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Old 02-07-2005, 07:30 PM
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Buying a 1976 F-150 Shortbox Stepside

I'm going to go look at a 1976 F-150 Shortbox Stepside its supposed to be black with a grey interiour and is a 360ci auto.
Its supposed to be a straight truck an all orginal, incl hubcaps.
Its supposed to be rustfree except for a couple of small spots in the rear fenders.

I'm wondering what I should be watching for,are replacement stepside fenders hard to get? or for that matter the boxes?

the guy says he thinks its a Ranger XLT.
these trucks seem to be getting hard to find.
I'm wondering what the fuel tank configuration would be?

I'm Interested in any comments you guys might have
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Old 02-07-2005, 08:19 PM
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I own a 77 step side. The replacement fenders can be found through several vendors, LMC, Dennis-Carpenter, and I think the Motorhaven. Bottom line, they are readily availble and not too expensive. The rest of the box parts are availble trough the same sources also. I received a catalog in the mail last week from macsutoparts, and they even have the bed wood kits.

The fuel tank on mine is a I believe a 15 gal, it is rear mounted. The ranger XLT is just a trim kit, which means you get more chrome goodies. me personally, I like the looks of the stepside with out all the chrome.

If the truck itself is pretty solid, I would get it. It's not everyday you see early model stepside. They are very good looking trucks.

Check out my galley and you can get a good idea as to what these look like. Mine is a custom, so it didn't have all the body chrome.

hope this helps ya!
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Old 02-09-2005, 09:05 AM
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As far as the bed sides go, I have not been able to find replacements that had the inner fender bulges. So, if the flanges are rusty(that bolts to the wood floor) or any serious rot in the bedsides, keep that in mind.
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Old 02-10-2005, 09:50 PM
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If this truck is a 2 wheel drive, it's a F100, not a F150. All 2WD regular cab 73-79 shortbeds were F100s. The only way you could get a shorbed F150 was if it was a 4x4. Also, if this 76 flareside is a Ranger XLT, it's a very rare truck, as they didn't make many flaresides with the Ranger XLT package. Ranger XLTs had chrome trim on the bodysides and fancier interiors. The fuel tank configuration on this truck should be one tank with a round filler cap located on the drivers' side rear fender. As for the replacement fenders, they are readily available. I hope some of this info helps you out. All in all, this truck sounds like a good buy. These old flaresides are pretty rare! I have a 77 F100 flareside that is restored to original condition, check my galley for pictures.
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Old 02-11-2005, 11:43 AM
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That's why I'm rebuilding mine. I haven't seen many like it...

I have been able to find all the rplacement parts from the site sponsors that would be needed to fix most reepairs on the bed. They even have the wood kits if you want to go that way. On mine, I used diamond plate becuase It is after all, an offroad toy and the wooden bed would be to bothersome to maintain.
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Old 02-12-2005, 12:16 PM
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Hey JohnT you nailed it.
Its a 1976 F100 2 wheel drive 360ci Auto 3.00 axel Custom (no Chrome Package)shortbox stepside Black on Black...its all orginal right down to the hubcaps and everything is there (complete).

the box and tailgate are straight with no dings it has a lil rust in the passenger floorboard 6"x6" and the running boards have rusted off the front of the rear fenders the rest is all good (cept for the wood)it had 5 bent pushrods and the inside of the motor is spotless (no wear on the rockershafts)and looks like its never been opened before.
I bought it for $950.00 put in new pushrods and it runs Great.

You Guys have some Beautiful Trucks I hope this to become one of them.
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If this truck is a 2 wheel drive, it's a F100, not a F150. All 2WD regular cab 73-79 shortbeds were F100s. The only way you could get a shorbed F150 was if it was a 4x4. Also, if this 76 flareside is a Ranger XLT, it's a very rare truck, as they didn't make many flaresides with the Ranger XLT package. Ranger XLTs had chrome trim on the bodysides and fancier interiors. The fuel tank configuration on this truck should be one tank with a round filler cap located on the drivers' side rear fender. As for the replacement fenders, they are readily available. I hope some of this info helps you out. All in all, this truck sounds like a good buy. These old flaresides are pretty rare! I have a 77 F100 flareside that is restored to original condition, check my galley for pictures.
My 1976 4X4 shortbox Flareside is a f100
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