A Classic 4x4 for the Trail
Patina and vintage curves will always be attractive in my household if not in this magazine—at least we hope so. Redford, our well-used 1978 Ford F-250, is a beaut when it comes to those two attributes. Mileage? Yep, Redferd’s got it. We guesstimate over 200,000. Patina? For sure. That Arizona sunbaked red paint is complemented by a healthy dose of surface rust.
This truck begs to be made nicer, and there’s a ton of stuff we can do to make it so. Our plans have varied for as long as we’ve owned the truck. Bench racing ideas have ranged wildly from a hardcore rockcrawler with a diesel swap, to lots of fender trimming, to 1-tons and big tires, to a huge mudding monster truck with 2 1/2-ton axles.
At the end of the day we think keeping Redford classy and capable will be the recipe we follow. Right now the plan is to add some suspension lift for bigger tires. There’s also a Dana 60 front axle that followed us home from Mexico one day. We also stumbled upon a Ford NP205, which, when combined with part of Redferd’s NP203, would make for ample gearing for this truck.
When all is said and done we’d like the truck to be a capable and road-drivable rig with lockers for trail use and street manners that would allow it to tow a trailer if our primary tow rig is down for the count. There are a number of ways we could accomplish these goals, but you can bet we’ll use junkyard parts whenever possible and methods that you can duplicate with just about any classic 4x4.