In a recent post from "Natho" I mentioned that there should be a comprehensive Australian site for the F-Trucks, to which BigF350 responded that this is it.
Well, I've tried searching here but there just doesn't seem to be much info regarding the Australian differences, parts used, options etc. I'm sure alot of you guys will have learnt alot info about these trucks over the years so I'm thinking we should maybe have a sticky or something purely obtaining Australian specific info (or if it's too much trouble we'll just let this die ).
I was trying to work out the best forum section as alot of it will be related to certain models but it will all be Australian so I think the "International Chapter" would be best (mods please feel free to move if you disagree). I'll start with some info below:
F100, F250, F350 2WD all came as standard with the 4.1 litre 6 cyl. (250 CID) and a 4 speed manual, they all had the option of a 4.9 litre V8 (302) and the F100 also had the option of a 3 speed auto. The F100 4WD came as standard with the 4.9 litre V8 (302) and manual transmission.
Other options were:
Limited Slip Diff (F100 only)
Rear step bumper (F100, F100 XLT and F250 Styleside only)
A laminated windscreen "for added protection"
Pushbutton AM Mono radio
Rear mudflaps (Styleside models only)
The XLT Pack included: AM radio; Loop pile carpet; houndstooth-pattern cloth seat inserts; 391 mm (15") wheels and wheel covers with 205R15 radial ply tires; white vinyl tonneau cover; white roof and paint mouldings; front bumper overriders; rear step bumper; lowline "Swinglok" exterior rear view mirrors; XLT badges; bright windscreen and rear window surrounds; bright drip rails, wheel arch, rocker panel and tailgate mouldings (by "bright" I presume they mean chrome).
The F100 4WD XLT pack includes all items above but with 15 x 8 steel spoke wheel and 10 x 15 all purpose lugtread (?)
Recommended servicing was every 10,000 km after the initial 1500 km service. The standard steering wheel was 406mm (16")
I presume the V8 was the Cleveland as that is all we seem to have in these trucks with a C4 auto. Alot of people say the 351C was stock in Australia but the information above is from Ford Australia literature and there is no mention of a 351?
Would be interested in information on what parts were used from the Australian passenger cars if anyone knows ('73-'79)? I believe the steering components were taken from the Falcon (not sure of years) and the dash was from a Cortina?
I managed to get my hands on an Australian brochure for the F-Series on eBay, printed June 1977; I'll scan it soon and post the images somewhere. I also realised I said "dash" from the Cortina, I meant instrument panel.
You were right BigF350, I just found a description online for the Australian Workshop manual and it appears the 351 was an option from 1978 onwards. Would consider buying it but it's $150.
This is a genuine Ford factory workshop manual in two volumes. It covers all Autralian market F-Series commercials from 1974 to 1980, F100, F250 and F350. It includes 4WD for the F100 and F250.
Engines described are: 4.1-litre crossflow 6-cylinder in 3 versions, 1974 A-Type, 1978 on but pre-ADR 36 and complying with ADR 36 300 CID 6-cylinder as fitted to F250 4x4 5.0-litre V8 1974 A-Type 4.9- and 5.8-litre V8 engines 1978 on
Transmissions described are: Model 435 4-speed manual 4WD transfer case Warner T18 4-speed manual C6 and C4 automatic transmissions
I have a '79 SWB 4x2 F100 with a 351C C6 9"
The current 351 is not original as it is a "black block" but the plate states that is the original capacity.
When I bought the 'Work ute' "Honestly dear I need it for work."
I thought that a genuine manual was a bargain at any price.
So if you need any ifo' just ask.
Do you have any more info on the Cortina instrument panel?
Ie. What year model etc.
I am looking at fitting the instrument panel from a Toyota Landcrusier ute.
The panel will fit almost perfectly into the original space. But requires quite a bit of work to get all the instruments to work correctly.
I am hoping a GT Cortina dash might give me compatable gauges in the same dash size.
I'm looking for the usual, speed, rev's, fuel,temp, oil pressure, volts.
Just to preclude any ideas of a flat plate and a row of aftermaket gauges. I want this to look 'factory'
I don't know the full details I just remember seeing an instrument panel for sale on eBay once and it had F100 in the description. There's a picture here (http://tinyurl.com/223agh) of a 1978 one and it looks similar, I would presume that it would only be models of a similar era.
It would seem you are on the money regarding the Cortina dash.
I have found a guy on another site chasing the same thing.
It would seem the Dash from a TE/TF Cortina Ghia is what I'm after.
Will Keep you all posted as to the progress.
I had a 79 F250 with the Cleveland 351 in it.I believe it was the only V8 available for that year and the 78 was standard with the 302 Cleveland.That was an Aussie only engine.I think the 351 went through till around 86 when they started using that awful fuel injected 302 Windsor. I had a new 91 F350 with the 351 Windsor. Good ute but a thirsty gutless motor.When I got my first powerstroke in 97 it went like a rocket compared to the 91.Now my programmed 6.4 goes like a rocket compared to the 7.3
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