1978 Ford F-150 Ranger Looks Factory-Fresh after 40 Years of Work

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1978 Ford F-150 Ranger Front

All-original parts and every available option 1978 make this F-150 Ranger a rare, stunning survivor.

While flipping through the FTE Marketplace, we came across this clean 1978 Ford F-150 Ranger that the car show community would call a survivor. Many car shows around the United States offer a “survivor” class in which vehicles are to have original paint, body work, interior and everything else. Basically, car show survivors are intended to be vehicles that are still all-original while being show quality and rarely are there trucks in this class.

This 1978 Ford F-150 Ranger posted for sale by “78Hayride” doesn’t quite meet survivor requirements, as the seller explains that it was repainted many years ago, but just about every aspect of this truck is original and it still looks as good as it did on the day that it rolled off of the assembly line.

The Introduction

When the OP first listed his pristine 1978 Ford F-150 Ranger for sale in the FTE Marketplace, he provided the following information.

All original except for wear items, carpet and radiator. 127,xxx miles. Barn/garage kept whole life. No known or visible evidence of any accidents. 400m 2v engine, 2wd, C-6 automatic trans. Equipped with all options for model year: A/c, cruise, power brakes, tilt steering wheel, dual fuel tanks, etc.

Has always been maintained, recent items redone include radiator, brakes, tires, rebuilt carburetor, ignition tune up and oil change. Has only surface rust on frame. Truck is totally solid. Body repainted once, many years ago. Clean Florida title in hand. Original Ford hubcaps and steel wheels and tires included.

Truck was actual “barn find” in Oklahoma, after 15 years storage. “Hayride”, as it is affectionately known to us, takes us out on weekends to attend cruise-ins and local car shows. Sometimes used for improvement store runs when we need to haul something in a “real” truck.

Selling because we need the garage space for a travel trailer.

1978 Ford F-150 Ranger Interior

Almost a Survivor

So, in the 40 years that this F-150 Ranger has existed, it received a new coat of two-tone paint, new interior carpeting, new wheels and tires, and an assortment of mechanical components that needed to be replaced in order to serve as a weekend cruiser and occasional work truck. Really, if not for the paint job back in the day and perhaps the carpeting, this 1978 F-150 would fit into the survivor category and for that to be true, we know that this Ranger has been very well maintained for the past 40 years.

It is currently available with a list price of $12,500, so if you are looking for a turnkey show truck, this could be your best chance to get into a like-new 1978 Ford F-150 Ranger.

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