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86 F150 4x4

Hey guys I just bought a 1 owner 1986 F150 4x4 302 efi aod tranny with 84,000 original miles on it. My question is when will the timing chain need to be replaced? I have heard that small block timing chains need to be replaced around 80,000 to 90,000. Is this true?
 
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:34 AM
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It depends a lot on how the truck was driven.

I would suggest that if it's running ok to just leave it alone. Put a timing light on it and see if the mark stays consistent. If it jumps around a lot, then I would suggest changing the chain and gears if you feel up to it.

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The truck runs like a top. When I stop at a light, I half to turn the radio down because I can't even feel it running! The previous owner used the truck for camping and that was it. The bed does not have one dent in it.
 
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Alot of people get atleast 200k from the timing chain. It's fine.
 
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Mine was still the OE plastic/phenolic unit at almost 300k, but I wouldn't recommend it. The rule of thumb from most mechanics is 100k on a ford. When you do put one in, get it for a 93? and up, it is a double row roller chain for cheap.
 
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Here are some pics of my truck.
 
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Good lookin truck, Enjoy it!
 
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Yes, very nice.

The only thing that would bug me is that fact that you have a chrome front bumper and a painted back bumper.
 
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Yeah I don't like the black bumper either. Eventually I am going to repaint it that argent silver/gray color that Ford uses on their plain-jane trucks.
 
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I personally like the look of the 80-81 F100 and Bronco rear bumper best.

Here is what I have on my F250:

 
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IMO I always liked the rear step bumpers better. Easier access since the truck will be more of a "work" truck hauling hay and horse trailers and such.
 
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Oh by the way nice looking truck you got there uncle stosh.
 

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