1979 Ford F-Series Specs
Marred by a second oil crisis and rising fuel costs that plunged the nation into a significant recession, fuel efficiency and gas-guzzling vehicles once again fell out of favor. Fortunately, the end of the 1970s was also the end of the sixth-generation F-Series; a smaller, cleaner, redesigned Ford truck was ready to lead the way through the 1980s.
Until then, the updated styling cues from 1978 would keep the F-Series in the top sales position for pickup trucks. Over time, 1979 would become a favorite year for classic Ford truck enthusiasts thanks to its aggressive 1970's styling, and its basic, pre-electronic powertrain that was easy to repair and modify.
What's New For 1979
With an all-new truck poised to launch for the 1980 F100 F150 model year, updates to 1979 were minimal. All F-Series trucks and trim levels received the rectangular headlights to go with the redesigned grille from 1978. If you opted for the chrome grille, you also got bright (chrome) headlight surrounds. The Lariat trim returned, but a new factory CB radio option made the available equipment for the F-Series trucks that much sweeter.
Minor color changes in the lineup as well as in the Free Wheeling décor round out the changes for this final iteration of the sixth-generation F-Series.
1979 Ford F-Series F100 F150 Video
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1979 Ford F-Series Model Lineup
The Free Wheeling package returned for 1979, offering a variety of colorful exterior and interior treatments combined with aluminum or painted wheels, blackout trim, and items such as push bars and roll bars.
Trim levels carried over unchanged from the minor shakeup in 1978 - Custom remained the entry-level truck, followed by Ranger, Ranger XLT, and top-of-the-line Ranger Lariat. Regular and SuperCab versions were available in all four model offerings, including the F-100, F-150, F-250 and F-350.
Crew Cabs were offered in the F-250 and F-350. Flareside beds were offered in the F-100/150/250, with the F-100 receiving the “shorty” 6.5 foot box.
1979 F-Series Engine / Powertrains
More of the same describes the engine and transmission combos for 1979. Standard power came from the 300 cubic-inch inline six cylinder, powering everything short of the F-350 SuperCab, which used the 351 V-8. Three-speed manuals were still the standard box, though by this time most trucks used either the four-speed manual (which was standard on the F-350) or the three-speed automatic.
Power levels were still rather abysmal, but changes were on the horizon with the redesigned seventh-generation trucks.
4.9 liter/300 cid I-6
|F-100 / F-150 / F-250 / F-350||
5.0 liter/302 cid V-8
|F-100 / F-150||
5.8 liter/351 cid V-8
|F-100 / F-150 / F-250 / F-350||
6.6 liters / 400 cid V-8
|F-150 / F-250 / F-350||
7.5 liter/460 cid V-8
|F-150 / F-250 / F-350||
1979 Ford F-Series Recalls & Defects
Several issues relating to the wheels, suspension, and transmission prompted numerous recalls for the 1979 model year.
The largest recall (ID 79V117000) affected 82,000 vehicles and addressed a faulty brake push-rod that could disengage from the brake pedal. Recall ID 79V035000 addressed faulty steering knuckles on 62,000 units.
Substandard welds on wheels actually resulted in two recalls (IDs 79V208000 and 79V185000), while two other recalls (IDs 78V256000 and 78V201000) fixed problems with engaging park on the three-speed automatic.
1979 Ford F-150 Standard Features & Available Options
Major standard features include:
- 300 cubic inch six cylinder engine
- Three-speed manual transmission
- Twin I-Beam front suspension
- Power brakes
- Vent window handle
- Energy absorbing instrument panel
- Glove box with pushbutton latch and woodtone appliqué
- Molded door trim panels with integral armrests
- Dome light
- Two-speed windshield wipers with washers
- Argent Hub caps
- Chrome front bumper
- Argent grille
Major options / packages include:
- Power steering
- Air conditioning
- Cruise control
- Tilt steering wheel
- Interval wipers
- Electric rear window defroster
- Dual fuel tanks
- AM or AM/FM Stereo
- CB Radio
- Cloth seats
- Recreation swing-out mirrors
- Fixed western-type mirrors
- Chrome grille with bright headlight doors
- Side jump seats (SuperCab only)
- Forward facing rear bench seat (SuperCab only)
- Perforated headliner
- Nylon carpeting
- Rear step bumper
- Sliding rear window
- 5-slot brushed aluminum wheels
- 10-hole polished aluminum wheels
- Painted styled steel wheels
- Deluxe wheel covers
- Bright box rails
- GT roll bar
- Cigarette lighter
- Regular/Deluxe/Accent/Combination Accent two-tone paint
- Tool stowage box with locking door
- Factory bed cap (box cover)
- Front tow hooks
- Push bar
- Fog lamps
- Roof clearance lights
- Handling Package (front/rear stabilizer bars, gas-filled front/rear shocks, heavy-duty front springs)
- Free Wheeling Appearance Package A (exterior accent striping, blackout grille, black front bumper, unique interior trim)
- Free Wheeling Appearance Package B (package A plus black GT bar, painted styled steel wheels)
- Light trailer towing package (extra cooling, wiring harness, heavy-duty flashers, rear step bumper)
- Heavy trailer towing package (light package plus heavy-duty battery, heavy-duty alternator, ammeter and oil pressure gauges, swing-out recreation mirrors, heavy-duty shocks, oil cooler on automatic with the 351 V-8 or larger)
- Super Cooling Package (heavy-duty oil cooler, heavy-duty trans cooler on automatic transmissions)
- Convenience Group (intermittent wipers, locking glove box, door map pockets)
- Light Group (cargo, engine, glove box, ash tray, under dash courtesy lights)
Available exterior paint color choices for 1979 Ford trucks include:
- Wimbledon White
- Candyapple Red
- Maroon Metallic
- Dark Blue Metallic
- Silver Metallic
- Raven Black
- Light Medium Blue
- Light Jade
- Dark Jade Metallic
- Bright Yellow
- Gold Metallic
- Medium Copper Metallic
- Light Sand
- Medium Blue Glow
- Walnut Glow