I've had my "New Lime" 70 F100 Custom for a little over a year now and it's time to start a build thread. This rig was sold to me by a former co-worker who was gonna turn it into the local air district for $650 cuz that's how much they offer for pre-smog cars and trucks to take them off the road. In any case, I couldn't bear to see another vintage Ford sent to the scrap yard so instead it is now in my yard - side yard that is.
The plan is to build this as a low-buck street truck and spending money only when I have to - like new brake pads, brake hoses, king pins, and other parts where it makes sense to buy new. Otherwise, it'll be refurbished wrecking yard or swap meet parts for the most part. I plan to deviate from the low-buck theme with some high-dollar systems like EFI and a 5-speed transmission only cuz I wanna see how much MPG I can squeeze out of a 360FE with only 70K miles (It's still a baby!). Besides, I can always swap it into my other rides if I feel the need.
The rig was sold out of Idaho and has a Salt Lake City DSO. It came to California in the late 90s and I am the first owner outside of the original owners' family who only used it for camping and hauling duties hence the relatively low mileage. I have verified by speaking to the grand daughter who sold it to me and it makes sense given the originality of the parts that are on it. Besides the low mileage, another nice thing is it already had power steering retrofitted to it.
The bad? Roof rot and general surface rust. The rust I can deal with - not a big deal. I'm taking a wait-and-see attitude with the roof rot - I might patch it or go whole hog and graft a donor roof to it. I'm not too concerned with how it looks right now but the mechanicals and engine compartment will be clean and well detailed.
(Parts marked with a "*" denotes that I already have the parts - I've been touring the wrecking yards at least monthly since I bought the truck!)
Suspension, Steering, & Brakes
DJM Dream Beams* ... new from Summit.
Rear spring hangar flip. If it doesn't work out, then it's a Fatman Fabrications axle flip kit.
New Bilstein shocks
78 F150 radius arms* and new radius arm bushings*
Power disc brake swap using a 78 F150 spindles* and 75 MC booster* and MC*
New wheel bearings and seals*
Rebuilt calipers and new pads and hoses
78 F150 front springs*... Mine are sagged and the rig only has 2.25 inches of travel.
New kingpins*.. had them fitted about a week ago.
New Moog tie rods* & drag link*
1-1/8-inch OEM front sway bar*.. got it off a 79 Supercab Camper Special
3/4-inch ADDCO rear sway bar*.. got it off a 72 F100
Wheels & Tires
Stock 15-inch front wheels* with 215/70-15 Radial TAs
Wheel Vintiques Series 62 15x8 rear wheels* with 275/60-15 Radial TAs
Dog dish hubcaps*.. $1.50 each!!
Drive Train - Engine, Transmission, and Rear Axle
Open element air cleaner*.. take off from my 73.
Edelbrock Performer intake manifold PN 2105
Summit 600 CFM carburetor
2.25-inch mandrel bent tubing
Flowmaster Series 40 mufflers*.. take offs from my 73
130-amp 3G alternator* (Done).. off a 95 Mustang with a 3.8L
Lincoln Mark VIII electric fan* with two-speed controller
Auxiliary battery system*.. got it off a 79 Camper Special
FAST EZ-EFI fuel injection
Tremec TKO-500 5-speed transmission with 0.68 OD
QuickTime FE bellhousing
Zoom, Centerforce or McLeod Clutch
4.11 rear gears with a Lock-Rite or Powertraxx locker
Nostalgia Air A/C (?).. we'll see how it goes.
Auxiliary fuel tank. The unused fuel doors on the bed sides stay for now.
Jr. West Coast mirrors*
Shaved emblems except "FORD" and the ID plates mounted to the hood.
Shaved rear reflectors (Done)
Shaved stake pockets
Wheel well trim
Tail light trim* ($6, Done)
LMC rear roll pan* and rear bumper delete.. already deleted the 70 lb. anchor.
Bolt-on Class III hitch
Snake eye headlights with integral amber turn signals* used as daytime running lights.
Paint!? - Maybe a roll-on Rustoleum job or Summit's 2K paint system. Or maybe it stays f'ugly with some faux speed shop door art.
69-70 Mustang high-back bucket seats on custom brackets
15-inch Formula GT steering wheel*... installed
Dynamat, Fatmat,or equivalent sound insulation
Autometer SportComp tachometer* ($20)
Autometer SportComp oil pressure, water temp, and voltage gauges
Without further delay, here are Day One pics of the victim:
I'll post the costs of what I have done so far and the costs with each update.
And so the journey begins in earnest........