Maybe because I should've asked in the 87 and up forums?
thought id check here as you guys are the Australian chapter so most likely have the most info to help in my situation.
I'm considering a project involving a crew-cab F truck on a short bed and must be 4x4 at the end of it. not worried about the back tray as I want a drop-side trailer type so a rusty or rear-ended item would be a start.
I've done some digging and the ones most like what I'm after (ex US) are the early 90's Centurion F150s.
Ford started doing them themselves in the mid to late 90's on but they are still getting up in price and wrong configuration, want a 6 seater.
I just cant afford a later model (usually 5 seaters also) but if the project looks unrealistic costwise, Ill let it go.
I've found a couple of old f100's and I believe a F350 which was the closest to what I'm after, but that's it on the Australian side, so not much to pick from
I would ultimately like to fit a 460 with LPG so an older truck and carby engine is probably easier, but maybe a good 351W/C would do also? I've built a good 400 for my 72 Galaxie so I know these go well, but a 460 appeals to me. Big engines in big trucks make sense.
Maybe buy in a centurion ex US(but they are too late a model to bring in aren't they?) as they are pretty cheap and find a donor for the RHD conversion?
Or find appropriate vehicles here to match up but don't want to get ripped off there buying something pricey just to throw most of it away.
Last edited by crsmiffy; 05-28-2014 at 06:12 AM.
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How "Shortbed" are you thinking? The standard Heavy Duty (F250+) Crew Cab/Shortbed has a 6.75' bed. An F150 shortbed is a 5.5' bed.
I'm not sure what wheelbase the Centurion uses, but I think its shorter than either of those. Is that what you are thinking? Put a Crew Cab body on a shorter chassis?
No Super/Crew Cabs were ever built/imported officially to Australia for the old trucks, so they are only private imports (i.e. pretty rare).
If you are importing a whole vehicle, 1987 I believe is the cutoff year (anything newer and importing it requires a REVS for it... i.e. complicated). You can import vehicle parts however (but will need to be fitted with Australian VIN etc. for registration).
Honestly, your easiest bet will be to find a more recent XL spec Crew Cab with the 4.2 diesel - I am not sure if its in your budget, but it will be a hell of a lot less work. All the XL's were 6 seaters.
Another option would be find a crew cab body in the states, have it sent over, and bolt it up to an Australian regular cab frame (this will get you a very short bed!). You will probably need an engineers certificate for this.
No budget yet but am starting work on a FIFO role soon so looking at something (got to spend money on my Galaxie as well so cant get too carried away) in the way of family UTE.
There is a link to an ad on gumtree on the forum link I posted in this thread. That doesnt look to far from it but later model would be nice. Then there is this one I found yesterday.
Yup, Crewcab on a short chassis, something that looks like an old equivalent of one of the new F trucks like the Raptor for example. Cab finishes just ahead of the rear wheels. The 5.5 foot bed sounds about right but I really need to lay my eyes on some to get a proper feel for it.
Don't want a complete land barge. Width is OK but overall length must be limited somewhat
Engineers cert is expected if I'm going to Frankenstein something.
I'll have a look at the diesel XL but not the power-plant I'm after. Id rather go cruiser/patrol if that was the case.
Cheers and keep it coming