1978 Ford F-150 Overview


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1978 Ford F-150 Overview

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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1978 Ford F-150 Not Cranking

1978 Ford F-150 4x4 not cranking turning over when jumping the solenoid but not cranking and won't do anything with the switch? Help

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78 F-150 Custom Straight Six/puttering Noise

My old ford was just running about 2 months ago, but now it seems it doesn't want to start. I've replaced the spark plugs and all the wires running to the distributor, the solenoid, and about to give ...

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Alternator Good But Will Not Charge Battery

Had the alternator checked. It is good but will not keep battery charged. I was told maybe an fuse link (?) or a fuse (?). Where would I look to find either of these. Thank you

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How Do I Replace The Heater Core W/no A/c

I have a stock 1978 Ford F150 p/u. I looked under the hood and the firewall and I see where the two hoses are clamped onto the firewall. I went into the truck and there's a hard plastic type of cove...

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Rough Idle Only In Gear

Warming up idles rough then sometimes it will run great but then most of the time when I stop at a stop light driving through town it will just sputter rough idle and almost die sometimes I have th...

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