1988 Ford F350
1988 Ford F350
-Red and White Over Red Interior
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“The best-built American trucks for seven years running…” – 1988 Ford Truck full-line brochure
“… Ford quality has led all other American automotive companies. That's based on an average of owner-reported problems in a series of surveys of '81-'87 models designed and built in North America. Indeed, Ford trucks have a reputation for being built tough, solidly engineered, and ready for the task at hand. And that reputation is backed up with hard data. Ford F-Series pickups have outsold all competitors for the past nine years.
“The point is quality. At Ford, no other issue has higher priority than the quality of the… trucks we produce. Over the past several years, we've made significant investments toward that end. In dollars, yes. But more importantly, we've invested in our people—we've formed a stronger partnership with our employees encouraging everyone to pull together with the goal of producing the right vehicles for today and tomorrow. It's all summed up in the familiar little credo which has come, year by year, to mean exactly what Ford Motor Company is all about: Quality is Job 1.”
Offered here is a 1988 Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab XLT Lariat 2WD pickup in red-and-white over red. This is a California truck and a true survivor. Showing 83,294 miles on its odometer, this very capable pickup has traveled just over 2,500 miles per-year on average since new. Ready for lots more miles and who-knows-how-many-more job sites? You bet it is.
The exterior paint shows the effects of the California sun. Fading is present notably on upward-facing surfaces, primarily the hood and cabin roof. Clearcoat delamination is also evident on selective body panels. A tape stripe is present where the red and white colors meet. There are no major dents or body damage, but there are minor dents, primarily on the tailgate. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, please be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) In addition to the XLT Lariat top-tier factory trim, the truck has severable desirable additions including tubular-steel, entry-assist steps, cab-side assist handles adjacent to all four doors, a Craftsman® lockable, diamond-plate tool-and-storage box (in the cargo area immediately behind the cab), dual West-Coast-style side mirrors, and front, side, and rear-window air deflectors. Chrome bumpers, grille, bodyside, and window trim have been well-maintained with some light patina. Cabin glass and lighting lenses are free of damage, but both headlight and taillight lenses are cloudy from age. All factory badging is in place, including the blue-oval Ford grille emblem, “EFI” front emblem, tailgate F-O-R-D lettering, and front-fender “F350 XLT Lariat” emblems. Factory 16-inch steel wheels (with original full wheel covers) are mounted with GoodYear® Tracker 235/85 LT radial tires.
The truck's red interior has been extremely well-kept with only minimal signs of age or wear. In particular, the original patterned red seat-upholstery fabric shows virtually no wear. Similarly, red cabin carpeting is in excellent condition due to the use of protective mats. Door panels (with power-window controls) and the “XLT Lariat”-badged dashboard—all in red—show no damage. A multi-function, 2-spoke Ford-branded steering wheel frames a driver-focused, woodgrain-trimmed, complete instrument panel (including tachometer and engine monitoring analog gauges, part of the Lariat XLT trim). The dual-fuel-tank pump is controlled by a switch on the dash. The shift lever for the automatic transmission is mounted on the steering column. The truck's original audio unit remains mounted below the slide-lever controls for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Under the hood, the 7.5-liter Ford V8 commands a clean and complete engine bay. All components--including air conditioning--are properly mounted with no added performance modifications. The engine compartment has not been overly detailed. Viewed from below, the chassis is clean, straight, and undamaged. Light surface rust is present on some untreated metal.
The truck's factory-mounted identification and information tags remain mounted. The original owner's manual is included in the sale.
While the more than 100 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '88 F350 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
This well-equipped, very capable, and nicely maintained '88 F350 is a testament to the truth in Ford's “Quality is Job 1” slogan. Maintained to its current level, there really is no limit to how far this capable truck will go, or how long it'll last.