Ford F-150 has Been Violently Crashed, Still Starts and Drives: Freaky Friday

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After flipping three times down a 50-foot embankment, this F-150 from the 1980s is destroyed, yet it still fires and moves.

This week’s Freaky Friday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Will Spicer and it features an F-150 from the 1980s that lives up to the slogan “Built Ford Tough” like few other trucks we have seen. This 30-year-old pickup was badly wrecked, rolling side-over-side down a steep hill and destroying pretty much every area of the truck, inside and out. However, that crash doesn’t stop this old Ford from starting and kind-of driving.

The Nasty Crash

We don’t have many details on this classic Ford truck or the crash that left it in this state, but we can tell from what is left of the body that it is from the seventh generation of the F-150, running from 1980 through 1986. We also know that it is powered by the 300-cubic inch inline-six engine and we know that about ten days before this video was filmed, this truck was involved in a nasty crash.

Wrecked 1980s Ford F-150

The truck rolled three times as it tumbled down a 50-foot embankment, destroying the truck, but the driver walked away with just cuts and bruises. The old F-150 did a great job of protecting the driver in the crash, but it get even better.

Even with the front end crushed into an entirely different shape and with the wheels bent under the body during the series of barrel rolls, this old Ford half-ton still runs and drives. Well, it starts and moves, and that is still something.

Wrecked 1980s Ford F-150

Walk-Around and Drive

The video begins with a walk-around of this 1980s F-150, showing us the mangled truck from every angle. Aside from the massive amounts of damage to the sheet metal, the truck appears to be twisted a bit from front to rear, so this pickup is beyond repair, but the owner wants to see if the old girl will still fire up. The footage is shaky and grainy, so perhaps the owner’s phone was damaged in the crash as well.

Wrecked 1980s Ford F-150

After rigging up the engine wiring and cutting some of the engine belts with the hope of keeping the cooling fan from turning, the owner pries the door open and sits down in the driver’s seat, giving us a closer look at the incredible interior damage. Remarkably, as soon as he hits the key, the 300-cubic inch engine roars to life and while it sounds like hell, the transmission shifts into drive and this nearly-crushed F-Series pickup drives a few feet through the yard.

If this video doesn’t prove that Ford trucks are truly built tough, we don’t know what does.

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"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

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