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Old December 30th, 2011, 03:44 PM   #1
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My GFs father just acquired an '87 F-150 and is looking to sell it, I have been looking into getting an old truck to tow my Jeep one runs I don't think i'll make it back on.

Now the info I have on it is that is has around 107k on it , 5.0, od trans of some sort, 4x4 and is single cab 8ft bed I beleve.

My knowledge on fords are limited, my good friend has had an older bronco and now has a B2 I know that they have the TTB front 44s and there seems to be more vacume lines than it seems to be necessary.

I'm just wondering what some of the things to look at and check before attempting it. What are some common problems and failures with them.
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Ball joints/U-joints are the weak point in the front ends. I've had good luck with the few older F-series I have had.
Ignition control module is a weak spot on the ignition, but then it wouldn't start at all.
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Check the PCV breather system for clogs. If they clog up it will eventually blow a lot of oils seals. Personally i am not a fan of the EFI 5.0 and E40D combo if that's what it has. E40D's are expensive to rebuild and tend to take a shit if they get too hot (towing/plowing). That motor has a tendency to leak a lot of oil from a lot of different places. But that's just my .02
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If its a 1987 F150 it may have the either a C6 (3 speed D 2 1) or AOD (4 speed (D) 2 1 with the D circled or bold background), electronic overdrives didnt come out till about the 89 model.

It is what it is. A 25 year old truck that may need some maintenance and small fixes. First thing to do would to be replace all the bushings in the front end. Go through the brake lines looking for corrosion or rust and replace them. Make sure your tie rod ends, ball joints and U joints are in good shape or replace them. Other than that, you will have to school yourself on how to maintain vehicles to keep it around for a long time.
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