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*1979 F250 frame/1990 Ranger ext cab
*393 Windsor, Coast High Performance rotating assembly, Ford Racing Performance heads, FRP roller rockers, Megasquirt injection with 460 injectors, Duraspark ignition, E2000 pump, OBA
*C6, 203/205 with Jeds adapter, ORD triple sticks
*1/2 ton rear springs up front
*XJ or TJ coils and four link rear - Actually went with ZJ fronts
*Full hydro with PSC 6.0 steering valve, Surplus Center double ended ram, PSC saginaw pump with custom ammo can reservoir
*39.5x16.5x16.5 Pitbull Rockers on 12 bolt H1s, recentered with pressed centers
*78/79 Dana 60 front with Reid knuckles welded, 14 bolt welded

All this running gear was in my Jeep; I was going to back half it and buggy it out but the frame was trashed. Had the 79 F250 sitting in the back yard so I decided to build a new rig.

My old wore out Jeep Wagonner

Frame was patched and fixed multiple times



Torque mount for doubler was tearing the frame





Cutin up and getting all the good parts out







Main motivation for a full cab, wife and kids need to be warm.
 

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Frame donor









Front axle in with rears up front



High steer will not work with factory cross member



 

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No up travel with high steer and the axle moved forward.



Pile of goodies







Boxing the frame











Setting the motor, as many know a 351W will bolt in to frame that had a 351M or 400.

 

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Mocked up with the factory transmission xmember, angle is 5* down.



getting some wiring straightend out







Doubler in



Torque mount



Little hanging below the frame

 

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Brought the Ranger home







Stripping it down



Made my own transmission crossmember and doubler mount



Plated the swiss cheese portion of the frame



More cross member pics

 

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Added some gussets



Plenty of room for exhaust







Pulling Ranger cab











Mike (father in law and wheelin buddy that has a bad ass J20) is always helping me out. Thanks! Rob is pictured behind him who also has a bitchen CJ-7, thanks for the use of your crane!
 

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As luck would have it, a friend drove by and asked "what are you guys doing"? "Hey, Charlie has the backhoe at his house for the weekend to pull the 300 straight 6 out of his parts truck". "Bring that over and we will set that cab on your frame". Yep, a lot easier.

Thanks everyone!







Cut the Ranger mounts down to fit and set the body as low as I could.





Pretty tight under the hood. Had to cut the heater plenum to fit valve cover.

 

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Definitely looking forward to this build. When my 79 cab gets trashed I will be putting on a ranger cab. Are you going to cage it/exo? Are the leaves in the front ford 57'' rear springs? Could you get the measurement from your front spring eye to the eye that goes through the frame? I am thinking about putting some rear leaves on my 79.
 

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With your high steer, couldnt you run the arms on the back side but have to run 1 helicopter arm on the pass side?

Looking great so far keep it up!
 

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Looking pretty sweet!
cant believe you cub up the nice old ford though!
Didn't have a title for that old thing anyway and I got it for free. I have another old Ford that I drive daily so my heart was not broken.



Definitely looking forward to this build. When my 79 cab gets trashed I will be putting on a ranger cab. Are you going to cage it/exo? Are the leaves in the front ford 57'' rear springs? Could you get the measurement from your front spring eye to the eye that goes through the frame? I am thinking about putting some rear leaves on my 79.
It will get some kind of exo/cage but it will probably be more slider tied into the flatbed......truggy style I guess. The rear springs are '77 half ton rears (3" wide and believed to be 57"), if you go to buy bushings for these rear springs just buy the kit. It will include bushings for front main eye, shackle end of spring, and rear shackle which is the same as the frame mount. This will make them the same width also.
If you are to buy replacement bushing for the front frame shackle mount, the shackle bushings are not as wide as the rear spring bushings meaning some kind of spacer would be needed. Hope that makes sense.....

With your high steer, couldnt you run the arms on the back side but have to run 1 helicopter arm on the pass side?

Looking great so far keep it up!
I suppose I could, but I really don't want to jam my steering into my oil pan, had that problem on my Jeep and really would like to have low steer for knuckle strengh.



 

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New fender on and lights mounted

 

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