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Old 02-21-2014, 12:47 AM
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55 F100/5.0 EFI build

What up FTE, long over due update... Been a wild three years and this build could not have come at a better time in my life. I am happy with my slow but sure progress and decided to call my build "In God I trust"... The perfect name for my life lessons.

I have more work to post but for now this was all I had time for.

I want to say thanks to this site and many others that have helped me along the way. This is my first build, my skill is far from professional. Although I am not unfamiliar with tools as I spent 5 years working on Jet Engines in the USAF.

Truck is still far from done but have enough components complete where I am starting to see a possible speckle of light at then of the tunnel.

1955 F100
No Limit Fatbar 4-link rear, with coil overs
-97 Explorer 8.8” rear with disc brakes and 5x4.5” pattern (pick n pull)

No Limit Wide ride IFS
-standard spindles (2nd camaro spindle)
-coil overs
- late model t-bird rack and pinion
- 12” slotted drilled rotors with 5X4.5 pattern

No Limit 21 gallon aluminum rear fuel tank with in tank mounted pump

CPP 30” column shift, tilt steering
-non key with GM 4.25” wiring connector
Classic Car and Truck Brake, Steering and Suspension Parts
CPP joints and shaft
Disc Brake, Steering and Suspension Products for classic Chevy and Ford cars and trucks

No Limit bolt on brake kit with remote MC

CPP Adjustable proportioning valve
Classic Car and Truck Brake, Steering and Suspension Parts

5.0 HO From a 93 Thunderbird
-Stock bottom end
-Edelbrock Performer RPM Upper/Lower intake
-GT40 Heads
-TrickFlow Stage 1 Cam
-FelPro Valve Stem Seals
-Stronger Trickflow Valve Springs
-High Volume Oil Pump
-Billet Timing Set set at dead nuts
-ARP Head Bolts with bushings
-1” Lower/Upper intake Spacer


Truck when I first brought it home



I started with the front, the whole front clip came off together fairly easy with a lot of PB soaking and some bolt snapping



I got the front frame rails down to bare metal, had to remove the PO tranny crossmember for the chevy motor he had in it. I also spent plenty of time measuring before placing the new No Limit Cross Member and making sure my frame was level.



I then cut my boxing plates to fit and tacked everything together. Looking back I would have rounded in my boxing plates but it is all good.




Blended in my welds for the x-member and boxing plates



Then painted everything with Rust-O-Leum Black Hammered paint with brush



Then came the rest of the No Limit kit for the front



I then moved on to the No Limit Fatbar rear and rear end from a 97 explorer. Had to cut off all the old brackets



With all the rivets knocked out and old rear rolled out from underneath, assuring the frame was level I was ready for fabrication to continue.



I then found my axle center line, and welded in the front fatbar brackets



Next came test fitting the rear end, I believe I set the rear 3degrees up and the motor 3 degree down. Might have been 4 but I 80% sure it was 3 up/down.



After tacking everything in, I welded it in



Welded in the rest of the brackets, fabbed an extension off the frame to sit the panhard level with the rear end then painted everything



With the rear complete I finally had a rolling chassis and on the ground once again, for now.
I then moved onto fabbing up some motor mounts for my 5.0. I did not take anything apart from the motor for this and I mocked up my CPP steering column to be sure that I had proper clearance all around. And once again, made sure that the chassis was level.



I used a No Limit trans x-member, channel locked it in place and lowered the motor as close to the IFS x-member as possible. And also made sure the tranny clears the panels.



I then lowered the motor slowly to the IFS cross member cut and grind fit my motor mounts and tacked in place.



I don't mind saying, I cut the tacks and redid everything again just for ease of mind and to make sure it was where I wanted and then welded in place. (And for those wondering… yes, one motor mount sits forward on one side of the engine then the other.) I validated by measuring distance from the front of the block to the motor mount bolt holes.



After the motor mounts where in place I drilled out the tranny cross member holes to the frame where I channel locked it. I used all polyurethane bushings for the motor mounts and the transmission mount.
I then took the motor and transmission out, broke down the motor, cleaned and painted it.



I also did the same to the GT40 heads I purchased



After that I moved on to the rest of the frame. Solo, I removed the cab. It took a while but creeping slowly with the jack and jack stands it was successfull, and semi-safe. Lol



I then installed the No Limit brake kit, had to modify the support bracket to frame arm and remove/shorten the brake pedal as the instructions state.



Next I proceeded to the rear x-member to fit my No Limit gas tank and installed it.











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Old 02-21-2014, 01:33 AM
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As part of the brake package I purchased I needed to modify my pedal by welding the bracket to the pedal and cutting out some of the length of the pedal


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Old 02-21-2014, 02:45 AM
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Wow nice build!, keep up the good work!
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:29 AM
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Who says your skills are far from professional? Some of the nicest work I have seen!
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:32 AM
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Very , VERY nice work!
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:31 AM
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Awesome job! Can't wait to see more!
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:49 AM
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Glad to see you're back on it. I'm a few weeks away from running again. Looking great!
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:57 PM
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Peter, Doug, Greg and Snook, ty. It has been a lot of fun...

I still need to post pics from my motor work, brake lines, Fuel lines and sheet metal work.

Right now I am at the most complex stage for me which is the electrical...

All in do time my friends.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:17 PM
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Fantastic job,I wish I had those skills and talent. You're saving yourself a boatload of money,as I know first hand. I just had a shop re-do my front end and they charged me almost 4x over what they estimated,my bad was not getting the estimate in writing. So I was stuck once they cut out the old Volare the PO chopped up in there. Keep up the great work,L8R ZFLASH
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:52 AM
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Very nice job! I will enjoy following along with your progress.
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Nice work, it all looks great! It is fun to do and it does take a lot of time. Enjoy!
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Any particular reason for using mostly nolimit engineering parts?
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:39 AM
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Rim Rock and Topmoo, thank you. Even though still far I wonder what I will do next when this is done... lol

ZFlash, sorry to hear about your bad experience. It is unfortunate that people out there do business like that but common even though not the best practice.
To get my wife to sign off on the project I told here I would save a lot of money doing much of the work myself. But I will be honest... What you see above and what I have left to post has taking me 3 years to do. The majority of my time has not been in the work but the research and learning how to embark on each stage I have tackled.

jbon,
When I was researching the front ends it came down to TCI, CPP and NoLimit.
I wanted to buy the biggest package, with the most parts at one time from one vendor.
And during that time No Limit had a badass F100 (Silver Bullet) killing it at all the GoodGuys road races across the US. With that in mind they had/have a chassis package that covered brakes, front end, fat bar four link etc...
And last because this was my first big build I wanted to be sure I had confidence in my vendor. I visited CPP in person and they were cool but too busy for me. Felt rushed when I was there. When I went to No Limits shop the owner (Rob) came out, took the time to talk with me and explain to me areas that I need to pay extra attention to. It sealed the deal with my confidence. Yeah, there instructions are not known for being the best etc. but over the last three years they have answered my questions and I still contact them today when needed.
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White 6.7 Scorpion F250 PSD
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After cleaning and painting my motor I changed the cam to a TFS1 and installed a new timing set at dead nuts (0 degrees).


I reused my push rods and kept them in the same positions as I read that they wear and should be kept in the same position if reused.



I used felpro head gaskets from Napa. These specifically stated to use no sealent.


Here are the new valve springs, new locks and new valve seals that you can't see as they are inside the springs. I opted to go with the metal valve seals with the springs.


I used ARP bolts on the GT40 heads with lube provided. I also used opted to use the spacer bushings. (In my research to use or not use the bushings, I read that the bushings are not necessary but for the price I seen it as cheap insurance and bought them).



Next I will post pictures of my March performance style track front runner. Peace out...
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WHOA !!! That was AWESOME
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