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1979 Ford F-100 Specifications

by Jen N

The 1979 F-100, classified as a heavy-duty pickup, was a third-generation model, manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. The pickup maintained the same visual features, design and performance of previous models. This pickup tuck has a devotee fan base that considers the 1979 Ford F-100 to be a timeless classic.


The 1979 Ford F-100 has a V-shaped design, which means that the trim versions are in a T-shaped configuration situated within the mid-section of the front fender. This improvement contributed to distinguish the F-100s built in 1924 and other trucks that came after.

Exterior and Interior

The truck measures 16 feet from the front to back, its width is over 8 feet, and it stands 6 feet high. Ford engineers enlarged the front-rear axle of the 1979 F-100 and gave its wheelbase 6 additional inches in length while extending the back cab 5 inches. The Ford F-100 is a spacious truck with enough legroom in the seating area for four adults. The F-100 also has plenty of headroom, a total of 30 inches within the vehicle.


The 1979 Ford F-100 is equipped with a 235.5-cubic inch, fuel-injected V8 engine. This six-cylinder powerplant produces 230 ft.-lbs. of torque at 6,000 RPM. The bore is 4.0 inches, and the stroke is 3.9 inches.


The 1979 Ford F-100 has the engine configured in a slanted position perpendicular to the truck's length. The F-100 is a four-wheel drive vehicle with a five-speed transmission. This truck's front-end suspension mirrors the lifted "Tuff Country suspension," that of the early Ford Broncos from the 1966 through 1977 model-years, according to "Hot Rod" magazine.

Brakes and Safety

All 1979 Ford F-100s have hydraulic brake systems as well as shoulder strap seat belts. The truck's front wheels are equipped with 11-inch, four-piston discs while the rear wheels have 11.7-inch, two-piston discs. The 1979 Ford F-100 received a 4 out of 5 score in crash safety tests, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


The 1979 Ford F-100 can go from 0 to 60 in 9.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 149 miles per hour in less than 30 seconds, according to the Classic Trucks website. On the highway, the 1979 Ford F-100 gets 21 miles per gallon on the highway and 13 MPG on city streets. The truck takes unleaded gasoline, and the F-100's fuel tank holds approximately 21 gallons of gas.

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