Simon Hadolt is no stranger when it comes to vintage cars. He has previously owned a 1962 EK Holden and currently has a 1928 Dodge Standard Six. His first car needs no introduction… The 1968 Bathurst HK Monaro continued to prove on and off the track that it was the performance benchmark of the day. But for Simon, nothing beats his current Ford machine! It has now been five years since he bought this stunning drive and it’s still as eye-catching as it is today.
Ford has a long history of producing popular pickup trucks, and 1977 was no exception. In 1975, Ford introduced the F-150 in between the F-100 and F-250. This awesome mid-range pickup quickly became the most popular pickup in the line-up. However, after 1983, the F-100 nameplate would be consigned to history.
At this point, Simon realised that he’s buying more than just a vehicle. A vehicle that’s committed to rugged reliability and dependability. Ford is often associated with a deep history rooted in dependability and longevity.
Simon’s 1977 Ford F-150 combines classic looks with serious V8 power, long bed versatility, and a go-anywhere 4×4 drivetrain. Its crisp navy paint has a timeless style. We can tell Simon has put a lot of thought into the details.
He also made a solid investment in places like the disc front brakes and standard drum brake rear, complete mechanical rebuild, black leather interior with crocodile skin, new air conditioning, power steering, spotlights, four thermo fans, and polished Mickey Thompson wheels to add style
With the interior investment Simon has made, this exudes a great classic feel, right down to the vintage steering wheel and factory gauges.
More than just its good looks, this pickup has all the right work-ready function you desire. Having complete control over the big V8 power and the engine modifications which include Edelbrock performer manifold, 600 cfm Holley carb, and electric fuel pump – it really knows how to use its muscle when the bitumen ends.
Simon loves taking it on cruises through town, its power steering and power brakes w/discs up front makes driving around a smooth and enjoyable journey
“I love everything about it especially the condition of the body,” said Simon when asked what his reason was for buying this vehicle. There’s more… this drive also had a memorable experience which was one of Simon’s favourites when it won the best ute at the Tasmanian Ute Muster!
It seems to us the journey of this Ford has just begun. What a great example of a pickup that you’ll love to cruise about in!
Given the dimensions and features of the F-150, this vintage pickup has all the right pieces for work and play! It’s a very handy feature both in town and out in the bush.