79 Ford F250 Specs

by Kimberly Hodgkins
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The 1979 Ford 250 was produced by Ford Motor Company and made available to the public between 1973-1979. It's more commonly known as the Ford F-250. The Ford F-250 is a pickup truck that is part of the Ford product line called the F-Series, which was introduced in 1948. The F-Series also includes the Ford F-150 and the Ford F-350. According to Ford Motor Company, the F-Series was America's best-selling car or truck through the years 1981 to 2007.


The Ford F-250 has several options for engine sizes and transmission types. All engine variations feature overhead valves and produce a nine-to-one compression ratio. Additional options also include four-wheel drive or real-wheel drive; the four-wheel drive option was originally introduced in 1959. The 4.1-liter, six-cylinder engine with 125 horsepower is available in the Ford F-250 with either a three-speed or four-speed transmission. The 5.8-liter, V8 engine with 217 horsepower is available with either a three-speed and five-speed transmission.


The Ford Motor Company produced the Ford F-250 with ball steering with a turning radius of approximately 50 feet. It also possesses front disc brakes and back drum brakes. All F-250 versions containing the various engine sizes and transmission types possess the same steering and brake capabilities.

Measurements, Capacity and Weight

The 1979 Ford F-250 is approximately 211 inches long, 72 inches tall and 80 inches wide. The F-250 that comes with the V8 engine has a towing capacity of 2.2 tons. The F-250 version with the six-cylinder engine has a towing capacity of 1.1 tons. The Ford F-250 itself weighs approximately 3.8 tons.

Later Additions

In comparison with later versions of the F-Series, the 1979 Ford F-250 lacks some safety and economy features. In 1982, fuel efficiency was introduced into the F-Series. In 1987 anti-lock brakes were made available, which the Ford F-Series was first to receive. In 1994, the air bag manufactured in the driver's side became a standard feature. During 1997, a SuperCab was also added to some of the F-Series models, unlike the 1979 Ford F-250 possessing a three-passenger occupancy capacity. Through 1999-2001, a fourth door was added to the F-Series SuperCab in the early years, later on Ford Motor Company furthered their production with increasing to four full-size doors and offering a full seat in the rear of the SuperCab.

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