X’tra Long XL: 1984 Ford F-350 XL

Scotty GilbertsonBy Scotty Gilbertson

The seller of this 1984 Ford F-350 XL lists it as being 21-feet long. Finally, a vehicle that’s longer than the ’66 Lincoln! I don’t see too many four-door pickups from this era around anymore, and this is a real nice one. It’s listed on eBay with a current bid price of $3,050, but the reserve isn’t met. It’s located in Winona, Minnesota in the far southeastern corner of Minnesota.

A truck this nice from Minnesota?! Surely you jest. Don’t call me Shirley, and this is a California truck that has never been driven in the winter for the last decade that it’s been in the North Star State (MN). “There is no rust on this truck”, says the third owner, the seller, who lives in Minnesota, not California.. (crickets) You can see that even around the wheel wells it’s rock solid. They even provided a few underside photos and, as expected, it’s much more solid than the average Hollywood marriage is. There is some fading to the roof paint and there’s an odd “crack in the box where the topper was attached.”

There are no photos of the front seats which usually tells me that they’re in rough shape. Either that or, for some reason, the seller just plain forgot to take a photo of the main seating area in this beautiful truck. I’m sure they’d send one to a serious bidder. They did provide a photo of the back seat and it looks like it just came out of the factory; perfect!

See! That’s one good looking seat. Hopefully some matching fabric can be found to redo the front seats, if they need it, of course. Maybe they’re perfect, who knows. The driver’s door panel has seen better days and the LR door panel could use some attention. One weekend and the next owner could have this interior looking fantastic. I see a dash pad in this photo, The seller says that the “dash is perfect” so this looks like a case of the dash pad saving the original dash, not covering up a cracked original dash. The AC works but the cruise control doesn’t. If I had to choose between either one of those two working, that’s exactly which one I would choose.

This monster is Ford’s 385 engine. Not 385 as in the cubic-inch size, that’s 460 cubic-inches, but for the fact that it has a 3.85 inch crankshaft stroke. This 460 V8 has 245 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This one-ton four-door truck should be able to haul darn near anything that it’s asked to, all while hauling the family in air-conditioned comfort up front. Have any of you had a truck from this era with four doors?

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  1. Houndawg

    Front seat looks good, he’s asking $6000.00 on Craigslist.
    If If that was a diesel I’d be all over it.
    https://lacrosse.craigslist.org/cto/d/ford-door-long-box-wheel/6218579146.html

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    • DAN

      a $6k diesel would be gone before you dialed his #,lol

      the $ you spend on a diesel, may not offset the saving vs gas, unless you drive it a ton.
      found my mom a 99 1 ton 2wd 4 door chevy, one owner rebuilt trans 454 long bed, $5k, been using it 2 summers to pull a trailer for camping, been great.

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  2. MH

    I had a 1980 Chevy 3/4 ton crew cab long box, 2wd. It was a big truck. It had a built in line 6 with a 3 speed with super low manual transmission. I love that truck and it would pull any trailer you hook up to it.

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  3. Damian Campisi

    this is my dream truck…in australia who knows what this would be worth.

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  4. boxdin

    Just a couple of years later they had EFI. No carbs for me.

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  5. King Al

    Hmmm. No frame rusthrough issues like Ford trucks built in the early 2000s.

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      The 1980 and 1981 F-Series frames were compromised by cutting holes in them for weight-savings and better MPG. As you know, that caused a much bigger problem than poor MPG, it created the infamous “Swiss cheese frame”, which buckled under load, sort of like I do.. By the fall of 1981 they went back to the former non-drilled frames and they were back in business, strength-wise.

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  6. chad

    I thought it might B a Centurion (spelling).
    Guess not?

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  7. scotto

    Not that era, but a little older. this is my 67 International travellette1200. 392 V8, 5 speed OD, original Ac. Pic from a few weeks ago on my way to the river.

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    • Scotty Gilbertson Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      Good grief, that is one fantastic looking truck, scotto!

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      • Scotto

        Thanks

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  8. Howard A Member

    Average 7.2 mpg. ( 5.5 city/8 highway) Towing something, anything, will drop it further still. You’ll need both tanks,( 40 gallons, 25 front/15 rear) you’ll see. But if you bought ( or buy) one of these, fuel was/should be, the least of your concerns, and having a nice day out with the family in the cabin cruiser, or 30 foot camper, was much more important. Very popular today, one rarely see’s just a regular pickup these days, they are all these 4 door jobs. Thing is, the modern ones get 3 times the mileage.

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  9. Jay E.

    Rides like a buckboard and the turning radius of a semi. These are the trucks that left the door wide open for the Dodge ram with the Cummins or Hemi. Still, it is a lot of steel for the price compared to what new costs today.

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  10. Bruce Fischer

    I remember seeing two new ones in a Ford dealer ship when I live back in N.J. I couldn’t believe how long they were.Bruce.

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  11. Shane Friederich

    Nice but not being 4×4 is a tough sell nowadays. I have a 1985 Dodge crew cab w/ 66k miles from AZ. Is mint as can be.

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  12. newfieldscarnut

    This truck would be awesome with a 12 valve Cummins conversion .

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