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Old 05-05-2014, 01:15 PM
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First Bull-Nose

Hey everyone!

New to this section of the forum, picked up an 83 Bull Nose, 351W, C6, 4x4 all works, looks like a NP 208, is what the case says. Runs great, new carb, new master cylinder, its got a busted manifold bolt in the back, not quite sure what I'm going to do with that yet, it clacks pretty good. But anyways, here she is:

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I'm not expecting any hand outs here, are there any resourses where I can de code this vin sticker? I'm trying to find out some more on the truck, but it doesn't even have any badges, so I have no clue if its an XL, XLT or what it is. I'd like to know, and then try to find some badges. Thanks in advance!

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Old 05-05-2014, 01:56 PM
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Congrats man, looks clean! Something that we rarely see up here in Canada lol.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:11 PM
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There are others here who will be able to give you more information from the VIN than I can...........but the on-site decoder shows your truck as originally a 351 equipped, 155" wheelbase, F250. The decoder doesn't give the trim package.

Axle code '23' for 1983 is a 3.54 semi-float Dana 60, non limited-slip; 'K' trans is a C6.

Your truck looks clean & straight (it's a month older than my F250).
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Good looking bullnose, whats your plans for it?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:42 PM
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Congrats man, looks clean! Something that we rarely see up here in Canada lol.
Thanks! Its got some rust, but for the year its in remarkable condition.
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There are others here who will be able to give you more information from the VIN than I can...........but the on-site decoder shows your truck as originally a 351 equipped, 155" wheelbase, F250. The decoder doesn't give the trim package.

Axle code '23' for 1983 is a 3.54 semi-float Dana 60, non limited-slip; 'K' trans is a C6.

Your truck looks clean & straight (it's a month older than my F250).
I would love to know more for sure. Hopefully someone will chime in. Thank you for what you posted there though! That definatly helps!
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Good looking bullnose, whats your plans for it?
Thank you! Nothing really as of yet, just a driver fr now, I live in a small town and didnt want to keep short-tripping my Powerstroke, we will see.
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5/83 = Assembled May 1983.

1FT = FoMoCo USA - Ford Truck - Complete Vehicle.

F = Class F - Hydraulic Brakes - 7,001-8,000 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating range.

X26 = F250 4WD Super Cab Pickup.

G = 5.8L 2V (351W).

1 = Check digit, FoMoCo use only.

D = 1983.

K = Kansas City MO Assembly Plant.

A39518 = 1983 Numerical Sequence of Assembly, the trucks specific serial number.

3J = Light Harbor Blue Metallic.

48 = Detroit MI Ford District Sales Office, where the original selling dealer ordered the truck from.

155" Wheelbase.

X261 = F250 4WD Super Cab Pickup, 7,600 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

CBM: CB = Blue Cloth & Vinyl / M = Super Cab Pickup.

K = C6.

23 = Dana 60 Rear Axle / 3.54-1 / No Limited Slip / 5,300 lbs. Rear Axle Capacity.

7 = E0TZ-5310-S .. 2 leaf Front Springs, 3,802 lbs. load rating.

7 = E0TZ-5560-C .. 5 leaf Rear Springs, 2,073 lbs. load rating.

Assuming the following were not removed: No side or wheel opening mouldings: XL

2) E2TZ-16720-G .. 1982/86 XL Front Fender Nameplate.

2) E2TZ-16720-D .. 1982/86 F250 Front Fender Nameplate.

2) E3TZ-9840282-A .. 1983/86 4 X 4 Front Fender Nameplate.
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Thank you, Bill!!!

Is SWMBO back?
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Is SWMBO back?
Yes and no. She's staying at Kellogg West (Cal-Poly Pomona-we drove past it when you were here) today and tomorrow while attending the Western States Corrosion Seminar.

Wednesday/Thursday, she'll be in San Diego to attend another confab. She's returning Thursday evening.
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How badly are our Western States corroding?? Dangit.

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How badly are our Western States corroding?? Dangit.
Depends...

Former Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary located in Long Beach. When the ship arrived in 1967, Cathodic Protection was applied to the hull to prevent corrosion, but...

Several years later, an official from the City of Long Beach decided to cut the hull open, so now with sea water flowing in/out of the engine room, the ship is rusting from the inside out!

The ship has been a huge white elephant, Long Beach would probably like to get rid of it, but...

Several years ago, a Japanese consortium wanted to buy the ship, then tow it to Japan for use as a floating hotel.

But, even if the hole in the hull had plates welded over it, the inside of the hull is so rusty, some people doubt it could make it to Catalina Island (26 miles across the sea) before sinking.

So, most likely because of this, Long Beach decided not to sell the ship and it remains in Long Beach, losing money and rusting away.
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Ha!!!!!!!! That's funny!

For those unaware, SWMBO = She, who must be obeyed... she's a corrosion specialist of all tings, has a fancy education in it.

Along these lines - Bill, how'd that front lamp post and concrete come out?
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That's a good one! If they aren't corroding they are falling off the map - either into the ocean or down the hill.
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Yepper, I'm pretty partial to most of 'em, particular the big square ones, and this is the first I'd heard about it.

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