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Ford began production of its F-series trucks in 1948 with the F-1, F-2 and F-3. The F-150 was introduced in 1975 to fill a gap between the F-100 half-ton and the heavy duty F-250. Changes were minimal until 1980 when an aerodynamic styling was introd

How to Restore a 1979 Ford F150

Ford began production of its F-series trucks in 1948 with the F-1, F-2 and F-3. The F-150 was introduced in 1975 to fill a gap between the F-100 half-ton and the heavy duty F-250. Changes were minimal until 1980 when an aerodynamic styling was introduced. The F series trucks remained the best selling vehicle for 13 years, outselling all other trucks and cars. Other changes in motor size and styling continue to modern production. Restoring a Ford F-150 will require determining the specific model year and engine type to create a truck that is true to the original design.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

Parts as neededLocationTools as needed

Instructions

1 Inspect the body of the truck completely, including the undercarriage if possible. Look for dents, scratches, rust and other repairs that will be needed to restore the truck to its original state. Many of these trucks were used in rural or construction areas so dents and scratched are to be expected.

2 Start the truck. Take a test drive if possible. Test all systems possible from the brakes to the radio to determine what may need to be repaired or replaced. Get the VIN and run a history report to determine if an accident may have caused some hidden damage. Ask questions about how the truck has been used, how it has been stored, what parts are original to the truck and what replacements or modifications have been made.

3 Locate a space large enough for the restoration. A two-car garage size should allow enough space to disassemble parts of the truck and still have space to work. Photograph the exterior and interior of the vehicle from several angles. Use the photos as references when needed.

1 Choose a section of the truck to disassemble first. Take pictures of the disassembly to use as references when the truck is being put back together. Place any small pieces such as bolts and screws into containers that seal. Mark each container clearly with the location of the items.

2 Remove paint, rust, and degrease the chosen section of the truck. Make any repairs to the metal that are needed. A 1979 Ford F-150 truck may have areas of cracked metal from extensive rust as these trucks may have been exposed to the elements. Replace any body parts that are damaged beyond repair.

3 Reassemble that section of the truck and choose another section to begin restoring. Continue the process until the entire truck exterior has been repaired.

1 Determine the specific type of engine installed in the Ford F-150. Determine if any parts need to be replaced with parts specific to the 1979 Ford F-150. Determine if any other systems, such as the electrical or exhaust, need repair or replacement. Inspect the brakes closely as the rear drums frequently need replacing. Kits are available with all the required parts to rebuild the drums. Locate appropriate parts as needed.

2 Determine if any interior parts or trim are not specific to the 1979 model year of the F-150 and replace with accurate parts. Install interior surfaces in colours specific to the 1979 model year. Complete kits are available in the correct colours for reupholstering the seats.

3 Clean the interior after all repairs have been completed. Choose exterior paint colours that are correct for the 1979 model year. Paint the vehicle. Review the entire vehicle for any missing items desired. These may include a bed liner, toolbox or other detail items.

4 Take a picture of the finished vehicle from the same angles as the original photographs. Use both sets of photographs when displaying the restored vehicle.

Tips and warnings

Modern paints contain dangerous chemicals that are hazardous. Using a professional painter is highly recommended.

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