360/4-Speed: 1971 Ford F250

For an old pickup, this one actually looks pretty sporty in light blue with the chrome wheels. This 1971 Ford F250 pickup is for sale here on Facebook Marketplace in Schertz, Texas and has an asking price of $7,200.

Owned in the same family for many years, this 1971 Ford F250 is powered by the dependable 360 FE V8 motor. The seller has done a lot of work under the hood including installing a Holley 2bbl carb with manual choke, Edelbrock air filter, new fuel pump with new fuel lines, in-line filter to the carb, new Cloyes Heavy Duty timing chain, new belts, hoses and gaskets.

The truck also boasts a new battery, alternator, in-pan oil pump, spark plugs and wires with chrome wire loom. The engine breathes through new Hooker Headers and mufflers with true dual exhaust. The cooling system has also been addressed with a new polished aluminum radiator, new water pump and thermostat. All 4 corners have new brakes to make sure you stop as good as you go.

There is some rust behind the front driver wheel and the odometer doesn’t work. The interior looks clean and power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 4-speed transmission.

The seller reports that this truck was owned by his dad when he lived in the mountains of Colorado. This would be a fun truck to drive to the hardware store on Saturdays to pick up supplies or cruise to church on Sundays.

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Comments

  1. Jack Hammer

    I just bought a used Fiat 500e or I’d be all over this, for reasons diametrically opposed. Funny, isn’t it?

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  2. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    Can’t see this one lasting too long as the price seems like a bargain. Looks good and apparently ready to enjoy as soon as you write the check. If I wasn’t restoring a ’95 F150, I’d be seriously interested in this one having owned a ’72 F100 years ago. The one I had was dark blue short bed with a 302 and three-on-the-tree. I used it as a daily driver, towed a 23′ camper for hunting trips to the North Maine woods and hauled my snowmobile in it. I better stop looking at this Texas truck or I’m going to buy it.

    I don’t recall seeing Ford pickups that light blue color back when these were around. Anybody know if that’s a factory color?

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  3. Dairyman

    Where are the mirrors?

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Yeah, I see that it had the bright longarm mirrors. Should be standard equipment the way I see it…

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    • David Michael Spidle

      The mirrors are on the floorboard in good shape… sorry should’ve put em back on for the pics; fits better in the garage with em off.

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  4. Comet

    Were the missing mirrors called “west coast” mirrors?

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    • r s

      Yes they were.

  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    1971 was a good year for Ford trucks out west. At least our local dealer sold a swag of them. We had an F250 4×4 with a 360 and an F250 3/4 ton with a 390. both served us well; the 4×4 is still in daily use with another ranching operation. One of the first things I saw with later Fords was their stifled breathing. We changed the trucks over to dual exhausts which helped tremendously. I read an article in one of Peterson’s Complete Books (I can’t remember if it was Pickups and Vans or 4-Wheel Drive (1972–I do have copies of both but they are stored away) where a shop took trucks with the FE engine and did a major tuneup, which included the Holley 500 2bbl. carb, dual exhausts and recurving the ignition. I took both our trucks to work and did that same mod. It really perked them up. I didn’t change to the CJ manifolds that was recommended in the article but IMHO the improvement there was marginal. In our region I probably worked over 20 trucks with similar results; even applied it to my ’73 and ’75 1/2 tons later. Much improved fuel economy and performance, not to mention less tendency to burn valves. That carb was only available with a manual choke and I got a few complaints about it. My own trucks, I never bothered to even use the choke. Just a couple of pumps on the gas and you were good to go.

    This truck: Looks nice and solid. I sure wouldn’t hesitate if I needed something like this. If that’s the only rust, it’s easy enough to fix. I do NOT like headers; in a truck application, all they’re good for is to skyrocket the engine bay temperatures. But that’s MHO; your results may vary…

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  6. Richard Gugenberger

    I drove a 1973 F250 camper special 390/ auto no p/s right into the ground , what a fantastic truck served me well for many years ,carried my 11/5 coachman truck camper, pulled my fishing boat,and snowmachines all over upstate Ny and to Maine , and up and down the east coast for over 10 years . Besides tires , brakes , battery and a starter in over 100k of use that was it in repairs , finally the salt from upstate NY did her in !! I do remember a light blue on these trucks , just don’t know if this shade is correct , still one great truck

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  7. Marshall

    I owned a 1969 Ford F250 camper special with the 360 motor and the four-speed on the floor (with “compound low”). In 1979, I bought it for $1800 to haul newspaper bundles, but the job did not work out. Also, I could’ve done better on the truck as the truck needed a tuneup and a power steering pump before I could drive it on the job. Nevertheless, I kept it a little while to haul recyclables with it. It was fun to drive but it ate gas like it was going out of style. I ultimately sold it for $1200 plus a 20 horse Mercury outboard motor and trade.

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  8. TimM

    Great truck, great price, a little rust and the mirrors are gone but that’s no big deal!! Someone’s going to get a nice ride!!!

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  9. David Michael Spidle

    Sorry, should’ve put em back on for the pics. They’re on the floorboard in good shape. Just fits better in the garage with em off. 😁

  10. David Michael Spidle

    Man, it’s sure is cool to hear people talk about our truck so nicely. Thank y’all. It sure has been a treat to work on her and drive her around town over the years. She has been great to us for a long time. I sure hope the next person enjoys her as much as we have. Again, thank y’all so much. Oh, and it has the original mirrors. 😊

  11. Bob McK Member

    I owned one of these when I lived in Colorado. Great truck! The new owner will have lots of fun with it.

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    • David Michael Spidle

      Cool Bob! What part of Colorado did you live in? I lived in Georgetown, out west of Denver. My dad lived a little north of me in the mountains, near Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

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