Long Bed Stepside: 1977 Ford F-250 Flareside

The sixth-generation Ford F-Series pickups looked similar to the previous generation trucks and they were the last to use the more-than-two-decades-old chassis. This 1977 Ford F-250 Flareside can be found here on eBay in Albany, Oregon with a current bid price of just over $3,100.

This truck looks great in some photos and it looks like it needs a little bodywork in some other photos. Sort of like me, other than I never look great in any photo. National Parts Depot offers darn near anything that a person would need to restore this truck back to looking like new again, if that was the next owner’s goal.

This is a long-bed Flareside, or stepside as I grew up saying. The seller mentions that the long-bed stepside trucks are rare and it does seem like we see the short-bed versions more often.

The interior looks clean with no dash cracks and the seat looks good other than some wear-and-tear on the driver’s side. The bed looks pretty good but they say that it has a custom aluminum piece over it to cover up some missing wood. I’d want to replace that wood floor for sure, but that’s just me.

The engine also looks clean and it’s Ford’s 400 cubic-inch V8 which by this point would have had around 170 hp. This one runs as good as it looks, according to the seller, and this truck also has new brakes all around and new tires. Hagerty is at $8,000 for a #3 good condition truck and I’m not sure if it’s there yet with some rust repair work to do and other work, but maybe somewhere between that and their #4 fair condition value of $3,100? So, around $5,000? What’s your guess on the seller’s reserve and/or selling price?


  1. Ralph

    This has to be close to the end of this combo being available, this might be the newest long bed step side truck I’ve seen.

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  2. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    My favorite years of F-Series. Drove several of them while working the oil fields in high school and college. This one has its share of bumps and bruises and scratches but looks good overall. I’d say it has served its owner(s) well who in turn took pretty good care of it.

    I agree, by the late 70’s this was a rare bed/wheelbase combination. I’m not sure it would be a show-stopper when restored, but I would be drawn to it.

    Thanks Scotty for using the correct terminology “Flareside.”

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    • Steven Ligac

      Haha, I’ve always heard (& thereby said) Step-Side, and therefore considered that to be accurate. Radio & TV & Print Ads always referred to them as Step-Sides.
      Potato-Pa-tah-to 🙂

  3. Scott

    A step side 3/4 ton? Never seen one.

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  4. Louis Hall

    Ebay Link does not work.

  5. Eric

    That is rare, and awesome. But typical ebay scenario; barely any photos or info, but seller at least seems available for questions and probably more photos.

    Can someone school me on these- that tailgate is what was on mid 50’s Ford trucks. Did Ford just say the heck with it, let’s bring them back because they’ll fit the narrower bed? The entire bed looks 50’s to me.

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    • Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

      I’m not sure about the exact facts here, but I believe the Flareside bed and tailgate for both the short and long lengths was used from the 50’s all the way through the 70’s. Even the simple chain latches were the same. In the 80’s the external fenders were squared off and (I think) made from fiberglass, but the bed itself was the same. I don’t remember seeing long length Flaresides beginning with the 1980 restyle, but they might exist. The 1990’s Flareside (a cool looking truck, in my opinion) used a different bed.

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      • WC Lyons

        It is definitely a 77-79 flareside before 1977 flareside beds were not flat on top but angled down into the bed like all earlier F Series trucks. It is definitely an 8’ bed because of the bed post hole and rail support above the fender.

    • KKW

      This style was used from 53 thru 79. Although it looks similar, the bed and box sides were changed considerably by the 70s. The fenders are the only part common to all years.

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  6. Rube Goldberg Member

    Man, that’s one bare bones truck inside. When trucks were trucks. I had a long bed step side Ford, a 1970, ex-county truck. Not too common in this year, tho.

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  7. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Super cool truck, and one of the best Ford trucks they ever built. I ran my remodeling business out of several of this series, and I plan to get another one some day just to cruise in. Funny that the 400 only makes 170HP, but I’m sure that could be increased! A nice truck from an era where trucks were driven by tradesmen who didn’t have buns in their hair.
    Great find.

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  8. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Farmer special is what step sides were and then came the straight sides. Not all that rare in farming communities – came in 9ft boxes too. Nice truck…….

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  9. Troy s

    That truck was built for working, no frills and so what if mud gets tracked in the cab. So different than what is called a pick up truck now.
    400 Cleveland, or what ever they’re called, was a dog in the trucks I rode in, but this is for workin’ not racin’,..like the simple interior and square body here, when trucks were still trucks….

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    • karl

      I believe there was a straight 400 and one they called 351M /400 . the M motors were constantly having oil issues ; as I recall the oil returns on the heads were small and got plugged up easily, so the lower end bearings would go . We had a lot of them in LTD , T-Birds, etc in our junkyard and the lower ends were usually the reason why.

      • Troy s

        Karl…I won’t begin to try an be a big know it all but there was only one 400, based on the 335 series engine platform(Cleveland), when the 351M came out it was built using the 400 tall deck block with a shorter stroke. Those two engines as you well know were designed with the bigger heavy duty transmissions of the time in mind and used a different bell housing pattern compared to the 351W and 351C. There was a problem with the shorter stroke I believe, and the 351M was flawed from the onset. I could be wrong about which engine suffered from pre-ignition but I’m sure about only one 400 engine from Ford. Correct me out there, Ford mechanics, issue comes up all he time.

      • KKW

        Yes, there was only one 400. Same engine family as the 351M and Cleveland. The 351M and 400 were not high performance, simply durable and reliable, and certainly not problematic. Any oiling issues would have been due to lack of proper maintainence.

  10. art

    Not even a radio…love the simplicity/purity of these working trucks.
    Try and find one of these at your dealer…lol.

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  11. Evan

    Almost guaranteed to have been specially-ordered. Pretty big engine and an automatic, but absolutely nothing else. Probably mostly used for towing – the Styleside bed was significantly bigger but not significantly more expensive.

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  12. Gay Car Nut

    Sweet looking truck. I’ve always loved the 1976-77 Ford F-Series. My grandparents had a 77 F250, or F350 Camper Special. They used it to tow their 5th wheeler around the country. I’ve never seen an F250 or even an F350 Stepside bed truck. If they were available with this bed style, I’ve never seen one. I like the idea of being able to access the bed from the side of the bed, without having to open the tailgate at the back to get at something close to the cab.

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  13. KKW

    The front bumper is from a 78-79. Small brackets on the doors, apparently had west coast mirrors at one time. F250 Flaresides were quite common in the 50s and 60s, pretty rare by this time.

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  14. boxdin

    Probably the last of the 9 foot beds.

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  15. Dave

    Perfect truck for hauling sheetrock.

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  16. Chebby Staff

    Are vintage wheelbarrows going to become hot collectibles next?

  17. KevinLee

    It’s in a barn!

  18. Mike

    Nice work truck. Back in the day, they were called a “Crummy”. I have the same dent, next to the headlight,on my 76 F150 as this one does….hmmmp

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  19. CanuckCarGuy

    Same seller also has a beautiful ’94 F350 crew cab for sale…these would be a nice pair to buy for the Ford fan who has everything.

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  20. TimM

    Great truck!! Great motor!!! I would drive the tires off it!!

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