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Fresh 460: 1977 Ford F250 Ranger 4×4

Picking the right vehicle for off-road adventures or towing duties can sometimes be challenging, but this 1977 Ford F250 Ranger 4×4 is a strong candidate to serve in either role. It is a rock-solid and tidy classic, but the addition of a freshly rebuilt larger V8 under the hood should give it the power and torque to cope with anything a new owner might throw at it. That new owner may not be far away because the seller has listed the F250 here on eBay in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Bidding currently sits below the reserve at $22,600, although the intense action suggests that the situation could change at any time.

Ford’s Sixth Generation F-Series range hit showroom floors for the 1973 model year and remained in production until 1979. It was effectively an evolution of the previous model but with some changes designed to improve longevity, occupant safety, and styling updates to provide a crisper and more modern appearance. The original owner ordered our feature Ranger in 1977, choosing to cloak its panels in Code Z Copper Metallic paint. The paint is original, and while it doesn’t feature a mirror shine, I would consider it extremely presentable for a driver-grade classic. There are no significant flaws or defects, and the panels are surprisingly straight for a vehicle of this type and age. It is disappointing the seller doesn’t supply bed shots because that aspect of a Pickup often reveals a lot about the life it has led. A collection of dings and dents is often a sign that owners have not shown any care when loading and unloading the vehicle and is an aspect of any classic Pickup worth checking. The best news is that this Ranger is a rust-free survivor that retains its original steel. The exterior shows no problems, while the underside shots reveal floors and a frame you could eat your lunch off. The chrome and tinted glass look excellent, suggesting the winning bidder won’t need to spend anything on this classic’s panels or paint.

Lifting the hood reveals what could be this 1977 F250’s party piece. Buyers could order the 4×4 version with a 351 or 400ci V8, but the 460ci powerplant was restricted to the two-wheel-drive range. However, we should never say “never” because this Ranger’s engine bay houses a 460 of 1977 vintage. It is freshly rebuilt and sends its power to the road via a three-speed automatic transmission and a dual-range transfer case. That motor would have delivered around 197hp and 353 ft/lbs of torque in its original home. However, the winning bidder should expect more courtesy of the MSD electronic ignition system, Holley 750 carburetor, headers, upgraded mild camshaft, and roller rockers. The engine peripherals are new, and a four-core copper radiator should keep things cool. The cash splash didn’t end there because the Dana 60 axles at either end received rebuilds and upgrades. The braking system has received significant attention and a selection of new parts, while it is a similar story with the suspension. The new owner won’t need to spend a dime on the drivetrain that should make good use of its hitch receiver. Potential buyers should consider it a turnkey proposition that can haul heavy loads or take them deep into the wilderness.

The story of this Ford’s interior is short and sweet: It needs nothing. The Black vinyl upholstered surfaces show no signs of wear, the paint is crisp and clean, and the mat is spotless. The dash features gauges with clear lenses and crisp markings, and the vehicle retains its original AM radio. A couple of extra gauges under the dash appear to be the only additions to an interior that can’t help but draw favorable comments courtesy of its condition.

The engine change and mechanical upgrades mean that although this 1977 Ford F250 Ranger 4×4 retains its original panels and paint, it isn’t fair to class it as a survivor. However, it is one of the tidiest unrestored vehicles of its type you will find in the classic market. The lack of mechanical originality hasn’t deterred potential buyers, with the F250 attracting forty bids at the time of writing. There is plenty of time remaining on the listing for the figure to climb or for you to throw your hat into the ring. Are you tempted? I wouldn’t blame you if you are.


  1. Mountainwoodie

    It’s quite the sano “built” truck.

    With a slushbox, you just know that one of my age cohorts will buy this and drive it to the doctor’s appointments and the grocery store.

    You can’t throw a rock around here without hitting a jacked up 4 wheel drive modern Ram or F-Whatever that costs 90K and never sees dirt. Can’t figure out why anyone with an ounce of sense would buy a truck that costs that much.

    Buy this!

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