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Old 04-14-2013, 10:19 AM
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Brought the hood, cab and front fenders back from WV. Didn't get to far before the windshield nearly blew out, had to remove and store under the hood, will put back in later as that was the only glass left in it anyway.



Got 10 people over to the house one Saturday morning to sit the cab on the frame. Had to "modify" the heat shield on the passenger side to allow the headers to clear.




Built a headliner for it to match the stripes on the body.




Skipping ahead a bit but looks pretty good in the truck. Note the dome light is on, yes the truck has been rewired. Only thing left is to get parking light plugs from LMC (would have reused existing but everything has been spliced with duct tape so going new). Centech wiring harness, great price and as easy to install as can be expected. Did switch over to Pertronix ignition to get rid of the old ignition box from Ford.




Hard to get to the sending unit. Teenager is a lot more agile than me. Installed external gauges for oil pressure, water temp, and voltage.





Hung the front fenders and bumper to see what it looks like. Starting to come together. Although it took a couple of days to get started the truck does run. Not sure where every other truck is set but started and ran at 14 degrees BTDC, tried 8 degrees as suggested in several locations but wouldn't work for this truck. Ran for a couple of minutes, 60 PSI oil pressure and sounded like a drag car due to no exhaust. Not far from the end.




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awesome progress!
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It is coming along nicely!
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how did you do the pertronix converstion? Just the module or a whole new dizzy?

Just curious, as i've been contemplating this for quite some time now. Nothing wrong with the duraspark, but it is kind of squirrle's nest that could be cleaned up.

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:07 PM
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how did you do the pertronix converstion? Just the module or a whole new dizzy?

Just curious, as i've been contemplating this for quite some time now. Nothing wrong with the duraspark, but it is kind of squirrle's nest that could be cleaned up.

thanks!

it was pretty simple, although I did NOT purchase a new distributor only the ignition module inside the distributor and new coil as suggested by the guys at Centech. I am glad to have done as I found the keeper ring had broken(cold rolled steel pin) inside the distributor when we broke back down, hadn't noticed the first time out of the engine. Remove the ignition box, ballast resistor, and bypass wire from started solenoid to coil, replace everything and good to go.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:35 PM
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Grandfather came down this weekend to put in the glass. Back window was not that bad but front window was a pain. Anyone have any idea how to get the corner pieces in the chrome trim, would love to hear as doesn't seem that the groove was cut in the molding.

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got most of the glass in the truck, although ordered and labeled LH triangular window rubber, it was actually the RH window. Took most of an hour to figure it out, LMC let me down on this one.






Don't know if it came originally on the truck or not but relined the red F150 Custom emblem that was on the truck, turned out pretty nice.








Everything lined up and straight on the front end although it did take a ***-a-long and some pretty heavy beating to get the core support lined up on the passenger side. Hope to have all the glass in before grandpa leaves on Wednesday. Plan to get the brakes hooked up this weekend and possibly roll this thing down the road.
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The OEM grill shell that we have at some time got covered with battery acid and although worked hard to sand out could not get the staining out of it. So we improvised. Not sure what it will look like on the truck but decided we would try to paint it black and see what it looked like. This past weekend while trapped indoors due to rain we took the grill shell and washed it with soap and water, etched it with 50/50 mix of vinegar and water, sprayed it with self etching primer, followed by sandable primer and then a good wet sanding with 600 grit followed by high gloss black. Plan to put it on this weekend and make a decision on keeping or removing. Turned out super smooth with only one minor dent I didn't pickup until after we had sprayed the gloss. Cannot say that I have seen before but can't wait to see. Will post pics to get some feedback.









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I can't wait to see the black grille on the truck!
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Not sure what it will look like on the truck but decided we would try to paint it black and see what it looked like.
Excellent!!! Im glad you did this. I've always wanted to know what a black grill on a black truck would look like. Get that sucker mounted up and throw some pics on here.

Great build!!!
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:26 PM
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Day started out bad, decided to spray a layer of clear coat on the grill shell and when I did it bubbled up in several places that could easily be seen. Waited and wet sanded down later, sprayed another layer of gloss black. Decided to leave as is once sprayed on another layer. Not fond of how well Rost O Leum wet outs, wouldn't be my first choice going forward. Doesn't want to blend, leaves a mist look along with gloss. Hoping that we can get a consistent look once it is waxed.





Once we got it on had several places where it just didn't fit. So had to bend and straighten, flex and force several screws and bolts into place. Finally got it to line up with the headlights as well as we could get them.




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Guess I kind of let it show something that we hadn't posted to date. But we did finally get the tires and rims for the truck. Unfortunantly, or fortunantly however you look at it anything above 15" rims has to be custom ordered and that is expensive. So we went with 15"x8" American Racing Outlaw I and BF Goodrich for the rubber. Love the look on the truck and will minimize the brake dust that will occur.





Plan on getting the brakes completed tomorrow along with the front end light wiring. If we can get this done than need to wrap on covering the wiring and re-installing the dash and will be ready for the bed to be installed. Getting closer but still seems like a long road travelled thus far.
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Grille setup looks good
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A good step forward if you look back over the pictures since we have been working on the front end. Finally finished up the wiring to the front end. Dont' like how many ground wires are required for all the lights and certainly have gained some respect for the wiring harness from the factory. Blinkers work along with high and low beam, bumper was missing so replaced with new one containing lights as the old bulbs on the truck are not the best. Brakes have been replaced and all tubing has been tightened just need to fill with fluid and bleed.




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Your Truck is looking great! Love the Black! Although I think the grill shell should be the stock anodized aluminum finish (Or chrome) because the black grill shell throws the symmetry of the front end off.

You have done some really nice work, keep us updated!
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Your Truck is looking great! Love the Black! Although I think the grill shell should be the stock anodized aluminum finish (Or chrome) because the black grill shell throws the symmetry of the front end off.
I agree, but awesome progress! It's all coming together! I can't wait to see the finished truck.
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