find it. Of course we don't see frame rot out here in the dry west. There is some very light surface rust inside box where scratched from use, and wheel wells and bed rails are dented from firewood(see pic without liner). Factory topper is in good condition with a few extra holes for boat rack that have been filled and paint touched up in those spots. Glass is good except windshield has a crack. Grille surround is nice, so there's $600 you don't have to spend. A few dings in the racetrack moldings at rear of box, see detail pics in linked Photobucket album. **Aftermarket wheels and 285 BFG tires shown are not included, they are off another truck. This truck will ship with the original steel wheel and stock size Toyo tires in good condition(as seen in one pic). If you like the style of the aftermarket mag wheels, they are American Outlaw in 16 x 7 and are available new for $95 each** Very nice looking truck that will garner accolades at Cars N Coffee, Home Depot, or Steak N Shake.

Interior: Original in very presentable condition for a nice driver. Passenger door panel has a chip, a few cracks in original seat upholstery under the blanket cover. Headliner is sagging on one corner, needs re-glue, I've got it pinned up. A few small hairline cracks in original dash pad - not noticeable. Original carpet is worn under driver floor mat. Nice tight truck that has a low mile "feel" driving it. Doors close like a bank vault with one finger. It's very hard to duplicate that original "feel" on a truck that's been used hard and then taken apart and re-done. As far as I know, everything works - lights, all gauges, heater, wipers, radio, windows and door locks, parking brake, etc.

Mechanical: Starts, runs, and drives, and stops well. No noises, smoke or major leaks and it's got great oil pressure. Jump in and go. 77 is the last and best year for highboys, with the open-knuckle disc brake front end, and power steering and brakes that the earlier trucks don't have. This one also has tilt wheel and automatic transmission. Truck was well cared for and maintained, whatever was needed was done professionally. Original 400 engine was tired when I got the truck, so I had a rebuilt 400(rebuild tag pictured), out of another 77 F250 professionally swapped in. Not sure of exact mileage but it runs strong.4x4 works, I tested it in high and low range. I upgraded to a new aluminum radiator this summer. PTO winch (transfer case driven) was pulled out to fix a broken mounting bolt and never reinstalled. It will be included with truck when it leaves. Just a solid old truck that will get you there and back. These era Ford trucks are anvil-tough and pretty much indestructible, however old trucks do need work from time to time, so if you haven't messed with vintage vehicles, adjust your expectations accordingly.

Pricing/Misc:73-79 Ford trucks are listed as one of the top ten future collectible vehicles by Hagerty and others. I personally sold a very similar 75 F250 Highboy for $13k right here on eBay last year. This truck is NO RESERVE and will sell. Title is clear and in my name. Truck runs and drives fine, but flying in and driving it home isn't really advisable, as Montana is a huge and remote state with poor cell coverage. Truck can stay here for 30 days after auction end, after that $100 per month storage will be due. Buyer needs to bind coverage on the truck as I will cancel my insurance upon sale. Again, truck comes with stock steel wheels and OEM size tires shown in pic without topper, not the aluminum wheels and 285 BFG tires shown in most of the pics.

Please check with your wife and banker before bidding. If you win this auction, you own the truck, and need to pay for it per the terms below. Thank you!

Photobucket album with 80 pics (copy and paste)


YouTube walk around video


****Shipping will be from Helena, MT. I-15 and I-90 both very near, transport is reasonable. Zip code for shipping quote use 59601*****

This vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

Winning bidder must contactme within 24 hours of auction end and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction. The remainder is due within 3 days of auction end. If no contact is made within 24 hoursI reserve the right to re-list the vehicle, sell it to the next high bidder, or sell it otherwise. Most banks and credit unions do not finance vehicles older than 1995, so make sure if financing that your financial institution accepts the year and miles of this vehicle before bidding. Please arrange financing prior to bidding. Payment is by bank wire only. Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. If you wish to have it shipped using a service,I recommend Certified Auto Shippers http://www.certifiedautoshippers.com, ask for Kathy Gant. If you are not sure about something, please ask! Do not assume anything not listed is included.I reserve the right to refuse bids with excessive negative feedback.I reserve the right to end the listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale. Please do not bid on this auction unless you are serious about owning this vehicle. All non-paying high bidders will be reported to eBay and negative feedback will be posted. PLEASE ONLY BID WHAT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY. IF THE RESERVE IS NOT MET,I MAY CONTACT THE HIGH BIDDER TO OFFER THE SECOND CHANCE OPTION.

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