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Old January 15th, 2014, 11:06 AM   #1
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I finally decided to post this thread over here for the heck of it. This is a truck that I found posted here and I thought it would make a decent start to a project. She was a little rough but few trucks like this were bought new to baby. It is said to have a rebuilt 7.3IDI with a C6 and 3000 or so miles from a U-Haul truck, Group 31 batteries, a complete and solid interior, 4.10 LS rear, frame had been rust proofed, vinyl floors and seats, no tilt or cruise or radio or intermittent wipers but it HAS A/C, and free F-550 springs with overloads. Now the bad; glow plugs are on a push button, A/C needs attention, and some wiring needs straightened out.

Now comes the fun of getting the truck on the road. The guy got it stuck in the snow over the winter and decided to hook a strap to the tie, so it got bent. We took everything from the 20lb sledge, to the high-lift jack, to some chains, and a ratchet strap with the intention of straightening the tie-rod out. We got a chain warped around the tie-rod, a chain around the rear bumper and stuck the high-lift in the middle and started to pull. After some handle extensions were added we got the wheel pointed the right direction. Then the rear brake line needed to be pinched off to one wheel since the line broke.

Once the truck was on the road an unseen exhaust leak became very apparent. The box sounded as if it was going to be laying in the middle of the expressway by the end of the trip. The slight black smoke from starting at a stop sign cleared up shortly after the trip started (less than five miles, and the truck sat for six months or so not moving). One headlight was pointing four feet in front of the truck, and the other at the trees in the ditch. The gauges had a tendency to bounce around. Other than that the truck drove great with no wobbles or wandering between 65-70 MPh and shifted smooth.













Free floating B-pillar on the passenger side



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Old January 15th, 2014, 11:09 AM   #2
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BAck in August of 2012 I called on a Craigslist add for a 1985 crew cab for $600. The posting had expired and I had fortunately saved the phone number. I talked with the guy and decided it was worth a look so I asked his price and he threw out the number of $350 and I said I would be down the following weekend. I have to order a patch panel from LMC or the like to fix the drivers side floor. The mounts and cab corners are solid. The cab was said to have come from Missouri to Ohio then got sold to a guy in Michigan who had it sitting on a truck for ten years and never drove it before it was sold back into Ohio.

I then picked up a ZF-5 from a 460 with intentions to modify it to mate with the diesel, along with the headlight and some plastic for my dad's project.

I worked a deal for a 1990 F-350 that was IDI, but sadly wrecked, owned by a friend. I am trading my dad's rolling chassis from his truck for it. The thing is in excellent shape with no apparent rust, dents are limited to the inside of the box. This truck was run off the road and broke the main leaf on the rear along with curling the passenger rocker under, and popped a pinch weld on the cab. We pulled the IDI and ZF from it for him so he can drop it into a 197? F-600 flatbed. I will take the bed and replace the rattle trap I have hanging on by it's last thread.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 11:12 AM   #3
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This is the truck that I got from my friend that was wrecked.





Once I got my bed off I noticed the monstrosity of a gooseneck hitch that had a weld bead thrown under it and called good enough. I cut that plate off and threw that on for a scrap pile.



The new cab is starting to make a recovery with some sand blasting. It needs a few patches but is a far cry from what I got.




The bed needed a little bit of patching on the inside where it started to rust through. My dad seam sealed the outside to prevent water and EFFING SALT from seeping through the patch.



Every truck I have owned has had wiring issues-cuss. My wheeler was hacked by the previous owner. My black truck had a small electrical fire that was fixed at the dealer. My dually..... well... it seems that their theory was buy the 30 amp fuses since you get more amperage for your money. I pulled out 11 30amp fuses! The truck's panel only calls for 3!!!!!! I wonder why they had to replace the wires to the rear lights once and the second set started to burn up?:dunno

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Old January 15th, 2014, 11:13 AM   #4
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Some pictures from around the yard as the work was going on.



I got the better bed on the truck and that is how she will run for a while as the fall will quickly turn to winter. I have to do a lot more work before the truck makes any trips longer than town and around home. 4.10s and a C6 are not the best setup for mileage or speed. I will probably rebuild the ZF over the winter and continue to collect sheet metal for the spring push.



Oh I almost forgot the most helpful person during the project. The stray cat that adopted us four years ago and has been trying to work his way into the garage over the summer as I worked in the driveway. Thankfully the dog hasn't figured out how to crawl under the truck while I am working but the cat will rub on my face if I am not paying attention to him.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 11:16 AM   #5
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I rode in this... but which iteration. I don't remember.
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Off comes the front clip with the intentions of a bare frame for sandblasting.



Front clip removed, it was time to move to the interior and start stripping that down.



A little more sandblasting for the new cab to clean up a few problem areas.



This is the cab that I am removing






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Old January 15th, 2014, 11:27 AM   #7
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Here is the new cab's rust issues




Here is something you guys probably haven't seen done in some time if ever. A little throw back to the way things used to be when body working was an art form.

A small set of holes under the seal for the back window.





Not sure how this rusted here rather than the usual cab mounts of rocker corner.






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Easiest engine/trans removal I have ever done.



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Finally got the body work on the cab done, the drivers floor pan hole cut out and patched in, the grab handles mounting holes ion the C-pillar filled and smoothed over, cab corner patched up.


We needed a way to easily move the box around in the garage since we have been working with limited space so the boat got set off the trailer and the box placed on.



Things are starting to come together as primer is being sprayed.


As we sanded the high build primer down we noticed a few low spots that we were unhappy with. Two steps forward, one step backwards. Even with having to go back down to bare metal the results of not fixing the issue right would have drove me nuts for years to come.

With this still being a truck still I decided to skip the delicate and brittle automotive paints and use Majic enamel based tractor paint and hardener that is more resistant to chipping and scratching. A few problems arose here as to ensure a quality finish we decided to lay the primer from Majic over the high build Rustoleum primer. This is where we took five steps back as the Majic primer never seemed to cure. Even after 24 hours you could scrape the stuff off with a putty knife. We ended up stripping the primers back off the cab and going down to bare metal. I don't know what is in this Xylol stuff but does it ever remove paint, even some underlying factory paint and primer rubbed right off. After all of this and about months worth of night and weekend work we finally got the paint to come out how we wanted.




This is all I have for pictures right now. The truck is currently in storage as I went from my work term for school back to actual classes in October. I am now back at work and funds are getting easier to come by again. Now it is down to the little things and details to finish assembling the body when things get a little warmer. Small things like resealing the oil cooler and painting the engine, finishing the paint on the inside of the fenders and hood will be happening over the winter time.
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wait a minute, I rode in your dad's up at silver lake? it's confusing because they were all the same color?

LMK if you want any parts off the eliminator, it's officially going to be sold or parted out.

want to focus on projects I actually plan on using, buying a house, etc.
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wow, that is a whole lot of work for a truck like that. Congrats, hope you are enjoying it!
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Pretty sweet to see people still using solder... Cool rig!
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Yonker, that was my dad's truck you rode in at silver. As you can see mine was less than road worthy that time last year . I am going to have to check out your threaf and see what all you have that I can use.

It is a lot of work and will probably never be worth what I put in. Isn't that how most vehicle projects go?

We decided to go with the lead work instead of bondo since it really isn't meant to fill dings and deep lows. It really wasn't as hard as I figured it would be.
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Expect Herman to be modded more, and myself to get some other toy after the part out is complete...
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New toys are always fun...
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