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1982 Ford F150

The early 1980s was a tough time for auto manufacturers, as engineers were still struggling to incorporate ever-advancing technology into existing vehicles.

Fuel economy was also on the minds of motorists, and to help ensure the F-Series held its title as best selling truck, Ford saw fit to introduce numerous changes for the 1982 model year even though the seventh-generation F-Series was just a couple years old.

1982 Ford F150 Standard Trim

Some of those changes would stick, some would prove to be mistakes and disappear rather quickly, but overall the 1982 F-Series was a step in the right direction.

1982 Ford F150 Video

You have to watch this short video! Words can barely describe how amazing this original 25,000 mile 1982 F-150 is. The condition is nothing short of jaw dropping.

Showroom fresh, don't you agree?

What's New For 1982

The big news among Blue Oval truck enthusiasts was an all-new compact pickup called the Ford Ranger, waiting in the wings as a 1983 model. As such, the Ranger moniker was eliminated from the full-size lineup, while a new trim level called the XLS essentially replaced the Free Wheeling Appearance Package of old.

Accompanying the new trim levels were some powertrain changes, most notably with the new 3.8 liter "Essex" V-6 engine that became the standard power plant for the F-100. A new transmission option for the SelectShift automatic featured torque converter lockup, and when paired with the V-6 on the F-100, fuel mileage was said to be near 30 miles per gallon.

82 Ford F150

Non-lubricating sealed ball joints debuted on the front suspension, and Electronic Engine Control (EEC) was unveiled for trucks equipped with the 5.8 liter engine. The obvious changes, however, were the exterior enhancements. The Ford lettering on the hood was replaced with the now-familiar Blue Oval badge, mounted in the center of an all-new grille that used only three vertical bars, giving the F-Series a much cleaner, more distinctive look.

An optional chromatic tape stripe gave the trucks some added pizzazz, while new wheel options rounded out the new exterior look for 1982.

1982 F-Series Model Lineup

With the Ranger nameplate slated for Ford's new compact pickup, trim levels on the F-Series became a bit simpler. Basic trucks were simply labeled Standard, followed by the mid-range XL and ending with the top-of-the-line XLT Lariat. Somewhere in between was the XLS, which offered XLT equipment with the sportier XLS styling.

The F-100 soldiered on as the entry-level full size truck, with F-150 and F-250 trucks available in Regular or SuperCab format. F-350s were offered as a Regular Cab with single or dual rear wheels. Short wheelbase Flareside beds were also available on both the F-100 and F-150.

1982 Ford XLS Package

1982 Ford F-150 XLS Only offered in 1982 and 1983, the XLS trucks offered a sporty look for two or four-wheel drive F-150s. The XLS package included unique XLS striping, and blackout treatment on pretty much everything that was chrome on other trucks, including the grille, mirrors, door handles, bumpers, side window surround, and all chrome exterior trim.

Inside, the instrument panel on the XLS featured a brushed aluminum applique, and the steering wheel also received the brushed aluminum trim. The XLS shared standard equipment with the XLT, save for Argent styled steel wheels with black center caps, and could be optioned out with virtually any available feature.

1982 Ford F-150 XLS

1982 F150 XLS Dashboard

1982 F-Series Powertrains

The new 3.8 liter V-6 engine was only available with the F-100, in which it was the standard power plant. The 4.9 liter inline six cylinder continued to provide the standard power for F-150 and F-250 models, with the F-350 using the 5.8 liter.

1982 marked the beginning of the F-250HD model, which offered the F-350's capability in a 3/4 ton platform. The F-250HD two-wheel drive used the 4.9 liter six, while four-wheel drive models received the 5.8 liter engine. Optional engines included the 4.2 liter V-8 (F-100 only), 5.0 liter, 5.8 liter and the 6.6 liter, the latter of which would bow out of the lineup at the end of the 1982 model year.

Engine Availability Power/Torque
3.8 liter/232 cid V-6
F-100
110 / 183
4.2 liter/255 cid V-8
F-100
115 / 206
4.9 liter/300 cid I-6
F-150 / F-250 / F-250HD (2WD only)
122 / 255
5.0 liter/302 cid V-8
F-100 / F-150 / F-250
133 / 233
5.8 liter/351 cid V-8
F-150 / F-250 / F-250HD / F-350
136 / 262
6.6 liter/400 cid V-8
F-250HD / F-350
136 / 310

1982 Payload GVWR

1982 Ford F-Series Defects / Recalls

Rust along the fenders and cab corners continued to be a significant problem for 1982 Ford pickups. The new sealed "lubed for life" ball joints also developed a reputation over time for drying up, ultimately leading to premature wear. And then there was the new 3.8 liter V-6, which suffered head gasket problems throughout its production life. With the 3.8 relegated to the F-100, this engine would only power F-Series trucks for 1982 and 1983.

82 F150 Diagram

1982 Ford F-150 Standard Features & Available Options

Major standard features include:

Major options include:

Interior trim colors include Fawn, Dark Blue, Red, Black, Nutmeg, and Spruce. These colors are coded to certain exterior paint colors and may not be available in all interior/exterior color combinations.

Available exterior paint color choices for 1982 include:

1982 Ford F-Series Resources