My 1980 F350 4x4 400 auto came out of the Richmond assembly plant as a Ranger with Explorer B package with handling, snow plow prep and trailer tow packages, as well. By 1985, the hood "bling" was gone along with the rust magnet SS fender trim, stripes and the plastic Explorer emblem on the tailgate. In total, by removing the Explorer exterior telltales, I reduced the weight of the truck by approximately 5 pounds, lol.
Edsels, AMC Pacers, Nash Americans and Two door hardtop 1952 Studebaker two-tone green Commanders like my Dad got conned by Lee D Butler into buying new despite protests from his 9 year old son are all rare too, Thank God!
I got a explorer edition truck it is an 86 f150 i am not sure of what package though it does have woodgrain in the dash with a auto trans tinted window (not sure if stock) does not have cruz well not yet (a got a donor truck for it) but i think it is B Package But the emblem fell of the box but is still readable due to fading
I must have the explorer D package, i had a/c, sliding rear window, tach, power everything, am/fm radio, explorer emblems on the bed (when it had a bed). I love this truck, its starting to look better every day. Just got some new (patched up/junkyard new) fenders on it today, looks pretty nice. Airbrushing will be coming soon.
I have a 1980 F150 Explorer that my folks purchased new. As a kid my brother and I really tried to kill the darn thing, but it still keeps ticking away (thank god for the 300-6!!!). It currently serves as my daily driver and I am trying to fix it up a little at a time. Mine is red with white striping and the Explorer hood ornament and an Explorer emblem was on the original tailgate. It also came with a set of bed rails that Dad took off to install a kidnapper. There are a couple of similar trucks here in Missoula -- one red one, a white and two blue ones. All of them have the goofy looking "Ford Motor Company" hubcaps with on them -- was this part of the Explorer Package? As soon as get a few extra bucks and I going to get some nicer wheels for mine.
I don't own one, but my dad had one that he bought new in 1984. It was red with silver along the bottom and silver on the roof. It had orange Explorer stripes and orange Ford letters on the tailgate. The Interior was red and it had woodgrain trim on the dash and door panels. It was a very sharp looking truck.
Clyde isn't an OE Explorer, but earned it's Explorer badges by becoming our vacation vehicle, hauling first our 11'3" slide-in camper, an earlier 5th wheel and now the one in the signature. We've explored many highways together.
I also added the badges because I had an OE 1977 Explorer pkg F150 when it was near new. I've got some slides of it somewhere that really do need to be scanned. It was the really dark red with what I thought was the sharpest Explorer stripes Ford ever did, the white ones that ran down the sides and flared to surround the Explorer emblems.
One of the reasons you find more interest on the earlier board is because then the trucks were much more special.