This truck digs the 1960s vibes with its retro appearance

Trucks seem to the hot favorites for aftermarket companies to work on. For people with deep pockets, there are companies like Hennessey and Roush. But, when you’re on a budget, you’d prefer to stick to the accessories and packages sold by the automaker itself. One Ford dealer that has gone above and beyond the factory packages is Long McArthur. The Salina, Kansas-based dealership has created many special editions in the past, like the F-150 Cattleman Edition and the F-150 Sidewinder.

Now, the company has revived one of its old packages that would give the perfect, evocative feel to the 2020 F-250. Called the Highboy, this package is based on the namesake Ford trucks sold in the 60s and 70s. This year didn’t start on a good note anyway; so, why not dial it back and live with the retro vibes?

What Are The Changes On The Outside?

The dealership mentioned that this package can be had on any F-250, irrespective of its trim, drive, or body configuration. This particular example showcased by the dealership is based on the XL four-wheel-drive trim with the STX appearance package. Firstly, the STX package includes:

  • Chrome Grille
  • Chrome Front And Rear Step Bumpers
  • STX Fender Vent Badge
  • 18-inch Cast Aluminum Wheels
  • Cruise Control
  • Sync System
  • AM/FM Stereo with MP3 Player
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On the outside, the truck receives a dual-tone red and white color note. This matches well with the chrome elements on the bumpers and the grille. You can see ‘Super Duty’ embossed on the tip of the hood. Being the base trim, it doesn’t feature fog lights. The side profile looks quite smart with the off-white shade vinyl wrap running all across. The thick strip gives out the retro vibes.

Coming to truck’s shoes, the dealership opted for 18-inch Pro Comp polished steel wheels. They are wrapped around 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires with white lettering. The rear ‘privacy glass’ window is tinted and comes with a defogger. There is a ‘4x4 Highboy’ sticker at the end of the truck bed. Long McArthur generally designs fancy, attractive logos for its special packages. This one is a little too pale and dull for my liking. However, the truck serves the purpose.

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Highboy Package by Long McArthur Ford
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This example also comes with trailer tow mirrors that fold and unfold manually. They are heated and comes with black mirror caps instead of chrome. The dealership has also installed running boards and a tailgate step on this F-250 XL. The roof is equipped with clearance lights. The truck bed features a K3 roll bar with four KC Daylighter auxiliary lights on top with yellow caps. The branding on the caps looks like smilies from afar. Spray-in bedliner is also thrown in as part of the package.

How Is It On The Inside?

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There aren’t a whole lot of changes on the inside. Long McArthur offers a serialized dash plaque for added exclusivity. There are a few things that are added as standalone optional items by the dealership:

  • Cloth Seats
  • 40:20:40 bench seat that doubles up as an armrest in the middle
  • Carpeted Flooring with XL Floor Mats
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • Ford Pass Connect

Does It Feature Any Mechanical Changes?

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Highboy Package by Long McArthur Ford
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This 2020 Ford F-250 is powered by the 7.3-liter, V-8 Godzilla gasoline engine that makes 430 ponies and 475 pound-feet of twist.

Power is sent to all the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Long McArthur has installed a leveling kit that raises the front end by two-inches for an even stance at the front and back. The dealership went with Rough Country suspension for this front lift. Since the big tires and raised body would give improper speed readings, a Hypertech speedometer recalibration is done along with wheel alignment.

Ford F-250 specifications
Engine 7.3-liter V8
Configuration 90-degree V8, single in-block cams
Block/head material Cast iron block, aluminum heads
Displacement 7.3 liters (445 cubic inches)
Bore x stroke 4.22 inches x 3.98 inches
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Horsepower 430 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 475 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

How Much Does It Cost?

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Highboy Package by Long McArthur Ford
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With all the add-ons except for the Highboy Package, the cost of this truck comes to $45,000.

The standard truck is priced at $33,705 before any other packages included. So, for a little over $11,000, you get the standalone options and the STX appearance package and the Power Equipment package. Long McArthur is charging $9,985 for the Highboy Package over and above the cost mentioned above. It comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty as well.

Final Thoughts

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Highboy Package by Long McArthur Ford
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This package looks really good and serves the purpose of looking like a retro truck. We’ll leave it on you to decide if the truck is worth the price with all the optional accessories and packages. The dealership has clarified that this package can be applied to any configuration of the F-250 Super Duty, and you needn’t necessarily buy the ones that are with them in stock.

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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