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  • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

    But they look perfect for a Rocky Mountain Race Week / Drag Week truck!

    Saturday I finished up the mounting frame. Not real happy with how the seat attaches on the insides just yet, but now that I have test fit them, I have a better plan.

    But for now they look pretty kick butt and fit really well.

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    Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
    1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
    1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
    1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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    • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

      Fail.

      Saturday evening, Jake and I decided to drive it to Lubbock Dragway (120 miles away) to watch a buddy do some grudge racing. We made it about 20 miles down the road and it started vapor locking / fuel starvation or whatever it's doing. We turned around and made it a couple of miles before it completely died. Popped the hood and poked the schrader valve on the fuel rail. Almost all vapor. We prime, vent, prime, vent. Finally it lights off and we drive a few more miles, slowly, chugging, surging.. We repeated this scenario until we got it to Tractor Supply on the South side of town. We left it and Jonathan came by and gave us a ride back to the shop to get the F-150. Went to Lubbock had a good time, got back to the truck at about 1:45am. After a couple of key-on primes, it fired up and drove back to the shop like nothing was ever wrong. Ha.

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      Lubbock Dragway: I'm not sure a sketchier drag strip exists in the continental United States. Gobs of sketchy people, lots of really sketchy cars, very very few helmets, no tech, people (and kids) all over the starting line, no prep, no timing system, 1/8th mile, crewcab trucks making passes with 5 people in the cab (with windows down), kids in cars making passes, dirt staging lanes, cars sliding all over the track. Total freakin' insanity.
      Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
      1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
      1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
      1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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      • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

        Sounds like a bad fuel pump running on a low-ish tank..
        Probably not, tho..
        Hope you find it was something simple
        Last edited by Deaf Bob; September 11th, 2017, 09:19 AM.

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        • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

          I started to mess with it this past weekend, but decided not to. This engine/trans combo in this truck is slated to get swapped out in the near-ish future, so I'll just keep my trips short. Besides, the weather is turning much cooler, so this will likely not be an issue.

          Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
          1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
          1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
          1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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          • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

            Horray! I worked on it.

            I test fit one of the steel wheels I bought to mount slicks on. It's a 15x8 wheel. Fits exactly as I had hoped.

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            While I was playing with that, I decided to bolt one of the Mustang's slicks on. Man, I reeeeeeeaaaaaly like how this looks.

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            Yesterday, I was bored so I went up and fit the door bars, harness bar and removed the rear window in preparation of adding the rear down bars.

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            I'm not 100% sure how I want to do the rear window. I am leaning toward using the slider and replacing the glass with plexi. It would be easier to obtain plexi in sizes to do the multi-piece window. A piece that is wide enough for a solid window is big bucks.
            Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
            1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
            1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
            1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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            • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

              Looking at two options for the rear bars. The left option would be more difficult to fit, but easier to weld. The right option is super easy to fit and probably easier to fit a back window, but will be much harder to weld.

              Decisions, decisions. haha

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              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
              1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
              1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
              1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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              • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                Which one is stronger?
                http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...-consolidation

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                • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                  How far is the passenger side version from your passenger's skull?
                  Last edited by Beagle; October 5th, 2017, 04:10 AM.
                  Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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                  • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                    Strength-wise, idk, probably a wash. I've seen them done both ways. The Mustang's down bars attach to the main hoop uprights.

                    Beagle, I haven't checked distance but I guess that is something to consider.

                    I could always angle it further to the right for more room and still intersect the top tube of the main hoop.
                    Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                    1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                    1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
                    1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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                    • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                      I like the looks of the one on the left. The head knocker is a good idea. I would think you would want it close to the junction of the halo bar connection?
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                      • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                        I'll put it as high as I can. The down bar can be a maximum of 5" below the top of the main hoop.
                        Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                        1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                        1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
                        1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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                        • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                          Finished fitting the down bars Saturday and then decided to finish welding everything. I angled the down bars and they fit really well. Fairly pleased how it all turned out. Certainly going to need to do some finagling to get the back window in though..... hrrrrrmmmmm....

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                          We also took one of the 15 x 7 Soft 8 wheels off the Jeep and test fit it on the front of the truck. It has 3.5" of BS, but the raised area in the middle of the wheel along the circumference, (where the wheel center is welded to the rim) interferes with the caliper. We tried two 5/16" spacers, but it still hit. So it looks like a 15" steel front wheel is a no-go. One-piece aluminum wheels typically do not have that raised area.
                          Last edited by BBR; October 9th, 2017, 07:45 AM.
                          Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                          1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                          1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
                          1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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                          • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                            Painted the first coat on the bar. It is going to need a second coat for sure. I used oil based Rustoleum and a foam brush.

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                            Looks like I will be able to reassemble the rear window as I install it. It's going to be a little tricky, but I think I can do it.

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                            Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                            1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                            1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
                            1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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                            • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                              I painted another coat on the roll cage and started fiddling with the back window.

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                              I have thought about it a lot and I think I will do it like this. The plexiglass I have is too thick to just cut a slit and spread it and slip over. It would likely crack if I tried. I also have some thinner stuff, but it seems a bit on the flimsy side. I think I will just make some aluminum filler panels and rivet them in.
                              Teddyzee likes this.
                              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                              1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                              1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
                              1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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                              • Re: 1973 F-250 - Turbo BBF - It's alive!

                                Saturday, I attacked the rear window. It was definitely a challenge. Since the down bars angle toward the center of the truck, once the side panels are slid in place, the window assembly will only move away from the cab about 3/4". This made it EXTREMELY hard to get the gasket in place. My finger tips may never be the same. lol I reused the stock slider glass for the center sections. They are mounted in the outside channel of the frame just like the side panels, so they are now permanent. The gap at the bottom is because the gasket comes as one piece and is supposed to stretch over the window frame. If I had half a brain, I would have slipped it on before I welded the down bars in place. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20. I will seal it up with some black rtv or something.

                                Anyhoo, it turned out pretty neat. It fit's real tight to the bars. Maybe too tight, I don't know. Just need to make some small aluminum plates to seal off the notches and it' will be done.

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                                Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                                1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                                1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
                                1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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