Restored 1979 Ford F-150 Is Pure Obsessive Perfection
You don’t often see ’70s pickups undergo nut and bolt restorations. But this Ford F-150 makes us wonder why.
While there are plenty of nut and bolt restored Ford trucks from the ’50s and earlier out there, later models have largely escaped the obsessive treatment. Partly because we don’t tend to think of them as collector’s items just yet. And also because the return on investment just isn’t there. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop and appreciate this obsessively restored 1979 Ford F-150 that we spotted over at Hemmings.
The owner of this gorgeous ride certainly wasn’t concerned with resale value when they tore it down to a pile of bolts. And the results of their hard work obviously paid off. The truck has won a bunch of awards since completion, including a class win at World of Wheels and an Outstanding Detail Award from the International Show Car Association. And when you scope out the build pics, it’s easy to see why.
After blowing the whole Ford F-150 apart, the owner powdercoated everything. Frame, axles, springs, brackets, brakes, you name it. All the hardware that was originally yellow or clear zinc was recoated per factory specs, with nothing but original parts. But despite this careful adhesion to originality, there are some upgrades going on underneath.
Brake and fuel lines were rerouted in stainless steel. A 4-inch lift gives this Ford F-150 a little more ground clearance, as well as room for American Racing wheels wrapped in 35×10.5-inch off-road rubber. There are plenty of niceties here too, including air conditioning, power steering, tilt, and cruise control. And the powertrain is stout, consisting of a 400 V8, C6 transmission, and 3.73-geared Dana axles.
It’s a gorgeous example of what can be done with these beloved ’70s pickups. Obviously, we’re sure the owner is going to lose some serious cash selling his truck. But we’d say it was worth it in the end. At least for the new owner!