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Old 04-29-2011, 06:12 AM
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1977 F-100 restoration project

Told my 15yo son that the first truck he owned he was going to have to build. We've started. Here are the pics.
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When your restoration project starts with a rake, you know it'll take a while.

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Not ready for a prom date just yet.

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Sorry the pictures aren't in better order.

You know how you see a lot of surface rust and think "that's not too bad"? Well I learned that just getting the "surface rust" off a fender and priming it takes about 4 hours. This is going to be a long project.
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man wish i could find one like that. great starter truck..
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Nice start.
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more pics

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Got the motor out.

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Switching from the hoist to the stand is kind of like storks mating...not real pretty but gratifying at the end. I wish somebody had told me to extend the lift arm out all the way BEFORE you lift the engine.

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Soaked the head in 100% seafoam to clean out the little carbon there was. I no longer believe in intake cleaning additives. That carbon DOES NOT come off easy.

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We've since put it back together and are getting ready to paint.
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beautiful truck, my aunt gave me mine after it sat for 15 years in her garage and i had to rebuild it also.....there always fun times.
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Wow!! Green tires. What a concept. Nice truck
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Looking good, Neil!
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Motor pics

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Now off to do the headers. Broke the $%^&* header bolts off on the exhaust header. I get to spend the evening with the drill press and some easy-outs. That's always a PIA.
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That's a sweet looking truck! I'm going through the same process you are with my father's old truck. It has been a pleasure doing the work myself, but I have to admit that I am ready to be finished with it. Hopefully it will be back from paint soon. One month to a painter is a little different than a month to the rest of the world. I'm sure your son will appreciate his truck much more having built it with you rather than just picking one off a lot somewhere. Good luck.
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I have the same truck my grandfather gave me in 1988 , i still drive it everyday , three motors later and same 4 speed and dana 44 rear end , I have over 400k on it , you might want to show your son the pics of my truck . Still havent painted yet but that will be last . Its been lowered 4 in front and 5 in rear , had i beams bent and cut springs , 0 camber and drives around corners on rails , but still can load it like a truck . Great project and welcome , doing a great job , cant wait to see more .
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Seeing as I can't tell the difference between a Lincoln Continental and a Mark VIII (another thread), it isn't surprising that I can't tell a C-6 transmission from a C-4. I thought I had a C-6 until I took off the bell housing (C-4s are removable, C-6s aren't) and I counted 11 screws in the pan (C-6s have 17).

I'd get upset about being wrong so often, but at age 53, I'm used to it....

Good news is the rebuild kit is cheaper.
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Progress being made

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Rebuilt the Transmission. First time I ever opened one of these beasts and it scared the hell out of me.

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Got it all put back and within spec.

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Most of the parts back on the motor

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Decided to mount the transmission and load it as a unit. Next time I buy the hoist balance bar. What a PIA.

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Got it back in. Boy, am I ever sore. Still weeks away from the point where I want to try to turn it over.
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Got the new tank in

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Feels like a truck now with the tank in. Going to get it cranked for the first time in 8 years this weekend.

I know this build isn't as impressive as some of the other guys, but it is the first time I've ever done this and it is making me pretty happy.
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