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For Sale: 1978 Ford F150 in Cincinnati, Ohio


Vehicle Description

This 1978 Ford F-150 Ranger is a four-wheel-drive pickup and is powered by a Ford V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case. It has been repainted in Chrome Yellow with a Wimbledon White roof from the factory. Chrome mirrors, a radio antenna, and a sliding rear window. Pinstriping has been applied to the hood, front fenders, doors, B-pillars, rear quarter panels, and tailgate.

The truck features a brown cloth and vinyl interior, and additional modifications include a suspension lift over 33″ tires on chrome wheels. The radiator, valve cover gaskets, brake booster, and master cylinder have been replaced since 2016.  Odometer shows 49,241, and approximately 600 miles have been driven during my 18-month ownership. This F-150 is offered with recent service records and a clean Ohio title in my name.

The condition of the finish is shown up close in the gallery below. Rust bubbling can be seen behind the rear wheels. The truck has been lifted to clear 33″ Sport King A/T tires on chrome wheels which are mounted over manually-locking Ford hubs up front.

The cab features a bench seat upholstered in tan cloth and brown vinyl with matching carpets and door panels as well as a beige headliner. The truck retains a stock steering wheel and a Ford AM radio, while instrumentation consists of an 85-mph speedometer, and auxiliary gauges. The dome light lens is broken, and there is round chip in the windshield.  

A 351ci V8 was equipped from the factory, though a 400 is noted on an included service record. The engine wears Ford Racing valve covers as well as a carbon fiber-style air cleaner housing. Service performed by Don’s Auto Repair in Cincinnati, Ohio during my ownership includes replacement of the valve cover gaskets as well as an oil change. The radiator was replaced in 2016 along with the brake master cylinder and booster.

Power is sent to the rear or all four wheels through a three-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case. The truck is equipped with power-assisted steering and brakes. Additional underbody photos in the gallery show the suspension and frame in detail.

The data plate decodes as follows:

  • F-150 4×4 (F14/F141)
  • 351ci V8 (H)
  • Norfolk Assembly (N)
  • 133″ wheelbase
  • Chrome Yellow/Wimbledon White Paint (GM)
  • Ranger XLT cab with Styleside pickup box (D)
  • Three-speed automatic transmission (G)
  • 3.5:1 rear axle ratio (16)
  • Ford front axle with power steering (J)
  • Cincinnati District Sales Office (47)

Other Notes: 

I do not know if the 4x4 works.  The last inspection report can be view here.  I didn't get the transfer case checked out so I want to make sure that is known:

Attached is a "Cold Start" video.

I bought the truck for fun because I love the color...pretty much an impulse purchase.  I am selling it because I basically know nothing about trucks, and while the Orange Beast was fun to drive around the neighborhood, it is time to find a good home.  

It has been garaged during my ownership.


Vehicle Details

  • 1978 Ford F150
  • Listing ID:CC-1270191
  • Price:$9,500
  • Location:Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:F150
  • Exterior Color:Yellow & White
  • Interior Color:Beige/Brown
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:49241
  • Restoration History:Partially Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • Seat Material:Cloth
  • AM Radio:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Engine History:Rebuilt
  • Engine Condition:Running