When only the essentials are needed with a pickup truck, Ford offered a barebones version of the F-150 in 1998. Providing a budget-friendly Ford truck for farming and for concern commercial enterprises, the 1998 F-150 Standard delivered only a basic set of features. The 1998 Ford F-150 Standard was sold in the regular cab and Supercab body configuration supported by tires mounted to 16-inch steel wheels. Base power for the 1998 Ford F-150 Standard line came from a 4.2-liter V-6 engine producing 210 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.
This six-cylinder engine was mounted to a standard five-speed manual gearbox. Eight-cylinder power from a 4.6-liter Triton powerplant and a four-speed automatic transmission can be ordered for the F-150 Standard when a little bit more than light duty work is required. The 1998 Ford F-150 Standard could be equipped with either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drivetrain. The cabin of the F-150 Standard is purposely left as a no-frills environment outfitted with vinyl covered seating. A basic radio with four speakers served as one of the only convenience items included on the 1998 F-150 Standard pickup truck.
Despite the low-cost objective of the Ford F-150 Standard, safety equipment such as dual front airbags and anti-lock braking system was included at no extra charge. The F-150 Standard pickup truck line was replaced by the F-150 Work Series trim in 1999.