1977 F150 4x4
Marti Report Verified
Rare Explorer Edition-Tape Stripe Delete
Midnight Blue Metallic
Rust Free Eastern Washington Truck
Working Air Conditioning
Excellent Running 400
Crisp Shifting Automatic Transmission
Power Steering & Power Disc Brakes
Brand New Aussie Lockers Front & Rear
BF Goodrich Radial All Terrain Tires
Brand New US Mags Indy Wheels
Full Spray-In Bedliner
Ford had quite a few pickup models available back in the late 70's with everything from 1/2 tons to 1 tons, XLT's to Lariats so its kind of fun to find the obscure models and combinations. To make it even murkier you could have several trim packages on the same truck. This one is a F150 Custom Explorer. The Explorers received an extensive decal package along with the deluxe interior, complete with Lincoln spec 'deep pile' carpet.
This is a really good looking truck with just a bit of 'Patina' in the form of scratches, small dings and some small areas of thinning paint. All signs lead to this being the original paint. The paint on the drivers rear cab corner under the gas cap is damaged from fuel spillage. Obviously this one is missing the Explorer decals...because it was special ordered that way. We researched this with Marti Autoworks who has all of Ford's production records. They confirmed this truck was a special order, 'tape stripe delete'. They even requested pictures of the trim tag and door sticker for their own records and research.
We see no signs of rust or prior rust repair. The typical areas for rust like the kick panels, rockers, cab corners, bed corners and floors all look great.
Inside the interior presents nicely. The Ford designers had some fun but kept it tasteful. Thing like white door panel inserts, cloth seating and Lincoln-spec 'Shag' carpet let you know you weren't in just any pickup. The factory pieces are still in great shape for their age but do show some wear. The seat was re-upholstered at some point long ago and looks pretty good with a small hole in the center of the seating area.
Under the hood, the 400 has been nicely upgraded. From the factory the 400M was notoriously lazy...and thirsty. Luckily, this has been rectified...at least the performance side. With just a bit of massaging they actually can make great power. With more compression, aluminum 4 barrel intake manifold, mild camshaft, long tube headers this truck actually performs nicely. The current 800 cfm mechanical secondary Holley carb in the pictures is just too large and will be replaced with a new 600cfm unit with a vacuum secondary set up. This combination typically makes about 400 horsepower. The transmission was also upgraded and has nice, firm shifts.
This one is equipped with working Air Conditioning. The system was converted to R134 so it is fully serviceable without the hassle of R12.
The front & rear axles house 3.50 gearing and were recently upgraded with Aussie Lockers.
The wheels were just upgraded to a set of US Mags Indy 15" x 8" 5-Slots. The BF Goodrich tires are in excellent condition with plenty of tread left.
For Washington Residents Only, a documentary fee in an amount up to $150 maybe added to the purchase price or capitalized cost.