Want to make a statement from behind the wheel of a skillfully customized, surefooted pickup? Here's one vintage truck that won't ever blend into the background. This 1985 F-150 4x4 Flareside combines a one of a kind appearance with outstanding road readiness. Its head turning abilities are absolutely beyond question, but unlike so many trucks that have seen aftermarket attention, this is one you'll actually look forward to driving.
After nearly 35 years of service, this F-150's eye-catching configuration pairs with a level of vitality you have to see to appreciate. It's clad in a magnetic shade of red very much in keeping with its high impact sensibility that provides a nice shine. While you can see some slight evidence of its toil over the years, let's not forget that this is a task-oriented workhorse in our midst - a vehicle that's all about action. With its vertical exhaust stack positioned just behind the cab and a short bed configuration that emphasizes its stoutness, this is a truck with a presence most of its counterparts could only aspire to. An added lift kit pairs with stock suspension to arrive at just the right ride height - there's enough wheel clearance for the massive rubber on board here to do battle with rough terrain, yet in more sedate surroundings, this Ford's ride quality is beyond reproach. From the side, the chrome trim framing the tires and stout step bars add to its distinction, as do the hood scoop and visor with its set of cab lights perched on top in front.
The burgundy interior remains in largely stock configuration and has come through the years in strong fashion, with a cloth split bench seat at its center that's got plenty of padding left and offers a fold down arm rest that will really come in handy for lengthier excursions. A GT Grant steering wheel is now perched on the tilting column, teaming with shift billet knobs to add a touch of customization to the cabin, and the aftermarket AM/FM/CD player fills the cabin with sound via speakers seamlessly integrated into the headliner. The overall level of cleanliness and functionality on display here is impressive - neither the seating nor the door panels show anywhere near the level of wear you'd expect in a vehicle from this era and the entire complement of factory gauges in the instrument panel all work just as intended. A toggle switch just underneath the dash operates the featured air horn - a great, added touch considering those vertical exhaust stacks already create a bona fide semi-truck persona.
As distinctive as this F-150's appearance is, it's got plenty of versatility to go along with it. The 302 cubic inch V8 below the scooped hood is armed with both an Edelbrock 4-barrel carb and intake manifold and is in very fine form - tap on the accelerator and check out the note that comes out of those stacked exhausts! A new alternator ups the reliability factor, while a recent tuneup ensures that the powerplant is at its best as it teams with a smooth shifting 3-speed automatic C4 transmission. When the urge for off-road adventure presents itself, 4-wheel drive agility is easily activated via the billet-knobbed lever sitting on the transmission tunnel. Power steering and power brakes that position discs up front provide good road manners in whatever conditions you might encounter as this singular truck turns heads on its set of 15” bullet hole-style wheels wearing sizable 35x12.50R15 ProComp tires that look nearly new.
This 1985 Ford F-150 4x4 Flareside possesses a coveted combination of curb appeal and versatile drivability you don't often come across, so this is a rare opportunity. Call today!