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I bought a 1978 F150 4x4 last night that I have wanted for some time now, the owner finally decided to part with it. It has only 60,000 original miles on it and has never been painted,the original paint is still shiny.

The Good:
-Has a new 4" full BDS suspension lift "no blocks" with dual shocks up front
-New Rims with 35x12.50 BFG M/Ts
-NP 435 4spd manual transmission
-Perfect interior

The Bad:
-Has a 300 I6 in it,runs great though
-Paint has some scratches and a dime size spot of rust in the cab corner

The Plan:
-First priority is to do a engine swap,the 300 I6 has the same bell housing as a 302,351W and 351C. I have a 351w crate engine in mind that would be around 375hp and 400ft/lbs. I will have to change the motor towers and motor mounts. Then put headers and new exhaust on.

- Full paint job,not sure if I will do it right away or not since it still looks good the way it is. But I want it to be show quality when I am done with it. "My bother does autobody"

-Put 3:73 gears in with a locker in the rear and possibly the front to.

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Front suspension
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Nice! I was wondering what you had up your sleeve. Should be another nice ride to add to the family line up!
 

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BDS is good stuff, I run some of their parts in my jeep, if you go with lockers try to stay away from non-selectable lockers, they are no fun in snow from what i have seen

But great looking truck man!!!! I love the stance of those old fords!
 

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FF-Tony said:
BDS is good stuff, I run some of their parts in my jeep, if you go with lockers try to stay away from non-selectable lockers, they are no fun in snow from what i have seen
I will probably do a limited slip of some sort,thats what I have in my daily driver and its good all around.




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Nice, now that's a truck!

Does it still have the 8-track player in it:)
No haha, has a pioneer cd player now with some small subs and speakers behind the seat [;)]
 

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Ya limited slip is good m buddy has that in his 8.8 axel he put in his wrangler, otherwise if you have some extra pocket change ARB air lockers are nice:)
 

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nice truck! i would suggest auburn electric lockers. i can make my 78 crawl sideways in the mud with the front end locked, and it is absolutely unstoppable with just 33" mudders. If you need any parts for that let me know, i got tons and tons of parts.. 6 fords from 1973-1979
 

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You should go to atleast 4.10 gear if not 4.56 or else you will be taxing he drive train. Most good shops will tell you if you have tires over 33" then 4.10 are the minimum and need even more the taller the tires you go. Have to remember you need some torque to get big tires going and not labour the truck.
 

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You should go to atleast 4.10 gear if not 4.56 or else you will be taxing he drive train. Most good shops will tell you if you have tires over 33" then 4.10 are the minimum and need even more the taller the tires you go. Have to remember you need some torque to get big tires going and not labour the truck.
If it was a C6 automatic I would agree with you, but the NP 435 "AKA granny 4 spd" is low geared itself. It has 3.55s in it right now and at 70mph she is winding pretty good already. First gear tops out at like 5mph. With 4:56 gears I dont think I could go over 65mph even with 35" tires. Once I get the V8 and a tach in it I will be able to figure out what gears will work best.
 

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That thing is sweet I'm a big Ford fan myself. If u do not mind me asking how much did that truck run you? I just love that vintage ford look.
 

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Parts started showing up so I made a little progress.

The mighty 300 I6
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Motor removed,I have alot of under the hood cleaning to do before I start installing the new engine.
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New 351W crate engine with edelbrock aluminum heads and other goodies. Dynoed at 410HP 400+ft/lbs. Should be fun [}:)]
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Nice to see others working on the "older" stuff.[thumb] That's when they were real trucks!! That 351 should scoot that right along pretty well. I had an '83 with 35's, posi front and rear and was amazed how it would light them up on dry pavement. Had a 351 P.I. motor in it with the T-18 4 speed.

Any ideas on what color(s) you want to go? Should be pretty sweet when done, even though it is now!!!
Check into the Detroit Tru-trac...that's what I had and loved it.

I'm doing up an '81 step-side right now. A bit newer, but still love 'em.
 

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Hangman said:
Any ideas on what color(s) you want to go?
I would guess Blue. http://www.snowmobilefanatics.com/gallery/RMK-KING/file/162593/display.aspx
 

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Any ideas on what color(s) you want to go?
I would guess Blue. http://www.snowmobilefanatics.com/gallery/RMK-KING/file/162593/display.aspx
Haha, yeah I forgot about that.
 

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Haha, I will probably keep this one a similar color.
 

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Looks like fun! I have always liked that body style of ford. And I would agree with no less than 4.10 gearing. With the granny low tranny you won't need to use first gear unless pulling, and it won't be working as hard on the highway. I had an 85 chevy with 35" tires with 4.56 gears and granny low tranny, pulled great, but at 70 on the highway I was just over 3000 rpms.
 

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Made a little more progress,motor is in now. Just waiting on my headers and clutch/throttle linkages.Once all the accessories and ignition are hooked up it will be ready for a test start!
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