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Old 01-15-2018, 10:25 AM
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1973 F700 Build Thread

I figured I should start a thread to keep track of the progress on my F700. I purchased the truck in March of 2016 from the second owner.

The original owner was a fire station in Quebec, the second owner purchased the truck from the fire station in 2011 but did not put it on the road. I would assume the truck was in service until 2011. The tires are nearly new all the way around and everything on the truck was functional. I it has always started right up and I haven't touched the carb or battery since I got it.

The day it arrived

19,000 miles on the odo
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:40 AM
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Nice score. Looks like it has updated tubeless rims too.
 
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Those old fire trucks are generally in nice, well kept condition. But except for putting out fires, what do you do with one? Get ride of the fire truck part and put on a flatbed?
 
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In the year and a half that I have had the truck I have tinkered on it here and there. I buffed up the paint the first summer and was very impressed how the original single stage came back to life!

It has been just over a year since I did the polishing/buffing and it already is looking like it needs done again, so I guess it doesn't last forever.




 
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:55 AM
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Here it is with the paint restore complete. Pretty neat what you can do with the right tools!


 
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I originally had plans to shorten the wheelbase and put a dentside bed with dually fenders on it. I still think it would cool to do however I have decided to keep it as a longer truck with a flatbed, it will be more useful to have around. I am hoping to get the truck built the way I want it in time to use it this summer.
To do that I need to do the following;
- remove the driveline mounted water pump
- change the ratio - currently has a Rockwell H170 with 7.17 ratio.
- lighten the rear spring pack - gvwr is currently 24,000 lbs. the spring pack is 7" thick and there is no forgiveness
- mount the flatbed that I have. I found a brand new flatbed with trailer hitch and headache rack at an equipment sale for a good price.

I already removed the firetruck body and I should be able to do the rest in time for the summer... we'll see if I can stick at it without allowing my ADD to kick in!


here is the body about to come off...
and off!
 
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Any idea how big the water tank is? Or is it strickly hydrant to water pump?
 
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:30 AM
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I believe the tank that was on it was a 200 gallon. Not as big as some, but big enough to smooth out the suspension.
 
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Unfortunately the truck received a bump on the front end at some point. It put a ding in the grille and pushed the bumper back on one side. A bit of a shame as the chrome is otherwise in perfect shape. I have an eye out for a straight grille and bumper, which I will have to have chromed, but I know it will be an expensive fix so I am thinking it will get left the way it is for now.


 
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Here is the build sheet preserved on the passenger side cab pillar;
 
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I figured I should start a thread to keep track of the progress on my F700. I purchased the truck in March of 2016 from the second owner.
You should post this build thread in the LARGE TRUCK forum, as several members there have similar trucks.

Most members of this 1973/79 forum have pickups.
 
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I tossed a coin on that - I noticed there are several other threads on truck larger than 350 in this forum. I figured I might get a bit more traffic and suggestions in this thread...

I don't want to break any rules - if a mod feels that this is in the wrong place they can do as they see fit.
 
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I tossed a coin on that - I noticed there are several other threads on truck larger than 350 in this forum. I figured I might get a bit more traffic and suggestions in this thread...

I don't want to break any rules - if a mod feels that this is in the wrong place they can do as they see fit.
You are not breaking any rules, but IMO your build thread should be in the LARGE TRUCK forum.

Besides the fact that most members of this forum have pickups. Next to none of these members will know anything about 500 and larger series trucks...that use completely different parts.

FTE member Notmeofficer in the LARGE TRUCK forum has several build threads and has sources for parts that most people are unaware of.

How many members in this forum have the 500 and larger series Ford truck parts catalog? One...that I know of.

This means that when you ask parts related questions, only one person can answer them.
 
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:46 PM
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OK - I'm easy. Can a mod move this to the large truck forum? I'm not aware if I can do it myself.

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Here's a preview of the truck with the flatbed on it... It is sitting a bit high still as the drive line mounted pump is still in the frame and it protrudes about 8" above the top of the frame rails


 
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