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  • Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

    Starting to think about the fuel system for this thing. I'm not sure the current setup, (low pressure pump, surge tank, external high pressure pump) will be sufficient for this thing. Something certainly needs to be done because of it's propensity to vapor lock.

    The thought of the day is to junk the stock stuff and use a 20 gallon aluminum fuel cell mounted in the stock tank location, my A1000, and re-plumb it with some -8 lines..... starting to sound a lot like the BBR project. haha Yikes.
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    Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
    1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

      Ordered all the fuel system plumbing for this thing yesterday. On the Mustang I used pushlock hose and it has been great. This time I decided to try the black non-pushlock nylon braided hose. It will probably be harder to assemble, etc, but I sure like the way it looks.
      Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
      1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

        Finished up the ports on the heads. I didn't do much to the intakes. Just cleaned them up and did a little bowl blend work. Nothing crazy. I also cleaned up the stock valves in the drill press with some light emery cloth. One final cleaning on the heads and they will be ready to lap the valves and assemble.

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        Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
        1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

          Fuel line and fittings showed up today. It will be a -8 feed and return. Now I can start on re-plumbing this thing with the A1000!

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          Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
          1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

            This thing is going to be fun.....
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            • Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

              Looking like I may have Garage Binge 2018/19 (rest of my family will be out of town) right around the first of the year. Currently making a list of things I want to get done during that time. I can usually get a lot of stuff done in a GB if I pre-plan and get things kind of in order.

              I did some looking and thinking about the hot side piping. This thing really has an abundance of room under it. The current thinking is to leave the exhaust manifolds on their proper sides, then crossover under/behind the engine to the passenger side, drop the passenger exhaust into it and come forward under the engine mount, then turn up to the turbo. Or if necessary, turn up before the motor mount. It just depends upon where fore/aft the hot side works best. This will simplify manifolds, accessory drives, and motor mounts significantly.

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              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
              1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                Since my shop is adjacent to my office, I decided to start working on it a little each evening before I go home. Every little bit is progress, I suppose.

                I have the efi wiring harness and dixie horn out in preparation of pulling the front clip off. Still need to remove a few bolts, and disconnect the trans lines and radiator hoses. I think I am going to disassemble the wiring harness, thin it a bit, and reuse the '96 fuse/relay box.

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                Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                  Just realized the previous owner who "just replaced the master cylinder", plumbed it backwards! I have always had a VERY difficult time getting a real good pedal in this thing, but I never even thought to check if the lines were actually going in the correct end of the prop valve.... I mean, who screws that up changing a master cylinder???

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                  Last edited by BBR; December 24th, 2018, 08:31 AM.
                  Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                  1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                    Front end is off!! Not to get this engine and transmission out!!

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                    Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                    1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                      Soaking the heads in Purple Power. Looks like it is working good so far.

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                      Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                      1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                        Ebay had a 15% code active today so I ordered a 20 gallon aluminum fuel cell and a 31" x 13" x 3" intercooler. Can't wait for Garage Binge 2018/19 because I have a lot of stuff to do!
                        milner351 and Russell like this.
                        Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                        1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                          I need a garage binge. Mine will start as garage cringe though. I spotted a '67 beetle in there the other day... just the mirror. How did the heads turn out? It's Monday... how about you let me know by 8:30? haha. Guess I'm used to Monday updates. Enjoy the binge! I'm guessing that garage is heated or you will be chipping ice out of the ports today? 10 degrees? Well, maybe it's not windy. Pfffft.

                          Happy New Year to you and yours James!
                          Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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                          • Re: 1973 F-250 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                            Here's your update! Shop temp was good. Our section is not heated (never had gas turned on), but the surrounding sections of the building are, so it stays nice.

                            Got to the shop at 12:30pm and stayed until 12 am with a brief run to Braum's for some tasty food.

                            Soaking the heads in Purple Power worked awesome. I pulled them out and pressure washed them and they look fantastic. I dried them and later lapped the valves and assembled the heads. They are now ready to install.
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                            Engine and trans came out fairly easily. I amazingly avoided testing the tensile strength of the dipstick tube, wiring or any other easily missed attachments. Since I am using the efi motor front dress, I had hopes of reusing the efi motor's water pump, but it was pretty rusty inside. So I decided to pass.
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                            After the engine was out, I pulled the manifolds to compare them to the old manifolds. Outlets are identical at 2.25".
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                            Removing the fuel system was the part I was dreading the most. Gas always seems to run out of the most unexpected places. I managed to siphon most of the fuel out of the tank. The stock tank was a huge pain in the butt to get out, but it is done. In place of all this will be a 20 gallon fuel cell, the A1000, and -8AN hoses.

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                            There is still a lot to do, but I made more progress yesterday than I expected. Hoping to have the fuel lines run, the A1000 mounted, the engine together, mated to the trans and in the chassis by the end of GB2018/19.
                            Last edited by BBR; December 31st, 2018, 07:55 AM.
                            Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                            1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                              GB2018/19 is officially over. 98% of my goals were accomplished, but I purposely set them high. The things I didn't do were just a couple of minor things, so no biggie.

                              New Year's Eve was spent mostly cleaning parts and assembling the engine. I tapped the front cover for a turbo return line and tapped the throttle body for pipe thread because the fitting was loose.

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                              New Year's Day started with painting the engine and cleaning the Crown Vic xmember because the efi460 was a leaker.

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                              While waiting for everything to dry, I worked on the intake manifold.

                              I considered many options for attaching the bungs and finally decided to tap them for set screws. The last intake I converted to efi (for the original BBR truck) had JBWelded bungs and it worked ok, but I was always concerned that they might come loose and cause a vacuum leak. The set screws create a mechanical connection and will allow me to have them welded or use JBWeld to basically just seal them up. The set screws I purchased were too long. Final screws will be shorter and the bung protrusion will be mostly trimmed away inside the port.

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                              A quick mock up of the engine and then the engine and trans were mated and installed. Input shaft is in this time! ( I left it out of this trans once upon a time....)

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                              REALLY??? Booster to valve cover clearance issues in a full size truck??? Sheesh.

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                              Those are the highlights. Many many small things were fixed/corrected that did not warrant pics. Overall though, it was a very successful GB!
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                              Last edited by BBR; January 2nd, 2019, 10:34 AM.
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                              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                              1983 Mustang GT 302/T5 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 - Workhorse Revival -> Sport Truck -> Turbo Truck (Well Over $5k Now)

                                Nice progress! I need to arrange a few binges for my truck project.
                                Chris - HRPT Long Haul 03, 04, 05, 13, 14, 15,16 & 18
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