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1972 Ford F-250 4WD Highboy California Barn Find 46y Central Valley Ranch truck

58,000 MILEAGE
Standard Cab Pickup BODY TYPE
360 ENGINE
Manual TRANSMISSION
Gasoline FUEL

1972 Ford F-250 Description:

1972 Ford F250 3/4 ton "Highboy"Sport-Custom4 Wheel drive
~ Original San Joquin County Ranch truck for 46 years~Built in San Jose California~V8 - 4 Speed manual~Heavy Duty Dana 60 Limited slip rear axle~Dana 44 front axle~Last year for classic 5th generation F-series body style~Ideal restoration truck
NO RESERVE AUCTION
This 1972 Ford F 250 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive "Highboy" is a real California truck and was built in February 1972 in San Jose California and has lived on a Central Valley ranch for nearly 5 decades. This truck has the only V8 offered in the 4wd 3/4 tons which is the 360 V8 and the heavy duty 4 speed manual with compound low and a 4.10 rear end.This is a last year for the classic 5th generation body style also called a "Dentside"People refer the Ford 3/3 ton 4wd as "Highboys" as trucks with a factory lift, which is incorrect. Although "Highboys" were taller than other trucks, the suspension was not lifted. The front suspension did not have a lift block, and was taller to accommodate the divorced transfer case.

Cosmetically this 5th generation F-series truck is a solid truck. The paint to 46 years old and mostly original. The body is 46 years old and is not flawless, there are dings and dents here and there and at some point some of the paint loss has been touched up poorly which is clearly shown in the gallery below. There are a few little scratches and various rock chips as well as some paint checking. I have included several photos displaying them. The hood paint is quite nice as is the cap with several small imperfections, the original bed paint shows nerly 50 years of use but considerting the age still a very usable rig. The grill is quite nice. The wheels were updated a few decades ago and and the 38x12.5 16.5 B.F. Goodrich All Terrain T-A's look great. This is one of the few vehicles every made where you could put that type of tire and wheel under a stock suspension.



Mechanically the truck runs an drives. The original 360 V8 is the same one the it left the factory with nearly 5 decades ago. All of the 4 wheel drive Highboys from 1968 to 1976 had the 360 truck motor with a 2 barrel carb. 4WD never had the 390 or any other V8 option. The original cast iron intake and 2 barrel were replaced at some point with an Edlebrock alumninum manifold and a Carter 4 barrel carb which is an improvment over stock but frankly this 46 year old V8 is tired. It is my opinion that she needs a valve job as the valve guides are worn and it uses oil . This truck would be an ideal canidate for a 460 swap or ? as being a 1972 she is exempt from any emission laws even in California. Power is sent to the rear end via a heavy duty New Process 435 4 speed manual shifts great in all gears the compound (granny low) with the 4.10 Dana 60 will climb the side of any mountain. The clutch is operating properly but some times you can hear the throw out bearing if you keep the clutch in to long. The truck drives down the road straight and shows no sign of any previous collison or damage repair.





The interiorof this classic Highboy is in very nice shape for a 46 year old ranch truck. The dash has a small slice in the center near the spealer, the dash is very nice. The truck still has the original cardboard headliner and the the original door panels and arm rest and sun visors which is unusual for a truck of this age. The seat has a small tear on drivers side other wise the materil looks quite nice. The bench looks to be out of a mid 80s F-Series but blends in nice with the white exterior and white trim. The original rubber floor mat is still in very nice shape, The interior alone is a testment of the high quality of these classic trucks considering it has been used as a work truck.


I have presented and described this truck as straightforward and honest as possible. I have included an abundance of detailed pictures of this truck as well as a video of it running. It is a solid honest Chevrolet truck, remember it is 46 years old please ask any questions you have I will respond as soon as possible.Thank you and Good Luck!

What is a "Highboy"

Highboy: 1967-1977.5 Ford F-250 4x4 Regular Cab or Crew Cab light-dutypickup truck with a divorced transfer case and narrow frame.
The Highboy got its name from sitting higher from the factory than otherFord pick-up trucks. The divorced transfer case (Dana 24, NP203, or NP205)caused the front-end to be higher, so the rear-end had 4-inch lift blocksto bring the rear-end up to the same height. Once Ford switched to marriedtransfer cases in mid-1977, people started referring to the 1973-1977.5divorced transfer case trucks as Highboys and the 1977.5-1979 marriedtransfer case trucks as Lowboys. The previous generation, 1967-1972, wasessentially the same, and has been included in most definitions ofHighboy as well.
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Front axles were an 8-lug low-pinion Dana 44 (1967-1977.5), 8-luglow-pinion Dana 44HD (1969-1975),The Highboy front axles were a closed-knuckle design from1967-1975,
Rear axles were an 8-lug full-floating Dana 60 with 16 splines (1967-1975)or 30 splines (1967-1977.5), but both were the same 1-5/16" diameter.all highboys had the 4.10:1 gear ratios.
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The fifth generation (1967-1972) becameknown as bumpsides,
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All Highboys were Regular Cab or Crew Cab.
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Here is a list of Highboy engines by year (1V indicates 1-barrel carb.):1967: 240 1V Six, 300 1V Six, 352 2V V-81968-1972: 240 1V Six, 300 1V Six, 360 2V V-8
Here is a list of Highboy engines:240 1V Six (1967-1974)300 1V Six (1967-1977.5)351M 2V V-8 (1977)352 2V V-8 (1967)360 2V V-8 (1968-1976)400 2V V-8 (1977)
Two modifications are common. First, the 360 is identical to the 390,with the exception of the rotating assembly. Although 390's were neveroffered in Highboys, many owners with 360's replace the rotating assembly,converting to a 390, or sometimes to a 410. The other common modificationis to replace the factory engine with a 460, which was never offered inHighboys.
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Highboys have a unique frame, not shared with other trucks. Like the F-350frame, all Highboys have a narrow frame, which is 33.5-inches wide. Fifthgeneration (1967-1972) F-series trucks had narrow frames as well.This frame rail width is measured directlybehind the rear bumper, from outside of rail to outside of rail. The F-350frame was narrowed for duallies. The Highboy frame does not bend to theleft or right (unlike the other F-100, F-150, or F-250 frames), though itdoes bend up and down to accommodate the cab. A front crossmember,positioned just below the front bumper and visible while standing in frontof the truck, separates the Highboy frame from the bumpside F-350 frame.No other truck had this crossmember. Since Highboys have a frame that isdifferent from other F-series trucks, Highboys require different beds thanother F-series. The Highboy frame was never used on another truck.
Ford frames have a stamped ID number on the right frame rail-outer-front,near the engine crossmember.
The first digit is decade, where C=1960's and D=1970's.The second digit is the year.The third digit is T for Truck.The fourth digit is Z, indicating a Ford part.For example, C7TZ indicates a 1967 truck part.
The following are listed below: Frame ID, height in inches of frame railjust behind the cab, width of frame rail, thickness of rail, SM issection modulus (one component of frame strength), WB is wheelbase,years produced, model, and cab type (where CC is Crew Cab, RC is RegularCab, and SC is SuperCab):
The Highboy Regular Cab frame is the strongest for its wheelbase, tyingwith some F-350's at SM=5.58, though it breaks the tie because it has anadditional crossmember that is not taken into account, as it shouldn't be,when calculating section modulus. The Highboy Regular Cab frame is 28.8%stronger than the Lowboy Regular Cab frame, and the Highboy Crew Cab frameis 9.8% stronger than the Lowboy Crew Cab frame. The Lowboy SuperCab isthe strongest F-250 frame, and the F-350 Crew Cab has the strongest frame.
### Chrysler/GM Comparisons1975 Dodge W200, 131 WB, 3.88 SM1979 Chevrolet K20, 3.92 SM
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Highboys came only with in-cab gas tanks, and optionally, with anadditional side-mounted gas tank, but never with a rear gas tank. A reargas tank is too wide to fit between the narrower 33.5-inch-wide rear framerails of the unique Highboy frame, and can only fit between the37.5-inch-wide non-Highboy rear frame rails.
All F-series light-duty pickup trucks during 1956-1972 had in-cab gastanks.
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Highboys were manufactured from 1967-1977.5 (assembled before serialnumber Y20,001). The last Highboy was produced in February, 1977. Belowis a summary of changes to Highboys by model year:
1967The fifth generation F-series begins, and the Highboy is born. This isthe only year for the 352 2V V-8.
1968The 360 2V V-8 replaces the 352 2V V-8 as the optional V-8. Regardingseat belts, shoulder harnesses became an option.
1969The low-pinion Dana 44 HD front axle was introduced.
1970
1971This is the last year for the Ford Toploader 3-speed manual transmissionin the Highboy.
1972This is the last year for the fifth generation F-series, and the 240 1VSix (though it continued in other F-series trucks through 1974). The NP-4354-speed manual transmission became the standard transmission, and for thisyear only, the only transmission.
Highboys had front leaf springs with 5-6 leafs (depending on GVW) thatwere 3 inches wide. Highboy front leaf springs were more arched thannon-Highboy front leaf springs.
Highboys had progressive-type rear leaf springs with 9 leafs that were2 1/4" wide, compared to non-Highboy rear leaf springs, which were 3 incheswide. Highboy rear leaf springs were 48-inches eye to eye.
Many people refer to Highboys as trucks with a factory lift, which isincorrect. Although Highboys were taller than other trucks, the suspensionwas not lifted. The front suspension did not have a lift block, and wastaller to accommodate the divorced transfer case. The rear suspension hada block between the axle and leaf springs to lift the rear of the truck,but most trucks had a rear lift block, so it is incorrect to refer toeither Highboys or most trucks as factory lifted trucks.
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Highboys came with tall, thin tires with an off-road tread. Many peopleput larger tires on. A stock Highboy with its suspension in goodcondition can handle 37-inch tall tires, as long as the tires are fairlynarrow, such as 12.5-inches wide, and the wheels have appropriateback-spacing. Some people have managed 38-inch tall tires, althoughusually, this is the point where suspension or body lift is required.
Highboy wheels were 8.00x16.5 inches, and are often replaced with 16-inchwheels.
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All Highboys had divorced transfer cases, as opposed to married transfercases. A married transfer case is bolted directly to the transmission. Adivorced transfer case is bolted onto its own cross-member, and isseparated from the transmission by a driveshaft. Highboys had Dana 24part-time transfer cases from 1967-1973,
The Dana 24 is a cast-iron, gear-driven, part-time, 2-speed case with1.86:1 gears. The NP203 is a chain-driven, full-time, 2-speed case with2.00:1 gears. The NP205 is a cast-iron, gear-driven, part-time, 2-speedcase with 1.96:1 gears.
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Highboys had either a 3-speed Ford Toploader manual (1967-1971), theNP-435 4x2 4-speed manual (1967-1977.5 -- yes, the 4x4 got the 4x2transmission), or the optional SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic C-6 in1973-1977.5. The reason that 4x2 transmissions were used in these 4x4'swas due to the divorced transfer case. The NP-435 was optional in1967-1971, and standard in 1972-1977.5.
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An example Highboy VIN is F26YRTxxxxx. F26 designates a F-250 4x4. AllHighboys begin with F26. The 'Y' indicates a 360 2V V-8 engine(1968-1976), although other engines were offered, such as the 240 1V Six(1967-1972), 300 1V Six (1967-1977.5), 351M 2V V-8 (1977), 352 2V V-8(1967),
################################################## ########################## Highboy Wheelbase ################################################### #########################.The term California car is used a lot but what is an actual California car?
This is a true California survivor having been originally built in the State of California, having been first sold in the State of California having been titled in the State of California in June of 1975 and has been continually registered for the last 43 years and is currently registered until June of 2018 in the State of California . I see collector cars advertised all the time in many different states that claim they are original California cars but this one of a kind Ranger Highboy comes with over 4 decades plus of canceled registrations that really have no value other than painting a picture of what a real California car is.
You or I cannot duplicate this one of a kind survivor
If you are looking for the real deal this is it if you have any questions or concerns regarding this vehicle please ask any questions before you place a bid. This vehicle is being sold with NO RESERVE and will sell to the last bidder. If you are interested in making an offer Please don't email and ask what I will sell it for it is being sold to the high bidder but reserve the right to sell it if the price is right. I am really not sure what the value is but I am sure it's a one of a kind that can't be duplicated

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Features:

Item location:Oakland, California, United States
VIN:F26YRN60905
Year:1972
Mileage:58,000
Make:Ford
Model:F-250
SubModel:Sport-Custom
Type:Standard Cab Pickup
Color:White
Interior color:Tan
Engine:360
Cylinders:8
Fuel:Gasoline
Transmission:Manual
Drive type:4WD
Vehicle Title:Clear