Classic & Classy F-250 Ranger XLT Heads Off to Market

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1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

From the collection of Joe McMurrey, frame-off restored red and gray F-250 has big power to go with its Texas-sized presence.

Do you recall 1978? Dallas debuted on CBS, paving the way for all primetime soap operas to come. Sarajevo and Los Angeles are selected to host the 1984 Winter and Summer Olympics, respectively. The first Year of Three Popes since 1605 occurs when Pope John Paul I is chosen to head the Catholic Church after the passing of Pope Paul VI, followed by Pope John Paul II after John Paul I’s passing. Ashton Kutcher, Dirk Nowitzki, and Katie Holmes are born. Louis Prima, Keith Moon, and Jim Jones leave this world behind.

Also in 1978: Ford overhauled the appearance of its F-Series lineup, ditching the split-grill design for a single, rounded rectangle with rectangular headlights for most of the lineup, like this F-250 Ranger XLT we happened upon while looking through the Mecum Auctions catalog for its upcoming affair in Indianapolis May 14th through the 19th.

1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

This particular F-250 is part of a collection of various Fords owned by Jim McMurrey of Longview, Texas. The truck went through a frame-off restoration lasting from 2017 to 2018, resulting in the red and gray beauty before us today. It’s got a long bed, four-wheel drive, and a six-inch lift. In short, it’s got a Texas-sized personality.

1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

Under the hood, of course, is some Texas-sized motivation, in the form of a 460 V8 bored 30-over and linked to a built C6 automatic. And whatever power it does make will sound good coming out of the three-inch dual-exhaust system attached to the big block.

1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

As for the F-250’s insides, it’s all new, from the spacious bench and door panels, to the refreshed dash and new weatherstripping. And just like the outside, the inside is red and gray, with more emphasis on the gray.

1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

Add a bed-side toolbox behind the passenger-side door, air conditioning to keep things cool during those hot Texas days, and a set of 18-inch chrome wheels wrapped in big rubber, and you’ve got an F-250 with tons of attitude and functionality.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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