This 1986 Ford F150 pickup has passed beyond the realm of nice work truck and is steadily on course to become a great collectable. Featuring a ton of options and a great color combination, it's only a matter of time before these catch on like their Chevy counterparts already have.
Ford went old school with the colors on this F150, calling it Raven Black over Bright Canyon Red, a palette straight out of the 1950s Thunderbird file. Don't worry, it looks just as awesome on the truck's square-jawed bodywork as it did on the 'Bird's, and I particularly like the addition of the red roof. That does look like original paint, by the way, and it still looks great, suggesting that this truck has never worked hard in its life and has lived an easy life in the sun. The Lariat trim package added brightwork - and a lot of it - to the truck, and all of it remains in very good to excellent condition, from the wheelwell moldings to the big chrome bumper to the brushed stainless steel tailgate insert. And speaking of tailgates, you'll notice that the bed is protected by rail guards, a diamond-plate bulkhead, and a rubber bed mat.
Inside is Ford's upscale XLT Lariat interior, which features bright red upholstery and woodgrained trim on the dash to give it a more luxurious feel. It's 100% original, and even the bench seat shows only modest wear, although the sun can be hard on red fabrics. There's a big rubber floor mat protecting the original carpets so they're still in great shape, and the door panels remain quite good-and no, that's not the carpet pulling away from the lower edges, it's a handy map pocket. With all the heavy-duty equipment on this truck, it was obviously outfitted to do some towing, so there's a complete array of gauges in the dash, and a powerful A/C system that chills it like a meat locker inside. Even the original AM/FM/cassette stereo system remains in place and still sounds reasonably good today.
Ford's venerable 5.0 liter V8 is under the hood (that's a 302 to some of you out there), and it's a great choice in the F150. It neatly straddles the line between power and economy, and makes great V8 sounds while it goes about its business. Even Ford's trucks were fuel injected, and the tall intake manifold on this one was designed to make low-end torque, which is, of course, a truck's bread-and-butter. It's quite tidy under the hood, with signs of regular maintenance and more proof that this truck lived in a warm climate, and the engine runs beautifully. It also features heavy duty coolers for all the fluids, a massive radiator, and a rugged 4-speed automatic transmission to channel the power. It's very clean underneath, too, and wears newer 235/75/15 Michelin whitewall radials on the original wheels.
A nice truck just waiting patiently for its opportunity to join your collection. Give us a call today to take it home!
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