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Old 04-12-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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So I'm going older. I had the suburban for 4 years. Loved it, but was getting long in the tooth and 240k was starting to show it's age. I starting to have trans shifting issues and low oil pressure. So I sold it, to a friend who wants a project. I then started looking for a regular cab truck.

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Want 4x4, standard transmission and AC. And for it to not look like a piece of crap.

I wanted a standard for simplicity and my son wanted to learn how to drive one, which is easy coming off a dirt bike.

Picked up this truck for $1700. Drove it. Had a little blowby and down on power, but good oil pressure. Has 16k on the odo. So could be 216k or 316k.

Lariat, 5 speed, 4x4, 302, AC, Nascar right side exhaust!









When I got it home I did the usual of replacing all fluids. That's when I noticed I was in trouble. The oil drained out so slowly and in large "glops". I am about 90% sure it was filled with gear oil. With regular oil it has virtually no oil pressure and went through about 4 quarts in 3 weeks. So I was pissed to say the least. I figured I'd have to rebuild the motor eventually I was just hoping it wouldn't be right away.

But I started this weekend yanking it.



Just have a couple more hours to go. Then it's off to the machine shop.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:06 PM   #2
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In the mean time he started buffing it out.

About an hour with a buffing wheel.

Before



After

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Old 04-12-2016, 03:07 PM   #3
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What's nice is all the rust has been repaired on this truck. So I'll get a can of touch-up paint once it's buffed out.

Probably getting a camper shell for it, but I'm spending that money on my rebuild. So that'll have to wait.

Have to work hard to rip me off.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:12 PM   #4
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Doesn't look half bad for the age. That'll be sweet if all the paint cleans up as nice as the tail gate.

That really sucks about the engine. Any performance enhancements planned while it is apart?



We ran an ex-coke a cola '96 F250 with a 351/manual trans for YEARS towing every single day with no problems. Well except for fuel mileage that is.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:19 PM   #5
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Stock 302 will be a performance enhancement. Haha

But no maybe a mild cam but thats it. Decking the heads will give me a little higher compression but thats it. Later I can bolt on heads. I may do headers but we'll see.

I really didn't want to spend all this money on the motor but it is what it is. I want to make sure the rest of the truck doesn't fall apart before I go crazy on heads or performance upgrades.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:33 AM   #6
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Time to strip it down.

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Yep getting an overbore.

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Old 05-02-2016, 05:29 PM   #8
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Dropped it off at the machine shop

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Old 05-23-2016, 07:54 AM   #9
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.040 overbore.

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Old 10-11-2016, 05:06 AM   #10
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With everything going on I missed updating this thread. Opps. Truck is running but I'll get to that.

This is what came out of the oil pan.



Damnit. I had some time so I went out to tap all my holes a tap broke off in the head. Took 1.5 hours to get it out. Tonight was a bust

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Old 10-11-2016, 05:07 AM   #11
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https://youtu.be/BdxWjMqf5Ew
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Well its done and getting inspected now. Needs ac charge as well. I ended up putting a couple ps lines on. New belt, clutch and hoses.

I did have 2 distributor lines reversed. But realized I had a miss and checked it. Also when I originally put the distributor in i was a tooth off so I remedied that. Overall pretty happy.
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Truck's been running great for a month or so. Then this happened.

https://youtu.be/8fZrZmI_ytY

So getting a limited slip in the rear now.
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Bummer on the rear diff. Been there recently
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Bummer on the rear diff. Been there recently


I know, following your thread. This "cheap truck" is anything but that.

Still sitting at a total cost of $3700 not including the diff. That includes the purchase of the truck.

However I have replaced about everything. Including wiper motor, alternator, master cylinder. Power steering pump is next.

It will be a brand new 1989 F150. Paint and AC in the spring.
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