1979 Ford F-150 Overview


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Great Old Truck by DuginMT
 — I received this truck from my dad who was the original owner. He passed away in '92 and the truck had only 18K miles on it. Now it has 80K original miles on it and all I ever had to do to it outside... Read More
1979 Ford F-150 Ranger. Top Of The Line F-150. by Blake
 — The heart of this beast is a Ford marine 460. Thats right, its out of an old speed boat. The performance is amazing, with 0-60 at right about est. 4.5 secs. Braking is sufficient, handling is a little... Read More
Will Climb A Wall. Has A Dana 44 Front And A Ford 9 Inch Rear. Posi Both Ends. Real 4 Wd. by Roger
 — Have had this old Ford since forever. Bought her for 700 dollars back in 1994 and drove her until last year before deciding to give her something back for all she had given me. She is finished in Ho... Read More

1979 Ford F-150 Overview

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1979 Ford F-150

Ford's F-series trucks continued to dominate the American market in 1979. The 1979 Ford F-150 offered the same power, durability, and reliability as always, and sales were strong. Stock engine choices included the 114-horsepower, 4.9-liter 300 inline 6-cylinder; a 5.0-liter 302 (F-100 only); 5.8-liter 351M; 6.6-liter 400; and 7.5-liter 460 (the 460 was not available in any 4x4, shortbeds, or F-100s).

The F-150 also offered a choice of transmissions: a 3-speed and two 4-speed manuals, the "bulldog," which has a low first gear, and the SROD (single rail overdrive), which was basically a toploader with the gears switched around, giving a 3-speed plus overdrive. Automatics were mostly the heavy-duty C6 3-speed (non-overdrive).

Most 4x4s could be had with either a NP205 part-time transfer case or NP203 chain-driven full-time transfer case (on F-100 - F-250 automatics only). The NP205 was used for the 4-speed bulldog and automatics.

Especially popular as a hard-working farm and ranch pickup, the '79 Ford F-150 was available in a variety of trims (Custom, Sport, Ranger, Ranger XLT, and Ranger Lariat, as well as the lesser known Free Wheelin' and Indy 500 Pace Truck, plus special Explorer Packages that could be added to any trim and featured special paint and stripes) and cab, bed, and tonneau configurations.  Styleside models shipped with a supercab extended crewcab, with flareside and fleetside choices.

The 1979 Ford F-150 can be a fun ride, as well as a tough one. It's rugged enough for off-road adventure, and tuners around the world have turned many a '79 Ford F-150 into an aftermarket work of art.


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I Have A 1979 Ford F150 Custom And None Of The Rear Lights Will Come On Or ...

the previous owner ran a wire to the back and hooked it to the battery so when ever i want to drive it i have to plug it in and it turns on the tail light and side lights in the rear but its only fo...

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I recently bought a 1979 Ford F-150 Ranger work truck that leaks more oil than not. I have no issues following along in a repair book though have no never taken on this large of job...is a rebuild f...

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79 F150 Wont Start Now

Was driving the truck hit a tree stump which knocked the battery out of its tray and broke a end off the starter solenoid got new starter solenoid but it will not even try to kick over now. Checked ...

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Why Wont My 1978 F-150 Custom Start

Iv got a good battery,good solinoid,good battery cables but all I get is power to the cab such as,stereo,lights,winsheild wipers,ext. Is this a wire ton bad to my switch?!

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Matthew Empert

Why Is There No Spark?

I have spark from coil to the distributor, but there is no spark going to the plugs.

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