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New 59 F350 Owner.

Thought Id introduce myself to the forum. I bought the truck a few months ago literally the night before I deployed. I saw her and knew I had to have it haha. Ended up driving 16 hours straight through the night and rain. Ive been lurking on the forums since just trying to soak up information and learn from all you guys. Im mostly a Mopar man myself but have a thing for 56-62 Fords. Dont have too big of plans for her yet. Maybe change the gearing out and cruise, restore the bed and make a stake truck, or even hunt down a 9 Express bed.
Again I just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks for all the info Ive learned so far.




 
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Nice truck!! How far do you plan to go with it? I'm kinda a purist as far as looks go, but I've made changes to mine. Most brake parts are available, except rear drums. I kept my 6 lug rear and added an auxiliary overdrive to get better cruising. Are you going to do any hauling? Or just not sure right now?
 
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Really nice truck. Looking forward t o see what you do.
 
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Nice truck!! How far do you plan to go with it? I'm kinda a purist as far as looks go, but I've made changes to mine. Most brake parts are available, except rear drums. I kept my 6 lug rear and added an auxiliary overdrive to get better cruising. Are you going to do any hauling? Or just not sure right now?
Id like to keep it with a least period correct look. No hot rodding or crazy paint jobs. I hope to fix her up and bring her to a point where I can reliably drive so I can haul around my other projects. Ill have to research changing out the drums for discs in front. Add a brake controller. Dual master cylinder. Not much more then that tho; I firmly believe in keeping these old girls on the road.
 
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A Mopar man with good taste in trucks both old and new! Nice find. And nice ‘70 Chrysler.
 
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Originally Posted by Yeahrightgreer View Post
Thought I’d introduce myself to the forum. I bought the truck a few months ago literally the night before I deployed. I saw her and knew I had to have it haha. Ended up driving 16 hours straight through the night and rain. I’ve been lurking on the forums since just trying to soak up information and learn from all you guys. I’m mostly a Mopar man myself but have a thing for 56-62 Fords.

Don't have too big of plans for her yet. Maybe change the gearing out and cruise, restore the bed and make a stake truck, or even hunt down a 9’ Express bed.

There are two F350 9' Express beds, one is a Flareside (1953/72 F350), the other is a Styleside (1957/66 F350), but...

Ford did not offer an F350 DRW (Dual Rear Wheel) pickup until 1980. Fiberglass fenders bolted to the Styleside's quarter panels (bed sides).

All 1953/79 F350's with DRW's were sold as a Cab & Chassis, or with factory installed flat and stake beds.
 
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Mornin' Number Dummy. I wonderin' if you know where I can buy a after market bearing for my steering column after I cut it to connect it to my CV ifs?`
 
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Mornin' Number Dummy. I wonderin' if you know where I can buy a after market bearing for my steering column after I cut it to connect it to my CV ifs?`
I haven't a clue, since it's not a Ford part.
 
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Crown Vic ifs

That's OK. Thought I'd give it a shot. Looks like I might have found one!
 
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Actually the front drums are available. They were also used on dodge's into the late 60's. The rear drums are unatanium. If your not hauling anything and they're adjusted right, all you need is a good foot pressure and that truck stops fine. I'm hauling about 700-900lbs all the time on mine, and have no issues stopping. Wheel cylinders and rubber lines are available too.
 
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Im use to drums all the way around on my daily thats about 5000lbs. It would really be for luxury. Same for a brake booster. What do you think these big girls weigh? I havent had a chance to go to a weigh station yet. Have you done anything to your 350?
 
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I've done mostly mechanical work. My truck came with a 5.83 diff in it. I was able to obtain a 5.14 ratio. Being a Rockwell axle, you can't just go buy a ring and pinion like the later trucks with Dana rears. I didn't change the rear cause I like the originality of my truck. Plus, it had brand new Yokahama radials on it all the way around. So why go to an 8 lug rear and not be able to use the tires? I picked up another rear from a guy who had done just that. His axle had new brake shoes and freshly cut drums, so I used them and sold my old drums to another member here who need a set. They were actually still good too. I also replaced the rubber lines to all the brakes. Autozone has them. Shop around for better price though, I didn't buy them there. I added an auxiliary transmission with 15% overdrive, so I can run on the highway a little better screaming just a little less. 3,000 at 65mph. Clutch slave available at Advance auto for like $32. Replaced mine. New heater core. There's another post on here about that. O'Reilly's auto, $26.99 Finally, I'm in the process of replacing the engine. It's tired. I went to 2 shows in 2 weeks time. 350 miles total round trip for both, 3 quarts of oil.
I haven't done a thing to the body, oh yeah, I waxed it. I bought it in 2009 and it's exactly the same. I did bolt a vise to the bed though. Great workbench and storage unit. It takes me 1/2hr to clean it off every time I want to drive it.
 
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Id like to keep it with a least period correct look. No hot rodding or crazy paint jobs. I hope to fix her up and bring her to a point where I can reliably drive so I can haul around my other projects. Ill have to research changing out the drums for discs in front. Add a brake controller. Dual master cylinder. Not much more then that tho; I firmly believe in keeping these old girls on the road.
I drove a 57 as a daily for years. It was an old cobbled on wrecker before I got it and had a Hydro-vac booster behind the seat so I'm not sure any F350 came with the booster. I took all my drums and shoes to a truck brake shop and had them done right. Best brakes I ever had on any of the 100+ trucks I've owned. If you weren't careful they would put you faceprint on the windshield.
 
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Clean find! Doesn't look like the exterior needs a hole lot, but IMO, getting the grill back to the '59 look wouldn't hurt. Grills originally had satin black detail around horizontal bars and around headlight buckets.
 
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:32 AM
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Blacked out grille...I always thought it was my idea

I agree..
Best esthetic thing I've done to exterior (IMO)
 

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