1978 Ford F-150 Build Pays Tribute to a Friend

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1978 Ford F-150

We all start builds for different reasons. But this FTE member’s project is a fitting tribute to a good buddy!

Truck builds often begin for a number of reasons. Maybe your project is a family heirloom, or one you’ve always dreamed of owning. Or maybe you’ve owned the truck since it was new and are just getting around to restoring it. But for Ford Truck Enthusiasts member skyhawc, his 1978 Ford F-150 means something extra special to him, as he explains in this thread.

“I’ve known the truck most of my life, as it was owned by my best friend and his family. Been trying to buy it from him for years. Sadly, due to the loss of both his parents to cancer in a 3-year span, the truck sat for 5 years. So he let it go. He knew I’d love the truck, give a great home, and that it would get the use and attention she needs. He and his dad had it for the last 25 or so years. It’s been sitting for about the last 4-5 years, so I’m working on getting it running again and on the road. Over time I’ll fix the typical rust areas, mostly in the bed.”

Aside from the usual rust, it looks like this pickup is certainly a keeper. This particular 1978 Ford F-150 is a short bed, four-wheel drive with a 351 and a clean interior. The OP’s initial plans for the project include a 2-4″ lift, 460 swap, and fresh paint.

1978 Ford F-150

Thankfully, it didn’t take much to get the old truck running and out of the weeds. With his son helping, the OP pulled off the bent up running boards and began cleaning out the gas tank. Not to mention scrub off five years worth of dirt and grime.

And while he was at it, this seemed like a great time to shoot a family pic with the OP’s 1996 Bronco!

1978 Ford F-150

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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