1978 Ford F150 Ranger XLT Classic Truck




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If it weren't for that cab it'd be a nice truck.
 

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If it weren't for that cab it'd be a nice truck.
I know them dentsides in and out, and i gotta say that is a really, really odd place for one to rot. Espicially with the rest of the truck looking so solid.

Besides the usual rot spots on the cab (floorpans, etc) they'll rot the drip gutters, not in that particular location, and certainly not that bad,
 

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I know them dentsides in and out, and i gotta say that is a really, really odd place for one to rot. Espicially with the rest of the truck looking so solid.

Besides the usual rot spots on the cab (floorpans, etc) they'll rot the drip gutters, not in that particular location, and certainly not that bad,
That where mine is rotted. :dunno:
 

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Guys that's 41 years old, if it was in NH we'd think it was in good shape because it's still here. Something about the 77-79 F150's and 78-9 Bronco's made people hang on to them forever around here.
 

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That where mine is rotted. :dunno:
Really?

Wtf.

Ive always had the drip gutters rot.

Ive seen them in junkyards pretty much rotted to dust and not rotted like the one in the pic.
 

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Something about the 77-79 F150's and 78-9 Bronco's made people hang on to them forever around here.
Prolly cause they are the best, most bad ass trucks ever built.
 

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I've never seen one rust there and I live in the rust belt. Rockers, floor pans, wheel wells are a given. (Which are all fairly easy to fix). Sometimes the drip rails or windshield frame (which sucks to fix). Never seen one rot on on the corners of the roof like that, which is not going to be a fun repair... especially with an 8,500 dollar price tag.
 

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I've never seen one rust there and I live in the rust belt. Rockers, floor pans, wheel wells are a given. (Which are all fairly easy to fix). Sometimes the drip rails or windshield frame (which sucks to fix). Never seen one rot on on the corners of the roof like that, which is not going to be a fun repair... especially with an 8,500 dollar price tag.
I just think its odd given how clean the rest of the truck seems to be.
 

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Here, now you’ve both seen one.
 

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Surprisingly, the rest of the cab and frame are in very good shape. The bed, not so much.
This truck was driven from the dealer to Zeibart, then home when it was first purchased. I don’t know how much of a difference that made.
 

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I think there were changes in the metals or paints or something throughout the dent side era that affected how they rusted. Seems to me that the previous gen was about average for rust and then '73 was REALLY bad. '74 was better, 75-77 were actually pretty good, and 78-79 (and 80-81..............) were really prone to rust. Just my unscientific observations. I've worked on quite a few trucks from that era and have never seen one with ANY rot in the roof like that.
 

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My 93 ranger has rust in the same area. I was able to stop the leaking by squeezing some thermoplastic sealant caulk under the rubber window seal. I hadn't bothered trying to fix the rust as this truck was supposed to be a temporary thing. That was 3 years ago....
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