The truck was on its last breathes, as good as free scrap. But its my first vehicle so I chose to keep it and overhaul it. I am super stoked on it, been saving and buying parts for three years, so I decided to share with you guys since you can relate to it.
Its an 85 F150 XLT/Lariat. Ext Cab, Longbox, 2wd.
I have essentially everything I need except interior 'accessories' like alarm and stereo as I made sure to buy everything to get it mobile.
New Box sides and tailgate, cab corners, cowl hood, billet grill and new headlight bezels. I am also getting rid of the larger mirrors it came with for 71-73 mustang racing style paintable 'bullet' type mirrors.
New euro headlights (allows interchangeable bulbs), park lights, taillights and cargo light for a fresh look.
And finally changing the two-tone paint scheme to one tone.
The 351W/C6/3.00gears are being replaced with a well built 460, tremec tko 5 spd (fifth gear ratio of 0.68), and 4.11's.
Aluminum rad, traction bars.
I've already been running my wheel/tire combination so that will be the same.
I'm away for school so it is hard to make progress, but over holiday break, the engine is mostly assembled (no picture), and the frame will be blasted in time for my return.
Its basically a project where its my first vehicle and I want to keep it, so if I liked anything or wanted anything, I saved up and went for it. No short cuts.
As progress comes I'll try and update with enjoyable pics.
I wish I was as patient and organized as you. I still have my first vehicle. A 1963 ranchero. It sits in my dads field with a redneck safety jack in the front.(A tree growing through the gravel pan and grille.) I think when it gets high enough off the ground, in about ten more years, I'll do the v-8 swap.
It sounds like you are on the right track, good luck.
There was still some problems getting the fasteners I needed so I didn't get my engine built up that last trip home.
I worked on prepping my frame for blasting - took off anything boltable and filled in any holes you'd see in the rear wheel well for a little extra bonus.
Hi displacement4me. I would like to follow your progress on this project as I am currently overhauling a 1984 F150 4x4. It currently has (what i believe to be) a 302 motor with what looks like a Tremec 5speed transmission. I have stripped the truck down to the frame and I am working now on dismounting the engine and trans.
I have not begun to figure out what parts and accessories i will replace yet. You seem to have your project very well planned out. I am thinking that i might replace the 302 with a 460 that i have. The transmission will have to be replaced since i discovered that the bell housing has a massive crack in it.
I am particularly interested in your idea of replacing the mirrors. I really dont like the big mirrors on these older trucks. Do you have any information on how to install the mustang mirrors you mentioned? I would really like to know how to do that.
Anyway, good luck with your project. Can't wait to see some more pics. I am hoping to post some pics of my own later this week.
For the mirrors, their angle has only been checked so far, and it looked good. It should sit nice and horizontal. I still have to play around with their location now that the larger mirrors are gone and my vent window interference.