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Old 05-30-2019, 08:58 AM   #1
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For years I have wanted to rebuild an early model 70's pick up.
My Buddy found one in Lubbock that had been parked in an old hay barn for the last 20 years. The is no rust on this truck other than a little surface rust under the hood.
The truck has a 302 and a C-4 transmission. I am goin to stick with the factory powertrain.
First order of business is to get it mechanically sound and then work on cosmetics.
Here are the plans:
1. Pull motor and transmission and have them rebuilt. (IN PROCESS)
2. Install new exhaust (Duals)
3. New suspension
4. Inspect rear end
5. Install power brakes and power steering

If anyone has suggestions on other things that I need to consider please respond. I am a decent mechanic, but this is the first time I have taken on this big of a restoration project.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:00 AM   #2
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That's a beautiful truck!! Great find!
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:00 AM   #3
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For see this turning out "over the top".

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Old 05-30-2019, 09:17 AM   #4
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Cool project. Tagged
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:41 PM   #5
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You talking a fancy new paint job, or leave it with the patina?
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:54 PM   #6
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Please paint it.
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Old 05-30-2019, 01:21 PM   #7
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I dig the patina, good luck on the re-build.
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Old 05-30-2019, 01:50 PM   #8
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Fuel tank

pray for rain
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:25 PM   #9
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Love them old Fords. My only suggestion is remove the fuel tank from behind the seat.
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:36 PM   #10
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Forgot to add that to the list. I’m going to move the fuel tank outside the cab.
I’m going with a new paint job. Same colors.
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:02 AM   #11
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Forgot to add that to the list. Iím going to move the fuel tank outside the cab.
Iím going with a new paint job. Same colors.
Thank you.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:51 AM   #12
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Front suspension conversion? Twin I-beam was junk. Hard to keep aligned and would wear tires out faster than a dragster. Some people use a crown vic suspension I think.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:53 AM   #13
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:17 PM   #14
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Front suspension conversion? Twin I-beam was junk. Hard to keep aligned and would wear tires out faster than a dragster. Some people use a crown vic suspension I think.
This, power disc brakes would be something I would do on any old vehicle restoration, unless the goal is to keep it original, versus daily driver. I would also want to add a little horsepower, and you need the better brakes to shut it down.
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:59 PM   #15
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I hadn’t considered changing the front end. I doubt it will get driven more than a couple thousand miles a year.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:14 PM   #16
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Very nice, this is one of my goals on my bucket list, I hope to find a early 70's clean one with a 300 six/granny 4 speed. I would go with fitech fuel injection over a carb, swap in a B cam for some thump and LMC's fuel tank relocation setup along vintage air under dash AC. I would keep the stock suspension, upgrade to neoprene bushings and upgrade brakes as suggested. She is a beauty, looks clean.
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:34 AM   #17
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Old 06-02-2019, 11:53 AM   #18
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I hadnít considered changing the front end. I doubt it will get driven more than a couple thousand miles a year.
You will OK as long as you don't go over any speed bumps or hit any pot holes.
Twin I-beam will bend the kingpin will very little effort and realignment is near impossible unless some place has made a special jig for it. There used to be a front end shop in Irving Tx that I used about 4 times a year to straighten the kingpin on my old 70 model.
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Old 06-02-2019, 12:43 PM   #19
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Make it a shortbed! Stacey David showed how to do it on a project truck several years ago on”Gears” He shortened the frame as well as the bed.
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:24 PM   #20
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Air conditioning!

And some sweet wheels and tires.

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Old 06-04-2019, 11:06 AM   #21
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Make it a shortbed! Stacey David showed how to do it on a project truck several years ago onĒGearsĒ He shortened the frame as well as the bed.
Yep..... really not that hard to do.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:53 AM   #22
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This is the exact model that my dad bought in 1972. Same color and all. This was about the time I was old enough to start being interested in trucks. I want to keep it as close to factory as possible.
Transmission rebuild is complete. Dropped the motor off at Blaines motors in Dallas. It should be ready sometime next week. I’m torn on whether to paint before the power train goes back in. I know it’s probably the smartest thing to do.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:27 AM   #23
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:56 AM   #24
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As stated before, this will be a slow process.
Here is where I am so far.
Got a section of the shop cleaned out and the truck inside.
Motor has had a complete rebuild.
Transmission has been rebuilt.
Engine bay has been cleaned up. surface rust removed and painted.

Next on the adgenda is to get the power breaks installed and the powertrain back in.
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:02 PM   #25
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Following sir. Looking good
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:06 PM   #26
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Looking good so far
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:12 PM   #27
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In for future photos! Good luck!
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:20 PM   #28
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Well, a set of 289 4 barrel small chamber heads to offset those dish top pistons and a 4 barrel 600 cfm carb and intake along with Ford Muscle Part C90Z6250C cam will wake that 302 up and not be over powered. Maybe 300hp and a lot more torque. Can use stock rockers and valve springs.
You can probably find one of these hipo hydraulic cams for $100 or so. They work fine with stock hyd lifters.
.050 dur 218 In & Exh.
SAE dur 298 In & Exh.
Lobe lift .288
Valve lift w/ 1.6 rockers .460
Lobe ctr's In = 107 Exh =119

I have built quite a few of these anemic 2 barrel carb 302's with this setup.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:50 AM   #29
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I may have a set of the Ford hub caps that fit your truck. If you, or anyone else is interested send me a message. You can just pay me what you want to. I may even have a radio and no telling what else. I went through '66, '67, '70, '77 Fords.
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Old 07-22-2019, 06:10 AM   #30
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:01 AM   #31
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Any updates? It’s just such an awesome thing you and your son are doing!
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Old 07-25-2019, 09:34 AM   #32
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Looks like you are off to a great start!!! Here is my build thread (haven't updated in awhile!! Guess Ill add some pics this weekend) https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=724940

Come see us over at FTE https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forum39/
this is the link to the 67-72 section. There is a TON of information on that site!!!!
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Old 07-27-2019, 08:57 AM   #33
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No updates. Life got in the way the last few weeks.
Thanks Chef. Looks like a great resource.
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