This 1971 Ford F-100 Is Built to Outlive You

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“Built Ford Tough” isn’t just a marketing gimmick, it’s a phrase that is backed up in the real world. Words that have been solidified by the millions of Ford trucks still on the roads today, some still rolling despite decades of abuse and hard labor.


Trucks like this yellow and white 1971 F-100. With the exception of cab mounts and bed supports, floor pans, and a core support, it’s still solid and going strong. The old and undoubtedly weather-worn upholstery has been replaced, along with the carpet. A new retro style radio with iPod support adds a nice touch of modern tech inside.


The original 302 V8 still runs like a top, and the automatic transmission still shifts smoothly. New shocks ensure an easy ride, and the factory installed power steering and brakes are a welcome addition. The exterior is tidy but imperfect, which is perfectly acceptable on a 45-year-old truck.

While many others have met their final resting place in a junkyard or field somewhere, the fact that there are so many classic Ford trucks like this ’71 around is a true testament to their toughness. With basic maintenance and care, they can easily outlive their owner. And that, my friends, is what you call “Ford Tough.”

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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