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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Ford pickups from the early to late 70s, were usually rust buckets after a few years, especially farther north where more road salt was common in winters. Even worse over the border in NY.
Several of my Potter/Tioga kin had them back in that time frame. One of the worst was a '72 F250 an uncle had on the farm, that he'd bought new.
That thing rusted so bad, a headlight housing fell out and down behind the grill one night. That was after a mounting bracket in the engine compartment had rusted off, numerous holes were in the rockers and bed areas. He traded that on a new '77 F150 4x4. Within four or five years, the bed looked like swiss cheese. He had put a flat bed on it by the mid 80s.
My cousin bought a new '78 F250 a year after his dad bought the '77, but at the time my cousin's farm was over in Steuben Co. NY. His truck rusted far worse over the next several years, than his dad's truck did.
Same time frame, I had '76 and '80 Chevy pickups. Neither ever rusted as bad as those Fords did.
'76 had a rocker and one cab corner starting to go maybe at 7 years old, some rust on the bed around wheel openings. The '80 had very little in the way of rust issues at 8 years, never had any body holes until it was over 10 years old (knew the guy that owned it at that point).
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