The Specifications on a 1984 Ford F-150by Jesse Sears
The 1984 Ford F-150 is a full-size pickup truck from Ford Motor Company and a part of the seventh-generation Ford F-Series truck line. Previous to the 1984 model year, the auto maker offered the F-100 as its base model large truck. The F-100 was discontinued for this model year, making the F-150 the new standard model. By 1984, the engine options had changed but the truck retained its utility-first styling.
For 1984, Ford offered a large variety of engines; one inline six-cylinder and several V8s. The six-cylinder displaced 4.9 liters and made 115 horsepower. Two Windsor V8 engines displaced 5.0 and 5.8 liters, making 130 and 150 horsepower, respectively. A diesel V8 was offered, displacing 6.9 liters and making 170 horsepower. A huge 7.5-liter V8 gasoline engine was the range topper, making 245 horsepower.
Drivetrain and Chassis
The standard F-150 model was a front-engined, rear-wheel drive truck, though four-wheel drive was an option. The truck employed live axles both front and rear for the standard rear-wheel drive models, while buyers who chose all-wheel drive received an independent front suspension with a live axle in the back. Ford made available an automatic transmission as well as three-, four- and five-speed manual transmissions.
Interiors and Bed Sizes
The F-150 was available with either a standard, Super Cab or Crew Cab. The standard cab had a single bench seat, with seating for more in the two larger-cabined models. The Crew Cab was significantly longer with four real doors. Beds could be ordered in either the Styleside or Flareside configurations. The Styleside had flat bed sides with the wheel wheels protruding into the bed. For the Flareside, the wheels protruded outward from the bed, keeping the bed space flatter and larger at the expense of a wider track. Either short or long beds were also offered.
Trim Levels and Options
The four trim levels included the base F-150, the XL, the XLT and the XLT Lariat. The Lariat was the most expensive and had a much higher degree of fit and finish than the inexpensive base model. On the Super Cab, rear quarter windows had the ability to open for extra ventilation. Inside the truck featured significantly more legroom than the previous-generation model.
Jesse Sears is a Los Angeles-based journalist and photographer. He has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Sears has been published in numerous traditional and online media ventures including "The Daily Sundial," "The Pasadena Courier," RSportsCars.com and others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge.