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Old 08-27-2006, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb 78 F-150 Project

Im just starting a project building up my 78 F-150. it is going to be my senior project for high school. i have about 8 months and im doing all the work myself and with the help of a few friends.

Axles: i have 2.5 ton rockwells,
Tires and wheels: 53" michelin military tires mounted on 20" usa6x6 double beadlock wheels,
Engine: bult 460
Transmission: C6
T-Case: Rockwell
Exhaust: Over the frame headers with 3" flowmaster super 40 series
Lift: 12" Chevy lift leaf springs front and 12" Ford lift leaf springs rear with shackle flip 3" body lift front axle moved about 2 inches forward for better approach and rear end moved about 3" back for better departure (fenders cut with flares cut to match)
Frame: Chevy leaf spring mounts in front, Ford in rear, rocksliders, box in whole frame
Bumpers: Front warn winch bumper, home made tube bumper.
Body: Cut out bushwhacker fender flares, windows removed from doors along with wings. weld in sheet metal around opening, new paint.. WHAT COLOR THOUGH!!
Interior: Full cage, bucket seats, rhino lined interior, custom diamond plate, custom made confederate flag headliner, door panels with no handles on doors, switch panel, racing window nets,
Bed: Roll bar with 4 kc lights, bench in rear under rollbar, lap belts, tool box on floor, custom tube tailgate.
Brakes: first stock drums until i can upgrade to lockers and pinion brakes.
Winch: Milemarker 12,000 lb winch.
Other: Rewire whole truck, high output 1 wire alternator optima yellow top dual batteries, custom snorkel, custom exhaust extensions for deep water.

i think thats all of my parts list and plans.. if anybody has any suggestions please tell me i would be grateful the input and ideas of the more experienced wheelers. and also if anybody knows any good places to get any of these parts in northwest oregon or southwest washington.

with all the prices ive figured for everything im estimating about 6500 for everything and i already have about 2,000 of that spent on some parts listed.
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Old 08-27-2006, 06:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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"est. $ 6500. ? than figure $ 13,000 or better................

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I read high school, then rockwells...no way.
I've never seen a high school shop that could pull that off and be a quality build. 8 month time frame, and around 1 hr a day to work on it?
is the instructor letting you in after school and weekends?

and I gotta agree, your looking a LOT more than $6500 to do quality work with the plans you have.

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Old 08-27-2006, 10:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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why not do 60/14 bolt combo and coils front...and 41'' michelin military tires...those tires are 4125 ea. from usa 6x6
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Good idea, but I doubt the whole getting it done in school idea isn't going to work.
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I don't know, I think they can pull it off, or at least the suspension and axle mounting. Rebuilding the engine, tranny, boxing frame, etc it might get kind of tight. It's not like a really complicated link setup with tons of custom bracketry and stuff. Other than the weight, it's not much different than putting any other solid axles under it.

What's the intended use?
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Don't forget to add something to control axle wrap.
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Old 08-27-2006, 02:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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sounds good, but aint gonna happen. sorry for being a pessamistic (sp) person on that from high school shop.



basicly if it happens. you BETTER post EVERY SINGLE NIGHT after skool telling what you did. if you go more than one day with out posting, your fuct. seriously. you have 160 hours to build something that would take 8 months of after work, all weekend thrashing. good luck.
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Cool re: everybody.

its not being done in a school shop im doing at at my house and i have all the tools i need. (wrenches, air tools, welder, paint gun, jacks, engine lifts, etc)
and i have $6500 figured for theses reasons
im buying a 53 willys that has the rockwells, built 460, c6 trans, transfer case and drivelines for $1400
my tires with shipping cost about $700
my 12" lift springs are 800 with shipping
i already have the chevy spring mounts got them for free
i have a welder and plenty of steel ford boxing the frame because i work on heavy equipment
new wiring harness $140
i already have the winch bumper for the front and tube bumper im building
the brand new winch is $500
the headers are $400
exhaust done myself is going to be about 300
flares 350
now all of that is under 5000
and then im figuring in an extra 1500 for all of the other parts.


this truck is going to be for alot of trails with very large mud holes and very deep water and ruts. and of course mudbogging.
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