Mystery Barn Find! 1969? Ford F-100 Ranger

Ford pickups are a passion of mine. I grew up with Ford trucks on both sides of my family and I own a couple of them today. In recent years, the fifth and sixth generation F-series Fords have become more popular as they start to reach the 50 and 40-year-old mark (respectively). The fifth gen. trucks are model years from 1967 to 1972 and are known as “Bumpsides” due to the raised body line that runs down the belt line of the trucks. Between 1973 and 1979, the sixth generation features an indentation in the same spot earning them the nickname “Dentsides.” The truck you see here is advertised on eBay as a 1969 F-100 but is clearly not a 5th gen. Perhaps the truck is a 1979? Unfortunately, there are only two photos in the ad, so it is unclear for sure. A quick glance of the grille would tell the year pretty closely (as long as it is original). Ford made subtle tweaks to the grille and headlights nearly every year, so you can narrow it down with a little knowledge. The bidding on the truck is up to $700 and at that price is probably a decent price no matter what the year ends up being.

Located in Gallatin, Tennessee, the ad says the truck was in a barn that was inherited from the seller’s grandparents. The story is believable due to the dealer marking you can see in the photo above. It’s pretty clear from the ad the seller probably isn’t an auto enthusiast, but hopefully, they can provide some more detailed photos upon request. So would you bid on this truck with the limited information available?


  1. art

    Nice era truck. I’d love to see this out of the barn and washed up.
    The disturbing part of this sale seems to reinforce what I’ve read about today’s younger folks not giving a hoot about these vehicles or any vehicles for that matter. Not even enough interest to bother to research this truck for the sale. Click, click on the internet? Zero interest.
    We are losing the future of automobiles as younger people don’t even bother to get licensed.
    I have oil in my veins and this truck makes it flow…lol.

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    • Steve R

      More than a few flippers claim a vehicle came from their grandparents. It’s an easy way to gain trust with buyers while simultaneously acting as cover for not being able to answer specific questions about history and condition or having a title in a different name.

      Someone that bought my Moms mid-80’s Honda Accord did this. Their ad was nothing but lies, yet they successfully auctioned it off for a high price on eBay. That person sells a car every couple of months on eBay, every ad reads that a family member bought it new and they are selling for them because the either stopped driving or passed away. Clippers that don’t want to pay taxes or transfer fees will lie, this is one of the better ones out there. Neither you and the author of this write up questioned the sellers claim. It’s almost as bad as accepting a picture of a speedometer as proof of low mileage.

      Steve R

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  2. Boatman Member

    It’s at least a ’77.

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    • Todd Zuercher

      Yeah it’s a 77-79 based on the location of the F-100 emblem.

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  3. Eric

    How funny, I literally just saw this on ebay an hour ago before I got the email. So, I got to laugh at it again lol. Do people not want to get as much money for their car as possible? Seriously, just put it in neutral and push it outside and take a bunch of pics. Never mind, what am I saying? Based on the listing write up, they probably don’t know how to put it in neutral. I have to admit, the mystery and vagueness kinda make it enticing in a weird way.

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  4. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    This seller is an example of one who puts ***zero*** effort into their advertising. Well maybe not zero, seller spent two minutes taking minimal pics and another five minutes composing the ebay ad. What the seller hasn’t thought through is that a couple hours of work might raise the selling price by hundreds, or maybe (for a desirable vehicle like this) thousands of dollars. That’s a pretty good hourly wage.

    I like the dentside Ford trucks, would like to see what this one really looks like.

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  5. Alfie

    This truck is a ’77.

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  6. geomechs geomechs Member

    It’s a Dentside, probably a ‘76 or newer. Being an F-100, I’m thinking it’s a ‘76. It seems to me that Ford went all out F-150 starting 1977. I look at the way this ad is set up and I wonder if the vendor actually wants to sell it. On of the poorest photo setups I’ve ever seen…

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    • Jett

      The F100 was still available until 1983. I’d love to have a 300ci I-6, with a 4 speed in Sage Green or Sand…

  7. TimM

    Two pictures!!! Really!!!! Nice dirty windshield I guess!!!

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  8. bigdoc

    I owned a 1980 F100 so they went F 150 after that.

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    • CanuckCarGuy

      The F150 and F100 were both available from 1975 to 1983…after which the F100 was dropped.

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        I always thought that the F-100 was finished in ‘77, but I stand corrected.

  9. Boatman Member

    I had an ’83 F100. V6 (under) powered.

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    • David Ulrey

      Vastly under powered would be more accurate. At least the one I had with carbed 3.8 V6 and automatic. Decent enough truck overall at a reasonable price that I bought it for – except that under powered V6. I got rid of it pretty fast because I wasn’t in love with the truck enough to do an engine swap. I’ve also had a couple with the inline 300 6 cylinder. No contest whatsoever. If it had the straight 6 I possibly still would have it. Or at least longer than two months. Lol. 3.8 isn’t a bad engine overall but it sure as heck didn’t belong in a fullsize truck!

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  10. Boatman Member

    I stripped an F250 Camper Special and built mine. 351 HO

  11. Bob McK Member

    Some of you complain about the lazy sellers. You should live these guys. Those are the people that you can get a really good deal from. They just want what they think is a piece of crap gone. I love buying from people like that. When you buy from a knowledgable seller, you usually pay more.

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    • bobk

      100% Agreement.

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