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Old 03-20-2012, 10:55 AM
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My 1989 f150 Supercab Shortbed Build

So I found some old pics of when I started on my 89 f150 6 years ago. So here we go, starting from the beginning.

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Fresh Paint!!
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The Truck is complete! Before lift and Solid Axle Swap
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Solid Axle Swap! and 6" Lift.
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Brand new 351w! bored .040 over with a very snall cam.
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3G 130 Amp alternator Swap
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As She sits today!
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I am still not finished yet, but I am getting closer. Lol. what do ya guys think?
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1989 F150 XLT Lariat, Super Cab, Shortbed, 4x4, AOD transmission, 351w EFI, 1979 Dana 44 Solid Axle Swap, 3G 130A Swap, 8" lift, 35*12.5*R15 BFG AT's, 4.56 gearing. AKA: The Grey Goose
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Looks great... but it needs 2-4" lift in the rear IMO.
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Looks great... but it needs 2-4" lift in the rear IMO.
What he said. I think the body work and paint job turned out great. Did you do all of it yourself?
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Looks great... but it needs 2-4" lift in the rear IMO.
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What he said. I think the body work and paint job turned out great. Did you do all of it yourself?
Currently its got a 3" lift in the rear, and I think its alittle low too, I bought a 5" lift for the rear but I haven't got it put on the truck yet. Lol.

Yes, with help from my Dad. Lol. Its a Father/Son project.
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It looks awesome! Nice work.
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Are the rear springs stock? If so I'd suggest adding a leaf and/or leafspring overloaders instead of a taller block to minimize axle wrap.. which has got to be even worse than stock with those big tires.
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Thanks everyone for the complements!

The springs are stock. 3" wide, 5 layer. I really want a shackle flip kit, but they are $250-$300. And its recommended to use 4" blocks with the flip kit.
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nice truck,what trann
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y you got and how does it fare with those gears?
Running 4.56 gearing, and I have an AOD trans. The trans does fine, I haven't had any problems. Some people frown on the 351w/AOD combo, but I haven't had any problems.

I rebuilt the trans 6 years ago too, and upgraded the input shafts and drums in it.
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my trucks the same as yours amd think ive told you i plan onbasically doin the same thing to my truck, but i want 37s and hopefully some good motor work too, what kinda mpgs to get with that truck?
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:47 PM
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Believe it or not I get around 15-16 mpg around town, thats reasonable driving. If I tow or had fun, it drops to 13-14 mpg. I want 37's or 38's in the future. I've got a huge space in the front wheel well I want to fill. Before the lift, tires, gearing, and with the old 5.0 I was getting 18 mpg, and 15-16 mpg when towing. But power SUCKED. Even though I lost 3-4 mpg its worth it for the amount of torque the 351w provides.

I forgot to mention: I bought the truck for $500, not running. Turns out the ignition module was bad. Lol. And I swapped in a 94 351w EEC with the J3 tuning port for the future.
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Wow, that truck has come a long way! I personally like the nosebleed stance, but putting a trailer on it has got to really rake it out. it would look good leveled I think.
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awesome truck. i love that you kept with the 2tone.
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VERY NICE....

I think the Tu-Tone is what makes the truck unique...Not some rattle can setup....Actually done GOOD!


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thats pretty good mpg, far better than what i was expecting, i plan to basically redo my motor and set it up for torque, nothing like better mpgs with alot more power lol and is therea place you recomend for the tuning and computer stuff? i cant find anything for it, i need it so it can run properly
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