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Bump, any updates on this one? It's been a year. :flipoff2:
 

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Update:

Still have the old truck and wheel it whenever I can. It's basically setup exactly the same as it has been, seems to work well. Only real change is a set of 35x12.50-15 BFG ATs on factory Ford wagon wheels (late 60's or 70's vintage). The wheels are off-white/cream color, looks real retro. :smokin:

My original steel wheels that the Q78's are mounted on have become so bent the truck was undriveable over 30mph. I'm still using them on the trail, but until I get some new wheels for the swampers they are trail only. The new BFG's on straight wheels ride so smooth its unbelievable, the truck really rolls out on the top end now. Only problem is they also hook up a lot better on the street and make the rear spool very noticeable. Might have to look into a selectable rear locker or at least a standard locker instead of the spool in the future.

I'll try to get some pics in the next few days, everything is covered in ice/snow right now.
 

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Put the swampers and tube doors back on and went wheeling this past weekend. :smokin:

Had a great time, really awesome local trail that one of the members in our club owns. Went with a couple Jeeps on 1-tons (36's and 42's) and a Toyota on 36's. The trail is less than a mile long, maybe even half a mile and it took us 5.5hrs to run it, some really good crawling up there. I was only the second fullsize to try it and it was tight, lots of mashing on trees and rocks, and plenty of time high-centered lol.

Here are a few vids (thanks Charles):


Steep little hillclimb out of the creek (don't mind the smoke, just a little ATF pouring on the headers from the PS pump cap):
https://youtu.be/uw12PG123Go

High-centered, really need to work on those radius arms/mounts:
https://youtu.be/57zpD9GHv4Q


Trying an obstacle I knew I had no chance of making (at the end of vid), but why not give it a go...
https://youtu.be/pz7Bi5xg7Ro
 

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Discussion Starter · #430 ·
No major upgrades in the immediate future, I just don't have the time and I'd rather be wheeling then wrenching.

A couple small things I'd like to do is install a air/fuel ratio gauge and heavier valve springs, which hopefully I'll get done soon.

On the longer term list:
-clock the T-case, higher clearance radius arms/cross member for a flat belly
-roller cam
-a good set of heads (maybe some AFR 185's or the like)
-new set of Q78-15 Swampers on some sturdier wheels

Overall I'm pretty content with how the truck does, so I guess for the time being I'll just keep wheelin' :)
 

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I'm definitely to where I'd rather be wheeling than wrenching. Unfortunately I haven't wrenched enough to where my truck agrees.

I had my daily driver excursion up on this field of 12-18" bolders today trying to get to a historic grave marker I wanted to look at. Could have walked it faster than I was going. Just trying to get my fix.
 

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Got to take the rig back to Harlan for the first time in several years and had a great time with our club. As per usual, conditions were very wet and slick which made for some good wheeling. The previous times I've been to Harlan it's been with mostly built rigs so they only liked to hit a few of the harder trails and rock gardens. This trip we had more mild rigs and covered a lot more ground including several areas I hadn't been before.

I might get more pics and vids as our club members post them up, but here are a couple for the time being.


Coming up Railbed:


Group shot:


Nice gravel/rock hill climb at Stadium:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyY0uu0w_3w

Little climb at Soup Bowl:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzFlEnRauc0

There were some good times had on Railbed and Lower & Upper rock garden, I'll see if anyone got pics of those.


Tech Notes:
- Realized the night before we were leaving the diaphragm on the vacuum advance on the distributor had gone bad, which could explain why the motor hasn't had any top end power for quite some time. :laughing: Installed a new one at the trail head, quick check of the timing and it was running the best it has in a while.

-Carbs don't like sitting unused for long periods of time. For the most part the carb ran great except for occasionally running really rich at idle, and once when all fuel delivery stopped halfway up a full throttle assult on Hell's Revenge trail (which lead to an equally quick decent, backwards, with all four tires locked up :eek:) Probably time to tear it down again and give it a good cleaning.

-Time to do something about my wheels. All four steelies are bent to the point of being undriveable on the street and I have constant trouble with bending the outter wheel lip and getting crap in the beads at the single digit air pressures I like to run. Some sort of homebrew beadlocks are my next step.

Hopefully more pics/vids/tech to come in the near future.:smokin:
 

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Put the swampers and tube doors back on and went wheeling this past weekend. :smokin:

Had a great time, really awesome local trail that one of the members in our club owns. Went with a couple Jeeps on 1-tons (36's and 42's) and a Toyota on 36's. The trail is less than a mile long, maybe even half a mile and it took us 5.5hrs to run it, some really good crawling up there. I was only the second fullsize to try it and it was tight, lots of mashing on trees and rocks, and plenty of time high-centered lol.

Here are a few vids (thanks Charles):


Steep little hillclimb out of the creek (don't mind the smoke, just a little ATF pouring on the headers from the PS pump cap):
https://youtu.be/uw12PG123Go

High-centered, really need to work on those radius arms/mounts:
https://youtu.be/57zpD9GHv4Q


Trying an obstacle I knew I had no chance of making (at the end of vid), but why not give it a go...
https://youtu.be/pz7Bi5xg7Ro
Where was this?
 

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I was looking back through this thread for some old part numbers and specs and realized Its been YEARS since I’ve updated it. The ‘79 is still out on the trails regularly, still running basically the same setup. I did build a new hotter 351w, new beefier 9” and I’m now running 35x12.50-15 Bfg MTs. I don’t have as much time for the forums as I used to but if anyone is still interested I can post some updated pics and tech.
 
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