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Old 01-05-2014, 08:03 PM
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Just thought I would share the progress of my 1987 F-250, 4.9L, 2wd, 4sp std.

From the beginning, I purchased the truck for $750. It was originally from New Mexico and had only been in Wisconsin for a few years...very little rust. I originally purchased the truck to help me move motorcycles (my other hobby).

This is the first day I had it:



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The truck was.....decent. Engine sounded a couple rocks had been thrown into it...burnt a ton of oil....shifted alright-ish...engine leaked like a sieve, and the driver door was pretty caved in from a fender bender. I saw the potential tho!

I then sourced an engine and the guy had a matching door and chrome grill/headlights. Decent score for $300. When installing the engine I stripped it of all emissions and AC stuff.







Soon after swapping the engine I got an internship opportunity in Ohio (I'm studying engineering at UW-Madison). It was now time to road trip.

I decided I was taking my beloved 1987 Ninja 750 to keep me occupied in my down time.







Truck drove great all the way to Ohio averaging 16.5 mpg.

While in Ohio I fixed a few things such as the high pressure power steering...

During a slow night I went to the shop and added a little character to the Ol' girl.



Added a bug deflector:





While in Ohio, I bought a dirt bike to have some fun with When it was time to go back to school in August I loaded both bikes up and started the journey home.







Made it home (a little tail heavy):



I have a bad habit of running out of gas....welded up a jerry can holder.



since August I have been doing a few small things here and there to the truck (manifold gasket, oil pan gasket...) I had noticed the driver side door was becoming increasingly more difficult to open. Found this:



Used a old lead iron as a heat sink so when I welded the cracks I didnt burn holes in the sheet metal.





-11 degree weather and plastic don't mix:



As of recent, I ordered a small 2.5" lift (spacers/blocks) to give it a little better stance. I plan on replacing the shocks (rear air assist maybe) as well as the tires in the near feature. I shall keep you all updated if there is any interest.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:10 PM
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...I shall keep you all updated if there is any interest.
Hey man, everyone loves pictures. Keep 'em coming!! No need to ask permission!
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:25 PM
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a pictorial is always nice.

don't need 11 degree weather to break one of those door handles though . they are very prone to failure after only 25 years or so.
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a pictorial is always nice.

don't need 11 degree weather to break one of those door handles though . they are very prone to failure after only 25 years or so.
Ya, realized this once the door card was off. Seems like a poor design having only a single mounting point on a door handle with the leverage it can create....On the other hand, it was a easy fix
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:54 AM
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Had some time to poke around the truck last night. My steering box seems to be leaking more then I remember. What are your guys' thoughts on JY steering boxes/seal kits/rebuilds from NAPA?
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:00 PM
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Had some time to poke around the truck last night. My steering box seems to be leaking more then I remember. What are your guys' thoughts on JY steering boxes/seal kits/rebuilds from NAPA?
I would just replace the seals in the steering box you have. You just buy the seal kits, upper and lower, you may want to replace both beings the truck is about 27 years old. The seals kits aren't too expensive. Don't try to use up all the parts in the kit.

I wouldn't mess with a JY box, as the seals may start leaking soon, if not right away. Rebuilds, well everything seems to be done on the cheap now days, I would be leery.
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Had some time to poke around the truck last night. My steering box seems to be leaking more then I remember. What are your guys' thoughts on JY steering boxes/seal kits/rebuilds from NAPA?
Depends on how your JY sells steering boxes. If they're flat rate, then it's up to you. If they go by vehicle, you can get one from a smaller truck like a square body ranger. They're not classified as "heavy duty" like the f250 would be, but they're the same thing. Lot less wear and tear on a small truck, too.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I'm going to look into the seal kit they sell. I know I have seen a sticky for rebuilding one of these somewhere on the forum. If I can I'll try to photograph all my steps and post them on here for you all to enjoy
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Looks like a good project so far! I found that you can still get the door handles from Ford for around $15. The texture and build quality is far better than the Autozone ones. Too freakin cold here to do anything the past few days!!
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I'm going to look into the seal kit they sell. I know I have seen a sticky for rebuilding one of these somewhere on the forum. If I can I'll try to photograph all my steps and post them on here for you all to enjoy
It appears that everything is working well with your steering box but the leak. I would just replace the seals and any nearby parts that are in the seal kits, but don't try to use up all the parts in the kits. I wouldn't try to go too far rebuilding the box. If it ain't broke, don't "try to break" fix it. Just my opinion. Of course how far you want to go would be your call.

FWIW I have replaced just the seals in the steering boxes on both the trucks in my signature, twice on the '88 but several years apart. They both have well over 200K miles on them, and I have no problems at all with the steering on either.
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Wooo, the last time I used the EGR pipe as a engine hoist point, it broke the upper intake manifold off!! Engine came down and filpped the hoist over too. Nobody got hurt but we sure did some moving out from that hoist and engine dancing around.

At least that engine was a junker and no other dammage was done to the truck as it flipped the hoist away from the truck.

Lesson learned: NEVER USE the upper intake as a hoist point, it not designed for that purpose.


Other than that, GOOD work on a ole truck, I have a 89 F250 that has probly 5 trucks(parts of) in it now!

Also using that old solder iron as a welding heat sink on sheet metal is a good idea, now to find one(again)....
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Thanks Eddie. Ya, using the EGR pipe wasnt the first choice but at the time I think it was one of our only options. I remember trying to figure out a rear lift point for quite a while and this is all we came up with. Besides, nothing like a little excitement
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changed the tranny fluid today in my t-18 BW. Much easier to do then my Jeep Cherokee! Used just under 3.5 Qts. of 80w90 gear oil.

drain plug


fill hole


found it much easier to fill the tranny using a long necked flexible funnel going in from the cab.
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Got some new tires this weekend. Treadwright 265/75/R16 Guarddogs. 10x better than the three mismatched random tires I had on there before!









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How are those tires in the snow, and what's your thoughts on the overall quality? I was thinking about a set for winter tires next season.

Nice job on the truck!
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