Ford’s F-Series of full-size pickup trucks have a cult following ever since they were introduced in 1948. These sturdy load-luggers are now on the fourteenth generation, and remain one of the Blue Oval’s bread-and-butter revenue generators. This 1989 Ford F-250 is from the eighth generation, and being an F-250, is a light-duty ¾ ton truck. With a few modifications and just 88,000 miles on the odometer, it’s got plenty of life left in it, and is perfect if you’re looking for a classic Ford truck that can still haul a load when required.
A single cab pickup truck. That’s what this 1989 Ford F-250 is, in all its grey two-tone glory. Standing tall thanks to a 4-inch lift, and rolling on 16-inch wheels wrapped in meaty 295/70 Toyo Open Country tires that are reportedly new, it’s no garage queen, but one that’s raring to be used on a daily basis. All lights are in good condition, as is the badging. Given that the typical F-Series will lead a tough life, finding one in this condition isn’t as easy as you might think, despite the sheer sales numbers. Let’s climb aboard, and here we have a very Eighties red interior. A badge informs us that this is the XLT Lariat trim level, which brings red cloth upholstery to the bench-style seating, tinted glass, carpeting, and leather wrapped steering wheel to the table. You’ve also got air conditioning, a CB radio and antenna, and all electrical components reportedly function as per the seller. There’s a radio cassette player visible in the dash as well, and being an Eighties vehicle, the obligatory 85mph speedometer takes center stage on the instrument cluster. The steering wheel hosts buttons for cruise control too.
This 1989 Ford F-250 comes with the largest gasoline engine on offer in the range, out of a total of ten engines that could be specced (five gasoline and five diesel). It’s a 460ci (7.5L) V8 that generates 225hp and 390lb-ft. If that sounds low, remember that these trucks are designed for low-rpm cruising and longevity, not high-rpm racing. Drive is sent to all four wheels via an automatic transmission.
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