Ford-Trucks Forum Member Seeks Body Trim for a 1979 Ford F-100 Project
Ford F-100 owner is trying to recreate the classic two-tone paint scheme, but he can’t find the chrome for the sides.
In the late 1970s, certain Ford trucks and sport utility vehicles came with a hefty chrome treatment along the sides which was known as the “race track”. The design was called a race track because the combination of chrome running along the upper part of the doors, fenders and bedside coupled with the chrome running along the bottom of the truck and over the wheel wells nearly create a solid loop of chrome, often separating two different colors of paint.
This design looked great when it was new and it looks great on restored trucks today, but the problem with the race track chrome layout is that it is comprised of many different pieces. As these trucks aged and the strips began to discolor or break away, owners would remove all of the chrome trim, making replacement pieces hard to find.
That is the dilemma of Ford Truck Enthusiasts forum member EliF100, who is in the process of restoring a 1979 F-100 and searching for complete race track chrome trim.
When the OP first posted his question to the forum, he included a picture of his truck (above), a rough example of what he was looking for (below) and some details on what exactly he hopes to find.
Any advice on where to find a full set of racetrack trim top and bottom? I have a F100 79 Custom short bed and I want to do a two tone pain job along with the racetrack trim to go along. However I can’t find the racetrack trim, it’s sold out even at Dennis Carpenter. Any advice will be appreciated.
The Community Advises
A handful of members were quick to offer advice on the situation, ranging from seeing if Dennis Carpenter would be getting more in stock soon to creating the look of the race track with paint to hunting around a massive all-Ford Carlisle event.
440 sixpack suggested checking back to buy a new set.
DC seems to always be sold out of everything. however, they will have it back at sometime. did you call them and see if they have another run anytime soon?
While njdevil77 suggested traveling to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to hunt for a set at the big annual Ford event.
Not sure where you are located, but Carlisle Swap Meets are always a good spot to find the hard to find, sometimes for a good price. Spring meet is next week, I will be there for the last 30+ years. They have a full year of meets, All Ford is June 1st weekend. I always find stuff I need, don’t need, didn’t know I needed, didn’t know my wife would be mad if I brought it home needed.
77&79F250 suggested a completely different route, suggesting that the OP create the race track effect with paint and unique stripes. He also included a picture of his own truck as an example.
If you cannot locate a set of trim or do not like the idea of drilling a bunch of holes in your body to mount it, you can just paint the 2 tone on?
Finally, for the sake of reference, NumberDummy offered up a detailed explanation as to which trucks came with the race track chrome design.
Race Track mouldings were standard equipment on 1977/79 F100/350 Ranger XLT’s & 1978/79 F100/350 Lariats.
The Race Track upper fender, door and cab corner mouldings with the black vinyl inserts are the same as 1973/76 F100/350 Ranger XLT.
1978/79 Bronco’s also have Race Tracks, but the quarter panel upper/lower mouldings are different than the F100/350’s.
The Race Track vertical mouldings that tie the upper mouldings to the lower mouldings are the same for all.
A Set Turns Up
After a day’s-worth of discussion about the race track chrome on a 1977 Ford F-100, beartracks posted with some good news.
I have a full set used but I am in ABQ, NM
Not surprisingly, the OP is interested, so he asks for more information, to which the possible seller replied with the follow.
It’s boxed up in the attic. I’d say about an 8 out of 10 if you re paint the black parts maybe. I be happy to let it go cheaply but shipping could be expensive and unboxing and taking pictures a pain. You don’t get this way do you?
Finally, earlier today, the OP made it clear that he wants the chrome bits.
I’m definitely interested. If you could get it off your attic and email me a few pictures please. I can pay you with PayPal, Zelle, check, etc.
So, this 1977 Ford F-100 owner might have found what he needs, but if you have a set for sale, posting about it in this thread could help another FTE member complete their project.