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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.

1979 Ford F100 F150

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 F100 F150 Free Wheeling

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-100 F-150

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.

Engine Availability Horsepower
4.9 liter/300 cid I-6
F-100 / F-150 / F-250 / F-350
116
5.0 liter/302 cid V-8
F-100 / F-150
130
5.8 liter/351 cid V-8
F-100 / F-150 / F-250 / F-350
160
6.6 liters / 400 cid V-8
F-150 / F-250 / F-350
169
7.5 liter/460 cid V-8
F-150 / F-250 / F-350
220

79 F100 Blue

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:

Major options / packages include:

Available exterior paint color choices for 1979 Ford trucks include:

1979 Ford F-Series Resources