1974 Ford F-100 Packs Plenty of Potential

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1974 Ford F-100

Simple head gasket leak threatens to end this Ford project before it begins. But we think it’s well worth the hassle!

When it comes to potential project trucks, you just can’t beat any Ford truck from the 1970s. Which is exactly why you see so many of them. These trucks are extremely tough yet simple and quite common. Which means that most of what you’ll find out there are running and driving pickups that you can work on while you enjoy them. And that also makes them great for novices who may not exactly be master mechanics just yet.

That perfectly describes Reddit user BaDoogz, who just picked up this solid looking Ford for a pretty solid price. “My new ’74 F-100 project truck I bought off Craigslist for $1,800 bucks,” he said in this thread. But it isn’t all sunshine and roses, apparently. “It may have a head gasket leak. Any advice before I repair or sell?”

You certainly can’t blame anyone for being a little intimidated by a potential head gasket replacement. But thankfully, there are some folks around that help encourage him to take on the task himself.

“Head gaskets on these old trucks are so much easier to fix than you’d imagine,” said RedsRearDelt. “But, while they’re off, take the heads to a machine shop and have all the valve seats, valves, springs, etc. refinished. Also have them make sure there’s no warping or cracks. That’s going to be the most expensive part of the rebuild. But it’s worth it.”

“Keep it and you’ll love it, adds Lorinze819. “I have a ’74 myself and it is my daily driver. These trucks are worth the memories and miles.”

We couldn’t possibly agree more. And we certainly hope that the OP decides to keep his old Ford and learn how to work on it himself!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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