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Unread 10-05-2012, 06:19 PM   #191
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I completely agree, and having the wheels powder coated an off white would compliment that nicely I think, but there's also a heat issue to consider. Highs here in Tennessee reach 90-105, and when I move to Nevada we're looking at high temps capable of setting world records in the summertime. Ford truck trim of the mid 80s is bad enough about cracking under the hot summer sun without the black paintjob amplifying that. As much as I'd love to have it jet black I'll probably paint it a light color in the name of preserving the trim. Perhaps it's original light blue? The paintwork in the door jambs has survived beautifully and it's a pretty nice shade IMO. Maybe a lighter red instead? Not entirely sure yet.

I might paint it black anyway, though. I don't know quite yet. Modern trim replacements are likely far more durable than the original Ford trim, every 80s F-series I've ever been in has had varying levels of cracking in the dash pad within five years, and would thusly survive the hot summer sun better. Mine's so badly cracked I need to replace it anyways.


Paintwork is a long ways away though. I have mechanical considerations and a LOT of dent removal to take care of before I can seriously consider what color to paint it. I think the only panel not dented is the hood and the roof, everything else has at least one dent in it. I also have some pretty nasty rust slits in the bed to fix before I can paint it. Priorities and all that.


Having the bed and the underside rhino-lined will happen regardless of what color I paint it. Bed will be matched, color wise, underbody will be flat black.
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Moving to Nevada? Much closer to me.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 12:17 AM   #193
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Should probably keep this more updated lest the spammers bury it. Haha. Got the front end rebuilt and aligned now. Drives better than it ever has while I've owned it, I'd say better than it has in 15 years at least. Also it's loving the 20w50 oil in it right now. Not a tick to be found.
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1984 Ford F150 | 4x2 | 300ci six | granny four | 3.55 rear end | 210K | Brakes shot. Rear drums are doing most of the work. Not fit to drive due to that.
1997 Ford Explorer XLT | 4.0L Vulcan V6 | 5-speed automatic | shift-on-the-fly 4WD | 210,000 miles | Running 95% - Needs brakes on all four corners + bald tires
1989 Ford F150 | 300cid six...again | 5-speed | 4x4 | 160K | Needs brakes done as well. Oi!

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Should probably keep this more updated lest the spammers bury it. Haha. Got the front end rebuilt and aligned now. Drives better than it ever has while I've owned it, I'd say better than it has in 15 years at least. Also it's loving the 20w50 oil in it right now. Not a tick to be found.
Sounds alot like my Bronco, a little work goes a long way. Also, scroll up, 20W50 is what I've been saying for a year...

I replaced all of the removable top hardware on the Bronco today and worked on the F-150.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 03:48 AM   #195
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It shouldn't need 20w50 though. It should be just fine on 10w30, as the other two are. It's just too worn out to run on that stuff anymore. Ticks like mad, sometimes I can almost hear it knock as well, if it's got 10w30 in it.
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1997 Ford Explorer XLT | 4.0L Vulcan V6 | 5-speed automatic | shift-on-the-fly 4WD | 210,000 miles | Running 95% - Needs brakes on all four corners + bald tires
1989 Ford F150 | 300cid six...again | 5-speed | 4x4 | 160K | Needs brakes done as well. Oi!

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It shouldn't need 20w50 though. It should be just fine on 10w30, as the other two are. It's just too worn out to run on that stuff anymore. Ticks like mad, sometimes I can almost hear it knock as well, if it's got 10w30 in it.
My Bronco has 65000 miles on it and I run 20W50. Its silent unless I'm revving it out on the highway....
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My Bronco has 65000 miles on it and I run 20W50. Its silent unless I'm revving it out on the highway....

The '89 and '84 are silent too...on 10w30. Having to use 15w40 or 20w50 just to get my '85 to shut up tells me there's a lot of babbitt that isn't there anymore, which also makes sense given the excessive mileage on it. These engines were built around SAE 30wt back in the 60s, and SAE 10w30 is an acceptable multi-weight to use in any engine designed for 30wt, so they shouldn't need anything thicker.
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1985 Ford F150 | 4x2 | 300ci OHV inline six | 4-speed OD manual | 310K | No power brakes | Running 100% - It hasn't driven this good in 15 years!

1984 Ford F150 | 4x2 | 300ci six | granny four | 3.55 rear end | 210K | Brakes shot. Rear drums are doing most of the work. Not fit to drive due to that.
1997 Ford Explorer XLT | 4.0L Vulcan V6 | 5-speed automatic | shift-on-the-fly 4WD | 210,000 miles | Running 95% - Needs brakes on all four corners + bald tires
1989 Ford F150 | 300cid six...again | 5-speed | 4x4 | 160K | Needs brakes done as well. Oi!

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