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75Ford-Hiboy 08-02-2009 04:05 AM

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?

uncle.stosh 08-02-2009 06:34 AM

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.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

75Ford-Hiboy 08-02-2009 07:22 AM

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.

Need4racin 08-02-2009 10:13 AM

Alot of people get atleast 200k from the timing chain. It's fine.

1Aauto 08-03-2009 03:24 PM

Welcome to the forum.Congrats on the new truck.:cool:

Archion 08-03-2009 03:27 PM

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.

75Ford-Hiboy 08-05-2009 05:16 AM

Here are some pics of my truck.

75Ford-Hiboy 08-05-2009 05:18 AM

75Ford-Hiboy 08-05-2009 05:20 AM

Archion 08-05-2009 07:00 AM

Good lookin truck, Enjoy it!

uncle.stosh 08-05-2009 07:05 AM

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.

75Ford-Hiboy 08-05-2009 07:11 AM

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.

uncle.stosh 08-05-2009 07:55 AM

I personally like the look of the 80-81 F100 and Bronco rear bumper best.

Here is what I have on my F250:

75Ford-Hiboy 08-05-2009 08:11 AM

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.

75Ford-Hiboy 08-05-2009 08:16 AM

Oh by the way nice looking truck you got there uncle stosh.

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