hi from new member - 1st f truck, ID help required.
just joined up here in F truck land, usually I'm found in Australia4WD as i've been a long time Isuzu man (Holden Jackaroo).
Why the F truck? - well this particular ute i've known for over 30 years, it was my grandfathers and I have just inherited her, she has lived a good life housed in a shed under a cover, towed a horse float once a week, went to the shops and down to the pier a few times a week and not much more. Pa purchased her brand new in 1981 with a matching F350, the 350 was sold about 10 years back, also looking like new (bummer as I might have got it as well!).
What I know about it - F100 Ranger XLT with factory canopy, v8, 4 speed manual, LPG dual fuel with huge (200+ litre I think) tank.
I'd love it if the gurus could help ID the exact specs for me as I'm confused by talk of 351M engines and various gearboxes and diffs, I'll pop the pictures of the id plates in if I can.
Once I know what the component specs are I will clean it up a bit and possibly carry out a few mods, straight LPG with a gas research system possibly force fed by a Rotrex, exhaust headers, auto conversion and maybe a custom steel tray with different LPG tanks.
I would say yours would be a 351 Cleveland. The 351 m are an American engine basically the same as Cleveland but a few differences from what I've read. So being an 81, is it the the early shape or our bronco shape? I'd love to see some pictures!!!!
Thanks Adrian, yeah she's very clean in most areas, it was treated with some sort of rust proofing when new and there's just some cancer in the front areas around the lower radiator support panels, from salt spray sucked in I assume. One reason I want to change to a steel flat tray is that the tub is virtually unmarked and I would like to use it to cart gravel etc without wrecking the original tub.
Hi Andy, yeah I hoped it had parts commonality with the other local fords of the era, but I have no idea if they were fully imported and just complied here, fully built here, or "final local assembly" to satisfy government local content requirements.
The hood release has probably been relocated due to excessive friction in the cable, where it is means it has the most ridiculous cable run and it couldn't get any longer if you tried. I'm tempted to shift it, I could then halve the length of the cable as mine is a bit tight.