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Old April 19th, 2017, 12:16 AM   #1
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I haven't had a dedicated trail beater in awhile, I feel like I should have one.

A few weeks ago I picked up a running, driving F150 off a guy at work. It's a Mexican bodystyle Supercab, 5.4 auto.

I was going to flip it, but then I realized everyone is broke I don't feel like dealing with people really. So, I started to actually work on it.



It's not much to look at, but it really doesn't need to be. It goes forward, backward, left and right, and it will keep the rain off me. All things my stupid Jeep next to it don't do.

Also, it's a Supercab, which is nice, because I'm 6'5", and I'll enjoy the extra leg room.



The dash didn't work, at all, when i bought it. It also didn't go into park. The two issues turned out to be related, since the mounting bolts for the shifter had worked loose and allowed the OD off button to short out and for some reason Ford runs the whole dash on that same fuse. I just taped them off, IDC about locking out OD.

The next issue, is the exhaust, is completely unhooked from the driver's manifold. And whatever shop ran it, didn't bother to put the O2's in it either. So it's just been chillin in open loop for who knows how long lol.

So I'm going to go ahead and hack the exhaust back together so it's not deafening me, and see how it runs with no O2's and go from there for now.

All I really plan to do with it is flat bed it, throw some 35-37" tires on it, and wheel it everywhere I can. Since it'll never see a road again, I can really be cheap AF with everything lol.
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Here's my 98 F150. Love this body style.
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Well that looks alot nicer than what I have planned lol.

I'm not likely to get this on the trail any time soon honestly, whenever I have money for tires, I'll be spending it on a cab for my C10, but, since I own this, and don't have a trail rig, why not?
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Exactly. Why not have some fun.


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Today before work I patched the exhaust back together.

The flange to hold the down pipe to the manifold is gone, so I tacked this piece of sheetmetal from the remaining bolt to the pipe.



Then I wrapped it all in header tape and furnace cement,



Fawkin mint! Much quieter now, although the muffler is still off that pipe in the rear, so I still have some patching to do to really get it ready, I'll run it tomorrow to cure the cement, then finish up this weekend.

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Now all you need is a stupid huge hitch hook, frame in a V and you have a redneck's dream beater.
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I don't think this truck has a hitch, idk, haven't looked. Probably going to pull the bed off this weekend though.
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