‘Mint’ 1979 F-100 Looks Like a Proper Gem
Short-bed, single-cab Ford truck has the makings of a proper street machine with built-in utility.
What a mint 1979! Well, the listing for this 1979 Ford F-100 Shortbed on Classic Car Liquidators calls it “Light Jade,” but we prefer to think of it is as “mint.”
The paint color certainly stands out. We can’t remember seeing many F-Series trucks wearing this kind of pale green. It really makes the white-letter Cooper tires and the chrome trim pop. Inside, the interior scarcely looks like a 39-year-old pickup. The carpet looks clean and the bench seat’s darker shade of green makes a unique color combination.
Short-bed, single-cab trucks like this make for great alternatives to muscle cars. They come in around muscle-car weight and readily take V8s. It’s not clear if this truck originally came with a Ford 302, but that’s what sits under its engine bay now.
This mint Ford’s engine looks slightly more potent than the original 130-horsepower version in 302-powered F100s. The Ford 302 aftermarket contains no small amount of parts, so this late-’70s truck represents some serious street-machine potential.
Again, the build details seem a bit scarce, but even if the builder “tuned” the engine with fresh paint and valve covers, it will sound proper. The long-tube headers and true dual-exhaust will give plenty of bark on the street.
Most everything looks either replaced or upgraded in the suspension, except one curious thing: manual brakes. That’s a curious omission, but something that could be changed easily enough.
There’s another reason to like these trucks right now: appreciation. Hagerty indicates that even these 1979 short-bed F-100s have doubled in value over the last decade. That doesn’t mean they’re worth tons of money; this one’s $18,999 asking price resides near the higher end, Hagerty says.
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