Hi folks -
Newbie here, but grew up with C series trucks in the fire department and just bought one. 1970 C850. 5sp. Very nice shape. Fire body removed. But here's the question:
I need get it from FL to CT. It has 17K miles on it. I think I might drive it, burning the numbers off my credit card for fuel. What should I do to prep it? I don't know exactly where it's been recently and what condition internals are. It looks good and sounds good. I'm thinking things like:
- change all fluids and filters
- proactively change all belts, hoses
- maybe even change out the alternator if I can't tell age
- does this engine have flat tappets? should I make sure I have oil compatible with older engines (zinc/phosphates)
- transmission fluids, filters
And any chance I'd get over 5 MPGs given that it is empty?
thanks for the feedback so far. I've held off pulling the trigger. Geez, its a nice truck, and really cheap, but want to make sure I respect what I am getting into.
I've searched the site for parts sources for the 534 cu inch and am not finding much. I also talked to my local NAPA guy and we had trouble finding filters and other parts for it. BUT, I know there are a lot of fire departments out there still running these, so they are getting parts from somewhere. I guess I need to call FordMoCo and check.
Anyone have a reliable parts source? Hard to commit to a long term relationship with a big engine if I can't take care of her