I saw this one and couldn’t not write about it. This is probably the most mint truck, containing the legendary 7.3L Powerstroke, that I’ve had the pleasure to see in the last several years. At least one that isn’t in a museum or hermetically sealed in some car collectors garage. Regardless, come with me and you’ll see a world of pure imagination...
On the exterior it looks like most grandpa trucks being sold by the estate. It is stock as can be, except for the headache rack. I really HATE flairs of any kind. Especially on trucks. I have a somewhat marginally less inflamed hatred towards them on unusual or modified cars from the 1980s but still, they all suck. They are the equivalent to Andy’s AutoSport body kits but affixed by the factory. Add some Altezzas and I’ll show you a thoroughly angry man. I thought we were past all this nonsense? Ford took some time to get rid of this junk... but I digress...
When you look at the back the uglyness is even more apparent. Louvered taillight covers! AND! AND! They’re body color matched! The owner spent money (?!!!) to color them the same as the truck?! I do not like any gold this much except for the gold you put in a safe. Even real gold isn’t that cool as it isn’t that useful being essentially dug up and reburied in your safe, only to sit until the next generation divides your estate. The headache rack is ‘period correct’ too! Even it could not escape the louver-calypse (TM).
I am beginning to wonder why I picked this truck for you guys... I mean some of you have been faithful readers about my rants about diesel trucks. Is this the best I can find for you?
I thought this truck was a dud until I saw the following pictures...
WHA?! Those are literally the most mint factory seats I’ve ever seen in a truck of this vintage. I remember these trucks new when I was a young lad working at a local Ford dealer as a measly apprentice mechanic. This is exactly how I remember them. Big, comfy, and silky smooth mediocre quality leather from the big blue oval.
I can’t even crop these pictures because it would take away from the majesty of these epic seats. I haven’t been this excited over seats since I discovered a pair of Recaro confetti seats for a 300zx. This is huge. There are plenty of low mile, well maintained diesel trucks but none ever have interiors this mint.
The engine is just as clean as the rest of the truck. Look at the coolant reservoir. They weren’t this see-thru clean when they came from the factory. Mind you I don’t think we were using green coolant (gold?) but that is besides the fact. Even the lame spare tire rod-crank-a-tire-down thing is still affixed to the radiator support. The MotorCraft batteries even have minty-fresh positive battery terminal protectors.
There has got to be a catch here. The truck does have “44,000 original miles” (What are un-original miles? When it is driven by your cousin?). That is super low miles and being a 2001 model that is only ~2,600 miles a year. The ‘original’ owner must have taken one trip, halfway across the country, once per year to do that.
Oh wait I found the catch... the list price: $39,500
It is tempting. Sadly I would pass, not only because of the price, but because this one is two-wheel drive... not my type of truck. It is 4wd or no-wheel drive for me.