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Old 07-31-2014, 09:47 PM
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Alright guys, I have a 78 F-250 460. Body is alright and runs and drives good. I've wanted a 4x4 supercab for awhile. I came across a guy wanting to trade his crew cab for a reg cab. It's a 78 F-150 460 4x4. He says it runs and drives great and the 460 was rebuilt less that 5K miles ago. My concern is the body on his. Do you think it's even salvageable?











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Old 07-31-2014, 11:07 PM
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Most anything is "salvageable" with enough time and money.

I'd say it depends on how badly you want the S/C vs what you have now.
You know where you are with your current truck.

How closely have you looked this truck over?
Doors, fenders, hoods, even beds are easy enough to swap out. How's the roof, floors, and cab corners look?

Super cabs are cool for sure and Ford is not making anymore of them (in this style.)
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:28 PM
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Like blackjack33 said, almost anything is salvageable. Looking at that though, I would pass.
When you're looking at supercabs, one place you need to check for rust is the roof. Supercabs can rust really, really bad around the roof perimeter, where it meets the drip rail.
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Most anything is "salvageable" with enough time and money.

I'd say it depends on how badly you want the S/C vs what you have now.
You know where you are with your current truck.

How closely have you looked this truck over?
Doors, fenders, hoods, even beds are easy enough to swap out. How's the roof, floors, and cab corners look?

Super cabs are cool for sure and Ford is not making anymore of them (in this style.)
The bad part is the truck is two hours away so I have not got the chance to go see it in person yet. All I have to go by is the current owners word. He says besides the box the only rust is cab corners. He says the floor and roof are solid with no rust. S/C are pretty rare in my area, I've kept an eye on Craigslist on other sites all year and this is only the second one to come up all year. He just passed on some additional info and says I should trailer it here because once you get up around 50 it's "scary" to drive. Says there's a lot of play in the steering at higher speeds.
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Unless that's peeling paint, it looks like rust above the rear side window. That's where I would espect to find rust in a supercab.
The steering is simple enough to take care of. At worst you'll need to rplace the steering box (Red Head Steering ).
I don't know, that body looks too "iffy" for me. I think you could do better. Expand your search and consider having one shipped to you.
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As the song goes, "love the one you're with."
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As the song goes, "love the one you're with."
Yeah, but when they start costing more than they're worth.....(yeah! Like I should talk)
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Yeah I would pass on that, it doesn't look like there's a straight panel on that truck. SuperCab or not, the body looks pretty rough.
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depending on how your truck looks, I'd consider a trade. I don't really see anything on the truck that scares me away from it. Mine was in worse shape than that and look at it now. I always wanted a supercab and got one (I've had 3 now :P ). I knew what I was getting into when i got it and knew what I wanted to do to it. When it's done, a beefed up Scab looks better than a beefed up reg cab anyday IMO.
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I copied and enlarged the picture. It's not a very high resolution picture but that still looks like rust above the window.
I would be cautious, supercabs are noted for their roofs rusting out. If it's bad enough, you'll need to replace the roof panel, not a fun job.
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Whats going on with the 4x4 hub on the passenger side? Is that a cover or something?
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Where you are, everything is rusty. If you can make sure the frame and drivetrain are good, trade for it, and then buy one of these, swap out the bodies, resell the rusty rest. You will have the truck you want.

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A little trouble and expense, but a lot better, easier and cheaper than patching up a rust bucket.

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