1989 Ford F-250: Craigslist Find of the Week

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It’s not every day that you come across a well-preserved Ford workhorse with a third pedal and a stick!

Finding a well-preserved Ford F-Series truck from the late ’80s is an impressive feat. Even more so when you consider that the truck in question was found in the heart of the dreaded Rust Belt. That’s right, the place where road salt wreaks havoc on the bodies and frames of these trucks every single year.

That’s just what we’ve found in Canfield, Ohio, on Akron-Canton Craigslist. Somewhere between a survivor and a restoration, the 1989 Ford F-250 is just the thing for light-duty, fair-weather work.


The ad is pretty limited on info, but the owner John, implores us to “come take a look” in a seemingly friendly manner. John has clearly put a lot of time, effort, and money into keeping this truck fresh. The ad’s claims of having “many new parts” certainly seem to hold water, based on the truck’s condition.

The truck wears Ohio historical vehicle plates, which permit limited use for vehicles over 25 years of age in exchange for reduced registration costs. It appears that John is likely using the truck for exactly what we would – low-stress, light-duty work.


The drop-in bedliner will make hauling small loads stress-free, just be careful not to dirty up that pretty red cloth interior. We think the red interior is a nice, classy counterpoint to the black exterior. Per the ad and the accompanied photos, the truck is entirely rust free – no small feat in northeastern Ohio.


We’re unsure of exactly what engine resides under the hood, but the manual transmission sure looks like it’d be a lot of fun. No mileage is listed, but given these truck’s reputation for reliability, and the overall condition of this example, we doubt it’s a concern.

If you’re willing to part with $5,500, you can be the next lucky person who keeps up this gorgeous Ford!


Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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