1974 F-250 Highboy – Some Call It Rusty, We Call It Beautiful

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Young guy saves his pennies and brings home a well worn F-250 Highboy.

These days, there aren’t too many trucks enthusiasts covet like a 1967-1977.5 Ford F-250 4×4. Or as you and I know them, “Highboys.” These old trucks towered over the competition at the time — literally. In fact, today they still tower over everything else in terms of desirability. That makes this 1974 F-250 Highboy worth saving despite its obvious flaws!

That’s exactly what Tommy from the The Fast Lane Truck intends to do. He came across this black F-250 XLT Ranger, and immediately fell for it despite the abundance of rust eating through the bed. Who who could blame him? It might not be the most obvious choice for a young man’s first ride, but it is a good one.

F-250 Highboy

Somebody along the way replaced the original 360 motor with a 390, but that isn’t such a bad thing. The truck also has headers, dual exhaust, and only a bit of surface rust underneath. We just hope that Tommy doesn’t listen to his dad, who suggests some pretty horrific modifications like installing a flat bed, and replacing the grille with one from a later model (gasp!).

Regardless, Tommy manages to score the truck for a very reasonable $3,800 after a little negotiating. It’s a pretty cool tale, and he’s obviously stoked about it. The fact that a young man in today’s world saved up his money and bought an old Ford, instead of some crappy modern crossover speaks volumes.

We can only hope that “Rusty Boy” gives him many years of good memories to pass on to the next generation.

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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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