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Old 03-26-2013, 11:01 PM
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Kikkup's 78 F-250 Project Thread

I've had my truck now for about 6 months and have been tinkering. Here's the list of changes / adds / updates and plans for my '78 F-250 as of March 2013 along with some before and after pictures. Ultimately it will be my toy and I think it's mud hole days are over.

Outside:
New Stock Grill insert
Cab clearance Lights
New rear slider
Roof mount Wilson 5000
Pole dancer
Replaced broken marker lens
Lot's -O- Cleaning & Polishing

Under-hood:
New battery tray, holder
New brake booster
New master cylinder
New rubber plugs, vac lines
New spark plugs
De-grease
Lot's -O- Cleaning & Polishing

In cab:
New Tachometer, Vacuum, Oil Pressure, Temperature and Voltmeter gauges
New LED toggle switches
New CB Cobra 29 radio, external speaker & Wilson 5000
OEM locking hood release (ebay)
New fire extinguisher
New Grant Classic Wheel
Cue ball / 8 Ball Shift *****
Temporary replacement seat from JY
Lot's -O- Cleaning & Polishing

Purchased but not yet installed
New 9MM Ford Racing plug wires & separators
New HEI type distributor
New Harmonic balancer
New rear bumper / brackets
New anti-rattle kit for doors
New windshield rubber & chrome trim molding
Good left rear tail light leanse
Cowl lacing
NOS mirrors (Type 9)
Bed Patch panel

*** fix it list ***
Bleed front brakes (stuck bleeder screws)
Fuel gauge / tank selector
Patch floor pans
Patch bed
Re-seal cab seams,
Apply POR 15
Tear down & Paint! (DIY) color?

*** service list ***
Fluid changes f & R diffs, Xfer case, trans, p/s pump
Inspect, service U-joints
Grease everything

*** Coat / Paint list ***
POR15 Frame & underside + Topcoat of semi gloss black


*** shopping list ***
L&L fender exit headers, mufflers, pipe, hangers, clamps & chrome tips
Skyjacker 6" Lift Kit complete with shocks, rear leafs, extended brake lines, steering stabilizer, dropped pitman and drag link
extended front drive shaft
Billet V pulleys for water pump,alt, p/s & crankshaft
Billet brackets for p/s pump & alt (CVF Racing)
Straighten and re-chrome front bumper
Mickey Thompson Classic III Wheels
New Tires
Chrome fender well trim (flares would be better)
New door rubber
Dyna mat / sound deadner
New stereo / speakers / amp / sub
New battery (x2)
Air compressor & paint guns
spray in bed liner
Chrome Roll bar with lights

Now for the photos:



Did not care for the tubular grill or the bug flapper... bye! It also didn't look right to me without the cab lights.



Still need to finish my headliner but I have the chrome trim and most of the materials. At some point I may re-do the stock cluster with some nicer aftermarket gauges but this should hold me for now.



I was so amazed at how the color came back with a little elbow grease and some time. Sucker shines pretty nice for a 35 year old paint job!



I'm blessed to have a Filipino wife that helps me out with everything.




After the 1st polish I could not believe how it shined. Too bad it has a lot of rock chips from the big tires.




Wheels are pretty rusty but we pulled em off, polished and cleaned front and back. Heck the lug nuts looked new afterwards so I had to repaint the exposed rear hub with some Krylon.



After spending about 1/2 day polishing the aluminum frame and getting rid of the etched stains on the glass, I decided to just get a new slider because the rubber needed to be replaced and the weather stripping of the original was in bad shape. I guess I will live with the tint.



I got a replacement seat after going on a salvage yard run. It wasn't easy. The original seat is considerably heavier than this replacement I pulled from an '85 I think. My wife says I need to redo the original and get rid of the blue lightweight.




Still got a long ways to go with tidying up but it looks a bit better than it did.






Found some service records written in pencil under the hood.


After putting some new plugs in, cleaning up the wiring and fixing the vacuum leaks, I can say I'm pretty happy with the way its running now. No more backfires. My belts are slipping but fixing the drive system is probably next on my to do list after installing my new extreme duty motor mounts and getting rid of the chain holding the engine down.

It drives down the road pretty straight despite having a bit of a lean to one side.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:12 PM
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:21 PM
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Looks like a pretty awesome, clean, straight pickup! You and your wife have done an awesome job. I like your well thought out project plan too. I too try to draft a plan to keep me on task and it keeps me from getting "lost" and frustrated. I look forward to watching your progress!
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