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Since the last update, I got the engine cleaned up and tuned, changed out the headers, dressed it up a little and added a 750 Holley.

Still need to do an exhaust, the one on it sounds good, but is nearly 20 yrs old and very crunchy LOL

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TruckFeb08 - Putfile.com

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Starting to come around.

Bed is coming off soon for a walnut shell blast and paint the frame.
 

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I should use Pistachios, then I wouldnt have to repaint it ;)
 

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Well, decided to jump on the old Ford this weekend, would have had the bed off but Michelle and I are celebrating our 500 and sumpthin year anniversary this weekend ;)

Funny how despite our history with cars, she didnt want to celebrate by pulling the bed off

I did get it ready to come off, and I am on the fence again about getting it blasted, its still pretty nice, but it sure would save some sanding inside the bed!

I was very happy that all the bed bolts came out without spinning and no broken wire plugs, stripped screws, nothing.

This truck has always been easy on me, and as the THIRD time doing the truck, I expected no less.

Anyway, some pics of the old girl, more to come as I detail everything. Game plan is a good driver prep, should be at least as nice as the Mustang, but the goal is a low budget "restore most of the parts" partial frame-off LOL

Here is the new digs, 4500 sq ft home and the garage is the smallest I have had in a long time. At least the ceilings are high, but it sure is crowded



Got the bed unbolted and stripped and the bumper off today. The real shame here is, the truck was 90% ready for a quicky paint job in 1995 but the USAF wouldnt wait for me, so it sat for 13+ yrs. Its still good and solid, but its covered in Martin-Senior "Primeez" lacquer primer-filler, which has been sucking up water for all those years.



The bed is still looking good, no rust, but if I didnt get to it, it would have gotten ugly soon. The biggest issue is sanding the years of scratches, THE reason I plan to have it blasted. BTW, that black paint is the original 1968 black paint. I got the bed off an original truck, amazing how this one held up in the Massachusetts winters.



Some pics of the bed corners, they tend to get soft, this one just needs a little cleaning up, glad to see it hung in here all these years




More to come, the game plan is to get the bed blasted and sealed in a modern primer, then go back and make sure its straight.

While that's being done, it needs rear cab corners and I am going to strip and detail the frame and all of its components. I dont plan on pulling the cab off if I can help it, but I will pull the nose and do the same to the front of the frame and the cowl etc.
 

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How did I miss this thread?

Anyways nice to see the truck coming along, I have started again on the 79 at my place, the 460 only had 120k on it so im gonna fire it up and see what happens.

Anyways least your current garage is bigger then the one in vegas and you can keep both cars inside, the galaxie was a tight squeeze in there..

BTW seeing you type about the truck it would seem you are much more fond of it then you are your mustang.
 

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That is probably a true statement, although I do enjoy the Mustang

That truck has pulled 10 wheelers back to the shop, boats to the lake, brought me to college every day, and did everything a teenage boy would want to do inside and out :)

Of course before that it was owned by my grandfather who I was very close to.

The Mustang is a blast, but it doesnt have the heart and soul the truck does
 

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Got the nose off and the tank/seat out today, next is to rebuild the front axle and detail everything, fun fun fun!


 

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Unfortunately my new Droid doesn't do so well with pics or videos

Took off a crush bent 2.25 exhaust system from my 71 F100. I bought it from Cyclone in the mid 80's and it had been patched and repatched and ran glasspacks then turbo tubes. It was long past its useful life and didn't flow enough for a stock 352, never ind this motor

I built a full 3 inch mandrel bent out to the back of the bumper, overkill, but eventually it'll get a stroker, but for now it just runs too well.

Here is the truck



Here is a quick video of the required open header shot, didn't horse it too much, it was cold as you can see, wouldnt idle without the choke. Hope you can open them, they are Quicktime videos



The next one with the exhaust on, ran out of 45 degree bends, so the tailpipes will exit straight back under the bumper, but not until I get more pieces. Still on the fence on whether to use these Flowmasters or put a set of Borlas like the Mustang

 

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I am watching this with great interest Ross..I want to redo the exhaust on the wife's 65..It is very short and has the mufflers under the rear section of the cab and exits in front of the rear wheels.This makes it pretty noisy inside the truck...I am debating on how to do the tailpipes and where they will exit..I would like to leave the spare tire in place so exiting straight out the back will be tricky but still doable I think..May go with a more stock appearing setup exiting behind each back wheel..
How tight are those valve covers to the brake booster?..That is what I wanted to put on her truck as well but I was told they would not fit under the booster..
 

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Tons of room to the brake booster, you can run them, its nothing like a Fairlane or Mustang where they dont fit.

As far as the exhaust we used to use Blazer tailpipes on F150s with a gas tank, fit like they were made for it, but only 2.25 inch, so it depends what you need

I run the exhaust including the mufflers tucked up into the frame, then tie two 45's together to come straight back under the bumper. You cant do that with a gas tank as you pointed out, but easy to come out the sides
 

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LOL you've been patient, it was in my trailer for 18 months!

I am hitting it hard now, the Mustang is pretty much dialed in as its going to get until the blower motor next year, so its time to give the old F100 the attention it deserves
 

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Here is the final iteration of the exhaust

MOV02949.AVI - YouTube

The camera readjusts itself, you'll hear it, real life is somewhere in the middle. It sure isn't obnoxiously loud, but it isn't quiet either

As much as it pains me as a life-long bodyman/mechanic, entered by birth, next step is to send it to a very good body shop.

Life nowadays is certainly blessed with everything except time. I am the worlds worst garage customer, but I'll have to adapt, or it will never be one color LOL
 

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Well, you'd think I was the laziest man on earth, but I did get back to the truck after 2 months

In my defense, as a squadron commander of one of the fastest deploying reconnaissance squadrons in the Air Force, I find plenty of other stuff to spend time on :)

However, pulled the fenders off the truck, going to replace one, freshly edge and undercoat both and replace all the bolts and clips with repop clips and plated bolts to make it look pretty

Once that is done, shooting for fresh base/clear in the original Candy Apple red



After THAT I need to decide if it gets forced induction on the 390 or does it get the 489 from the Mustang and build a bigger FE for the car, but if I think about that now I will NEVER get it painted LOL
 

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Started fitting the new LF fender, tomorrow is the RF and hood, once I get the lines where I want them, I'll pull them back off and edge it as well as paint the upper and lower valance.
 

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Well with an unheated garage it's a bear to get motivated to do much.

Matter of fact, might take another hiatus to heat the darn place :)
 
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