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Originally posted this thread on another forum, but figured this would be another good place to put it and have better info for some of my ideas when I get to them.

Got this old truck a little while ago, but it's at my dads and I didn't have time to take pics until now. It's a 1976 F250 that my grandpa bought almost new. He was downsizing and gave the truck to me. It hasn't been driven in the last few years, but was driven a little before that. This truck has been in the family forever and my dad and his siblings all drove it in high school. At some point, my dad replaced the power assist with power steering. The engine was rebuilt about 30,000 miles and years ago.

The plan is to keep the stock look as much as possible, with some enhancements. Even though it's my truck now, I'll always think of it as grandpas/the family truck because of the history. I hope to find a good balance between keeping it what it is, but still building it up some and making it mine. Some things I might do are a short lift, stainless rollbar/lightbar for KC lights, flush toolbox for recovery gear, second battery, and rock sliders or steps of some sort. Also, all the obvious things: bodywork, paint, new interior, etc.

As far as the overland light portion of the build, I want to increase the capability without going to crazy visually. I might add some mounting points for recovery boards, hi-lift, and other stuff on the inside of the bed. Plus do onboard air, rock lights, and receiver mounted winch.



















 

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Looks like a solid old truck. Cool family heritage it has too. I’m the third owner of my 77 that was from Tischner Ford of Santaquin (I noticed the utard plates on yours)
 

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Nice platform to start off of. Super Duty axles are becoming plentiful and cheap so you might consider swapping in a pair of those to replace the low-pinion HD D44 front and 30 spline D60 rear.
 

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Looks like a solid old truck. Cool family heritage it has too. I’m the third owner of my 77 that was from Tischner Ford of Santaquin (I noticed the utard plates on yours)
Nice. Yeah, it spent a while in Texas, then ended up in Wyoming and Utah, but managed to more or less stay out of the salt.

Nice platform to start off of. Super Duty axles are becoming plentiful and cheap so you might consider swapping in a pair of those to replace the low-pinion HD D44 front and 30 spline D60 rear.
It's probably gonna be awhile before I get to do to much with it, but I'll keep that in mind.
 

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Got to do a little work on the truck recently. After doing some research on wheel sizes/lug patterns, I found a set of 17" 07 dodge wheels on facebook that it looked like would probably fit. For $20, I figured it was worth a chance and picked them up. Did a quick test fit and they worked. The very next day I saw a new post for some used 35" tires for a 17" inch wheel. I'd been looking for a little bit already, and this deal just fell into my lap with perfect timing. Got all four of them for $200. Although the tires are fairly new, two of them were wearing funny/quicker than the others, which is why I got them cheap. I'm not going to be doing a lot of driving or any on the interstate, so they'll work perfect for me.



Then over the weekend I put them on. The truck had a blown tire and the mirror was touching the wall. The other side was right next to the ac. So the only way to change tires was to somehow drag the truck out first. My dad got a winch for his jeep not long ago and that made quick work of it.



Then I was finally able to get the wheels on. Not my favorite wheels, but I have to admit, they look better mounted than I thought they would. They are a narrower wheel and the offset is quite a bit different than the other ones, so the tires are kind of tucked in some. I'm not into the whole stance game, but it does look a little funny compared to the old ones.



While rummaging around and cleaning out the cab/engine bay with a leaf blower, I found what I think is the keychain that came with the truck when my grandpa bought it.



Also got a closer look at the bed and realized it wasn't actually a highboy bed. It came off one of the 2wd's or later year fords with the wider frame rails. It's got some homemade, angle iron bed mounts welded to the side of the frame here and there. I hope to find an actual highboy bed to replace it with. Or at least get a cleaner bed mounted a little more cleanly. But anyways, I asked my dad about the bed. He said the the original was beat to pieces hauling hay, firewood, etc. and ended up splitting a part. At one point, they hauled about 100 square bales with it. Stacked up on the cab and everything.

Besides the tires, I put a new battery in, topped of the antifreeze, and, with a little gas and starting fluid, it started right up. Only runs for a couple seconds while there's gas in the carb though. There seems to be not enough pressure. I ordered a new fuel pump since they're only about $30 and am going to drain the gas when I replace that. Hopefully that does the trick and everything else is good enough that I can start driving it around town or going out to the desert now and then.

Lastly, I snapped a picture of the door sticker for future reference.

 
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