Why spend $60,000 on a new truck when awesome classics like this 1977 Ford F-150 Ranger are still around? Full-fledged collectable and driver ready, this long-bed hauler is a stylish, handsome truck wrapped in great colors that can still earn its keep around the homestead. While the other guys drive around in cookie-cutter pickups, you could have something infinitely more interesting for a fraction of the price, and with great preservation and long-term maintenance, it will be rumbling on the roads for decades to come!
Originally, this truck wore a Light Jade and Jade Green two-tone paint, but as that color combination would somewhat date this 'Dentside' truck today (the '70s were strange times, it's like we were all colorblind for an entire decade), so the former owners elected to spray Dark Green Metallic and we think it's a vast improvement. The shade is basically like the original Jade, albeit slightly darker, and gives this long-bed workhorse a whole new lease on life. It's obviously had a good life, and as a Texas truck, it shows no signs of major rust or abuse underneath, other than just the usual surface stuff that is always expected on 45-year-old sheetmetal. The green paint is actually fairly fresh, has a nice shine and luster, and although it wasn't some $20K paint job it still shows very well. Imperfections are fairly minimal and can certainly be forgiven on a hauler at this price point, but this Ford genuinely has spectacular curb appeal with that period shine and straight body. And because green paint was what the truck was born with, you don't have to worry about mis-matched door jambs and under-hood areas, because it's all been equally covered and detailed. It's also not afraid to wear a lot of bright chrome trim, including the beefy egg-crate grille, oversized side mirrors, and ample Ranger-spec side trim (that's basically impossible to find on the secondary market right now) that fits neatly into the 'dentside' groove running the length of the body. Both the front and rear bumpers were blacked-out, and the matching push-bar/brush guard up front has two running lights at its flanks that look very cool. The bed has a few bumps and bruises as well, but for a truck of this vintage, it's exceptionally well-preserved and is clearly ready for several more heavyweight rounds at the job site thanks to a professional application of black spray-in bedliner.
If you do take to driving this Ford every day, the restored interior is a great place to do it. That's updated upholstery in the cab, with the seat recently stuffed and wrapped in stylish black vinyl that looks far more contemporary than you'd expect. Matching black carpets are protected with a heavy-duty floormat and help control noise and heat, and the reproduction black door panels are in great shape, with a bit of wear and patina on the steel, specifically where the driver's elbow would've rested over the years. Faux wood trim encircles the bezels in the dash and warms up the ambience inside, there are plenty of bright trim accents to boot, and Ford's familiar square gauges help keep an eye on the big motor under the hood. The stock steering wheel is still in place at the helm and feels great in the hands of the driver with that vintage wrap around the rim, and it's joined on the factory column by a big ProTech tachometer that keeps an eye on the revs. A couple auxiliary gauges were added under the dash to keep an eye on the motor, there's a matching black dash pad up top, and a retro-style AM/FM stereo was added in the center of the dash. Factory A/C was ordered when this truck was first built, and although all the original hardware is in place, the system will need a service to blow cold again. Regardless, this cab is very comfortable and stylish – a perfect complement to the handsome exterior.
The torquey 400 cubic inch V8 delivers performance that you'd expect from a full-sized truck and it makes short work of just about any hauling job. The engine bay shows signs of exceptional care over the past 45+ years, with original paint still clinging to the inner fenders (typically, these are the first things that are painted in these trucks, so it's rare to see that factory-primed metal), while the block itself was adorned with shiny Ford Racing chrome valve covers, a matching open-element air cleaner, newer ignition components, and an upgraded aluminum radiator up front. A big, dual-line 4-barrel carburetor provides plenty of juice if you're, say, towing a trailer or installing a camper top in the bed, and with power steering and power front disc brakes, it's easy to drive no matter the load. Ford's rugged "twin I-beam" suspension isn't the most precise setup ever devised, but it rides very nicely thanks to the addition of a steering stabilizer up front. Out back, there's a heavy-duty rear end, which is equally rugged and according to the door tag, it carries easy-cruising 3.25 gears, which are all you need with a big block up front. Ceramic-coated, long-tube headers feed a dual exhaust system that offers a pair of chambered mufflers and electric cut-outs, so it sounds awesome on its own and downright deadly when the cut-outs are engaged, and while it's not detailed for show, the chassis really is quite clean and very solid. American Racing aluminum wheels look awesome on this truck and use 235/75/15 Firestone white-letter tires that keep them off the ground and ready for combat.
Dialed-in vintage pickups like this still represent great value, and one that can double as a hobby vehicle on weekends while still working for a living is a bargain in anyone's book. Don't overlook this Ford Ranger, because it really is a fantastic truck. Call today!