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d4klutz

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Age : 39
Location : Gilmer, TX
Registration date : 2014-01-23

PostSubject: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:21 am

My first truck was a 1978 F250 with the 351 Modified.  I loved the looks and  styling of the truck and rue the day that I sold it.  However, over the last 18 years, I have wanted another 1978 Ford truck.  I finally found it!  I had bought a 1962 Willys Jeep (running and driving) a few months ago for $2500.  I was going to fix it up, but just  never had the time or passion to do so.  It was too small for my 6'4" frame, but I just couldn't pass up on the amazing deal.  So, I used it around my property to move things, etc.  A coworker of  mine approached me one day to tell me that he was selling his 78 f100 shortbed truck, as he had just lost interest in it.  He was asking $5000, but would sell it to me for $3000 as he knew I was wanting another 78, and he just wanted his money back out of it that he put into it.  I offered a trade... my 62 willys for his 78 f100. After a week of deliberation and convincing his wife, he agreed!  So, about 3 weeks ago, I went and took the willys to him and picked up my new truck.  I hadn't even gotten it home before people were asking if I wanted to sell it.  The answer was an unequivocal NO! I had 2 people offer to buy it within the first 12hrs of owning it.   lol! 

So, without further ado, here is my dream truck.  It is the original color with almost no rust (just a few surface spots)

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This truck has the (4.9l) 300ci straight six in it with an edelbrock 650cfm 4 barrel carb sitting on an offenhauser dual port intake. The motor is actually an industrial motor out of a dumptruck. So, it breathes a little better and is designed to run around 3500 rpm without heating issues. The original 3 on the tree transmission has been converted to a top-loader three speed (shifter on the floor). It will move out very quickly.

Issues:
1) charging issues - alternator was not recharging the battery -- FIXED by re-crimping and re-routing all the wires from the alternator to to the voltage regulator
2) Hard start issues - carb is out of adjustment and fuel pump is weak. -- Replaced fuel pump, still need to adjust carb.
3) Wiring issues - there is alot of hacked up wiring under the dash -- my plan is to eventually buy a new harness and replace the one that is there
4) Headlight issues - Headlight wiring is hacked up and it needs a new headlight harness. -- plan is to rebuild the headlight harness from an existing harness that I have from a newer f150
5) exhaust - the catalytic converter is stopped up. -- plan is to cut the cat off and straight pipe the exhaust until I have the engine running right. Then I will put a glasspack on it in order to give it the nasty, mean, rumble that only a straight 6 can deliver.
6) I have no place to put my drinks/ pipes/ etc. I will fabricate something that will allow me to hold these items securely, yet within easy reach.


I will update this thread as I get the projects completed
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Cartaphilus

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Age : 63
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:29 am

Okay! Ya convinced me........I'll trade ya straight across for my P/U but, you keep the coonskin caps
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PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:37 am

Negatory, Batman. I didn't get the coonskin caps either Sad The only way this truck would be for sale, is if someone offered me an insane amount of money (10 grand or more).  lol!  I am not greedy, just that, at 10 grand, I would be stupid NOT to sell it.
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Richard Burley

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Location : North Coast NY
Registration date : 2011-04-09

PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:44 am

Looks like a loveable truck, a real pickup.  I understand their utilitarian uses, but I can't stand the looks of today's crew and extended cab trucks.  Plus you can't even get a stick shift--just auto, I believe.  If I had yours, and lived among the hills and twisties, I think I would opt for a five-speed, but straight and flat Texas doesn't need one.  Good luck with this; you seem to know what you're doing.  I'm tempted as hell to get one similar.*

*  (Then drive it in the northeast winter salt and watch the body decompose. Sigh.)
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PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:33 pm

I would love to find a 5 sp transmission for it. However, the ones that I know of are a PITA to work on. Internal slave cylinders are its weak spot. Have to pull the transmission to replace them. I have a spare zf-5 speed, but I do not believe the bell housings will match as it is off of a 7.3l diesel powerstroke motor. The sad part is, that about 6 months ago, I got rid of two 5sp trans for this 300 six motor. *Sigh* hauled em off for scrap cuz I didn' have anything to use them on. Oh the irony!
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PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:34 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
straight and flat Texas doesn't need one.

That's West Texas my friend in the hill country and even where I'm located there are plenty of hills and whoop-De do's.
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PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:12 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
 Plus you can't even get a stick shift--just auto, I believe.

Yeah, I don't understand this development at all. Some of us like to have control, and a manual transmission is the ticket when you're running through two feet of snow like we have here.

Enjoy your new-old truck , it's better than the new ones. At least you can work on it without patching a computer readout through a satelite to headquarters to decipher a code that pertains only to the production run between 11:00 and 11:10 feb. 4th when shift change occured.

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PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:49 pm

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At least you can work on it without patching a computer readout through a satelite to headquarters to decipher a code that pertains only to the production run between 11:00 and 11:10 feb. 4th when shift change occured.  

LOL, How true.  It is a nice change of pace for me.  Most of what I have are computer controlled now  Sad Sad 
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PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:34 pm

I love it! The issues don't seem to bad either.
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PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:39 pm

Very cool truck JP. Those old Ford pickups are workhorses that take a lickin' and keep on tickin'.

I had one of a similar vintage a few yrs ago that had over 200K on it when I got it. Ran fine for a yr or so but then started nickel and dimeing me. Not being any kind of a mechanic I had to farm out the work and it got too expen$ive in the end. Ended up putting more into repairs than I paid for it, so it was time to let her go.

And the pity was that the engine was just fine. Always started even in the coldest weather too. Reminded me of a race horse, just wanted to go go go.

Sounds like you're much more of a wrench than myself, so you'll be able to handle the issues. Enjoy your new/old truck.


Cheers,

RR
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Location : Laramie, WY
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PostSubject: Re: Dream Truck is finally home!   Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:31 am

Excellent trade you made JP! I had a 68 for years and rue the day I let my brother borrow it. Back in the day I was pretty good with a wrench but I never could fix a transmission. The problems you list are pretty minor and I'm sure you'll have them sorted in short order.
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