1977 Ford F-150 Complaint - The Worst Automobile I Ever Owned
DALLAS, TEXAS -- I bought a new 1977 F-150 back in 1977 and soon found that it was a lemon. When I revved the engine it came up on the right side (from inside the cab's viewpoint). I asked the salesman who had sold me this truck about it and he said not to worry - they all did it. I found out differently later. In the interim I got a speeding ticket and contested it because I knew I had not been speeding. I took the truck back to the Ford Dealership and the mechanic looked it over and then told me they had put the wrong speedometer drive gear in the transmission - that's why it read low and that's why I got the speeding ticket.
Because I had not brought the truck to a "certified speedometer garage" to have it checked I had to pay the speeding ticket. Not long after that the timing chain went out. I (with my hands) replaced the timing chain and both drive sprockets. Soon I had to have the transmission re-built. For another problem (I can't remember what it was) I took it back to the Ford Dealership and, while the mechanic was checking that problem out he found that there were no engine mounting bolts on the right side. That's why the engine came up on that side when it was being revved. The mechanic told me he never had seen anything like it. I had to pay for the engine mounting bolts myself as the warranty had expired by this time. Not long after that I had to have the engine re-built.
I've discussed this with many people and they all said the same thing - if you own a Ford you should be one of 2 things - a mechanic or someone who can afFord to be constantly replacing parts on that Ford and making repairs on that Ford.
What do you think of this statement? It's all true.
Oh - by the way I had to replace the water pump twice.
The Ford Dealership in Dallas, TX. where I bought this truck? It was run out of Dallas because it had been "engaging in false advertising practices" and moved north a few miles and changed its name to Middlekauf Ford.