Big jobs need big trucks, and it was right about the time that this 1995 Ford F150 XLT extended cab was built that these trucks really started to take off and dominate the market for Ford. With 5.8L V8 power, a stylish, fleetside short bed that'll carry anything, and a gorgeous extended cab interior that's in great condition, this affordable Ford truck is on the cusp of “modern classic” status and can be driven and enjoyed across the country with nary a worry.
The big, squared-off style of the '90s F-series works particularly well with two-tone paint. Crisply rendered and very butch, this rig looks like it could pull an ocean liner out of the water, or pull up to the valet at a Michelin Star restaurant and not be escorted to the loading dock. That's factory Electric Red and Oxford White paint, and it's extremely well maintained for being almost 25 years old (yes, 25); you could give it a proper buff and really bring it up a notch or two and get people talking about what an amazing truck you found. The big chrome grille, oversized mirrors, bumper guards, and, even the bug visor add to the rugged feel, although you'll ultimately discover that this pickup is pretty darned civilized. The bed has been used but not abused, and it's protected by a heavy-duty drop-in liner and accented with bed rails up top. It has lived its entire life in Texas with just two owners, both of whom took great care of the truck and because it lived down south, there are no critical structural issues to worry about underneath. Get in and put it to work!
Gray cloth buckets flank a wide central console to make long-distance cruising a pleasure. The upholstery is in shockingly good condition and the big cab feels downright spacious, even with the mini bench in back. Original carpets are still in good shape, as are the matching door panels, and for a hauler like this, you're going to want options: cold A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, ABS brakes, and a tilt steering column. Even the original AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit is still in the dash. Big, bright gauges offer a comprehensive view of the engine's condition and with 144,167 original miles, you guys familiar with these trucks understand that this one is only just getting broken in. A giant rear window is a nice feature, giving the cab a fish bowl feel, and we have to say that climbing in this truck feels like coming home; who didn't have an F-Series back in the '90s?
Ford's venerable 5.8L cubic inch V8 was built with trucks like this in mind. With modern EFI on top, it's a torque factory and shrugs off the biggest loads you can put behind it. The big low-RPM engine isn't stressed, so it will run practically forever and despite a number of modifications available for these trucks, this one remains bone stock, from the twin intake snorkels to the original catalytic converter on the factory exhaust. It's very tidy but not overly detailed under the hood, but just being pretty isn't this truck's only job, it can put the work in too. Ford's tough 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission offers good gearing to make the most of the small block's torque curve and a tall overdrive that turns highway hauls into relaxing road trips. Southern living is most visible underneath, where it's extremely clean and well-preserved, from the Twin-I-Beam front suspension to the gigantic rear end, which has factory gears inside. It's stanced exactly like how it left the factory and sits on bullet-hole alloy wheels wrapped in 235/75/15 Goodyear white-letter truck radials.
If you've priced this generation F-series trucks lately, you know these pickups are really gaining steam. Still ready to work, still handsome, and still comfortable, it represents a great deal of practicality for not a lot of cash. Call today!