1975 ford f250 (Specs And Features)

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You are considering the restoration of an older 1975 F-250, but you need to do some research. What are the specs and features of the 1975 F-250?

The 1973 - 79 F-series comprised the sixth generation of Ford light-duty pickups, beginning a trend lasting for 46 consecutive years. The 1975 F250 was designed to meet the growing demand of Americans who wanted trucks they could use for home and work.

Even though Ford has dominated the American truck market for 46 consecutive years, the road to the top hasn’t always been easy. Designed to meet the growing demand of consumers abandoning their cars and buying pickups as daily drivers, Ford sought to capitalize on the market with a new generation truck (the sixth) in 1973. These trucks (known as Ford “Dentsides”) radically changed the pickup game, helping the company to achieve long-lasting recognition. What exactly is so special about the mid-70s F250? To answer that question, one only has to look at the 1975 Ford F250. Today, this truck is one of the most sought-after and rebuilt classic trucks on the road.

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What Are The Features of the ‘75 F 250?

Let’s explore what makes the 1975 Ford F250 generate so much interest for an owner looking for a classic vehicle to restore to life.


The 1975 Ford F-250 came with a standard straight 300 cubic-inch inline-6 cylinder, though the 360 cubic-inch FE V8 was offered until the company discontinued it in ‘77 with the introduction of the 400. (Most owners opted for the V8 engine). The six-cylinder engine put out a measly 117 hp, while the V8 cranked a tad better @ 143, which was significantly better.

Two transmissions were offered on the Ford F 250, a 4-speed manual was stock, with the option for an automatic transmission labeled the Cruise-O-Matic that you could only order if you upgraded to the V8.

Power Steering and Brakes

The 1975 Ford F250 came with standard power brakes. The company had been using power steering for a couple of years (since 1973) and electric wipers since the late 1960s.


To help distinguish the sixth generation from previous versions, the designers tweaked a few things but kept much of the original chassis intact. One subtle difference was an inward concave running down the truck's side. When it first came out, the effect on most owners was as if there was a straight long “dent,” hence, the name “Dentside.”

The 75 also kept the “Styleside” cues from the early 60s, which substituted flat fender wells rather than the flared-out ones. The result was a long bed with additional payload capacities. To highlight the change, the company decided to call the new design “Styleside.”

The company did make a few Crewcabs as special order work trucks, but the bulk of that year’s editions were single cabs.  (The 75 Crew is one of the rarest classics around). The company did not offer this truck with the SuperCab. With a wheelbase of 133 inches, the long bed gave the f 250 more stability and less wear on the rear shocks, which translated to a smoother ride.

Trim Levels

The 1975 Ford was offered in the Custom, Ranger, and Ranger XLT trim levels. (Ford 4x4s did not have an integrated transfer case, which meant that they sat several inches higher than competitors). The result was the birth of the Monster truck movement, which gave the pickup body an intimidating look.


Built on independent front twin-I-beam suspension, the truck had confident cornering and a solid feel as the truck worked over the road bumps. The 2.5-inch springs on the rear wheels were designed for heavier payload capacities. The double-walled construction offered additional strength for the bed, and the 8-inch depth made hauling even big loads easy.

Zinc coatings and rust-inhibiting metals were used in the construction of the body (over 200 feet of galvanized metal was used). The construction from a single sheet configuration helped minimize rivet points and possible rust penetrations.

Paint Schemes

The F250 came with 16 stock paint options with Tu-tone schemes. The colors that were offered were Wimbledon White, Vineyard Gold, Viking Red, Baytree Green, Hatteras Green Metallic, Glen Green, Candy Apple Red, Parrot Orange, Raven Black, Wind Blue, Bahama Blue, Midnight Metallic Blue, Sequoia Brown Metallic, Chrome Yellow and New Ginger Glow.

Regular - offered the accent color on the top and upper back panel with a belt line wrapped around the side and back of the cab.

Deluxe - offered on stylesides only; the accent color is on the lower portion of the sides and rear below the lower tailgate moldings.

Combination - this paint scheme took the deluxe scheme but put the accent color on the cab’s roof.

Capacity and Payload

The 1975 F-250 has a max GVW of 8100 lbs and a maximum payload of 3,625 lbs. The 8-foot box included 73.6 cu. ft of cargo space. The wheelbase width was between 64.4 and 64.8 inches. The double-walled sides helped provide strength and stability for hauling. The truck also had a max tow capacity of around 4500 lbs.

Camper Special Option

The 12-foot slide-on Camper Special was an option for regular and supercab models with a V8 and 4-speed or Cruise-O-Matic transmissions. Many owners turned their Ford F250 trucks into weekend vacation homes and took advantage of the explosion of parks, campgrounds, and natural wonders of the open road.

The F250 Camper Special option has many specific upgrades, like HD rear springs, front and rear stabilizer bars, dual electric horns, and extra wide mirrors mounted on the doors. Oil gauge. 55 amp alternator, and upgraded battery. The highboy version of the ford f (4x4) was not allowed due to rollover risk at fast speeds.


The interior of the f 250 truck was color-coordinated bench seating, mated with three seat belt positions. The doors had integrated armrests, and manual windows, with plenty of shoulder and hip room for three adults. The seven inches of foam offered a luxurious feel and softened the ride.

Instrumentation with simple faux wood trim edging on the dash was simple and straightforward. Controls were convenient and easy to reach. A stock AM Philco radio came with an AM/FM stereo option. The heater offered good flow from the integrated vents, and if the owner desired, they could add air conditioning as an optional feature.

One of the things that customers had clamored for was more interior storage inside the cab of the Ford pickup trucks. To address the concern, designers increased the glove compartment and moved the fuel tank on most models to outside of the cab rather than behind the seat as it had been for years. The added interior space offered more storage room to many owners’ delight.

What were the Production Numbers for the 1975 F250?

The units were built in North America, Argentina, and Australia. Production numbers are -

Pickup No. of Units
F250 Regular Cab 86,106
F250 SuperCab 29,622
F250 Regular Cab 4x4 49,226

The following model options for the 1975 F250.

Options Number of Units With Option
Automatic Transmission 56%
Power Drum Brakes 30.5%
Power Disc Brakes 69.5%
Power Steering 86.4%
360 cid V8 94.1%
300 cid inline 6 5.9%
Four Wheel Drive 30.5%
Air Conditioning 24.8%
Tinted Glass 68.8%
AM radio 68%

What are the Specifications of the 1975 F250?

Below are some of the specifications of the 1975 F250.

Item Specification
300 cu in inline 6 117 HP - 223 lbs/ft of torque
360 cu in V8 196 HP - 327 lbs/ft of torque
Length 205.1 inches
Wheelbase 132.99 inches
Wheelbase Width 64.5 - 64.8 inches
GVW Weight 7700 lbs.
Payload 3,625 lbs.
Towing capacity 4500 lbs
Cargo Space (8’ bed) 73.6 cu inches
Fuel Type Regular or unleaded gasoline
4x4 Optional
No. of cylinders (Regular Cab) 6 (300 cu inline) - 8 (360 cu V8)
No. of cylinders (Super Cab) 8 (460 cu V8)
# of seats 3 - (Bench style - Regular Cab)
6 - (Bench style - SuperCab)
Transmission 4 - speed Manual or Cruise-O-Matic
Front suspension Independent coil spring
Rear suspension Leaf spring
Front Brakes Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Tire size 215/85 R 16.5
Rim Size 63 x 16.5
Fuel Injection system Carburetor
MPG 16.5
Air Conditioning Optional
Body Type Pickup
Doors 2
MSRP $4,099 plus tax