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I believe that brown truck is another one of 75F350's trucks I seem to remember him talking about it in another thread I was reading.
 
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Originally Posted by Dr. Dirt View Post
75F350, whose brown truck is this next to yours?

Thats another 75 of mine. Bought that for 1200 or 1300 bucks a while ago. It is getting the tratment now. This is actually taken longer to complete than any other truck I have ever built. This one is getting another cab, another 460 (actually bigger) and this one will probably get a late model D60F using bolt on salvage yard parts. More on that sooooon!
Just so you know, the only real 75 F350 that I have was my first. It was two wheel drive and i converted it to 4wd. Since then I have bought and sold several dents. Some I have kept, and some belong to someone else.
For a while my getter (75) and my current 74 were almost identical. They were literally matching trucks with the exception of the engines. I used the mild one to tow to the wild one. Thought it would be cool, and for a while it wasm but things change and someone offered me enough dough to take one off my hands.
Then I had to build another.
The 79F350 4x4 is only and was only first produced in 1979. Anything earlier had to be 2wd.
I just built one the way the factory should have done it way back then.
Just a personal preferance really.

To the OP. Looks like the guys have shown you what to look for, or at least be aware of.
Beware of cab lights. They look cool, but offer plenty of opportunities to leak. This tears up cabs above the sun visors in a bad way.
I had to deal with some repair on a crew cab that I am building.
 
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OK after searching the forums... i stumbled upon a thread that was titled "how much did you pay for your truck".... a LOT of the reponses were under $1000. Most were around $500 for this generation of truck (73-79, which is 6th gen right?).

From what I originally listed, does $1700 seem a little on the steep side?

I'm still trying to meet up with the guy to see this thing, but he is not very easy to get a hold of.

I've search every single Craigslist site for every city in all 5 of the great lakes states (Michigan (home), illinois, indiana, ohio, wisconsin, and even a little minnesota).
 
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Hey all - this thread has been dead for a while.... but now it is back (I didn't want to start a completely new one).

What do you all think about this truck:

edit: guy wants $2,000, but is negotiable.

1976 F150 4x4
390 engine
manual trans
detroit lockers front and rear, with 4.11 gears
6" skyjacker lift kit
35" tires on 15" rims, and another set of 33" tires on 16" rims, and another set of 38-40" tractor tires (?)
extra parts: hood, bumper, front/rear axles (broken I think)


Here is what the guy said regarding condition/repairs:

installed warn hubs 1 year ago
installed new alternator and starter after getting into too deep of water
steering is a little "sloppy" as the coupling is worn out
small oil leak - (didn't clarify from what... waiting on response)
rust around door and wheel wells (don't know how bad, see pic below)


It's definately been driven hard... mudding at least. But what do you guys think.... steer clear of this, or does it have potential?






I'm thinking.... if it runs pretty good, isn't completely rusted out - it could be a pretty decent find.

How hard is it to fix a steering coupling/coupler?


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Kind of a crazy bump.... as I originally signed up for this website almost a decade ago (2009)! Was looking for some information on a '76 highboy I found locally and wanted to make a new post, so I went to register and it told me "turbospartan" was already in use. Remembered by password on the 2nd try

In any case - wanted to get some opinions on a local highboy I found. 1976, original 360 CID with 187k miles, 4-speed.

Guy says it runs well - his son uses it as a daily driver. Said it does leak oil, the windshield is cracked, and that his son thinks it may need a new clutch throw-out bearing. Says it has new: rebuild on rear differential and axle, fuel pump, starter, battery. As well as the seat being reupholstered and a new stereo deck/face.

I've asked him where the oil is leaking from, and the extent of the rusting (I asked about floorboards, which he said have been replaced). I've also asked him for a VIN so I can cross reference everything (can I look up which transfer case it has, NP203 vs. NP205 from the VIN?).

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Any thoughts? This would be a bummin' around town type truck, not a daily driver. Used for whenever I need a truck (I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee as my main vehicle, and wife has a Ford Fusion) to haul dirt / mulch / trash. Possibly take into the mountains in CO for camping (though I usually do that in the Jeep).
 
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Originally Posted by turbospartan View Post
In any case - wanted to get some opinions on a local highboy I found. 1976, original 360 CID with 187k miles, 4-speed.

I've also asked him for a VIN so I can cross reference everything (can I look up which transfer case it has, NP203 vs. NP205 from the VIN? No).
VIN does not decode to the type of trans or what T/C it has. 11 digit VIN decodes to the series, engine size, assembly plant and the year, and that's it.

Sample 1976 F250 4WD VIN: F26YLA12345: F26 = F250 4WD Pickup / Y = 360 2V / L = Michigan Truck Assembly Plant / A12345 = 1976.

Warranty Plate riveted to the left door face below the latch, has codes for the COLOR, MODEL (aka TYPE/GVW), BODY, TRANS, AXLE and DSO (sales office truck was ordered from).

Actual wheelbase in inches and MAX GVWR LBS listed. Some also have the year listed.

No T/C listed with any of the above or on the "Safety Standard Certification Label" that is glued to the B pillar below the striker plate.

Has the production date on upper left, VIN, misc GVWR's and some have the tire size listed, and that's it.
 
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Thanks.

So the only way to know what Transfer Case it has, is to get under there and look? I'll have to search again, but I recall reading (within the last couple days) that there are ways to identify the NP203 from the NP205.
 
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Originally Posted by turbospartan View Post
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So the only way to know what Transfer Case it has, is to get under there and look?

I'll have to search again, but I recall reading (within the last couple days) that there are ways to identify the NP203 from the NP205.
The T/C has a Ford ID number stamped on it. 1976 F250 360 4WD has a New Process 435 4 speed and either a New Process 205 or 205-F T/C

NP 203 thru 1978 only with A/T

 
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Thanks for confirming the TC

Any thoughts on that truck / info I posted? Seem to be in decent shape?
 
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Originally Posted by turbospartan View Post
Thanks for confirming the TC

Any thoughts on that truck / info I posted? Seem to be in decent shape?
Where is it, in the same state as you are? If so, you already know about the Mid-West rust belt...where they use salt on the roads. No salt here in LA LA Land, and...it was 95 yesterday!

Rust in the drip rails, floor pan, cab mounts and cab corners, frame cross members, radiator support where it mounts to the frame rails, rear sections of front fenders and rear of bed sides, bottom of the doors, above the fender and bed side wheel openings, in the bed itself.

Be wary of undercoating, used to hide the sins, especially if you can smell tar, which means it's fresh. Take a magnet along to check for bondo.
 
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Where is it, in the same state as you are? If so, you already know about the Mid-West rust belt...where they use salt on the roads. No salt here in LA LA Land, and...it was 95 yesterday!

Rust in the drip rails, floor pan, cab mounts and cab corners, frame cross members, radiator support where it mounts to the frame rails, rear sections of front fenders and rear of bed sides, bottom of the doors, above the fender and bed side wheel openings, in the bed itself.

Be wary of undercoating, used to hide the sins, especially if you can smell tar, which means it's fresh. Take a magnet along to check for bondo.

I'm actually no longer in Michigan / rust belt, out here in CO where it is pretty dry. I believe cars last longer in CO, than they do in the midwest at least.

I'll try to find some time to go take a look at the truck. The guy says his son uses it as a daily driver to college, but is about to graduate and wants something more economical.

He has it listed for $4k - most of the other dentsides I've found range from $2500 to $20k around here.
 
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I'm actually no longer in Michigan / rust belt, out here in CO where it is pretty dry. I believe cars last longer in CO, than they do in the midwest at least.

I'll try to find some time to go take a look at the truck. The guy says his son uses it as a daily driver to college, but is about to graduate and wants something more economical.

He has it listed for $4k - most of the other dentsides I've found range from $2500 to $20k around here.
It rains and snows there, and how long has the truck been in CO? DSO code stamped on the 3rd line-far right of the Warranty Plate. If it's 76 = Truck ordered from Denver.

Pic: Scroll down to the DSO codes:

 
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I don't know if he sent me a pic of the wrong warranty plate or what - but the info is empty at the bottom.



In regards the photos of the truck above - was that green color an available option in 1976, or most likely re-painted?

Also, the wheel arches - do those look like they've been added afterwards?
 
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Originally Posted by turbospartan View Post
This is the "Safety Standard Certification Label" that is glued to the left door post (B pillar) below the striker plate.

Warranty Plate riveted to the left door face below the latch

What you see on this Safety Standard Certification Label from 1970 thru 1979 is all you get.

Production date 7/76 // VIN: F26YLC84902: F26 = F250 4WD Pickup / Y = 360 2V / L = Michigan Truck Assembly Plant / B84902 = 1976.

The Front/Rear GAWR's and the GVWR are also listed. On some trucks, the tire size is also listed.

Stamped on the Warranty Plate:

2nd line = WB (actual wheelbase in inches), codes for the COLOR - MODEL or TYPE/GVW - BODY - TRANS - AXLE

3rd line: MAX GVWR LBS - YEAR - DSO code.
 
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Welp... was heading to see the truck this weekend and when I was about 10 minutes away from the spot, the guy emailed me and said the truck has been sold.

The search continues...
 

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