There’s Nothing More Texas than a Classic Red F-250

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1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

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.

1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

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.

1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

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.

1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

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.

1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

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.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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