1974 Ford F-100 Makes the Perfect Project Truck

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1974 Ford F-100

Redditor buys old Ford pickup then seems intimidated by potential repairs. So, will he keep it or drop it?

When it comes to potential project trucks, we can’t think of a better place to start than with a ’70s Ford pickup. With iconic styling, legendary toughness, and a simple platform to work on, these trucks make great projects for everyone, from novices to skilled pros.

Reddit user BaDoogz falls into the former category, which is why he sought help from his fellow Ford truck fans after purchasing this 1974 F-100. “My ’74 F-100 project truck that I bought off Craigslist for $1,800 bucks. It may have head gasket leak. Any advice before I repair or sell?”

You can’t blame the OP for being a little intimidated by this sort of repair. But as RedsRearDelt points out, it isn’t as bad as it sounds. “Head gaskets on these old trucks are so much easier to fix than you’d imagine. But, while they’re off, take the heads to a machine shop and have all the valve seats, valves, springs, etc. refinished. Also have them make sure there’s no warping or cracks. That’s going to be the most expensive part of the rebuild. But it’s worth it.”

Lorinze819 agrees with that notion and points out that these trucks are also well worth holding on to. “Keep it and you’ll love it, I have a ’74 myself and it is my daily driver. These trucks are worth the memories and miles.”
We obviously couldn’t agree more. And we think that this old Ford looks like a solid project truck with loads of potential. So hopefully, the OP will decide to keep it and polish up his mechanical skills by doing all the work himself!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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