• Meet Rusty Boy: 1974 Ford F250 “Highboy” Classic Project Truck [Video]

    1974 Ford F-250

    Meet “Rusty Boy” – Tommy’s 1974 Ford F250 “Highboy” pickup truck. Highboy is a nickname Ford fans gave these pre-1977.5 ford heavy duty trucks because of the factory lifted suspension.

    What exactly is a high boy? What is the story with this truck?

    Check out all of the details in the video below.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    15 thoughts on “Meet Rusty Boy: 1974 Ford F250 “Highboy” Classic Project Truck [Video]

    1. Thanks for sharing these videos. Both high boy and Big Green are awesome project trucks. I have never heard of a high boy till you guys shared yours with us. Truly a sweet truck.

    2. Awesome truck! Looking forward to future battles between Big Green and Rusty Boy…although Rusty Boy might need a new powerplant to truly compete with Big Green’s new motor.

    3. A friend of mine has a 1975 Chevrolet regular cab four wheel drive manual transmission that he purchased new. He said it was called a Heavy Half. Has anybody else heard of this or owned one. It was his first vehicle and I have tried to buy it but he will not part with it.

    4. My 1st truck was a 77 with a straight 6 300. 4 on the floor. Black as the high boy. 390 is pretty good engine. The memories is coming back Tommy. You will do fine with it.

    5. Oh Tommy what was size of the original wheels? Did I hear that Ken said 16.5 wheels? And they was illegal? Can you clarify this? Thxs

        1. Oh yeah them split ring are not bias to body parts. Hard to believe they had split rings on the high boy.

          Thanks keep up the good work.

    6. Hey Tommy,you are going to need a lot of parts to bring your ‘high boy’ to fruition.If you don’t watch these do-it-yourself shows,ya might want to find when they are on in your area.Pay attention to the parts vendors that advertise there.If you have the loot,they will more than likely have the parts,including an all new bed.Good luck on your first project.

    7. Dear Tommy,
      do you realize at your age, when you are retirement age that $3,800 will be worth $38,000? My suggestion. Clean it up just a little bit, and flip it to an old man for more.
      Your only True Friend in this world.

    8. Tommy – – –

      Excellent job on the video, — and a very touching story. I’m 74, and that ain’t no “old rusty hunk”: IT’S A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH!

      With a lot of work (I am not going to minimize it), and an added ~$5K in body, cosmetics, and mechanical upgrades, — after 5 years you will have the envy of Colorado. Looks like the engine is good: no blue smoke upon revving, etc. And with guidance from your Dad, Roman; the counsel from Andre; and the knowledge of your friend and associate, Kent Sundling*, you should be in great shape.
      BTW: How’s the transmission?

      * Egad! Is there any about trucks that Kent doesn’t know?! He is absolutely amazing! He’s probably forgotten more than I’d ever know about trucks…

      PS – I just spent about $7500 updating mechanicals and having body work done (plus my own) on a badly rusted ’96 Dodge Ram: a heavy salt-state disaster (WI). Took serval years, but this too was a gem…


    9. That is an awesome truck. I am jealous. I once witnessed a similar two wheel drive truck with the 390 pull away from a 1978 Corvette. What a sight.

    10. Mod list for that ford.
      Back half of truck. A nice flat bed. Skip fixing the bed and just get a flat bed.
      Front half some nice candy apple red paint after body work and rechromed chrome pieces

      Power train
      An entire Wrecked 6.2 super duty from junkyard… you get an engine trans transfer case and electronics. Some shoehorning it all in and some custom drive shafts and you would have a 1 of a kind truck!

    11. Hey Tommy, nice to see you were able to locate a decent example of what you have been searching. I get it all the time too on my project, however, it isn’t a truck, but is what I wanted. Many will be quick to criticize, indicating you could have found a cleaner example with less rust for a minimal amount more. With enough searching, I agree, I have been and in your situation with those comments. Don’t let rust scare you, it is metal and can be restored, I am in the same situation. Just understand it won’t be “factory original” or a perfect “survivor” example, and yes, additional funds may be required to pursue that direction, but you will have fun learning the process over time and provides a great learning experience. I agree, it would be nice to find a rust free example, but what do you do with it? At that point you get the “keep it original” crowd, “ah your chopping it up”, but I don’t look for internet approval, or car show people’s opinion(s), make it the way you envision the final product. A true auto enthusiast appreciates all work, even if it isn’t their, or my, “cup of tea”. Always keep in mind someone will always claim to be able to find a cleaner, cheaper, faster example, but I respond with, well…where is it, I didn’t see you drive up in one?! Anyway, enjoy and I look forward to the future video sets, and comparisons with Big Green. In addition, Rusty Boy won’t be rusty for too long if you follow through with your intentions. Congrats!

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