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Unread 03-09-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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Default Yay '85 F150. Engine dead. Couple of Q's on my replacement

Moot point. I put the six back together, runs just fine. Gotta love the 300. All it needed was a head job and head gasket.

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Sorry dude but i think you'd be better off to just ditch the thing. Not worth it.

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I'm with wierdo. Once you do all that, other things will start to fail for sure.
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You could buy a nice used lightning same body style for the same amount of invested money they go for pretty cheap these days and the body would be in much better shape. one thing the axles you do know the 460's came in F250 you could probably ripped the drivetrain from one at a junk yard.
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Wierdo, bigvaL, this truck will not see a junkyard. No way in hell. It's getting a 100% restoration. First, I'm fixing the mechanical problems, once it's driveable again I'll start restoring the body.

It's actually in amazingly good shape for it's age, all I need to do is bang a few dents out, patch the rear fenders and have some new paint laid down on it. Bam, body's good as new. There's no rust holes in the kick panels, floorboards or bed floor. Body wise, this thing doesn't feel more than 15.

lautin: It won't be any cheaper, then, to fix mine than it will to replace it, so why go through the hassle of junking mine and replacing?

Also, I require a manual transmission. This is firm, I'm not changing my mind on this one. Any lightning I find in that price range will not be so equipped, if Ford even put them in at all. That, alone, rules out the lightning, as I'd have to molesterize it to put a manual in anyways. Lightnings also lack the suspension for towing, and the rear bumper for it, so I'd also have to do those modifications.


I did know 460's came in 250's, but I'm unsure as to the year ranges. If the years are compatible with mine, or the parts will transfer over anyways, I will expand my search. Ford made minor tweaks to the frames over the years, mainly to the width.
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I just really think you'd be wasting your money.

BTW, that was fun in Explorer today
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Unread 03-15-2009, 10:33 PM   #7
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I just really think you'd be wasting your money.

BTW, that was fun in Explorer today
Wierdo, that can be said about anyone who builds a hotrod. Mine just happens to be built on an old pickup chassis instead of an old muscle car or Model A.
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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
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