A while back, I asked about adding power steering to a 73 f350. It seems pretty involved and now considering going a different route. I’m thinking of getting a newer truck and
building it for our snow plow.
Here are some questions:
Are the ’73-‘79 front end (frame area) the same on 3/4 tons? We want to be able to convert the plow just by bolting it on.
Do they make a 3/4 ton 4x4 short bed?
Is there a year that is better or worse than others?
Please confirm my thought that a 2wd power-steering won’t work on a 4x4.
Thanks, for the help.
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I make you think I'm delicious With the stuff that I say
I am the best you can get Have you guessed me yet?
I am the slime oozin' out From your TV set"
Frank Zappa, 1973
I used to plow for guy he had both a 77 highboy and a 78. the 78 was the truck i preferred for plowing, but thats mostly because it was auto the other was stick. they do no make a reg cab short bed 4x4 3/4 ton. 2wd steering is behind the k member while the 4x4 is in front of the frame: not compatible. earlier models will keep you out of smog and you'll feel more power.
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Opinions will differ from what year may be the best. "If it's a FORD, it's all good". IMO, I would say the 78/79 models F250s were better because of the upgraded power steering from the Power Assist. Asside from 77.5, the Front ends were open knucked. Also, if it matters, the In Cab fuel tank moved back to the rear, so you could change the 19 gal out to a 38 gal if you wanted.
But, no year is really that superior to the next. Just depends on what you like the best.
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