1976 Ford F-250 barn find, zero rust - $16,000 (Perrysburg)
1976 ford f-250
condition: excellent cylinders: 8 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas odometer: 34500 paint color: red size: full-size title status: clean transmission: manual type: pickup
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One owner, very low original miles, completely rust free and all factory stock '76 F-250 pick-up with 390 FE V-8 and manual 4-speed. Was a barn find in New Mexico. $16,000 OBO
Truck was purchased in 1976 by original owner who was a rancher on the Colorado/New Mexico border. Apparently the owner was in his 80s when he bought the truck and it saw active ranch use for a few years. There are some dents and the bed has seen plenty of ranch use (hauling fence posts or something).
The interior is as close to perfect as you can get. Despite the patina on the outside, the interior is 100% original and spotless. Not only did the original owner cover the bench seat with a saddle blanket cover, but he also had a custom fit vinyl seat cover installed by the Ford dealer when new and it doesn't look like it's ever been off. Basically there's a brand new bench seat under a vinyl seat cover AND a saddle blanket cover on top of that. I haven't taken the covers off because I like the saddle blanket. Vinyl covers were also put over the sun visors when new and have never been off.
When I got the truck it had been sitting in a barn for 20 some years and was covered in dust. There was oil in the crankcase and anti-freeze in the radiator. I purchased it from a Ford dealer in NM, who was selling the truck on behalf of the deceased owner's son.
They did not attempt to start the truck at my request.
When I received the truck I turned the engine over by hand to make sure it wasn't seized, and then filled the cylinders with Marvel Mystery Oil and diesel fuel and let it marinate. I used a scope camera to check out the interior of the cylinders and everything looked excellent. I also slowly continued turning the engine over by hand as I continued with other items, which included the following:
1.) Changed the oil and oil filter.
2.) Changed the transmission fluid.
3.) Installing a new radiator. I still have the original one, but it was leaking and I just bought an aftermarket radiator to keep things moving. It works fine.
4.) Replaced valve cover gaskets and checked valves and pushrods. All good.
5.) Replaced fuel filter/fuel pump.
6.) Dropped gas tank and disposed of old fuel. Tank was spotless inside.
7.) New Holley 4-barrel carb. I still have the original factory carb and it may work fine, but I've had good luck with Holley plug-n-play carbs on old engines.
8.) New plugs, wires, distributor.
9.) New battery.
10.) New tires AND rims. I still have the original rims but they have flat spots from sitting so long. They're included if you want to straighten them.
I'm sure there's more, but all just minor maintenance stuff you'd expect after sitting for long. All above items replaced with Ford OEM parts except the radiator, which is a cheap one from AutoZone.
Long story short: the truck fired up after about ten seconds of cranking and has run perfectly since then. I've been using it as a daily driver when the weather is nice. It gets lots of comments from people.
I'm selling it because I don't know what to do with it. It's rare because it's rust free, all original, manual, low miles with the Ford 390 V8.
I'm going to try it here for a few days and then possibly list it on BAT.
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