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Old 02-07-2017, 03:34 PM   #281
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The last F series my dad had was a 73 F100 Ranger, he bought it and kept it at my uncle's house to hide it from all of us . The one before that was a stepside like yours with a cleveland engine that drank gas with an extreme thirst. He later got a 454 GMC and is now a Dodge owner
@ him hiding it. I've heard that the 351 is pretty thirsty too. I had a friend in HS with an 80's K10 that had a 454 with a turbo 400. Very neat truck. I'd like to have one.

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I'm a GM guy, generally, but I did spend a good amount of time trying to find a 7.3L IDI F350 before I wound up with my current Chevy crewcab. I still kinda want one, to be honest, but don't think the wife would approve two trucks, haha. I never did end up finding one in the combo I wanted.
I like a little bit of everything myself. I like the 7.3l myself. More so than any 6.0 although I do like the body style of the 6.0. Which there is like a couple years where you can have both. Finding a truck in the right combo is hard. When you find it typically they are either ragged out or the cost inflated.
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:47 PM   #282
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He used to work at a Junk Yard, he told me that he had a deal with the owner before we came to live with him where he would watch the place at night due to high volume of robberies and instead he got to build his cars at a damn low price. That 351 he had was actually built by the owner for a car he used to race, high compression, aluminum heads, holley carb and a cam, i clearly remember my dad always trying to race his cousins and friends with that thing; hillarious thing though is that one night when they were out drinking a family member asked him how much he wanted for the truck and as we know drunk people do not make rational decisions and threw out a stupidly low number, next day dude showed up with cash in hand and my dad HAD to sell it(honor in my family is a very important thing). The GMC he had was a 91-92 with a 454 and a 4L80 and 8 lug setup, he used to get a whopping 8-9 MPG with that beast and he was no lead foot either, he ended up selling it for 4k to a guy that kept on bugging him about it. That 300 i6 you were talking about is a mule, it is the Energizer bunny of ford engines, its the same one used on cars and trucks; there are people racing those things now. I almost got a 68 plymouth satellite a couple months ago on an impulse but ended up opting out due to priorities even though i am and will be regreting it for ever, my wife is ok with pretty much any car i bring home(i call her Fast and Furious because of driving style). Sorry for the novel series.
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:07 PM   #283
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Your good Crankshaft. What way to lose a truck! lol 8-9 is doing pretty good. I get 7. City, highway, pulling 5,000lbs, pulling 15,000lbs. 7mpg.




A video I took of this thing idling. Thought it sounded good one day after it sitting for a few weeks so I started recording.

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Old 02-07-2017, 10:53 PM   #284
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I received the fuel level sending unit. I think it's going to work very nicely.

I'm going to use the fuel vapor fill valve hole or "emissions hole" in the top of the tank. The unit I bought, ran me $28.00 shipped, fit's almost like it's designed to go there.

The sending unit I bought is adjustable from 6" to 27". My tank is 7" in depth so that's perfect. I still have to shorten the rod per specs on the sheet and put a 90* in it but the sending unit is otherwise modified and ready to go in. I still need some self tapping machine screws to mount it. Might buy an assortment.



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Old 02-07-2017, 10:59 PM   #285
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Does sound pretty good indeed, i recall my dad saying 460s were notorious for cracking headers(unless my mind is not carbureting right). I have a burning pasion for alot of things(fishing, woodworking, lawn care etc.) but there is something about cars, not really have allegiance to any manufacturer either; i try and learn everything i can about anything and even tend to obsess with it too. Funny fact, at one point me, my dad and my brother all had red trucks; mine was a Ford F150, my dad's is a Red Ram 1500 and my brother had a Red Chevy Silverado 1500. I gave mine to my younger brother, my dad will never get rid of his and my other brother sold his to his buddy for $600 whom in turn took it to a dealership as a trade in for a new truck.
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It has the new Floater design too, the older brass ones were a bitch to find lately as most ford places dont even carry them anymore.
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Old 02-08-2017, 03:23 AM   #287
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It has the new Floater design too, the older brass ones were a bitch to find lately as most ford places dont even carry them anymore.
Yeah I went through that once with this truck. I tried sweating the hole closed but the thin brass heats up too fast. I found a new one for an older mustang I think it was. It fit but was ever so slightly tighter than the factory one. I had a functional fuel gauge for like a day. I suspect the brass float I put in cracked then sank. We will see soon though. lol
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Old 02-09-2017, 12:43 AM   #288
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I'm waiting on the machine screws to arrive then I'm going to get this thing in the tank. I ran the wire and have the heat shrink barrel connector ready to be crimped which should simplify the install.

I still need to cut the rod down to 3.5" and it may have to be attached with the unit already in the tank.

The only thing I possibly foresee and an issue is interference with the fuel pump assembly. But I have pictures from the last time I had the assembly put and it's a pretty short unit. If there is any interference it won't be by much so I should be able to modify the fuel pump assembly to make it work. But I think were good.

I absolutely love my new ratcheting barrel crimpers and these super slick barrel butter connectors with heat shrink.



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Old 02-10-2017, 04:48 AM   #289
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Does sound pretty good indeed, i recall my dad saying 460s were notorious for cracking headers(unless my mind is not carbureting right). I have a burning pasion for alot of things(fishing, woodworking, lawn care etc.) but there is something about cars, not really have allegiance to any manufacturer either; i try and learn everything i can about anything and even tend to obsess with it too. Funny fact, at one point me, my dad and my brother all had red trucks; mine was a Ford F150, my dad's is a Red Ram 1500 and my brother had a Red Chevy Silverado 1500. I gave mine to my younger brother, my dad will never get rid of his and my other brother sold his to his buddy for $600 whom in turn took it to a dealership as a trade in for a new truck.
Dadgumit! I missed this post. By bad man.

Thanks, it's not to my liking but I do enjoy the sound of it. I haven't heard of them cracking manifolds or headers but something peculiar I've noticed is they tend to burp flames into them constantly especially at idle. Head design maybe? I noticed this from watching many Tube videos and seeing mine do it with the exhaust off when I was in the midst of replacing a gasket. They are notorious for breaking the manifold studs off when you go to tighten them though. That I do know. I love all different models from all different makes myself. I can't say I've ever owned a red truck. Almost did. An 85 K10 with a 305 and a 4 speed. I should have bought it but didn't.
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That 85 would of had worse gas mileage than your 460 with half the power, my brother's truck had a 305 and although it was tbi it was anemic to say the least; reliable but underpowered.
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Crankshaft, yeah I borrowed it to haul wood. Had dual tanks like my truck. Sucked gas and was gutless. I have always wanted to take a 400 and destroke it to a 377. That was my plans if I had got it.
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Crankshaft, yeah I borrowed it to haul wood. Had dual tanks like my truck. Sucked gas and was gutless. I have always wanted to take a 400 and destroke it to a 377. That was my plans if I had got it.
You my friend are the 2nd person I have ever heard talk about 377 other than myself, de-stroking the 400 instead of stroking the 350 seems illogical to some people but depends on what the intended purpose is. Seems the idea is once again returning though since they are now de-stroking 6.0 and 6.2 using a 4.8 crankshaft and letting that thing sing. Perfect combo for high revving Turbo setup or crossing.
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I was looking at a 377 so I wouldn't have to be so concerned with RPM's. It was a 4 speed truck.
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:13 AM   #294
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I got an umbilical hernia the 13th of January at work. I've been on workmans comp since. I had surgery the 28th of January. I sneezed too hard the 7th of February I think it was this past week and busted some fluid thing. I can't remember what it's called. But anyhow, they took the corner of the incision and made a hole down into the area that the fluid builds up and poked long gauze strip into it. I have to change that out daily and drain the fluid that builds up. This could go on for a while. Maybe a month maybe three I guess.

And I've been informed as of this past week that my property (place I work at) has been purchased my another company and they are planning a 15-20 million dollar renovation very soon. Within the next few months. I'll be laid off for no less than 5 months. Needless to say, I'll collect unemployment during this time and I need a project. At the moment I'm looking for another 460 to build for this truck.
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I changed the oil today. It needed it. The old oil still held it's lubrication properties but was pretty black.

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I let the oil drain over night. I got a little over 5 quarts out of it. Typically I only get 5 quarts. So what I'm saying is I'm a little low, just showing up on the first quarter inch of the dipstick. So I had to purchase another gallon of oil.
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Old 02-24-2017, 07:23 PM   #297
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Got the second jug of Rotella T6 5w40.

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Old 02-27-2017, 08:02 AM   #298
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It's probably in this thread somewhere that someone for some reason at some time installed an inline fuel pump near the tank splicing it into the 3/8" nylon supply line. It's unplugged as it was when I bought the truck but it's always leaked. And now it's really leaking. I bought the fuel tank and everything so the truck wouldn't leak fuel.

So to address this issue I've got a few items on the way. It's supposed to warm back up this week so it'll be a prime time to get everything in.

Dorman 800-055 fuel line connector. Connects to the metal nipple on the fuel pump assembly and has 18" of 3/8" nylon line and a splicer coming off it.

Dorman 800-075 3/8" nylon fuel line. 10 feet of it.

Dorman 800-011 carbon steel barbed union for 3/8" nylon fuel line.

This should get the leak situation completely taken care of. This area of the truck, the fuel system, has been a pain since I bought the truck. It's always ran and supplied fuel to the engine. Just not efficiently at all.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:56 PM   #299
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Dorman 800-055 arrived. I will be tackling the fuel tank and system on Friday.


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Old 03-07-2017, 09:14 PM   #300
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I used to have an old vacuum gauge but I haven't seen it in a long time. A year probably. I may have misplaced it while moving.

Anyhow, I purchased this. I want to check the vacuum on this just to know where it's at.

I got a nut and bolt kit too. For installing the fuel level assembly into the tank.




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