There’s Nothing More Texas than a Classic Red F-250
Stacked and packed with a 460 V8 and a six-inch lift, 1978 F-250 Ranger XLT is set to thunder off to the farmers market.
New Ford trucks are pretty damn cool as they are, but they simply can’t touch the coolness found in older classics, especially if said classics are given a full restoration. A 2019 F-150 can be lifted and chromed and supercharged to no end, but should a truck from the Seventies show up in a similar fashion, all eyes will be on the old pickup.
We believe this to be the case with this 1978 F-250 Ranger XLT we found the other day while looking through the Mecum Auctions catalog for their next event, scheduled for Indianapolis from May 14 through 19.
This F-250 is a part of the Joe McMurrey Collection up for auction, one of many Fords and Shelbys owned and sold over the years by Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas. The truck went through a frame-up restoration that was finished in 2018, with the frame powdercoated, and the body panels stripped down to nothing before receiving a coat of red and gray paint.
Up front, the F-250 gains some big Texas power through a 460 V8 bored .030-over, linked to a C6 auto to send the power to the rear 18-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires, or all corners when four-wheel drive is engaged. And though we don’t know how much power it makes, there’s plenty of growl thanks to the three-inch dual-exhaust kit.
Inside the F-250 is a fully refreshed interior, including new carpeting and door panels, and the refurbished dash and bench. Like the outside, the inside is red and gray, with a bit of woodgrain and chrome to pull it all together.
This lifted F-250 is sure to lift spirits wherever it goes. After all: nothing beats a classic Ford pickup, except another classic Ford pickup.