Insider Spotlight – Jerry Craig: An F-150 Expert

Jerry just purchased his 7th F-150 in 40 years!  Over the years he has owned a ’77, ’86, ’95, ’96, ’03, ’10 and now a 2017.

Jerry with 2017 F150

Jerry is a Ford truck guy through and through.  All of these truck except the 2010 have been used for working on the farm.  According to Jerry, “I used them on the farm.  The only one I had any trouble with was the ’86.  I had to put a new transmission in that one!”  Below I have borrowed some history and photos from to give an idea of the history of the F-150 from Jerry’s perspective!

1977 Flareside
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1977 – Although touched on only lightly in the 1977 F-Series pickup truck catalog, four-wheel-drive models were attracting enough interest to warrant a brochure of their own. image. 1977 was the first year for smaller cowl insignias moved near the windshield. A Ford F-100 “Shorty Flareside” with four-wheel drive shows off the flashy graphics and abundant accessory choices that were aimed at younger buyers who wanted to personalize their trucks. The 117-inch-wheelbase Flareside featured a 6-1/2 foot cargo bed.
1985 F-150
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1986 – With the F-150 firmly ensconced as the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., there was little reason to change it for 1986 — and Ford didn’t.
1993 F150
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1995 – 1995 saw the the introduction of the Eddie Bauer edition. Named after the outdoor gear and apparel company favored by yuppies, the Eddie Bauer F-Series was the most luxurious Ford pickup available, with features such as two-tone paint, air conditioning, power everything, stereo with cassette, alloy wheels and the 40/20/40 front seat. A new 7.3-liter, “Power Stroke” turbodiesel became optional on F-250 Heavy Duty pickups and F-350′. This new direct-injection turbodiesel engine produced 210 horsepower and a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque — both up significantly over previous versions. Matched to a four-speed automatic gearbox, the new engine put out 210 horsepower and 425 foot-pounds of torque, making it ideal for heavy hauling and towing applications.
1996 – Ford F-Series pickup trucks continued with few changes for 1996. F-150 Flareside and Lightning models met their demise and shorter-wheelbase versions of the F-250 Heavy Duty SuperCab and Crew Cab debuted. The short-wheelbase versions had a bed length of 6.75 feet versus the 8-foot bed of the longer-wheelbase trucks.
2003 Ford F 150 Lariat
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In 2003, a sporty STX trim package was introduced, aimed at younger truck buyers. The STX package featured color keyed front/rear bumpers along with clear lens headlights and integrated round fog lamps. The package also featured chrome step rails, 17″ chrome wheels, and a Kenwood Z828 stereo was installed in place of the standard Ford radio.

Image from NADA Guides


2010 was really not too noteable.  I guess the most significant point is that it was right before the 2011 redesign so the rebates were really good!

And finally that brings us to 2017.  Congratulations Jerry on 40 years of F-150 ownership.  Thanks for all of your hard work on the farm and for keeping the Cortland economy humming along. Check out our great selection of F-150 Trucks:

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