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

    Take a trip in the way back machine with me to the year 1986. The epic year I finally got my driver's license. My dad bought this 1973 F-100 new and daily drove it for many years. I loved that truck and was beside myself with excitement that it was going to me mine. It was a dog. 2bbl 302/C4, PS and manual brakes. I drove it for a few years and decided it would be a good idea to get a Ranger to drive while in college. We sold it to my next door neighbor and he drove it for several years. He eventually sold it and the last time I saw it, it was in sad shape. Click image for larger version  Name:	1909609_45956379484_7659_n.jpg Views:	1 Size:	61.5 KB ID:	1093777
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    At Amarillo Dragway - ran solid 19's. lol Click image for larger version  Name:	1909609_45956359484_5061_n.jpg Views:	1 Size:	37.5 KB ID:	1093776
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    Fast forward to 2013!!

    I have been wanting a pickup ever since I traded the Mazdog (99 4x4 B4000) in on Julie's Mountaineer. I really wanted an older one that I could easily work on, so I decided I wanted an old Ford or a Dodge. I decided I really wanted a 3/4 ton truck with a decent sized engine and automatic trans so I could use it to pull my big trailer and Mustang. I have been watching Craigslist, etc for several years now just waiting for the right deal to come my way.

    Yesterday I ran across a 1973 2wd F-250 LWB. 460, C6 transmission and a Dana 60.... best part was the price.... $500. An added bonus is that it is at least partially the same color as my first truck. Man I would have loved to have had a 460 truck in high school!

    This truck was last registered in 1994 and has been parked in a barn ever since. Although the big mirrors and emblems are gone, it is a "Camper Special", which really does not mean a whole lot as far as running gear goes.

    Well it made it 7 miles to my house. It definitely needs work. Doors rattle, steering wheel is thrashed motor misses pretty bad, but does not smoke. There is a leak in the fuel lines (dual tanks) so we drove it using a 2 gallon gas can bungee'd to the inner fender. lol Motor ran cool in spite of stop and go traffic and the oil pressure looked great. Power steering works GREAT, brakes are awesome, trans shifts nice but the old bias ply tires are square as a rubik's cube. Interior is pretty dirty, speedo does not work, no keys (you start it with a screwdriver) but has a new battery.

    There is one rust hole in the passenger fender and the spot above the driver's rear fender is just barely starting to rust. It looks pretty clean underneath so far. It had a camper on it for years so I am hoping the bed is in decent shape. It came with 4 chrome wagon wheels and 2 white wagon wheels and a bed load of crap that was in the camper. I rubbed a spot on the yellow and it shined right up so maybe there is hope for the paint. Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG-20131204-01463.jpg Views:	1 Size:	230.5 KB ID:	1093780
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    The plan is to clean clean clean and get it running good and reliable. Then buff up the paint and replace some of the missing trim, etc. Then I can start diving into the engine for more power and efficiency (lol). If I spend anywhere near $5000 on this thing, I will probably have a heart attack. I am thinking the wagon wheels with some sort of A/T tire, buffed up paint, refurbished trim, aluminum diamond plate tool box and a decent hitch on the back.

    I can't wait to get started!
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  • BBR
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    Yep. The same 552 shortblock with a mild turbo friendly cam and iron heads that lower the compression ratio to 9.5:1.

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  • Russell
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    I'm lost... I thought this was a different motor than what was in the Stang
    Same short block new milder top end

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  • Deaf Bob
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    It likely will make 450-500 on motor so my guess is that on 10psi it will make roughly the same amount of power as it did n/a in the Mustang. Benefit being at a lower rpm with a flatter torque curve and a camshaft that is power brake friendly. All good things for a vehicle this size and weight.

    I'm lost... I thought this was a different motor than what was in the Stang

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  • BBR
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    It likely will make 450-500 on motor so my guess is that on 10psi it will make roughly the same amount of power as it did n/a in the Mustang. Benefit being at a lower rpm with a flatter torque curve and a camshaft that is power brake friendly. All good things for a vehicle this size and weight.


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  • Russell
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    Any guesses on power production vs when it was NA in the mustang? More, less, about the same?

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  • BBR
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    Man, Rockauto is fast sometimes. I ordered connectors for the TPS, IAT and CLT sensors yesterday and they arrived a few minutes ago. Time to start making an efi wiring harness!

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  • BBR
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    Last night I robbed the battery from the Mustang, pre-lubed the motor, stabbed the distributor (which took FOREVER) put the plug wires on it, dumped some gas in it and checked for fuel leaks. It had 2. One at the regulator because a fitting was completely loose and the other at the carb. That Dominator has the ability to feed the fuel bowl from either side, so the other side has a plug. I left the plug out for some reason. Flipped the switch for the fuel pump and fuel shot out of the carb bowl all over the intake!! Yikes! Once all that was corrected, I turned it on, hit the starter button and it roared to life. Almost too easy. At one point it started running rough and I thought “oh no I killed the cam”. Turns out I didn’t have the #2 and #4 plug wires on good and they had fallen off the plugs. Lol. Turbo spins and it makes turbo noises and the 5” open down pipe is fairly thunderous. Next thing to do is to start wiring up the Megasquirt!

    I also put some trim back on (had to shorten it from long bed to short bed) and made a shield to keep potential rear mail seal leakage or trans seal leakage from getting on the crossover pipe.

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    Running video.

    Last edited by BBR; July 19th, 2019, 09:04 AM.

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  • BBR
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    I made decent progress last night, but it was not without a little trouble. I started filling it with water and noticed it was leaking. Seems the thermostat slipped out of place when I was installing it. Nice.

    Converter nuts are on, oil and break-in lube is in, spark plugs are tight, temporary HEI wiring in in, tach is connected, *most* of the water is in it, correct spring is in the fuel pressure regulator. I still need to rob the battery from the Mustang, install thermostat & housing, pre-lube with the drill, stab distributor, put plug wires on, put some fuel in it, turn on electric pump and check for fuel leaks, flip the switch and hope it doesn't catch fire.

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  • BBR
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    Cobra for BCT and War Eagles (15) for the academic year.

    USPS informed delivery shows we will get our first letter from him today. Can't wait. The pics available through Webguy are fantastic, but really want to know his take on everything so far!

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  • CTX-SLPR
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    He's a Gold class! Hard to think that 20yrs ago that was me (another Gold class). There was snow on Falcon Peak when I started BCT on 1 July 1999. What squadron is he headed into?

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  • BBR
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    Couple of Jake pics just for fun. 11000+ kids apply to the academy, ~1147 got in. The Naval Academy and West Point have similar numbers. He will be the Class of 2023. He is thinking of majoring in Aeronautical Engineering, but they really do not decide that until the end of their sophomore year, so it could change. These kids are all from at least the top 10% of their high school classes so this is a group of really smart kids. He is currently doing 6 weeks of Basic Cadet Training (BCT) which really amounts to be yelled at a lot, running a lot, being busy 100% of the time with zero free time and will finish up with weapons training, obstacle courses and living in tents. Academic classes will start Aug 8 at which time his life will be more like a normal college student. Attending classes, studying, free time, etc.

    Gold is their class color so the gold hats identify them on campus as "Doolies" participating in BCT. EVERYONE at the Academy goes through BCT regardless of size or gender. So you will have tiny gymnast girls right alongside a huge D1 ready football player.

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  • Deaf Bob
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    Figured with graduation and Jake's going into the AF ... You'd use time with him before he leaves.

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  • BBR
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    Not much to report. We were out of town all last week dropping Jake off at the Air Force Academy.

    Wiring and organizing the engine bay is what I have been doing the last couple of days.

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  • Russell
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    Updates?

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