1978 Ford F-150 Overview


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Regrets by Daryl
 — This 78 F150 used to belong to Sarah's grandfather until it suffered some mechanical problems. It sat out back for a few years until I asked about it. After towing it home and getting some time to wor... Read More
All Around Excellent Truck by MACH150
 — I own two 1978 F-150's,one I drive every day,and a slow process of customizing.I bought the truck as the second owner.My F-150 has 130,000 original miles.The engine has had an rv cam and medium rise i... Read More
Great Old Pickup! by DJ_Elvis
 — I received this pickup when I was 16 years from my grandfather in 1994 after he had a stroke and could no longer drive. It only had 24,000 miles on it at the time. It now has just under 93,000. It ... Read More

1978 Ford F-150 Overview

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1978 Ford F-150

The 1978 Ford F-150 was the first to be offered in the luxurious Lariat trimline, as well as the Custom, Sport, Ranger, and Ranger XLT trims.  Some 78 F150s came off the line with a beefy 169-horsepower Cleveland V-8 engine; output that big came at a heavy price for fuel economy, though, so the 1978 Ford F150 pickup also shipped with a 385 V8, a 460 V8 and a straight-6.

Ford's F-series topped the market for the first time in 1978, winning its place as the best-selling vehicle line in America, a position it was to hold for years.  The popular trucks drew their following from off-road enthusiasts as well as buyers looking for a sturdy workhorse for farm or ranch.  Tuners were drawn to the truck's muscle, and to the variety of configurations of bed, tonneau, and cab (including a supercab extended crewcab option for styleside models, as well as 2-door and 4-door setups).  

Reliability is the hallmark of the rugged 78 F-150, and you'll find a surprising number of these vintage models working hard (and playing hard) today.


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