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Old January 12th, 2011, 11:37 PM   #1
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Picked up a 1987 ford f350 6.9 diesel, 4x4, 4 door, long bed with 180,000 miles for $800!!
It was in Texas in a previous life, so as far as under body rust gos, there's not much. The doors, fenders and box on the other hand are a little worse. It runs good but leaks diesel like crazy!!! (gotta find the leak!) It has a leaky power steering line, and I think the steering gear box might be bad sense there's a ton of play in the wheel. Also the breaks need attention, they work but not to well.

This is going to be a dd with a little bit of off road capability and sense I sold my explorer today I'm gonna have to work fast, and spend little.

Plans:
its getting a little lift 4" (any one know of a good lift under $800)
already bought some used Humvee tires and rims. (37x12.5r16.5)
I'm going to get some body parts tomorrow or Friday.
and that's it for now...not gonna get ahead of myself...

Basically i have $1750 to make this truck right, so its gonna be kinda tight.

one pic for now, more tomorrow
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Old January 12th, 2011, 11:49 PM   #2
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Nice find!!!!

Seriously though that thing is a freighter sized truck, and won't be very good off road due to its massive size. It will however make an awesome tow rig.

Find out what the fuel leak is first, could be a simple fix or one that is very expensive and time consuming, which may make it a deal breaker to fix under the $1750
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Old January 13th, 2011, 07:20 AM   #3
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i had the same problem stearing wise in 3 of my trucks it was the inner tie rod was really bad and the outers were a little sloppy that may be your problem.
but bad ass project cant wait to see it when its done
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Old January 13th, 2011, 08:37 AM   #4
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Cool project!!! I love the older crew cabs! I look forward to watching it come together.

If the fuel leak is while its running, check the fuel injector return lines.
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Old January 13th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #5
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If the fuel leak is while its running, check the fuel injector return lines.
i will try that....sense it ONLY leaks when running...thanks

Id think if it were like a hole in the line it be leaking all the time, Right?

Ok now for a update...

Found this little guy in the local junk yard today...


had a good drivers fender, doors, and grill assembly. plus I wanted to update the looks and make mine a 93 style anyways so this was the perfect opportunity.....what core support will i need? I know 92 or newer but what about the diesel factor?

and 3 hours of freezing my a$$ off later....


I'm going back because there was a 86ish bronco there and I want the bucket seats, center counsel, dash parts and door panels...ya there getting some of my money...

also had the wheels and tires mounted and balanced..,

There a little big for it right now but it will grow into them...

Not doing anything to it tomorrow cause the boat shows in town but for now I'm off to fix a fuel leak...
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Old January 13th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #6
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also can I lift this truck with just blocks? 4" in the front, 3" in the back? iv talked to two people that say yes sense its not really ever going off road so I'm kinda thinking about it...or this? http://discount4wheel.com/i-4916106-...try-24832.html any good?
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Old January 13th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #7
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blocks in the front are a bad idea.
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blocks in the front are a bad idea.
+2 Not to mention unsafe and illegal.

Do it once and right.
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also can I lift this truck with just blocks? 4" in the front, 3" in the back? iv talked to two people that say yes sense its not really ever going off road so I'm kinda thinking about it...or this? http://discount4wheel.com/i-4916106-...try-24832.html any good?

Front blocks are illegal like said, and a terrible idea, you're prolly gonna want to get a little more complete lift than that, one with shocks, and some kind of steering correction
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Old January 14th, 2011, 01:42 PM   #10
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OK, so as i thought the guys that I talked to knew nothing, i knew that blocks were unsafe but i didn't know they were illegal...but anyways, I'm gonna get a 4" rough country lift that has everything I need for $700
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Old January 16th, 2011, 01:17 AM   #11
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got the tires on it today, it looks like it really doesn't need much of a lift, i didn't see any really rub when I turned the wheels so I thing a 1" 1/2" add a leaf in the front would make it all better, and it better sense i just bought one...heres some pics



also i found one of the leaks!!! but I guess there's another
here's the location of the one i found...

the red arrows are pointing at the leaking line...

it is a vary slow leak when running. i started it, It dipped a few times then I shut it off, thinking "oh that's it", but later when I looked under the truck there was diesel on the floor that wasn't before...so i guess there's another...also does the injection pump have to come off to fix that?. my dad thinks so I say no...
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Old February 13th, 2011, 11:45 PM   #12
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got back on it today, still haven't found the big leak but anyway here is why I title this thread as such...


For a truck that spent 15 years in Texas this is Kinda bad IMO...but I'm just gonna weld in some patches and call it done, sense it is just an old truck after all.

sense my last post my dad decided he liked this truck and went and bought a 96 7.3 4x4 crew cab, lucky for me it came with all types of extra parts, most notably, it came with a set of rear doors and I promptly stole them. Also i have decided to keep mine in the 87 style sense my dad has a 96 now and i don't want to have the same truck as him. so that means I need 2 front fenders, any one got any?

here are the parts...

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