Craigslist Find: 1978 Ford F-350 Camping Truck

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This one-owner truck is a true time capsule, and it could your summer adventure-mobile.

It’s no secret that the American Northeast is hard on cars. The hot, humid summers and the cold, wet, windy winters — accompanied by copious amounts of salt are a surefire recipe for rust.

That’s why it’s pleasant to see well-preserved cars of any bygone era. To a lifelong Ohioan like myself, it’s granted me a real appreciation for even the most mundane cars and trucks. You are currently reading an article written by the only human who gets excited about a rust-free Ranger Splash.

Trucks like this 1978 Ford F-350 used to be a common sight in small towns, suburbs, and rural neighborhoods all over America. Many have long-since retired or rotted away, but the original owner of this truck took great pains to keep it as nice as possible.


With only 118,000 miles on the chassis, it was apparently fitted with a new crate engine in 2009, which has apparently turned less than twenty thousand miles. Lovingly and sympathetically preserved by its original owner, it features some neat period-correct accessories that make it an interesting time capsule.


It would certainly make a great set-piece for the background of a movie or TV commercial set in the late 1970s. The bed cap, fender flares, and blanket covering the seat are great bonuses for the next owner. All it needs is a CB radio and it would look right at home on a C.W. McCall album cover.


Rumor has it that they’re looking to remake Smokey & the Bandit, and with Cleveland, Ohio currently a hotbed for film shoots, we may be seeing this cool truck again in the near future.

Of course, if you want to get away from it all and go camping, this F-350 apparently has dutifully served the previous owner in that capacity for nearly forty years.

Find it on Cleveland Craigslist here.

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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