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Rare More-Door: 1979 Ford F-250 Crew Cab

The 1960s and 70s saw most major manufacturers building crew cab pickups although their numbers were much smaller than their regular cab cousins. Offering the benefit of two full-size bench seats, these trucks could haul the entire family around the ranch, camping, hunting, or pretty much anywhere else you wanted to go. This 1979 Ford F-250 can be found here on eBay with a current bid of nearly $30,000. While this may seem like a big price for a truck that is far from perfect, the rarity of a factory crew cab model along with the increasing popularity of these trucks is probably contributing to the bidding. Located in Quapaw, Oklahoma, the seller says you can drive it home. Let’s check out more of this big beast.

The interior looks pretty original and the red/wood grain combination is pretty good looking. The carpet definitely needs to be refreshed, but the dash, door panels and seats don’t look bad. The rear seat also looks like it’s in decent shape and with two full-size benches, you can fit six adults comfortably.

The engine is a 400 cubic inch V8 with a 4-speed transmission, which is a great combination. The front and rear axles are Dana 44 and Dana 60, respectively, both with 4.10 gears. The ad says “…runs and drives great for its age.” I’m not sure exactly what that means, but the truck supposedly only has about 73,000 original miles and will cruise at 60-65 mph.

The big drawback of this truck is the exterior appearance. You can see the rear bumper needs re-painted or rear chromed. The overall condition of the paint is original but needs a re-spray to make it nice. There is a bit of rust over the rear wheel openings but there are patch panels and entire body panels available for replacement. If I really wanted a crew cab Ford of this vintage, it may be a better value to look for one that is already completed. Check out This 1979 Crew Cab F-250 that recently sold in the $45K range. What’s your opinion? Buy it or build it?


  1. Bud

    Usually , you only seen these on the railroad . Setup so it could be on the road or driven down the tracks . I’m guessing 5 gallon per mile on this .

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    • Rattlehead

      not many barn find readers that live in logging communities i guess, because if they did like i do these were and are common place as crummies( a vehicle that transports the crew of loggers to and from the landing). every outfit had many and sold them off were used up.

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  2. David

    The only re-spray that truck needs is clear lack. Buyers are begging for that patina. I’m surprised Barnfinds doesn’t get that.

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    • Rosco

      Disagree. Once you spray a clear over the worn paint it ALWAYS looks horrible. Leave it alone! Get some more of that so called “patina”!

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  3. art

    Interesting. This is the first Ford truck with a manual transmission that sports an automatic transmission “sized” brake pedal, at least that I’ve ever seen.
    Has anyone else seen this combo?
    Normally, I’ve seen a clutch and brake pedal combo that is the same width.

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  4. Tom c

    Clear lacquer doesn’t last long. You would be applying it every year. Again 30,000 , sober up .

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  5. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    That 4-speed shifter is so cool, it’s like making a statement that “I mean business.” The worn paint, specifically the silver, is the result of the lousy silvers and metallic blues of the day. I’d repaint it.

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  6. BeeMoe

    Finally someone gets that “for it’s age” is a cop out… No one else knows what it means either, Montana.

  7. Claudio

    Plenty of newer trucks with all the modern amenities and better mpg than this old girl …i dont get the attraction for these vehicules but fashion being fashion doesnt always make sense
    Happy new year to all

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    • Rattlehead

      you dont get the attraction to old vehicles? huh. you must be on the wrong site, the clean hands, shiny paint, new truck sights are elsewhere bud

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  8. Jim

    How guys used to compensate for their shortcomings in the old days.

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