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Old 10-22-2008, 10:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just bought '79 f250

Ok, so I just put a deposit down on this nice old truck. I plan to use it for towing the D, and probably putting a plow on it for the winter. I also plan to DD this until I can get something better on gas. I plan to build this truck with a budget (need to finish that D) and functionality in mind. Nothing crazy, just strong to pull things with. So as it sits right now it has:

7.5L 460ci
np 205
c-6
44f/60r
no bed
rust

The truck is in pretty decent condition given it's cost and year. The frame has very little surface rust in small patches, no rot. I believe the engine was swapped in because the 4x4's didn't come with the 460 until the 80's, apparently. It has no bed, the current owner didn't buy the truck with it, so I'm going to need to look for a bed, or possibly go flatbed?
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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deposit down?

how much are you paying
get used to 4-8 mpg
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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$500
I didn't get it for mileage.
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wish like hell i never sold my 75,F250 highboy
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, those hi-boys are real nice. I'm think some sort of 2" leveling kit (?)on mine to fit 315/75/R16 BFG A/T's, or maybe some Cooper S/T's, the coopers wear the best for the money. I do not plan to really wheel this thing besides the beach sometimes and maybe to pull out some of my dumb ass friends sometimes.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Shift kit the C-6. Good luck on a bed, even out here in the west they are getting harder to find.

Watch the steering box. When the seal goes out, it's usually the bushings in the box and they have to be done with a special tool.

The plastic backing on the guages dries out and falls apart.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Is that AC I spy .. if it is it's a score. I had a 79 F250, great truck . L&L out of Washington made most of the 351M/400M -> 460 conversion kits back in the day. That 460 won't get any worse mileage than the stock 400, and has a bunch more power.
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Shift kit the C-6. Good luck on a bed, even out here in the west they are getting harder to find.

Watch the steering box. When the seal goes out, it's usually the bushings in the box and they have to be done with a special tool.

The plastic backing on the guages dries out and falls apart.
Thanks for the advise. I'll shift kit the trans once I plan to tow the D with it. I happened to find a bed just a few towns over, though I have to go make sure it is for my wheelbase, the guy said it's a "towing special". I've never heard of it, but I'm hoping it has the same wheelbase as mine...

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Is that AC I spy .. if it is it's a score. I had a 79 F250, great truck . L&L out of Washington made most of the 351M/400M -> 460 conversion kits back in the day. That 460 won't get any worse mileage than the stock 400, and has a bunch more power.
Yep, AC, don't know if it works though, not that I'll ever use it. I didn't buy the thing for the mileage, I bought it because it has a big block
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:40 AM   #10 (permalink)
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So this thing is finally getting started. found a bed for it yesterday, he wants $300, I'll give him $200 ahaha. Also going to be getting a new carb for it asap, either another edelbrock 750 or maybe a holly 750, opinions?

the pictures are from my phone, while it was snowing, I'll post up some better ones when I drag it home.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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didn't get the bed yet, it looks a little rustier with no snow on it...

I also need to get a carb for it. I was going between replacing whats there now, with a fresh edelbrock 750; or a holley 750. Opinions on carbs? fwiw it has the edelbrock performer 460 intake on it.
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I have a Holley 750 on my 460 in my F150.

Seems to do fine. Vac secondaries, elec choke, simple.

I have heard many say that Holley's need tuning once in a while, and Eldebrocks don't. I dunno, I check it once a year and run with it.
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