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Craigslist Find – 1994 Ford Centurion is the Truck You Didn’t Know You Needed

Marcal Eilenstein May 7, 2015 All Things Hoon 26 Comments

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It’s no secret that I’m a Craigslist hound, always trolling the bowels of the cars/trucks section for some interesting, rare, or just weird. Since moving to Springfield, I usually find the obligatory lifted trucks, clapped out rice rockets, or rust buckets that are only a few years old.

Today, though, I found something which is both interesting and rare, and I’ve only seen a handful of times in my entire life. In terms of style, it falls somewhere between a conversion van and a mail Jeep. Check it out!


This creation is a Ford F-150 Supercab, Centurion Edition.

From the ad:

Price lowered – Unique 4 Door Vehicle. I believe these were only manufactured for about 4 years. 351 V-8 engine. 4×4 Automatic Transmission. 2 gas tanks. About 174,725 miles. 2 bucket seats in front, 2 bench seats in back. Custom trim. Truck was stored for last 6 years. Recently installed new computer, battery, and master cylinder, head liner, etc. Runs good. Serious inquires only please. Thanks. OIOG also.    

The seller is probably right in saying this 7th generation body style was only produced for a few years, but the fact is that Centurion was making custom rigs all the way back to the 70’s, and have since been bought out by Southern Comfort Conversions. I did a little digging on this company, and it appears that Centurion would take a Supercab with a short box and put a Bronco hard top on it, effectively making it an 8- or 9-seat truck with a removable top.

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Call it an early Expedition (seriously – why was Ford sitting around while GM was making the Suburban, the Tahoe, the Denali, etc.), or call it a 4-door Bronco, but don’t call it ordinary. I don’t have any idea on production numbers (I’m sure one of you knows – this is Hooniverse, after all!), but based on those I’ve seen on the road, the Centurion edition F-150 is exceedingly rare.

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I can see a lot of practical uses for a 4-door pickup with a top, especially after the trip we just took from Seattle: having the ability to pull over and stretch out in the back seat for the night would have saved us some money on hotels, although convincing my wife to sleep in the back of a truck for four days would have been quite the challenge. Still, I can see using this to haul not only people, but all the stuff we like to keep dry and climate controlled.

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All things considered, this really isn’t a bad price for a truck with only 175,000 miles and a big 351 under the hood. How about you? Have you ever seen one of these in person? Would you pay $5,000 for a customized pickup truck? Let us know in the comments. Please also send cash.

 

[Source: Springfield Craigslist]

  • P161911

    This was a Suburban for Ford fans that REALLY hated GM. I can’t imagine they are still doing this since Ford made Excursions and still makes Expeditions. I do remember seeing a few with dually rear wheels.

  • 1977ChevyTruck

    Hey, that’s the same steering wheel my SHO has! I’d recognize that brick anywhere!

    I know this wasn’t a SHO/Taurus exclusive unit, as I’ve seen it on a few other period Fords. Anybody know just how many different vehicles it was installed in?

    • P161911

      I think that was THE Ford airbag wheel for much of the 1990s.

      • 1977ChevyTruck

        I think that was pretty much THE Ford AIRBAG for much of the 1990s.

    • Pretty sure there’s a Jag or Aston that had that same wheel as well.

      • Yup. V8 Virage and Vantage. Little AM crest crammed into the oval outline. Nobody would suspect a thing.

  • Batshitbox

    I’d call it a Longco.

    • Sjalabais

      Not sure, both that and BroncLong sound a bit Chinese to me.

  • ptschett

    A 3/4-ton variant on this was a favorite in my sketchbooks ca. 1994. (A local Ford dealer got the Centurion-converted crew-cab 1/2 tons once in a while, back in the “crew cab 1/2 ton pickups?!? It’ll never catch on” days…)

  • dukeisduke

    Centurion also made an F-150 SWB Crew Cab pickup; I’ve seen a few of those. The only problem was that they appeared to be based on the SWB Regular Cab, and so had only one fuel tank (the 16.5 gallon rear tank at the very back, above the spare tire). SWB SuperCabs (like the ’95 I had) used two tanks – an 18.2 gallon front tank along side the driveshaft on the driver’s side, inside the frame rail, and the 16.5 gallon rear tank.

    • Kiefmo

      There’s one of these in my neighborhood! I pointed it out to my wife once when we were on a walk, and she didn’t understand what was special about it. Afterall, Ford did produce crew cabs in SuperDuty spec for that body style, but those are identifiable by the higher-sitting heavy-duty suspension and ton-of-lugs wheels, whereas this truck sits like a normal 2WD F150, just with an extra set of doors. Looks perfectly factory.

      Sadly, I’ve never seen it change positions. It has those telltale stains on the pavement around the tires where water has moved around them in the same place time and again. It’s a shame.

      • matt

        I have on of those centurions, how longs has your neighbors cent been sitting there, me and lots of other cent owners would like too know?

        • Kiefmo

          At least since I’ve lived in the neighborhood. So, 4 years — never seen it budge.

          • matt

            would it be too much to ask for your general area?

            • Kiefmo

              Yes.

              To elaborate, I have it on good authority that the widow who owns it refuses to sell because it was her late husband’s price and joy. This has kept me from approaching the owner myself, and why I would rather not say where it is located if y’all are going to go pester her.

              • matt

                case closed. We just like too save them from the scrap yard because of their rarity, but it seems like its being appreciated, thanks for entertaining my questions.

  • PotbellyJoe★★★★★

    I used to see a few of these in MI as a kid. I loved the look of them. I almost bought one a few years ago, but we went with a much newer minivan (translation: The wife said, “You want a what that’s how old?”)

    I like the concept, but from guys i know who have owned them, you’re often better off sticking to the Suburban or dealing with a smaller Bronco.

  • 0A5599

    Centurion also made a C350(?), which was a van front and a second row of seating accessible through a right-side door, backed up with an extended length dually pickup bed. They were really popular with horse owners back when crew cab duallys were relatively uncommon.

    A former neighbor was restoring one for a customer. He said several people tried to buy it out of the driveway. 70’s chocolate brown with a vinyl roof (missing when I saw it during the rest process).

    • mve

      I’ve seen a few of those. Usually pulling a horse trailer.

  • I’d definitely spring for the 8-lug version of one of these with a 351 or 460. They’re more advanced/civilized than an 80s Suburban, but beefier than a mid-90s Suburban.

    Unfortunately, the period Centurion “deluxe” interiors didn’t age wheel physically or stylistically.

  • SlowJoeCrow

    Since these were mostly F350 based it might be more accurate to call them proto-Excursions. A blue one lives a few blocks away from me in daily driver service, but Oregon is home to all sorts of odd vehicles.

  • Kiefmo

    Based on the lack of reflection, this one looks like it might be lacking one rear side window. Might be a spendy replacement.

    Still, even with that considered, $5k ain’t a lot.

  • bus plunge

    I used to own a F350 four door four speed dually Centurion Cruiser with a 460 motor.. It looked sharp….for a while. The Chrome wheels continually rusted,,,I became Naval Jelly’s biggest consumer. The electrical connections for the clearance lights were shoddy–I had to replace them all…they continually failed, a different one each time. The paint was crappy, had to repaint the hood and front fenders. The spare tire fell against the muffler and caught on fire—this may have been a dealer problem when the trailer hitch was installed. The grab rail screw holes were ovaled out The gear shift lever fell off once going down the highway. The driver’s front seat back broke making it fun to drive until I got it fixed. We pulled a 40′ Kountry Aire fifth wheel triple axle travel trailer. I mean I looked sharp going down the highway. I bought the truck new at Fred Jones Ford in OKC in 1986— it was unsold 1984. I traded a 1982 Chevrolet 6.2 crew cab one ton which was a POS and $10,000 for it. For all that Cruiser’s problems, I loved that truck.

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  • Stuart

    Dont know if anyone still watches this post last comment was 7 months ago. The truck in the picture is now mine. I dont mean 1 like it but the truck in the picture. Same dent same marks same ad I responded to when it was on Craigslist. I just thought it was cool when I was googling stuff for the truck that this ad popped up. Never saw the ad before today.