1979 Ford F150 Reviews

1979 Ford F150 4.9L straight 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.9L straight 6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles

Summary:

Dependable, and runs like a tractor

Faults:

Valve cover leak and power steering pump leaked, and was replaced.

General Comments:

The 79 F150 4x4 straight six with a 4 speed manual trans, is a great ole truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2012

1979 Ford F150 Ranger 4.9L, now a 32V 5.4 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership1979
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.9L, now a 32V 5.4 liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance270000 miles

Summary:

Good, solid, reliable, durable, and tough truck

Faults:

Rear differential broke with 35 inch tires at 170000 miles.

Broke a valve spring with old engine at 175000 miles.

Replaced steering linkage and steering box at 160000 miles.

Had a seat recovered at 100000 miles.

General Comments:

Put a 2003 superduty 5 speed transmission and a 2003 Lincoln Navigator 32 valve 5.4 liter engine in it last year. Tripled the power and improved the fuel economy. It is a real screamer now.

Starts and runs like a brand new car, but it's still my old reliable truck. It never once left me stranded. If something went wrong, it would always be able to limp home at the very least.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th November, 2008

1979 Ford F150 460 from North America

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1979
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 460 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Previous carFord F 350

Summary:

Greatest year of Ford trucks

Faults:

Bought it with stuck 351M from sitting for 15 years. Replaced with a rebuilt 460 from a 1971 T bird. Easy engine swap.

General Comments:

For its age, very little rust. Still handles like new. Rides great.

It's a step side bed. Needs new wood floor in bed.

4 wheel drive never fails. Very durable truck. Built Ford tuff. Have you driven a Ford lately?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2008

1979 Ford F150 Custom 302 from North America

Model year1979
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 302 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

It continues to exceed my expectations

Faults:

I've replaced a few rusty brake lines and freshened up the brakes.

The power steering pump is a little noisy.

I replaced the alternator with one from a Ford Granada I used to drive.

My friend accidentally broke the shift lever off of the column, but I replaced it with one off of a parts truck. It was a straightforward job.

I replaced the starter two years ago. I have never had an easier time replacing a starter. I didn't even have to jack up the truck.

The gas tank leaks if I top it off.

This truck has cost me very little to maintain.

General Comments:

After '79, Ford started to make their trucks more complicated and gave them more creature comforts. In other words, this was the last of the truly "trucky" Fords. The inside of the cab has lots of painted steel to crush your head in an accident.

I park this truck for months at a time outdoors in the woods. When I need it, I put in a hot battery, squirt a little gas down the carb and it starts right up. I wish all my old stuff would do that.

I love the "3 on the tree" shifter just for the novelty of it. Most kids have never seen one before.

As heavy as it is (two tons), the truck can still squak the tires quite well. It's a rare occasion that I do so.

Emissions laws hadn't quite caught up to trucks in the seventies, so the underhood situation is blessedly uncluttered.

My truck is rusty. It doesn't get much respect from those who aren't in "the know". I ask them where their truck will be in twenty seven years.

Sometimes I get a wild hair and think about selling the truck. Then I realize that I'd immediately start looking for another one just like it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2006

15th Nov 2006, 11:14

It is easy to fix the gas problem. On your truck at the top of the gas tank are a few rubber hoses/ fuel lines one of these lines are cracked. A very cheap fix and you can lower the tank by using a floor jack and a block of wood. Hope this helps.

15th Nov 2006, 21:54

One possibility for your fuel tank leak is a rotted fuel filler boot. I had this problem with an old car. The rubber boot gets brittle with age and when filling up, gas will leak out. I would check into that if you're concerned about it.

5th Mar 2011, 10:52

I assume the problem is fixed now, but for others with the same problem, you may want to change the gasket on the sending unit. Use a floor jack and block of wood to lower the tank, and then check and/or replace the gasket.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 18 reviews